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I Finally Hit My Goal Weight! 2011 in Review


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Monday, January 02, 2012

2011 was the year I learned that exercise was not a punishment. When I was younger and more stupid, I used to force myself to run until I couldn't breathe, to wake up in the middle of the night and do situps and pushups. To run flights of stairs for an hour if I ate pizza. Yes, exercise and I had a dysfunctional relationship.

Starting in March of 2011 I decided to finally try and lose weight the healthy way, and joined Sparkpeople. I hadn't exercised in a couple years so I started Leslie Sansone's "Start Walking" videos. She has a 1 mile, 2 mile and 3 mile one, which are 15, 30 and 45 minutes. I used the 2 mile one mostly, every weekday. I did not do any Strength training. I bought into that BS that people say ST will make you all big and unfeminine. Total BS.

I followed Sparkpeople's guidelines on calories and lost 1-2 pounds per week. For anyone just starting out...Just track your calories and exercise and it really isn't that hard to lose weight. There is no BIG SECRET, no MIRACLE DIET. Just lower your calories and up your exercise. Eating clean also helps, but it can be a challenge.

In April I started doing Strength training. Now I love it so much but it took awhile to grow on me. Now, If I have to pick between cardio and ST, I will always choose ST. Muscle burns calories while you're sitting on your butt, who doesn't love that?

Throughout the months, I upped my cardio to more challenging videos and in June I started running. I was hooked. The hard part is you really can't run every day or you start risking injury. I also discovered Circuit training which is one of my favorite ways to exercise because you get your ST and cardio in at the same time. I have to admit the closer I got to my goal, the more I did exclusively circuit training because I had trouble getting up the motivation to put a lot of hours into exercise. Also, it's really cold and wet in Oregon during Fall and Winter, so running becomes a lot less fun emoticon

Anyhoo to make a long story short (too late!), on March 22 when I started this whole journey I weighed 170 lbs and on December 31st (good timing!) I weighed 125, which was always my ultimate goal. I learned so much about myself this year, how strong I am, how far I'm willing to go to succeed the right way.

this is one of my earliest "before" pictures, taken in early June, I had already lost about 12 lbs.

This was taken on Dec. 31st, 45 lbs gone and never coming back emoticon
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SUNDIAL61 1/3/2012 6:25PM

    Congrats on reaching your goal! With the lessons you have learned, you will be able to stay at a healthy weight and,more importantly, live a healthy life.
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CRISSA1669 1/3/2012 6:17PM

    Well DONE!! Excellent blog to sum it all up!! Congratulations!!

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KYKRISTIN81 1/3/2012 5:57PM

    Awesome job. You motivate me, since I want to lose the weight so bad! I am 178 and want to be at least 135-140. emoticon

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JULIA1154 1/3/2012 5:46PM

  From one Oregonian to another - congratulations!! Enjoy your accomplishment and your new relationship with fitness. emoticon

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NORASH3 1/3/2012 5:34PM

    emoticon You look emoticon

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CARM1401 1/3/2012 5:23PM

    You look Great
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EMPTRS 1/3/2012 5:23PM

    YAHOO!!! Awesome work-you look great!

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YINETTV 1/3/2012 5:06PM

  You look awesome

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SEAJESS 1/3/2012 5:04PM

    Loved what you said about learning that exercise (and nutrition)is not a punishment.

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COOKINGSTARS 1/3/2012 4:40PM

    awesome

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SAMIP123 1/3/2012 4:38PM

    You look so amazing!! 125 is my goal weight s this is truly inspirational :)

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FITNAPTURAL 1/3/2012 4:25PM

    emoticon You look great!

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MOMTO3INCO 1/3/2012 4:24PM

    Congrats on your amazing accomplishment. You look great and I know you have got to be feeling great too :) In 2011 I set out to lose 100 lbs and by December 31st I had hit 98 lbs so I am not upset, that is an amazing amount of weight to lose in 1 year, so now in 2012 I am going to lose the remaining 20-30 lbs and then I am going to maintain and tone!!! Again CONGRATS, absolutely fantastic oh and you are right Sparkpeople ROCKS :)

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THISTIMEMYWAY 1/3/2012 4:14PM

    Wow!
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I am 175 right now and I need to get to around 122. I have never been this weight...well I know I wasn't even this in high school...but it would make my BMI be normal...
I am encouraged that you have gotten there...
so I should be able to right? Right.

