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I am half way to my goal weight!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

I almost did not notice. I have now passed 1/2 way to my goal weight. My goal is to lose 175 pounds and I have lost 89 pounds (as of Monday's weigh in and I feel like I lost some more since then)

Things are getting better. People are beginning to say positive things to me. It is hard for them to ignore the weight loss now. Almost losing 90 pounds is a lot not to notice. Those that do say something then like to talk about how they need to lose weight. (Recently happened with 2 Mom's from son's baseball team)

While they probably need to lose 5-10 pounds at most. They talk about how busy they are etc. I realized if you need to lose weight, you have to be READY! I can't tell them to get moving and they do have time. I used the same excuses before I was ready to lose weight.

I am following the no more excuses mantra. If I overeat, I try to figure out why. I might even exercise extra to burn those calories. It is a new lifestyle for me.

As for those baseball Mom's I told them before baseball games I will be walking around instead of sitting on the bleachers. One said let her know and she will walk with me. Looks like we do have time after all.

Two nights ago hubby said I felt different when hugging me. He just kept rubbing my back. I think he was shocked. He was not trying to give me a compliment but it made me feel so great! He sees me every day so it is harder for him to notice the weight loss.

When I went to the Doctor this week, I was again excited to see the nurse use the regular size Blood pressure cuff. Each time I see that I stare at it and get a smile on my face. The nurse had no idea she made my day by not going to get the larger cuff!

The simple things make me happy! Plus I love getting on the scale at the Doctor now...Even though I am still over weight I am not seeing the scale peg out at the highest weight now.

It has not all been easy but this process is not as hard as I thought it was going to be. I won’t miss being fat at all!

Other things that improved:

Sleep apnea seems to be gone

I can fit in chairs better

It is easier to drive

Taking care of myself is easier (shaving, painting toenails all the simple things)

I can clean my house better!

I can run around with the kids. (I always race my 12 year old, he beats me every time but it is still fun)

I can tie my shoes without hurting my stomach

None of my clothes fit! (Even things that I put in the back of my closet because they were too small)

Less Aches and Pains!

The towel fits around me after a shower

At my son’s wrestling tournaments, I take the steps on the bleachers two at a time and I can breathe when I get up to the top.

I enjoy good, healthy foods. Fattening foods do not appeal to me anymore.

My health has improved…Cholesterol down, BP down, Blood Sugar down…(now still working on raising good Cholesterol)

I have a positive outlook. Life seems to be easier when I am taking care of myself.

I am considering a tattoo because I am confident I will keep the weight off and it won’t stretch and look gross

I am looking forward to swimming

I am going to wear shorts this summer (Have not done that in a while)

This list could go on forever…..

My inner fit person is coming out too....She is there!
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    Awesomeness! emoticon Spark On! You Got This!
    1825 days ago
    I am soooo proud of you! You now know for sure that you CAN reach your goals. You are halfway there already and now just repeat the things that are working for you and the rest will come off too.

    Don't worry if your weight loss slows down a little because you are getting stronger and feeling better everyday. You WILL reach your goal eventually and until then, enjoy the ride.

    I often take time when my son is at sports practices to go run on the school track or sneak away to ZUMBA for a class until time to pick him back up. There is time to exercise when we make it a priority. I don't like to exercise but, I feel sooo much better when I finish my workout.

    Great job and you should post some pics when you hit that 100 lbs. lost mark. Way to go!
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    1825 days ago
    If this wasn't voted Popular Blog yet, it definitely should be. This post is beautiful,. brought tears to my eyes b/c it shows that if you stick to it, you will see results (over time) & it is totally worth it. It's like why throw in the towel & go back to yr starting weight & past limitations, right? This is totally emoticon . emoticon to you & your overall success & achievements on yr WL journey, &&thank you for posting this! emoticon Also I love the pic @ the end! Yr already that fit person, that's what helped you to lose the 90+ lbs in the 1st place lol Just that for some peopple, seeing is believing thats all emoticon
    1825 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/29/2012 8:54:01 AM
    Wonderful blog!! You are AMAZING!!

