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Friday, May 06, 2011

I have never blogged before....so here it goes

In May of 2009 I made a change, a choice. I had no idea it would transform my body, my mind, my outlook on life and my soul.

Prior to the "change", I was 371 pounds. I was happy, or so I thought. I existed....but I never lived. I never went to sporting events or anyplace where I worried if I would "fit" into the chairs. I worried some misbehaved kid in the next row was going to make a "fat" comment in my direction. I wondered how I would deal with that with my daughter sitting beside me.



I'd be lying if I said I never thought about what it would be like to lose weight. Sure, I wanted nicer clothes and to look good in them - but I never really minded being overweight. I know now that I didn't mind, because I didn't know any better.

Once I had gave birth to my baby girl, anxiety set in. I worried that I would die suddenly, like my Dad did when I was only 3 months pregnant. The older my baby got, the more I worried. I went to countless doctors and demanded tests. I needed to know if I was "on my way out". The doctors all said I was fine...but I just didn't believe them!! I continued to worry...in silence. I never really shared my fears with anyone. Guess I was too embarrassed. Look at this face....you would worry , too!


So, Mothers Day 2009 - the day my transformation began. I started by eliminating all fast food and all fried food. I lost 11 pounds in 7 days. By the end of 30 days, I had lost 23 pounds. I cut my calories intake from Lord knows the amount to 1300 a day. I began walking 2 miles a day , 3 days a week. By the sixth month, I had lost 67 pounds. HA! I thought I was lookin' good! I was feeling good, that is for sure.


So, I began adding some at home dvd workouts to my routine, still keeping on with my calorie counting. Ten months into the journey, I had lost 100 pounds. I could not believe it!!! I even signed up & completed my first 10 k in New Orleans.


In the 12th month of my journey, I finally joined a gym. I just never had the nerve. Its kinda crazy....you should go to a gym to get in shape & lose weight.....but I had the mentality that I had to lose weight before I could join!! Again, fear of what people would say/think. When, in all actuality, none of that mattered.

My journey continued on. In month 17 I had lost a total of 156 pounds. I was feeling so pretty, so healthy. So excited.



So, I was working my tail off in the gym 5 to 6 days a week, eating within my calorie range...and my weight loss came to a screeching halt! Frustration set in so quickly! I worked harder and harder. But, still, minimal changes. I think I lost inches and not pounds.....but damn it! I wanted to be under 200 pounds - a place I had not been about 23 years!!!


Finally, in the 22nd month of my journey, I entered ONEDERLAND!! My 174th pound lost put me under 200 pounds. I weighed in at 197 pounds and I was elated.

And I completed my 2nd 10k in New Orleans - beating last years time by 30 minutes!



So, now what? I will keep on working just as hard has ever. I am bound to see results someday. I am asked all the time if I feel better or have more energy. I say, that I feel strong - like there isn't anything I can't do. I look back and this and think, "I did this....with the grace of God and my hard work... I DID THIS". How rewarding that is. I feel accomplished. I feel alive. I feel blessed. Because, I know, in the beginning of all of this, I never really believed I was worth it - worth the time or the effort. I then thought, even if I didn't believe I was worth it, my daughter was. Now, all these months later, I KNOW that I am worth it, too!

Thanks for reading....God Bless!

P.S. I also NEED to say that my journey was not tackled alone! Those of you know me, know my beautiful sister, Dawn (smartlady66). Dawn started her journey 8 months before me. She led the way. We went through this, and still do, together - day in and day out. I love you Dawn!


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CLAUDEM1 10/9/2012 8:34AM

    Thank you for blogging your amazing story. I think to myself: If you can do it, so can I! Congratulations on a job well done!

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JUSTLYN1964 9/25/2012 9:07AM

  Your story gives so many of us just starting out such hope and inspiration! Thank you for sharing!

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CLOSETOFORTY 9/1/2012 10:13AM

  I know everything happens for a reason.... I guess i was meant to find your blog today, some 6 month after you posted it.
I have been feeling really depressed lately. Only because I can't kick myself in the butt to get going. I want to lose weight and I will. Lately I have been feeling in a false start... all the talk no action.. and then later when the kids are in bed I will binge.

