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"Hello One-derland. I've been dreaming this day would come for years."

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Monday, October 03, 2011

Once upon a time there was this very bright and imaginative and shy young woman who always dreamed. Her mind would fill up with vivid lights and colors and images that she never thought could ever exist.

She was trapped in a world of isolation. A world of self-hatred and disgust. Sadness swept through her everyday she had to wake up and face the world. People would encourage her to be smile, but they were often forced and never true.

Her life was spiraling out of control. Her weight was the problem. She had grown a deplorable relationship with food. It was her only comfort. She would find peace of mind when it entered her body. So she would consume it often and it unrealistic amounts.

Then one some what sunny day the girl looked at herself. Her eyes looked right through the outer shell into her soul. She knew then at that moment that this lifestyle had to stop. She was weary of what she saw and who she had become. She was tired of the names, and jokes, and constant humiliation. She knew she was much more than what others saw her as. She knew she was much more than what she saw herself as.

Waving a short farewell to the sheltered and somewhat stable image and life she was used to the girl ran as fast as she could in the opposite direction. Trying her hardest to find who she really was on the inside. She knew that it wasn't what every thought including herself. She knew that she had to prove to herself that she could achieve the impossible.

She ran through the damp and crooked trails that were laid out in front of her feet. Not knowing exactly where she was going, but knowing in her heart that it was the right way. Each step bringing her closer, but also proving more challenging than before. Her knees began to throb and her feet started to swell, but she pressed on through the jungles and forests and over the mountains. She found a fellow traveler and sought out comfort and guidance from him. They decided to travel the remaining way together knowing that either may not make it on their own.

The two traveled together for months. Trying with all their strength to make it to the end of the path. They wanted nothing more than to achieve greatness and understanding. They wanted others to see what they were doing and join in. They wanted everyone to see what they could do if only they believed in themselves and each other.

Then one morning as the girl traveled up the tallest mountain she saw a sign. The Sun's light was blindly shining in her eyes so the girl found it difficult to read at first, but as the distance grew shorter in her heart she knew what it read. She turned to her companion and he smiled as the words "Run for it!" escaped his lips. Immediately obeying the girl turned and run with all the strength that she could gather up the steep slope of land. Jagged rocks and sticks and thorns rammed into the bottoms of her injured and tired feet, but she continued to run as hard as her body would let her. She past several smaller signs on the way that said 250, 240, and then 230, but only had the largest in sight.

The signs grew slightly larger as the numbers grew smaller. 225, 215, and 205. Sweat was pouring down the girls face as her breath came out in sharp gasps with each sign she passed. She thought she surely wouldn't make it. The Mountain was too high, the dirt too slick, the trail too steep. She thought that all her travels would be for nothing, that her journey would end short. Everyone would prove that they were right and that she couldn't do the impossible. The girl's pace slowed and the thoughts of giving up cycled around in her head.

Suddenly the girl's foot slipped out from under her body in mid-stride and she was launched forward into the cold, moist dirt. Tears forming into her eyes she waited a second before slowly picking her sore and bruised body from the rubble. Halfway up she saw an inviting and comforting hand offering help. Looking up to see who was before her she let out a hard gasp. There were no words to describe it, no adjectives that could give it justice. Her tears suddenly turned form sadness to joy when it spoke. "Hello, Amber. Welcome to One-derland."

Letting it help her to feet she stood by what she had started this journey for and wept. There was nothing that she couldn't so now. She had proved to herself and everyone else that she could accomplish the unthinkable. The impossible was never a match for her. She could do anything. As her tears slowly dried and she regained her breath, Amber turned to her new found friend and replied "Hello One-derland. I've been dreaming this day would come for years."

The two stood hand in hand as they looked out in the distance toward the Sun. More Mountains lay before her. More Obstacles. More Challenges. More of the "impossible". The girl knew that she could do anything now. That the "impossible" was now the "possible". Another hand slipped into the empty one as her original companion joined them. A smile crept on the girl's lips and she suddenly wanted the world to bring it. With her two companions by her side she could take on the world!

Weight 199 on 10/01/2011
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SBANSCH 11/2/2011 8:52AM

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RAIN454 10/27/2011 11:38AM

    What a great read! You'd make a fabulous author! You're weightloss success is amazing and truly inspirational. Congrats!

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LOTUSFLOWER 10/18/2011 10:14AM

    CONGRATULATIONS my friend!!! You are simply amazing. And beautiful, and great. And emoticon

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STARSPIRALS 10/18/2011 1:18AM

    I'm still not quite there yet, but I dream about onederland often. Thanks for letting me live vicariously! emoticon

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HEATHER_25 10/17/2011 7:34PM

    WAY 2 GO!!!

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JENNEST10 10/16/2011 6:45PM

    Your blog is super inspiring! Awesome job.. you give me hope.

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GEECHEGIRL4 10/13/2011 6:28PM

Congratulations on making it into One-derland. Thanks for sharing your story and inspiring others. Way to go...

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JULES-AT-HEART 10/13/2011 5:28PM

    Loved reading this and congrats! You look great!

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VIXENVAL 10/12/2011 3:20PM


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    Love this!!! Congrats on all you have accomplished! Thanks for sharing, very motivational!

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MALINDA55 10/11/2011 4:17PM

    Amazing blog! Love it!! Thank you for sharing your journey this far, and the best of luck for the remainder of it! You look amazing! emoticon

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KATRINAWINDHAM 10/11/2011 4:16PM

    Congratulations pretty girl! You look "ONEderful!"

