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If I can do this, you can do this ~ 100 pounds lost today

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Wednesday, April 06, 2011

I've been told many times that I inspire and motivate a lot of people. I'm really moved by that. If I can help at least one person in their journey, then this has all been worth it for me. I want to tell all the people out there who need to lose weight, especially those need to lose a lot, like I did, that it can be done. This blog is for you!!

I lost 100 pounds today. Where did they go? I don't care; I don't ever want to see them again. They're never coming back. I started this journey on January 27, 2008. I weighed 231 pounds. By July of 2009, I had lost 95 pounds. I did it through creating a healthy lifestyle for myself. I changed the way I was eating, choosing better quality foods and reducing the amount I was consuming by counting, measuring and weighing foods. The summer of 2009, I hurt myself while exercising and I lost my spark. It can happen to the best of us, I guess. I stopped exercising, tracking calories, visiting sparkpeople and gained 10 pounds. I was unmotivated. Thankfully, I found my spark again January of last year. I took up running last spring but I was still having difficulty getting rid of those 10 pounds. I joined a gym last November because it was the right thing for me. I've been going to classes that I love and with the help of my fabulous personal trainer, I'm becoming a better runner (a hardcore runner one of my spark friends tell me), becoming stronger and consider myself to be pretty fit. I never thought that I would call myself a physically fit person, but I do believe that I have earned that title. I'm strong, not afraid to try anything and I'm so proud of myself. I have come a long way since that overweight girl, who was shy, self-conscious and so unhappy with herself.

So for all of you who are struggling out there, have heart. You can do this. I believe in you. If I can do this, so can you!

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NEW_PARADIGM 1/27/2012 9:54AM

    Perfectly timed for those of us at the end-of-January-can-I-ever-really-do
-this slag.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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SHIRE33 1/26/2012 9:33PM

    I needed a spark today. You look so wonderful and so happy. Congratulations and thanks!

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GOIN4GR8 1/26/2012 8:46PM

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*DMBARKER* 1/26/2012 8:08PM

    thank you for the inspiration. you look GREAT!!

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HANK1231 10/2/2011 5:26PM

    Good emoticon

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ROSALIEESTHER 7/28/2011 1:54PM

    I know you've heard it before, but you really are incredibly inspiring. Now if I can just get on track - so tired of whining and then not following through with what I know helps me feel and look better. I'll keep checking back in with you to help me find my way.

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SUZYSUNSHINE4 7/22/2011 1:01PM

  very motivating and touching. I was just diagnosed with two brain tumors. As I have 2 healthy sons and a beautiful granddaughter I plan to live a happier longer life despite those 2 nasty thins.!!

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MEMORIES7 7/18/2011 8:52PM

    you look awsome !! i weighed 250 when i started spark on 7-3-11 my goal is 125. i have lost 6 pounds so far !! and i will get there! emoticon

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NURSEVICKI1961 6/28/2011 11:25AM

    Thank you, your story is just what I needed to read this morning. You really are an inspiration! God Bless You!

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SUPERSYLPH 6/23/2011 11:59AM

    Thank you so much for sharing! I can't wait to earn the title of being a physically fit person myself!

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GOTTALOSE47 6/22/2011 4:04AM

    I have almost a hundred pounds to lose. I just wanted to thank you for the post and the pictures of before and after your amazing weight loss. I just started on here today so thank you and I am motivated to succeed this time.

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MOMFAN 5/30/2011 3:03PM

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BARBARASDIET 5/28/2011 2:24PM

    I want to be just like you!!

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AGUSTA2 5/24/2011 10:08PM

  I just signed on today and ordered the book.
ho inspiring you are!!

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CINDYLOTHER 5/19/2011 8:46AM

  ok your story is me........ how do I begin.....I need to loose weight for my health I have diabetes, the silent and deadly killer and it is getting the best of me but I have no....none....zero will power and food consumes me....How do I begin to get it under control and set up my life with Soark people? You look amazing!!!!!!!!! I can't ever imagine not being overweight I have been all my life from about the age of 10........ I want to get it under control but my life is so out of control! Help!

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MAEGENJ 5/18/2011 2:34AM

    This blog was an amazing read for me today because I have been feeling like I will never reach my goal. I have 100+ pounds to lose! Thanks for sharing your story! I really appreciate it!

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PAM1264 5/16/2011 9:08PM

    What an awesome story I lots to lose so it's nice to see how or what other people did or do to lose it.

Thanks for sharing.

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SWAN47 5/15/2011 11:06AM

    You look great! Thanks for your encouraging blog. I have 15lbs to lose. I seem to be my own worst enemy totally sabotage all my hard work at times. I'm not giving up but progress is slow because of my lack of control eating. I'm a work in progress. Hope to get there by August. Again..congratulations!

