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I officially hit 100 pounds gone... w/ photos

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Warning Another Brag blog....

I hit over 100 pounds gone today. I began my journey on June 22, 2011 at 323 pounds and today I weigh 222.2 pounds. That is 100.8 pounds lost.

I am a little happy but the post about the shirt fitting that I made yesterday. It was a NSV and I love those.

Here is a comparison of a photo I took yesterday vs. a photo in July 2011 (In July I had lost about 7 pounds)

I am amazed sometimes I have lost this much weight. I honestly do not realize how much weight that is...

So I gathered some photos of things that weigh 100 pounds!

100 pounds of fat

100 pound pumpkin

A baby hippo weights 100 pounds

100 pounds of bananas

What I have learned about my weight loss journey

1. Healthy food makes me feel good
2. I eat less processed food I lose more weight
3. I like to eat healthy
4. I like to exercise
5. It is not as hard as I thought it would be
6. I am a food addict and one bite can be dangerous (of certain foods)
7. I will have to be patient
8. My losses come in spurts not the same each week
9. If I don't drink as much water I feel bad
10. When I don't eat enough I might binge
11. If I eat smaller meals and snacks I feel full longer and it is easier to last through the day.

Some things that happened (or that I can do) since losing 100 pounds
1 Paint my toenails without hurting my stomach
2. Tie my shoes!
3. Stand for long periods of time without pain
4. Fit into seats better
5. Sleep better and snore less
6. Save my legs without some kind of aerobics in the shower
7. Sweat less when just sitting around (used to always be hot and sweating)
8. I can actually run
9. I do not fear dying young anymore
10. I spend more time with my kids
11. More energy
12. I can climb stairs without being out of breath at the top
13. My skin is looking and feeling better
14. I can wrap my towel around my body
15. I cannot fit into any of my clothes (a good problem to have)
16. I can see shopping in "normal “sizes happening soon
17. My feet got smaller (an entire size)
18. I look younger
19. I feel younger
20. I don't worry about breaking chairs as much
21. My BMI went from 52.9 to 36.4 (no longer in the morbid obesity category)
22. My cholesterol went down
23. I am no longer Pre-diabetic
24. I am excited to get on the scale at the Doctors
25. I am smaller than my husband!!!
26. I have almost lost the weight one of my kids weighs (20 pounds to go)
27. I know when I substitute in classrooms I can run around and play with kids
28. I am loving myself!
29. I have confidence
30. I made some great sparkfriends
31. I know I have my spark friends for support
32. I have ran 5k’s
33. I want to have my picture taken now
34. I feel like a woman not a blob
35. I have less aches and pains
there are many more….

If you are just starting or feel like giving up please don’t!

If you need help ask your spark friends. Mine have been the best support I have ever had!!!!

Even though my journey is not over I am happy about where I am right now!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MONIKAK2 4/12/2012 11:02PM

  Love,love,love your blog.Its so great,just awsome.You are huge inspiration to me.I'll be next. emoticon

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STAYCXL-NOMORE 4/6/2012 11:03AM

    Thanks for sharing ! Congrats on your 100 pounds lost !

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ID_VANDAL 4/6/2012 9:45AM

    Thank you for such a great blog. You are an amazing person! I'm printing this blog and posting on in my bathroom mirrow, by my computer, and on the frig.


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SEATOWN_GAL 4/4/2012 11:17PM

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Way to go, what an inspiration!

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AMBER281 4/4/2012 1:12PM

    I hope that someday I can be where you are and post a similar blog.
Thanks for being so inspiring!!

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CAITLINBUM 4/3/2012 4:53PM

  I really hope someday to be in the place you are in! CONGRATS! it must feel amazing! You blog inspires me and motivates me even more to continue towards my goal! emoticon

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MOVING4WARD2012 4/3/2012 1:13PM

    fantastic!!! way to go!! Congrats on all your hard work!! You've earned the right to brag and celebrate!!

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SHEILA-45 4/3/2012 12:03PM

    WOOT WOOT! Way to go Karen! What an inspiration! Thx for the post~ emoticon

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PHOTOMUM 4/2/2012 11:48PM

    Good job.
You should be vary proud.

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GORGEOUS72305 4/2/2012 4:33PM

    You are very inspiring! Great job!

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ON2VICTORY 4/2/2012 10:17AM

    ok, where is the 'most awesome' button? all i see is i liked this.... I guess like will have to do, but your progress and the lessons you have learned are awesome...dont forget that.


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SELLISON4 4/2/2012 8:34AM

    Thanks for the inspiration I really needed it!!!

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CINDYG43 4/2/2012 7:29AM

    Congrats, your story is very inspiring to me! Just what I needed to read today!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SAS202554 4/1/2012 10:26PM

  I love hearing about you and your weight loss. Thank you for sharing this story. I hope to be where you are some day soon. It is nice to know that it can be done!!!!

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CHUNKYMONKEY36 4/1/2012 4:11PM

    What an amazing blog! I am so happy for you and I'm sending a huge congrats!!! Thanks for being my little bit of inspiration today.

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KIN59VARA 4/1/2012 1:00PM

    What a great blog! I am on a team that had your blog as an inspiration!

