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How I lost 60 pounds!

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

This morning the scales showed I was down 60.1 pounds. I'm well on my journey now! I've lost 38% of the weight to get to goal! I started at 328 pounds and I'm down to 267.9 in 8 months. This IS doable. Here are my observations.

1. Never give up. This is not optional. ALWAYS keep going!

2. Track your food. You can use the nutrition tracker here or even an index card in your pocket, but you MUST track your food.

3. Weigh, measure, and accurately portion your food. This is ESSENTIAL! We got overweight by eating too much so we can't rely on our mind's eye to portion an appropriate serving size!

4. MOVE - you don't have to have a gym to do this. I can get a good sweat up just by marching in place and swinging my arms while watching TV. You can use soup cans to do strength training with your arms. There are many exercise videos and demos on the FITNESS tab of this site. USE THEM!

5. Learn to do something besides EAT. Take up a hobby, spring clean your house, rake the yard, visit shut-ins, go to the library, just do something that doesn't involve FOOD!

6. Tell somebody! If you are accountable you will keep pushing. If you think by telling someone that you are letting out your secret you are overweight - be realistic. It shows already - it's no secret :) You will gain support by sharing your journey.

7. Stay active on the SP site. Join teams, challenges, blog, read blogs, articles, try exercise videos, etc. This keeps you in FOCUS!

8. Get your sleep but not too much. Aim for 7-9 hours. Sleep is an important part of weight loss.

9. Drink your water. Many eat their water (yes it's in food). You may only be thirsty.

10. Set attainable short range goals.

11. Get your physician involved. They have lots of help and they can monitor important things like your b.p., blood chemistry, medications, etc . I know this is hard for many because they feel their doctor only harps on weight, but I have improved my cholesterol, b.p., triglycerides, etc. all with losing weight and getting more fit. It does help!

12. ASK for help. I'm willing! I'll glady answer sparkmail and give you the benefit of my experience. If I don't have an answer I will help you find one!


So, how about it? You ready to go the next bit of the journey with me? Time's a WAIST'in - let's get moving :)

Press On!

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HARVEY911 4/7/2011 4:19PM

  Congratulations I said wow that's a lot of weight. Then I said I can never do that. Then I said yes I can!!! and I will!!

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JUSFOLK 4/6/2011 9:33PM

    You are not only skilled at losing weight, but at putting words on (virtual) paper! You've done things right and it shows...kudos!


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EATNBOOGERS 4/6/2011 9:17PM

    Wow.


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VHALKYRIE 4/6/2011 9:14PM

    #1 is a truism for success in almost anything we strive to do! Congrats on your success, and for sharing your success!

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SHERRILLGRAFF 4/6/2011 9:07PM

    I love what you said!!! I will visit often to see your progress and read your tips. I can't wait to get under 200. So thankful for your great example!

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CCHALL_50 4/5/2011 8:54PM

    thank you for sharing w/me..it really helps!

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LUBAML 4/4/2011 10:50PM

    Great blog! Congratulations on your weight loss. Enjoy!!! Thanks for shearing! emoticon Luba

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SUNSHINEPOWER 4/3/2011 2:30PM

    Congrats on the weight loss and thanks for all those insights.
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RAGIONERE 4/3/2011 10:28AM

  Congratulations! And a great line-up of the steps so that anyone and everyone can achieve their goal.

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LATVIAN_SANDY 4/2/2011 1:29PM

    emoticon Great insights. emoticon

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OAKASHANDTHORN 4/2/2011 1:45AM

    This is truly a SUCCESS STORY blog! Thank you for the wonderful advice. You are so right! Never give up. Never quit. And keep on Sparking!

Minor setbacks and mess-ups are inconsequential. What matters is staying on the track, doing what we know we need to do, and staying focused on the goals.

Thank you for sharing your experience and you wisdom, and of course, your SUCCESS!

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DWILCZKO 4/2/2011 12:46AM

  :)

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SAVITA99 4/2/2011 12:23AM

    Congratulations. emoticon 60lbs gone and never to return. Enjoy it

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JENSEY1 4/1/2011 10:52PM

  Congratulations on your weight loss. Keep up the good work.
I have lost 5 pounds and would like to lose 5-10 pounds more. Any ideas on losing weight around the middle? Thanks for sharing your ideas.