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PLATINUM755 5/12/2011 12:28PM

    Looking good, and I can tell you're feeling good and you should... emoticon emoticon

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LEELEE1964 5/11/2011 7:04PM

    You look amazing and the smile on yur face in yur after pic..says more than words ever will! Awesome!!!

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BEVERLYK08 5/11/2011 4:59PM

    I loved this blog. I have less to lose than you but have had less motivation to do it. You inspire me.

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LADY2717 5/11/2011 11:37AM

  You really look great. Hope I can be as successful as you.

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VALHAWAII 5/10/2011 6:39PM

  You rock!!

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POETANDMORE 5/10/2011 4:18PM

    I have alot to lose. 60 pounds. I was at about that target weight, after I worked sparks for awhile. Then I worked it minimally and quit for a little while. I gained 60 pounds. Thanks for the motivational blog! I can do it!

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COWGIRLNM 5/10/2011 4:14PM

  Thank you...I hope I can be as strong as you!

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MOTOGUY128 5/10/2011 10:02AM

    Amazing. I look ata lot of obese people and after looking through thsi site, it's clear that losing weight is possible. it just takes discipline, committment and hard work. its' not easy, but people like you show that while some folks have faster or slower metabolisms. Usign "fat genes" as an excuse is a load of BS. children in fat families are fat because they learned bad eating habits from their parents.

You look great! I bet jogging is a lot more fun and easier at 130lbs than 230lbs.

My favorite thing after losing weight is going up stairs. Its' such a breeze after you ditched 40lb (or more ) of dead weight.

And no, you're not too skinny...you're getting close. Ha!

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STIPER23 5/10/2011 10:00AM

    Awesome! emoticon

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AVERYSILLYGIRL 5/10/2011 9:55AM

  Way to go!

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LAURAWILLBEFIT 5/10/2011 8:11AM

    Amazing difference!!!!!!
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VIDYARP 5/10/2011 6:13AM

  Awesome!!! You are an inspiration.

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RAVEN012 5/9/2011 8:56PM

    I really hope that I can be so successful in my weightloss. You are truly an inspiration. emoticon

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REDFOXTROT2 5/9/2011 8:44PM

    Way to go! You look great!!

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ROSIEPM 5/9/2011 6:50PM

    You look great! Good job, I am inspired by your words!

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POETESSMISTY 5/9/2011 5:49PM

  Wow! That's great! You look fabulous! Thank you for sharing! I always find that I can't lose weight fast enough and then give up.

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ROSEREDD58 5/9/2011 5:22PM

    Great story, wonderful pics! Good luck on your continued journey!

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FOXYGRAMY 5/9/2011 3:49PM

  You look amazing and hat's off to you for accomplishing this BIG DEAL. I have lost a 100 pounds over a 5 year period and recently had surgery on both my knees. I lost 10 lbs
while I was off work but when I came back to work I have gained 5 lbs in the last two months. Reading your story was inspiring for me. You did light my spark. Congrats!!!

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IMNOTKIDDEN 5/9/2011 3:41PM

  That is such amazing achievement.

Thanks for all your encouraging words . . . they help when someone is between a rock and a hard place!

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MRSGREENGENES 5/9/2011 3:23PM

    You look healthy and happy...WAY TO GO!!!

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KSHAGGY 5/9/2011 3:01PM

    Wow.......you look absolutely amazing!
You are an inspiration!

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JAAM1224 5/9/2011 2:32PM

    Wow! Thank you.. from someone who is starting AGAIN!

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SUPERMAMA82 5/9/2011 12:06PM

    emoticon on your amazing weight loss! You look amazing!
And emoticon emoticon emoticon for your encouragement and inspiration for those of us that still have so far to go!
Sparkers like you help us to realize that it can be done!

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MKING3 5/9/2011 11:17AM

  wtg that is great. I think there is a chance for me after all

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GOTHICKITTY6666 5/9/2011 10:39AM

    wow very inspiring!!!

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REBECCAJO5SMITH 5/9/2011 10:19AM

    You look great and are an inspiration. Way to knock that weight off.

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TRASEE 5/9/2011 9:46AM

    Congrats!!! You look amazing!!

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MRSPINCKNEY 5/9/2011 9:41AM

    emoticon Keep up the Amazing Work!

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BERVEY 5/9/2011 9:03AM

    Congratulations, you are a true inspiration! You deserve all the kudos you get! emoticon

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MOVINMOONEY 5/9/2011 8:22AM

  I loved reading your story. I have been struggling to lose 30 pounds over the last couple of years. When I read about people losing a 100 pounds, it is inspiring and forces me to lose all of the excuses! Great job.

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JKTENTATIVE 5/9/2011 8:12AM

    Wow!! What a fantastic accomplishment!!

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REGAN49 5/9/2011 2:32AM

    You look great! emoticon emoticon

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