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LIONESS822 4/1/2012 12:50PM

    Yours is a great very encouraging story! Especially to those of us who have lost weight (125lbs & counting) but who still have about 175 lbs to lose. You deserve to brag!

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TAMIPCHICAGO 4/1/2012 10:32AM

    Absolutely fabulous! You look fantastic. I love your list of things that have changed for you since losing the weight. Those are all worth their weight in gold, and have much more impact than just numbers on a scale.

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RUNNER12COM 4/1/2012 12:51AM

    You are incredible. Congrats!

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JTAYLOR2011 3/31/2012 11:02PM

    I am so humbled by your experience... please, by all means -- brag, Brag, BRAG!

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LUVMYCRAZYKIDS 3/31/2012 10:10PM

    Thrilled for you .....SOOOOOO AWESOME!! You must feel wonderful! What an inspiration!

Thanks for sharing!

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ILUVMYDOG1 3/31/2012 8:30PM

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Way to go, congratulations on your wonderful accomplishments, you are amazing!!

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WILDFLOWERMA 3/31/2012 7:34PM

    Thank you so much for sharing this. I was so reassured by your words. I'm four weeks into my journey and feeling overwhelmed by what is in front of me. BUT you are so right - I do feel much better when I eat healthy. I already feel my clothes loosening and a little lighter on my feet (the human body is so amazing). I just have to keep making progress each day. Congratulations on your remarkable progress!

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    Very motivating. I liked the visual presentation of 100 pounds of fat. Good image to keep in front of one when one's zeal is flagging.

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HEYITSLISA 3/31/2012 12:25PM

    Thank for the inspiration. I refuse to even think in big numbers like "100". I'm just concentrating on 30 for right now. Thanks for the reminder that it can be done. emoticon

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MANILUS 3/31/2012 10:15AM

    Congratulations on your success, keep it up! I too have lost over 100 lbs and am still going! All the best!

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SHELBY2050 3/31/2012 9:13AM

    You are truly an inspiration. "Those who say it can't be done are usually interrupted by those doing it". Congratulations on making a conscious decision to put yourself first.

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MASE72 3/31/2012 7:21AM

    Great Blog! emoticon emoticon

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FITLATINA95 3/31/2012 12:44AM

    Nicely done. You are inspiring.

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    Way to go!! What a fabulous accomplishment :)

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PINKCIS 3/31/2012 12:08AM

    You have done a fantastic job on your weight loss journey. Keep up the awesome work. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MRSCLARK 3/30/2012 11:42PM

    that is great.All that hard work was worth it.I like reading about it.Helps keep me motivated to lose this 50 lbs

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GABLACK05 3/30/2012 11:28PM

    Wow! I'm just out here surfing the BLOGS and I cruise into this one. What a rush! You are incredibly motivating and your accomplishments nothing short of phenomenal.

Congratulations and best wishes for all the best life has to offer

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BROCCOLIROSE 3/30/2012 11:18PM

    Well, this made me cry. I am SO happy for stick it out even through those tough weeks, well, your amazing. Thank you for writing this...I'm sure that many people that read it will be saying, "hey, I think I CAN do this"....I know I did....


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CAPGIRL1 3/30/2012 10:15PM

    Your blog was exactly what I needed on a Friday night - thank you for posting a very uplifting, motivating, and helpful message! I loved reading what you learned and your advice. I will definitely learn from your experience and maybe I will be posting my own brag blog before long. Congratulations on your accomplishments!

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BITTERSWEET100 3/30/2012 9:56PM

    You must feel wonderful. So proud of you!

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    Congratulations on reaching such a great milestone! This is an excellent blog. Thank you for sharing!

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JULIA1154 3/30/2012 8:00PM

  Congratulations, Karen.

Not only is this a great accomplishment, but your list of things you've learned resonated very deeply with me - and suggests that you've really got this figured out. I would suggest that you get yourself some new, cute summer clothes but don't get too attached to them, as they way you're going you'll be ready for a whole new wardrobe next summer!

Enjoy every aspect of your new life, Karen. emoticon

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SABLENESS 3/30/2012 7:01PM

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KELLYBEANER77 3/30/2012 5:52PM

    This is awesome news!! It is worth jumping for joy!!


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KM1116 3/30/2012 5:48PM

  You look amazing... So inspiring!

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GAELA-I-CAN 3/30/2012 5:20PM

    Wow. You are truly inspiring to all of us... emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FOXFIRENDTS 3/30/2012 5:14PM

    Congratulations, you look great and yes you can brag, "YOU GO GIRL"

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ACROOKSTON 3/30/2012 4:57PM

    Love this!! Congrats!

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GRACEISENUF 3/30/2012 4:42PM

    Brag away..........LOVE IT!

What an inspiration you are!

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SARS613 3/30/2012 4:26PM

    That is amazing - I have seen pictures of 100 lbs of things, but seeing that it is like a baby hippo adds a whole new perspective. Congratulations, it gives me great inspiration in my own journey to see you reach 100 lbs lost!

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PCASEY7 3/30/2012 4:20PM

    Congrats on a fantastic job! You're an inspiration to SP everywhere and give them hope that they can do it too. I hope you're rewarding yourself for your accomplishments along the way.

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