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LEADFW 10/11/2011 2:46PM

    Darn it, you made me cry. Lovely post, and wonderful accomplishment in achieving your goal!

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LIBELULITA 10/11/2011 6:51AM

    Great blog and inspiration for us all. emoticon

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ANIHAKA 10/11/2011 3:58AM

    I agree with the others you look fantastic keep up the good work and thanks for inspiring me! emoticon

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SUNNY1989 10/11/2011 2:06AM

    you look incredible!!

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HOPEFUL2DAY! 10/10/2011 8:43PM

    Wow! Great job!

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KDYLOSE 10/10/2011 6:39PM

    You look beautiful

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TOOCOMFY 10/10/2011 1:30PM

  That is awesome!! You must be so excited for yourself! Keep it up! Congrats!

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RENEEW2010 10/10/2011 1:30PM

    Awesome! (and inspiring!)

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GRAMPIAN 10/10/2011 6:40AM

  Great! emoticon

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FAV4EVER 10/9/2011 9:19PM

    YOU LOOK SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO GOOD! This must feel sooooo good!!! Congrats!

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ZOOKEEPERMAMA 10/9/2011 6:34PM

    Awesome, girl! Congratulations!!

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MILLIE5522 10/9/2011 1:21PM

    emoticon You look great!

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YOURHAPPINESS 10/9/2011 11:40AM

    That first "one" that shows up on the scale is so exciting!!! I caught myself tearing up while reading this. CONGRATULATIONS!! You look great!

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SALINASMAYA 10/9/2011 11:39AM

    A hearty and big congratulations to you! You rock.

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SARAHJG33 10/9/2011 10:08AM

    AMAZING!!! You are wonderful emoticon

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MICHELLESMILES_ 10/9/2011 9:03AM

    This was beautiful. Amazing blog girl! Congrats!

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KATONAMISSION 10/9/2011 12:31AM

    Love it! Congratulations! emoticon

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50HARLEYGIRL 10/9/2011 12:12AM

    Beautiful, amazing, & awesome!!! Keep up the great work you are doing because not only have you done an outstanding job for yourself you are encouraging so many more to do the same!!!

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TANGLEDUPINZEN 10/8/2011 11:54PM

    Wow! Truly an inspiring story! You look FANTASTIC! I am just starting my weight loss journey, and I've got about a hundred pounds to lose. I am so glad that I came across your blog. Congrats and way to go!!

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HOPE2011 10/8/2011 9:25PM

    OMG - you look AMAZING!!! Be very proud of yourself and the inspiration you are giving the rest of us who can only dream!

WOW... emoticon

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BSCHRANTZ 10/8/2011 7:58PM

    Wow!! Look at you!! Congrats on hitting Onederland!!!! You look incredible!! =) Your comparisons are right on the money! That's exactly how it feels to lose the weight. Way to go!

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YIWEN39 10/8/2011 6:58PM

    Wow! That is awesome!!! So well written and such a fantastic journey to Onederland :-)
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ICANDOTHISJEN 10/8/2011 6:21PM

    Awesome...fabulous...That's who you are. Congratulations!!!!
I wish you continued success in your journey to a healthier lifestyle.

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GEOLOGY_ROCKS 10/8/2011 4:30PM

    Oh wow... you are so beautiful! Such a great writer and inspiring blog post. Thank you for posting this!!!!

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MEL2POINT0 10/8/2011 4:10PM

    Wow, you're beautiful!!! I am not very far in my journey yet, but your blog is very encouraging. Thanks for the inspiration. :)

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GOLFLADY11 10/8/2011 12:26PM

    emoticon You look emoticon . Congratulations on all your hard work. I want to hug you and praise your courage. I hope you continue with your writing. You have imagination and talent and I really enjoyed reading your blog. emoticon

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CM_GARDNER78 10/8/2011 12:00PM

    Amazing job!!!! Fantastic blog post!!!! This is fabulous, and I am so happy for you!!! This has given me the courage to continue on....I still have 17 pounds to go to get there, but I'm working it! :-) You are an inspiration!!! KEEP IT UP!!!!!

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IAMANATHLETE 10/8/2011 10:36AM

    You had me in tears. Great Job - Great blog! Thanks for sharing.

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7WORSHIPS 10/8/2011 9:40AM

  Great blog and great pictures - you look fantastic emoticon

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NDTEACHER1 10/8/2011 9:39AM

    Very encouraging and wonderful progress!

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FITJOY1 10/8/2011 8:49AM

    Great Blog and wonderful job. I am anxious to get to onederland myself. I was shooting for this year but may not get there. I have been a litle off track and you have motivated me to get back into things and push a little harder. Keep up the great work - you look fantastic.

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ADEWYN 10/8/2011 8:45AM

    you are amazing.. this blog was fantastic.... yiur talent as a writer with passion is weight loss journey amazing.. Keep on going One derland is only the beginning... enjoy the ride have fun! and congradulations!!

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CRAZYWOMAN10 10/8/2011 7:51AM

    You have made awesome progress!!! Keep up the good work!

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    Welcome to Onederland! It's a great place to live!!

Great blog - loved every minute/word of it!

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NWROSE 10/8/2011 3:53AM

    You go, girl! Enjoy your success! emoticon

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NORASH3 10/8/2011 1:31AM

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Keep on keeping on!
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EMMIT99 10/8/2011 12:34AM

    Amazing job!!!! Keep on trekking! I can't wait to join you in one-derland. At 203 I'm so, so close!

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