So after reading your blog and knowing your story I have found some inspiration and motivation. I know I can. I lost before I can win again.

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SUEAZZI 2/24/2012 10:23PM

    Your story is breathtaking. Your energy and enthusiasm is not only inspiring but it is motivating. No matter where any of us are on our journey it is possible. Congratulations on your weight loss! emoticon

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EGR2BEME 2/23/2012 10:55PM

    Amazing story...you are beautiful. All the best!!

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MILDOLLARSMILE 2/7/2012 4:23PM

    Such an inspiration, gives me hope that I can lose my 140-50 pounds. I always read your sisters story when I feel down or get in a slump now I have yours to read too!! It is awesome and you loo FANTABULOUS!!!! Keep it up girl!!

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JIBBIE49 12/17/2011 6:27AM

    Keeping the weight off is the hard part, so I hope you continue to have success. You look great.

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WEIGHT45LOSS 10/28/2011 8:45AM

  emoticon you are on your way to be in healthy weight range and giving inspiration to others who want to be healthy as well. emoticon

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MARISERV 10/13/2011 5:10AM

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SLIMTHICK2 10/8/2011 11:42AM

    I saw you on one of my friends feed and thought that I would look up your page. Congrats on your success your story is inspiring. All the best to you. emoticon emoticon

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RELEASEIT 9/17/2011 5:57AM

    Thanks for sharing your awesome testimony. emoticon

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ELLIED18 9/10/2011 8:58AM

    WooHoo! I'm so happy for you. Your end results were well worth the journey, a journey I am now starting. I hope to be as successful as you have been. Your story gives me a new push to continue on MY journey. Thank you. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DENISE5692 9/7/2011 2:19PM

  I am truly amazed, it was wonderful to read the details of your story. I find it so helpful and inspiring and thank you so much. My sister and I have done the journey of losing and gaining weight since we were teens. And today, we are again battling to get the weight off. You give me hope, thank you!

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ZESATIONAL 8/31/2011 5:52AM

    Everytime I read your story... I am motivated all over again emoticon you truly are an amazing person!.. tnx for sharing emoticon

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NORTHWOODSMOM8 8/17/2011 7:01PM

    What a BEAUTIFUL story! That's SO wonderful that you and your sister have each other! VERY blessed!

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SSORENSEN1 7/16/2011 2:12PM

    WOW! Thanks so much for sharing your inspiring journey emoticon

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CVALENCIA7 7/16/2011 11:24AM

    Thanks for sharing, this is a great blog, Keep up the good work! emoticon emoticon

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PATTIJOR74 7/12/2011 9:27PM

    You rock!

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SAILORCATE 7/12/2011 4:17PM

    I'm crying as I read your story. Thank you so so much. I still have doubts for myself. I am trying to erase those. You, my dear lady, are an inspiration. Thanks!

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RACE2LIVE2011 7/6/2011 12:20PM

    All I have to say is Awesome. I am a mom of a great little girl who is 4. My mom died of a heart attack when I was 21, she always battled her weight and that scares me too.

I work about 45 hours a week and I just never seems to get exercise in, especially with our busy life. Can I ask when you started to exercise, did you do it in the mornings or at night after everyone goes to bed? I am up now at 5am but the mornings go so fast and in a blink of an eye its 6:30 and time to leave and then at 10 when finally everyone is asleep I am too tired to even think of about moving.

Thanks for posting this!!!!

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FORMERNONRUNNER 7/1/2011 11:05AM

  Great job! You also look very HAPPY now! emoticon

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MARISERV 6/30/2011 6:05AM

    You are a true inspiration to all of us emoticon

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ELISOS 6/27/2011 1:05AM

    I add you as a friend and i never had the chance to read you story. thank you for the great inspiration. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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YBROWNING40 6/25/2011 11:00PM

    Very inspiring. Thanks for sharing... emoticon

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VLEON7108 6/23/2011 7:45PM

    emoticon For sharing! What a great blog. Inspiring and motivating! I love it. You look Fabulous! emoticon

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JESSIEJUICE 6/21/2011 1:07PM

    Thank you so much for sharing your story! What I especially love is seeing the confidence you are radiating in EVERY picture! emoticon

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SPRINGHAZE 6/20/2011 12:03AM

    You are awesome! Thanks for sharing your story!