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LTMURPHY7 4/1/2011 9:09PM

  You have great ideas & motivation. keep up the good work

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2BEEFIT 4/1/2011 8:48PM

    Yeah!

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SLIMTHICK2 4/1/2011 3:23PM

    Great blog, thanks for sharing. emoticon

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MISSYO314 4/1/2011 3:12PM

    Congratulations on your progress emoticon and thank you very much for sharing. When I see my fellows Sparkers are making progress, it gives me inspiration that I can do it too! Again, emoticon emoticon emoticon .
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TIMAAY 4/1/2011 12:55PM

  Congrats! BTW, I think #5 on your list is incredibly important and hardly ever gets mentioned by the experts. If you things that don't involve food, you'll be much more likely to succeed!

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FITCHICK7070 4/1/2011 12:49PM

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DJSHIP46 4/1/2011 12:07PM

    emoticon progress!!!

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BIGHAIRGAL 4/1/2011 11:42AM

    Congratulations! My goal is 65lbs. So it's good to hear that it is really doable. emoticon

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NADS_FIT4LIFE 4/1/2011 11:11AM

  Press on!! emoticon emoticon

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DEWACHA 4/1/2011 10:28AM

    Thank you for sharing. You are exactly right and a inspiration. emoticon

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CAITSMOM98 4/1/2011 10:00AM

  You are truly inspiring..I may take you up on some of your offers.

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KASE72 4/1/2011 8:47AM

    Good post!

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RUNNINGAGAIN12 4/1/2011 6:38AM

    Great job!

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FEISTY1949 4/1/2011 6:17AM

    Congratulations and WTG!!! Great tips, especially never give up.

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ORIMOVUO2 4/1/2011 3:15AM

    congrats and thanks for the practical advice. you are inspiring. emoticon emoticon

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COCOTUFF 4/1/2011 1:51AM

  Great ideas! You are inspiring!

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ONESILLYME 4/1/2011 1:14AM

    Look at you with the favorite blog!

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PEGGIE57 4/1/2011 12:40AM

    I like all the roses on your web page. that's very beautiful.

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VANILLABEAR 4/1/2011 12:39AM

    emoticon You are doing fantastic and it is doable! Love it.

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THEIS58 3/31/2011 11:50PM

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VIRGO_QUEEN 3/31/2011 11:39PM

    Congrats!

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MELLY3183 3/31/2011 11:36PM

    congrats on your weight loss. Thanks for the tips!

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SANDIMAC65 3/31/2011 11:18PM

  Way to go! I am just beginning my journey, but this site and testimonies like yours show me that this is double.

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KAYTIE22 3/31/2011 11:14PM

    Congratulations on your awesome weight loss and dedication to fitness and following a healthy lifestyle. You are a real motivator. Wishing you continued success as you work to meet your goals.

~ Marcia

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SHYTOWNGAL 3/31/2011 11:14PM

  Way to go! Keep up the great work, thanks for sharing your inspirational story.

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KABEE2011 3/31/2011 11:13PM

    You are a true inspiration. I've printed your to-do's off and will follow them!!! emoticon

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CAAMNSJA 3/31/2011 11:10PM

    I LOVE it!!! You have done so good!! My problem has always been keeping it off. With people like you telling me their story I can stay with it. I still have pounds to loose but Its great to learn from people who have also been there!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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13REBAR 3/31/2011 10:43PM

    Congratulations...you go girl! Good For You! emoticon

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RUNANDRUN 3/31/2011 10:42PM

  Congratulations on losing weight the smart way!

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SWEETMOMMY41 3/31/2011 10:39PM

  congrats on your success! have a fabulous day!

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GETITGONE4 3/31/2011 10:21PM

  Congratulations! You are an inspiration. I too have a long ways to go. Sometimes it seems really too long, and that I will never make it, so here's to trudging along on the path to success. emoticon

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KGATES70 3/31/2011 10:08PM

    Congratulations! Loved the tips you gave. This was very motivating.

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BANJONANA 3/31/2011 10:02PM

    I'm back again after not being here since 2009. This blog is a great way to get me going again.

Thank you emoticon

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