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6 month progress (with pics)

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Today marks 6 months since I started spark people and what a journey it has been so far. I started on January 31, 2011 at 256 lbs. I wanted 2011 to be my year where I made myself a priority and started taking care of myself for me and for my family.

Here are a couple of before (pics)



I started using the nutrition tracker right away, and what an eye opener it has been. I log what I eat & drink every day (even when it's the not so good stuff), but it keeps me in check. I started eating more fresh fruits as snacks instead of donuts, cookies and chips and found that I really love fruit. I incorporated more vegetables with my lunch and dinners and found I love asparagus and brussel sprouts and different lettuces besides iceberg. I started walking (10 minutes) a day at first and gradually building to 20 minutes, then 30 minutes and currently walk 40 minutes between 5 and 6 days a week. I found that I love walking, I actually miss it when I don't get to walk. Some days I can't get 40 minutes all at once, but I break it up to two 20 minute walks. I recently started bike riding and really enjoy this too. It's something my family loves to do together and it's great exercise for us all. My biggest struggle is doing strength training, but I know I need to do this at least 2 times a week and will make this as one of my August goals.

Below are a couple of pics taken today at 183 lbs.




I set my first goal weight at 180 lbs. I'm almost there. I've lost 73 lbs so far, and I can't believe how great I feel. I have confidence in myself again. I have the energy and ambition to run around with my kids, take them swimming and actually wear a suit and go swimming with them. We have plans to go to six flags in a couple weeks and I know I don't have to be afraid of weight limits or worry that I wont fit in the seats of the rides.

I haven't decided what my final weight goal will be,(i'm thinking around 160 lbs, but we'll see (I don't want to be fixated on a number), I would like to be at or near normal BMI range.

Here's to the next 6 months of becoming stronger and healthier.
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NEW-CAZ 11/11/2011 11:05AM

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SPARKLEIIGHGAL 11/11/2011 7:07AM

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MCJEN2010 8/8/2011 1:22PM

    Congratulations to you on an amazing job! You look great! Our starting weights were pretty close so your story is very motivating to me! Keep sparking!

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QTEALADY20031 8/6/2011 10:47PM

    WOW you have done a fantastic job with your weight loss journey, You give me inspiration. emoticon emoticon emoticon June

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SUMMERGIRLTASHA 8/6/2011 9:33PM

    Your weight loss story is so amazing! It is such an encouragement to me! I still have a LONG way to go. At least double what I have already lost. (eww, I shouldn't think of it that way! HAHA!) Great job leading the way!
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KIBAISREADY 8/1/2011 1:50AM

    Well done lady! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FITFORMYFAMILY 7/31/2011 11:48PM

    Your progress is amazing! I think you look younger and more vibrant now. Have fun at Six Flags!
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OCEANBLUESA 7/31/2011 11:46PM

    OMG you look fab you have reinspired me :) what is your best tips?

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ROCKINMOM77 7/31/2011 11:27PM

    That is some Awesome Changes Linda!! Your goal will soon be reality!! We are here to cheer you on the whole way!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LEELEE1964 7/31/2011 8:50PM

    WoW!!! You look awesome!! You just look so happy and healthy, energy is just radiating from that brilliant smile!!!
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Hayley

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 7/31/2011 8:13PM

    That is SO awesome, congratulations! You've done so great, you should be so proud!!! You look great, which only a bonus to feeling great. I'm sure your kids are super excited about the extra play time. So happy for you!

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TEDYBEAR2838 7/31/2011 8:09PM

    OH MY GOSH!!! What a transformation! You look absolutely emoticon emoticon

YOU REALLY ROCKED YOUR WORLD

I'm so proud of you. We all are!

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