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Fairy Tales Aren’t Real or How I Quit Feeling Sorry For Myself, Got Off the Couch, and Made My Own!

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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Once upon a time there was a chubby little girl who was the shortest person in her class. Everyone liked her. She was a great friend to others and had a terrific sense of humor.

Time passed. The little girl grew into a chubby, short teenager, as often happens with chubby little girls. Her childhood friends had grown into taller, slimmer young teenagers who lived lives of partying, dating, being homecoming queens, cheerleaders, and class officers.
Oh, the chubby, short teenager had her share of parties, dates, and accolades. But something was changing….

The short, chubby teenager seemed different somehow. She had fewer smiles, less funny stories, and instead of being in the center of activities with her “friends”, she just stayed off to the side. Still part of the “popular crowd”, she was invited to fewer parties, left out of after-game trips to the pizza parlor, went shopping less and less with her girl friends. Her phone rang less often. Friday and Saturday date nights still occurred, but more often she went out on only one of those nights…not both.

The short, chubby teenager was sad. Was something wrong with her? Did she smell funny? No..she sniffed to be sure. She smelled just fine! Did she have bad breath? Just to make sure, she used mouth-wash and carried gum or mints everywhere she went.

Time passed. The short, chubby teenager grew into a short, fat young woman. She graduated from college. She didn’t live in the dorm like the other girls. She still lived at home so no one would have to see her in the shower.

She HAD found love. She married the nerdy, geeky guy who carried a briefcase instead of a backpack, but that’s another tale for another time.

The short, fat woman continued to be the shortest person in her class..only this time, she was the teacher! Other teachers would fuss at her to “get back in class”. They were embarrassed when they realized she wasn’t a student. She got fatter and fatter.

She had a baby. More fat. She was a fabulous hostess. More fat. She felt ugly. She felt worthless. She was lonely. She was miserable. She was obese.

Time passed. In the spring of 2010, the short obese woman was doing an internet search for “ground beef” recipes when she accidentally stumbled upon this strange place from another world--Spark People!!!

What is this? There were more fat, obese, lonely, miserable people out there in the world? She was not alone? There were steps she could take to eat better, learn to exercise, and there were actually people who would help her along the way??

Well, this she had to see! She had to join this amazing, free site. So she did. At first, she spent hours and hours on her computer joining teams, making friends, setting goals. Oh, yes! This was the place to be! At Spark People everyone liked the short, unhappy, obese woman! She belonged here! She got fatter!

What??? She got fatter? But this was where she was supposed to magically turn into a tall, slim young woman!! Oh, that only happens in fairy tales, doesn’t it? This was the real world. A world where there is no Fairy Godmother with a magic wand. A world where Prince Charming could not save her----not even from herself!

So, the short, unhappy, obese woman quit some of her teams. She made commitments--real commitments to just a couple teams. She set some real goals. Little ones. She bought a treadmill and actually used it for something other than a place to store stuff that didn’t have anywhere else to go! She stocked her kitchen with good, clean, healthy food! She read articles! Boy, did she read articles!!! She talked to other people on Spark who were just like her! She learned about calories, fat, carbs, protein, fiber, and more! She walked, and walked. She even ran, a little, but mostly she walked! She did yoga, strength training, she stretched, she worked out with Coach Nicole’s dvds!

She smiled more and more and more and more! She quickly moved from obese to overweight to normal weight! Remember, she is very petite---so she could do that with as little as 5 pounds. Remember, though, she can move back to overweight and obese just as quickly! She is not only petite---she is “petite-petite”!! Yes, all you normal-height folks--that is a REAL category!!!

Well, the short, chubby girl who had grown into a short, chubby teenager, who grew into a fat, overweight, obese adult woke up one Sunday morning, hopped on the scale, and there it was! She had FINALLY met her goal weight!!! (It was tough the last few weeks, but she eliminated all processed foods, which eliminated a ton of salt!)

The short, healthy, energetic, active woman is pleased with herself! She is smiling at this very second! She knows that maintaining this new weight will require a lot of hard work and a lifelong commitment.

She is not afraid because she is not alone. She has an entire world out there..this land called Spark People!!!! She will continue to set goals, stay active on her teams, and be a great friend to others.

Thank you, Chris Downie, for changing the lives of so many people! Thank you, MIH, for believing in me, inspiring me, and challenging me! I must end my story now. The outside beckons me to get out and walk!!!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
CJANSEN40 12/7/2010 8:09AM

    great blog, and congrats for doing all the work to get to your goal weight

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CHANGE4THEBEST 12/2/2010 8:46PM

  great blog, congratulations on your weight loss, keep up the good work emoticon emoticon

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BROUSTEN 12/2/2010 8:58AM

    i am charmed by the fairy tale you've created for yourself....
and inspired to do some authoring of my own.

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WALKOFFWIN 11/30/2010 1:34AM

    Quite simply a beautiful, inspiring, and wonderfully written story, filled with truth and the shining beacon of hope. Thanks so much for sharing this.

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KLAD_COCKERS 11/29/2010 11:59AM

    What an awesome, awesome blog post!

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PAMINHALF 11/28/2010 7:44PM

  Great blog!

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DONNAJZ4241 11/28/2010 9:06AM

    Absolutely wonderful blog. Thanks for the inspiration, and congratulations on being a short, healthy, energetic, active woman who who SMILES!
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BIGMAMAT 11/28/2010 6:40AM

    Well written! Great blog! emoticon

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SANDYMISA 11/27/2010 10:46PM

    Wow - so inspiring. Thanks for sharing, and congratulations on all your progress!