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LUVNY199 1/3/2012 4:13PM

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WARMSTRONG2 1/3/2012 4:12PM

  Inspiring!

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1LEANMAMA 1/3/2012 4:11PM

    SWEET!

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STEPHAB1218 1/3/2012 4:08PM

    awesome!!

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CASSARM1 1/3/2012 3:57PM

    Congrats!!!

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LOVESTHEBEACH83 1/3/2012 3:33PM

    wow great job!!!! I started at about 170 and am working toward the 125 range. You look amazing! emoticon

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FRAZZLEPOP 1/3/2012 3:17PM

    THanks for the motivation! You look fantastic! emoticon

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NAIMATANNER 1/3/2012 3:12PM

    Awesome! Thanks for sharing your story! It has motivated me to get on the treadmill today ;)

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BLAYR_ALLISON 1/3/2012 3:11PM

    emoticon Great Job!!!

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GREENMAMA 1/3/2012 2:49PM

    emoticon I am a big fan of circuit training, too.

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YOADDICTION101 1/3/2012 2:21PM

    emoticon And I know what you mean by Oregon and not running in the winter. You have to be a duck to do that lol.

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BASS6196 1/3/2012 2:18PM

    Congratulations!! You look great. emoticon

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MAGICKBEAR 1/3/2012 1:59PM

  Your story is very inspirational for someone like me. Thank you for sharing!

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BELIEVING-N-ME 1/3/2012 1:57PM

    Thanks for sharing your story. emoticon

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DEARFACE 1/3/2012 1:52PM

  Congrats! This is really great and inspirational. Especially with the photos because I wouldn't say you looked bad before (looks pretty similar to me!) and I can see what a year (well less) can do! Way to go!

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CTUPTON 1/3/2012 1:48PM

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SALSA_DIVA_44 1/3/2012 1:36PM

    emoticon emoticon I NEEDED TO READ THIS TODAY!! AWESOME!!

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DESERTFLOWERG 1/3/2012 1:35PM

    Learning that exercise is not punishment was a breakthrough for you that will last your whole life. Congrats

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ACITODG 1/3/2012 1:26PM

    emoticon Congrats!

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JENN-BAKER-6114 1/3/2012 1:11PM

    Great Job!! I started in March as well. But with a start weight of 185. I too lost 45 pounds. Just have a few left to go before beach season. Congratulations and what a great way to start the new year, finishing off your goals :)

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HEATHERDAW 1/3/2012 1:02PM

  Thanks..You have inspired me...

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FOXFIRENDTS 1/3/2012 12:59PM

    Great Job...... emoticon

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 1/3/2012 12:59PM

    You look awesome! Congrats on the hard work and dedication it took to get here. Cheers to a fabulous 2012!

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AZALIA34 1/3/2012 12:52PM

    Great! This is inspiring! emoticon

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SHARE_MY_WORLD_ 1/3/2012 12:49PM

    GOOD job, way to go!!!

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*ERICA* 1/3/2012 12:41PM

    you look amazing!!!

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GYMGIRL79 1/3/2012 12:09PM

    Congrats! You look amazing and I'm sure you feel great too! I'm glad I came across your blog today, it was very inspiring.

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BAKER1009 1/3/2012 12:07PM

    Well go you!! You did awesome! And it's not just about the weight you lost, it's about all the wealth of information you gained. Not only about fitness and nutrition, but about you, and all that you can do, and maybe thought you couldn't!
Thanks for sharing, you're a true inspiration!!

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TAYGRL 1/3/2012 12:02PM

    you GO girl!!

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AMBERNICHOLE3 1/3/2012 11:57AM

    You look amazing!! What are you doing for your abs?

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ANDBEYOND 1/3/2012 11:46AM

    Good job, and you wear your crown daily! emoticon

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