    I think the most profound realization is what you said about it not being as hard as you thought it would be. Funny how we have ourselves convinced it's impossible which makes it all the harder to get going!

    I just love your progress and honesty!!
    1836 days ago

    You touched on so many things I'm experiencing this morning too. How you find the time, how you don't make excuses, and how your whole outlook is positive

    Halfway...You are now closer to being fit than closer to be unhealthy. So amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    And I love all the new things you can do, especially the bp cuff and the towel!
    1837 days ago
  • MOM23ES
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    I LOVE reading blogs like yours. Your accomplishment is huge and such and inspiration. Sparkpeople can be such a big and daunting place when you first get going but I am glad to have found a few blogs I can follow on a continuing basis that help me along the way.

    I am not a blogger but I am out here cheering you on!
    1837 days ago
    Great job, Karen! I am so happy for you. Keep it up!
    1837 days ago
    I wish I was close to goal. Thanks Jessica and Jacqueline!

    I have more weight in my lower body. So it photos well. In person you can see where I still need to lose...

    1837 days ago
  • CRESHA20
    Way to go. I went looking for you on here early this morning because I hadn't checked in on you in a while. I remember you had been doing great. I am glad to see you have been keeping up the good work. Congratulations on your accomplishments thus far.
    1837 days ago
    emoticon , you are emoticon !! I am so happy for you! I cannot wait to have less aches and pains and to fit a bath towel around myself too :) Thanks for posting.
    1838 days ago
    emoticon That is awesome!!
    1838 days ago
  • JANDK156
    I'm with Jessica in that you look close to goal weight cos you look terrific! You're 100% right about having to be ready. This process, to me anyway, is like quitting smoking (which I also did 5 years ago)- you're either ready or you're not. There's no doing it halfway. When the commitment is there, THAT is when it happens. I'm so happy for you and hoping my most recent changes see me start to lose like you have emoticon
    1838 days ago
  • AELI2468
    That is SUCH a great accomplishment! Congrats on all the sucess you have had! emoticon
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    I wanted to send a not to all the wonderful people that commented on my blog! I get so much support and inspiration from everyone at SP.

    I know I could have never gotten this far without this great place!!


    Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
    1838 days ago
    You are an inspiration! keep it up, I know you'll reach your goal.

    1838 days ago
    emoticon They really don't have a "Woo Hoo!" big enough to be appropriate here. :-) How absolutely fantastic! Way to go!
    1838 days ago
    Wow, what an AMAZING blog! I was so inspired that I went to visit your page first, so I could get to know you a little before I commented. All I can say is, what an inspiration you are!!
    1838 days ago
    Those are great accomplishments! I love the picture... gave me a giggle. I understand the towel issue, I still don't fit comfortably in one, something is always hanging out.

    I noticed last time I was at my Dr.'s office, they had gotten a bigger scale. Makes me wonder how many people didn't fit on the old one that they needed to invest in a bigger one.
    1838 days ago
    A great blog! Really motivated me. emoticon on your weight loss thus far!! That is really amazing!
    1838 days ago
  • JESSICA2140
    Awesome Karen!! I can't believe you aren't further than the halfway mark (looking at your pics)...you look AMAZING!! Like you're almost there!! You've worked so hard...you deserve to enjoy it!!!
    1838 days ago
    That's SO great! Congratulations!
    1838 days ago
    This is an awesome blog! So happy you are taking the time to really enjoy the success you have achieved and to revel in it. emoticon
    1838 days ago
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    That is so AMAZING! Half way there! What a HUGE accomplishment!

    This blog is just what I needed today. I've been off track this week, trying to re-ignite my spark today. Your many successes are a tremendous help! The reminder of my potential, to keep going for the same results!

    1838 days ago
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