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Two years ago today......

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

I knew I needed to do something about my weight and health, but WHAT???
I found SparkPeople very much by accident while looking for weight loss web sights. Nothing in my life has been the same since that day!!!!!!
I just thought I would list a few of the changes that I have seen in the last two years:
1. Weight reduction from 320 pounds to 160 pounds.
2. Medications from 8 per day to 2 per day.
3. Shirt size from 4X to medium.
4. Pants size from 48 to 32.
5. Exercise from ZERO to 60+ minutes per day.

The next big step in my journey to better health is a knee replacement scheduled for June 17,2011. I have already been seeing a physical therapist and doing the exercises that I will be doing after the surgery. I am expecting the recovery and rehab to go smooth and then my activity level will really increase. It should be a great relief to walk and ride my bike with much less pain!!!!

The whole point of this little story is that without SparkPeople and all the friends I have met here, I would never have come this far. The past two years has been a life changing experience for me.

A huge thanks to everyone who has helped me along the way.
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ANDYINBC 6/6/2011 8:54AM

    So glad to have connected with you here on Spark, you continue to inspire me!

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MEGA_MILES 6/5/2011 8:20PM

    Gregg, I'm glad to know you!! You have helped to inspire me and many others here. I wish you all the best in the coming weeks. There is no doubt you will put your new knee to good use. Please give otto a rub behind the ear for me.

You are the man!!! emoticon

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DAVEINSEOUL 6/5/2011 7:36PM

    Very inspiring, Greg! Keep Sparking strong!

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JOYATLAST 5/19/2011 2:19AM

    I'm an accidental member also! Glad I found your blogs. You are such an inspiration. Happy 2 year sparkversary. Best Wishes with the surgery and a speedy recovery. Painfree exercise awaits!

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G293537 5/17/2011 8:02AM

    Today is Intl Food Day at work and I am not participating so reading lots of stories to keep motivated. Don't need to read any futher, this did it!!

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JULIA_211 5/14/2011 6:49AM

    Wow! You have made such great progress! Congratulations and Happy 2nd. Anniversary! You are the best example of determination and commitment. emoticon emoticon

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CAROLANN27 5/13/2011 10:56PM

    Dear Gregg,

The other day I read a few of your blogs. Today I went back and read every one. I have been so uplifted and influenced by your tenacity to stick with your life chances! I am coming out of a stage of "taking it easy" on myself (read: eat anything I want) because I have so many issues going on I deserve to eat what I want.

I found something very helpful in your 09/07/09 blog, "For most of us, any 'special occasion' serves as an excuse to put pur own life goals on hold." That has been a good description of my attitude---and doing that makes NO sense.

But reading all your blogs in a single sitting really emphasizes what huge rewards determination and dedication can bring! You set the bar!

I am changing my thinking from I can do it to I WILL do it, as you have said.

Thank you for being such an inspiration!

Carol


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MRDPOLING 5/12/2011 8:18PM

    Happy Anniversary

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ELYMWX 5/12/2011 11:55AM

    Well done, Gregg!

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KALISWALKER 5/11/2011 10:43PM

    Gregg you are the most inspiring Sparker I know. You will be in great shape from surgery and heal quickly. Happy Anniversary!

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MUEHLBBO 5/11/2011 10:19PM

    Good luck on the surgery and Happy Spark Anniversary. I've told you before that you were my starting inspiration and you continue to inspire me. Thanks for helping and motivating all the people that you do. Good luck.

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REBELBLITZ 5/11/2011 4:58PM

    Great testimony!

Best wishes with your upcoming surgery. emoticon

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SKINNYPOWELL1 5/11/2011 12:46PM

    You have come a long way, and are so inspiring to me. I know you are so happy with where you are today. Just remember that we must always be vigilant, weight comes back twice as fast as it comes off. I know you will have no trouble maintaining, since after all, it is a complete lifestyle change and you, my friend, have been totally transformed. emoticon

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NWFL59 5/10/2011 8:49PM

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SWTHNY- 5/10/2011 12:44PM

    You've done so well and continue to inspire the rest of us.
Nice Job emoticon

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TMW54812 5/10/2011 12:24PM

    Hi Greg,

I guess I could something about us old dogs and new tricks, but all I really want to say is Happy SP Anniversary! You have inspired me and many others no doubt.

Thanks for keeping in touch.

t.

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MILMOM2000NEW 5/10/2011 9:32AM

    I'm proud of you Gregg! You totally rock and inspire me to push hard to do this! If you can go from 320 to 160, I can FOR SURE go from 195 to 170! :-) You are SUCH an inspiration to me! I'm blessed to have you as a Spark Friend! Thank you for all you do for everyone here!

And prayers for your knee replacement! You will remain there until you are fully recovered!

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ANDYINBC 5/10/2011 9:06AM

    You continue to inspire me, and the rest of the Spark community, with your determination, perseverance and success. When I think of your journey it always compels me to try harder. Thanks again and again!

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RAINBOWMF 5/10/2011 8:38AM

    emoticon it has been an honor to watch you remove your weight
I hope this knee surgery goes as well as the other one did.

You have done an emoticon job and I am glad to be your friend
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Mary

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WATERMELLEN 5/10/2011 8:01AM

    Yay you, Gregg: you have accomplished sooooooo much!! And this is my two year Sparkiversary too!! Happy to have your inspiration . . .wishing you all the best with that knee surgery!!

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JEFF64 5/10/2011 7:57AM

    Way to go Gregg - your story is an inspiration!!

Pray that all goes well with your knee replacment in June.

Blessings,
Jeff

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