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HALEMA72 6/19/2011 9:08PM

  Congratulations! What a beautiful blog.Love it.

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KAY-SUPREME 6/19/2011 1:47PM

    Great story! Keep it up!

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NCPRINCESS7 6/19/2011 1:02PM

    you and your sister are awesome and look beautiful...gives the others of us hope!!!

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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 6/19/2011 12:09PM

    You are simply amazing. What a great accomplishment--and to think--it was all inside of you all along. Who knew??? Someone asked me if losing my weight was difficult. I said, yes it was. It's not easy to deny yourself the food you love. But it's so much easier than being morbidly obese. I'm staying right here--how about you??

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LISAINMS 6/18/2011 11:05AM

    You are a beautiful, powerful and inspiring woman! I have followed a similar path and also hit that screeching halt. The last 4 months I am working my tail off and barely lose a couple pounds a month. That's frustrating but I know if I just keep going I will get there. Is there anything in particular that helped you get off the plateau? Btw I'm in Vicksburg so maybe we will cross paths at the N.O. RnR Mardi Gras Half Marathon next year?

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PENCILPUSHER75 6/18/2011 10:43AM

    Very inspirational. Thanks for sharing your story. Blessings

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RUNNER12COM 6/18/2011 10:00AM

    You. Are. Awesome.

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 6/18/2011 9:45AM

    Great job

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POLLKAT 6/17/2011 7:04PM

    Awesome job. Such an inspiration. I have screeched to a halt also (my own fault) and have gotten stuck in reverse (temporarily), but I am determined to reach goal. You give me hope. Keep up all the great work!!

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ALEXISA2 6/17/2011 4:48PM

  Congratulations....Very inspirational and you look beautiful!!!! emoticon

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DIVABUG 6/16/2011 7:00PM

  I just read your blog and the whole time I wanted to scream! THIS IS MY STORY TOO!! (Well...not the part about losing 176 pounds!) but I want that to be in my story as well. What a wonderful blog for me to stumble upon....congrats! YOu are such an inspiration! I love that you did it the 'right' way and that you took it off in 17 months...thats what I needed to hear! Keep up the awesome job! Oh...and don't forget to blog all the way along with some helpful hints! LOL...

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RRAYNA143 6/16/2011 4:11PM

    Thanks for sharing your story. We really appreciate that you decided to blog. Telling your story helps people know that they are not alone and that we can do it.

Congrats on the weight lose.
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JELLI-LEAN 6/16/2011 11:16AM

    Your story is a true inspiration! You are a very beautiful lady!

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CHUBBYVEGAN 6/16/2011 8:06AM

    looking good! You Rock!
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JAISLING 6/15/2011 7:38PM

    Congratulations! Keep it up!

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WOMANCHEF 6/15/2011 6:42PM

    What a great blog! You are so inspiring.

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 6/15/2011 4:39PM

    woo hoo!

You rawk!
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LISA-OHIO 6/15/2011 3:39PM

    This is an incredible story! i love it.... way to go. You are a hero! Hope you can stay with it. Good luck and bless you.

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DESTINYSCHOICE 6/14/2011 11:09PM

    Incredible!! Thanks for sharing your story. What a journey! I am at 33lbs lost and so excited to be feeling stronger and thinner. I am about 1/2 way to my long term goal, but 16 lbs from Onederland...can't wait to hit that mark!

Thanks for the inspiration! You look gorgeous!! Congrats and stay fit, it works for you ;-)

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MMRB7111 6/14/2011 9:13PM

    Congrats on your weight loss. You did an awesome job of changing your life (mind, body and soul) for you and your very pretty daughter. Thank for sharing your story. I am just beginning my journey (2 months now) and your story is such an inspiration to me that I can also reach my goals.

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