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Second Anniversary of My Epiphany

Saturday, October 16, 2010

On decade birthdays I pause and think about my life and my goals. So, two years ago today, I seriously considered my weight and what it foretold for my life and decided it was time to do something.

Being me, I spent the next three months reviewing all sorts of programs and deciding how I would approach this project.

In January 2009, I joined The Biggest Loser website and eventually found a team that inspired me. In April of that year, we moved to SparkPeople, where I ultimately found some other teams that kept me focused on my goals.

In the intervening two years, I have:

1. Lost a bit over 100 pounds
2. Maintained my weight for the last several months. I'll admit I'd like to lose 2.5 pounds more, but if this is where I settle, I'll be happy.
3. Learned not to use food to solve other problems. For example, for the last 6 months, my back has degenerated to the point where surgery is the only option. Rather than let my limited mobility become an excuse to eat, I re-adjusted my calorie intake for my reduced exercise level and discovered the joys of walking and using weight machines and hand weights rather than free weights.
4. Become more secure in my ability to make healthy choices.

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    You've done great, Carrie!

    I'm so glad you came out to that inaugural spark rally the summer of 2009.

    Miss ya. I need to give you a call next time I'll down in Ithaca. Would love to meet over herbal tea and catch up in person!
    2648 days ago
    Congrats on so much change in two years, Carrie! It was fun for me, only knowing you less than a year, to read about the beginning of your journey.

    I'm so inspired by you, and how you don't let adversity send you back to your old habits--you are a great role model to those of us who are not as far along on our weight loss as you are! I am eager to join you in the "maintenance" category and be able to inspire others as you do! :)
    2649 days ago
    Thanks for sharing your story.
    2650 days ago
    Carrie, you are nothing short of amazing. Many people here have benefited from your support and encouragement.
    2651 days ago
  • KIKI515
    You have done an amazing job and are such a great example for how to lead a healthy life!
    2651 days ago
    Thank you for being you ~ true to yourself, helpful to others, and a very inspiring 'energizer bunny"!
    2652 days ago
    This is so inspiring! Look at how far you've come, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
    2652 days ago
  • YICHE12
    What a nice blog! I enjoyed reading it. You have done so well on your weight loss. Keep up the great work Carrie. emoticon
    2652 days ago
    And you are on the physicsdiet leader board. Awesome job losing AND with maintenance, especially adjusting for the back issues!
    2652 days ago
    Keep making those healthy choices and walking. You can keep those 100 pounds gone from your life forever. emoticon
    2652 days ago
    Something about those "zeros" at the end of our birthday :-)

    Good for you to pause, take stock and give yourself credit and appreciation for the pay-offs from all your hard work!

    2652 days ago
    Congrats to you on your super weight loss! You have got it right---just do what you can under the circumstances.
    2652 days ago
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