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    this is a wonderful blog mary!!! you being a teacher have done a magnificant job teaching us all a valuable lesson that sparks is here for us with all the wonderful tools... but we have to use them. it's not all about how many sparkfriends and sparkteams we have, it's about learning how to travel on this journey together and making all this spark knowledge help us lose wight and have healthier lifestyles. you have been a shinning example of how putting in the time and doing the work can make it happen. congrats on meeting your goal and thanks for all the many lessons you teach us !!
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    excellent blog

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EMSSBEARS 11/27/2010 1:07AM

    Love this story.

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JLPEASE 11/26/2010 5:39PM

    Great blog!

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BIONICMONARCH 11/26/2010 2:15PM

    Great blog!

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ANYA85 11/26/2010 2:54AM

    Great blog ! I love it so much I shall recommend my friends who are on weight loss plans to read this !

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WILSLM70 11/25/2010 6:04PM

    Thank you for sharing a fantastic blog. Congratulations on all you have achieved.

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WENDY412 11/25/2010 10:07AM

    Great story! emoticon

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MANICSPIDER 11/25/2010 6:45AM

    Thanks, that's a wonderful story!

It really helps me too. I keep trying and keep failing. I'll keep reminding myself to be like a short, kick-ass girl on Spark People and take small steps! emoticon

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KATWOMAN12839 11/24/2010 7:01PM

  very touching

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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 11/24/2010 5:59PM

    Thanks for stopping by my page and letting me in on where you started. You have done well. Very well.


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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 11/24/2010 5:24PM

    At 117 pounds (originally) I am surprized that you considered yourself obese. A bit over-weight at best, but not obese.


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BRANDI.FEY 11/24/2010 1:10PM

    Congratulations! emoticon

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MARIAGRACE111 11/24/2010 1:02PM

    Great blog! Congratulations on your achievement.
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NINJA_SMOO 11/24/2010 11:14AM

  Very touching

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ANNETTE1024 11/24/2010 10:18AM

    My Grandma once told me I was an ugly duckling as a child. I was "chubby" child and teen. I spent many a weekend night sitting at home. I could so identify with your blog. Thank you for sharing! Congratulations on acheiving your goal weight!

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2MCHCHKLIT 11/24/2010 10:07AM

    This is great! emoticon

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JOYCIE1948 11/24/2010 10:04AM

    Wonderful blog...from another "Shorty"!

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FREES1 11/24/2010 9:32AM

    how wonderful!!! what a great story - and no you are not alone by any means! Congrats for becoming the woman you want to be size-wise at least! and yes thank you Chris Downie!
Happy Thanksgiving all!

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COACH_NICOLE 11/24/2010 9:30AM

    Awesome! Good for you! If you haven't yet, check out our resources for maintaining your new weight:

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PAULAVAC 11/24/2010 9:15AM

    Thanks so much for your blog. I'm short, but I was never a short, "fat" child or teenager (or even young adult). I gained weight after I became ill. Your story is encouraging to me because if you can do it after struggling all your life with weight issues, then I should be able to do it also. Thanks for your "true story" rather than all the fairy tales we hear every day!!

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FLFITBEE 11/24/2010 8:37AM

    Thank you for sharing your story! Congratulations on reaching your goal!

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TENACIOUSTIGER 11/24/2010 7:19AM

    loved your blog, I have also been short and fat, still am short but not so fat emoticon

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GBTRIGIRL 11/24/2010 6:20AM

  Loved your blog!

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NAGLA929 11/24/2010 4:35AM

    Your blog gave me the chills and I nearly cried while reading it. Congratulations on a job well done. You are a true inspiration. emoticon

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ASTRALL 11/24/2010 4:27AM

    I loved your blog! Well done to you for having the courage to change your lifestyle. So very happy for you and hope you keep up the good and hard work you have put in to to get to where you are. emoticon emoticon

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LIBBYL1 11/24/2010 1:23AM

  and she lived happily ever after

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LUBAML 11/23/2010 11:40PM

    Great blog! Thanks for sharing! emoticon Luba

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JEALOUSBAKER 11/23/2010 11:40PM

    This is a much better story than any fairy tale!

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DUSTYGIRL25 11/23/2010 10:02PM

    I LOVE your Blog!! I just wanted to keep reading when I got to the end. You certainly hit home for many of us. I have read a lot of stories on SP but yours in one of the best. Thank you for sharing your story. emoticon

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    Rock on girl!

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GRANDMA2001 11/23/2010 9:16PM

    I liked your blog. I was one of those tall skinny people that you commented on in school but I was not popular, in fact I graduated a year early just to get a way from the clicks. I was not smart just motivated. I didn't start gaining weight until I had my second child. emoticon

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LOISINOLA 11/23/2010 9:13PM

  Great blog! Can't wait to read the one about the nerdy, geeky guy who carried a briefcase instead of a backpack.

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BOOKLADY11 11/23/2010 7:56PM

  Thanks for sharing a perfect story with a very happy ending. Nice job!!!! emoticon

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ELLEBE725 11/23/2010 7:44PM

    Thank you so much for sharing such an inspirational blog!!! emoticon

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SWEETMOMMY41 11/23/2010 7:41PM

  way to go! thanks for sharing such an inspiring and motivating blog! have a great day!

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RODYANNE 11/23/2010 7:27PM

  Thank you for your inspiring story. Being 4'10' I can really relate to it.

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