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Onederland?!?! 158 pounds gone :)


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Wednesday, April 04, 2012



I have been dreaming of this day for months! I don't even know where to begin. How about here.
January 2011....




I don't even remember this girl very much. I know she was very sad and depressed. At 357 pounds she didn't do much but eat and sleep. She thought quitting smoking a year earlier would help her health, but she still couldn't breathe. Sleep apnea had consumed her nights and heartache consumed her day. She ate to feed her emotions. As much as she hated food and what it had done to her life, it still made her feel better.

She had decided though, that she deserved to live. Whatever it took THIS was going to be the last time she truly started over. No more "I'm going to try" it was "I'm going to do this!" Everyone although very supportive, didn't have high hopes. She was sick of being the fat, lazy girl who had a pretty face if only she would lose some weight . She was done dreaming. It was her time.



The first few weeks were very hard! But she pushed through. Walking as much as she could without feeling like death. She tracked EVERYTHING she ate. She was starting to feel proud of herself.



She was progressing. The weight began to fall off. Maybe, just maybe this time it is going to work! By Easter she was on cloud 9. :)



Before she knew it. it was summertime. She had a few problems here and there, but as soon as she fell off the wagon, she hopped right back on. People were finally starting to notice the change...and by July 2011 she had lost her 100 pounds, and been the smallest she had been since she was 16.



In August when her girls went back to school, she decided to join the gym. Oh the elliptical about killed her the first time. 5 minutes and she was done. Of course her Sparkfriends reassured her that it would get easier. Of course they were right. XOXOXO



The holidays came and went. She survived. Did she splurge at her Mother-in-law's house? Yep. Did she regret it? Yep. That is why it is a journey and not an easy fix. Right back on the wagon she went.

The last few months have been hard. Harder than she ever thought. She knew she had made it through the last 16 months, she can make it the rest of her life. 42 pounds away from being "healthy" and couldn't be happier :)


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MAMAOWLS 5/2/2012 2:49PM

    Fantastic Job Keep it up emoticon

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TUTUNAN 5/2/2012 2:27PM

    Wow! Your very hard work is really showing.

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TAYGRL 5/2/2012 1:55PM

    i definitely missed this in april and i am SO glad i found it and impressed doesn't beGIN to aptly describe how well you've done. maybe i'm just feeling a little emotional cuz i'm at a serious crossroads in my life and yours was a message i needed to hear but it's taking all i have not to start totally bawling at work.

i didn't just "like" this blog, i LOVED it and i thank you so much for sharing your story when it appears that i really needed to hear it and not just about the weight either as that is just one of many things we have to contend with in this life. your message of hope just resonated thoroughly for me as it can be universally applied to other areas of my life. so again--

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MIMOTOGO 5/2/2012 1:37PM

    Oh my goodness! What a great job you have done! You look amazing and so inspiring. I understand the falling off the wagon and hopping back on. It truly is a "life style" change. You can't go back, nor would you ever want to. Thank you so much for sharing your journey. It is amazing how you documented it. GREAT JOB! Keep up the great work.

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SPIRITEDFILLY 5/2/2012 12:57PM

    Great job!

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LEANPOET 5/2/2012 12:37PM

    Well, look at you! Congratulations on your progress. emoticon

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DEB_LEA 5/2/2012 12:27PM

    Amazing story! You go girl!

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MONKEYBETH 5/2/2012 11:37AM

  Fantastic. You give sooooo much motivation others. Keep it up!

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KATHRYN064 5/2/2012 11:29AM

    Fabulous!
Way to go!

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JENNYBIRD95377 5/2/2012 11:21AM

  Amazing. Thank you for sharing. I am just recently starting my own journey. This is so motivating. Thank you.

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LAURA9021 5/2/2012 11:05AM

  What an inspiration! Congratulations! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KTTAYLOR21 5/2/2012 10:45AM

    ANYTHING you set your mind to is possible!! And you have just proven it!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RITAROSE 5/2/2012 10:34AM

  Fantastic job! You are an amazing young lady! There's no limit to what you can accomplish! emoticon

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MRSDJDUNNE 5/2/2012 10:30AM

    I am so happy for you and your blog has given me great JOY today! You are beautiful and I wish you all the best! Off to get back on the wagon.....by way of the elliptical today! Be blessed and thanks for sharing! emoticon

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LDRICHEL 5/2/2012 10:29AM

    SOOOOOOOOOOOOO proud of you, girl!!!! You, and others like you, are the biggest motivation for me to keep going and working hard! Because wonderful people like you have been kind enough to share, I have found the determination inside myself to do the same in my own life.

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QSULLIVAN 5/2/2012 10:29AM

    You are just emoticon !!!!!!!

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JIBBIE49 5/2/2012 10:24AM

    emoticon Wonderful to see your blog featured in the Spark Mail. WHat an honor.

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BLAUTO63 5/2/2012 10:16AM

  You look amazing...great job

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CRAZICAT 5/2/2012 10:11AM

  Your journey gives me hope that one day I will make it to onederland as well. I am still 31 pounds away from that goal, but as you said it is hard work so I need to put more focus on myself and the goals I want to achieve. Thanks for sharing your story.

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B-FLAT 5/2/2012 9:52AM

    All I can say is WOW. You are such an inspiration!

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BELTANE12 5/2/2012 9:46AM

    Great blog, thanks for sharing. You look great! Keep it up!

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TAKETIMETOO 5/2/2012 9:45AM

  Great work, keep it up.

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KZ-SAMI 5/2/2012 9:36AM

    You give me hope. Thanks!

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LBFROMBUFAD 5/2/2012 9:26AM

    emoticon Wow!! You look amazing and prove to me that hard work pays off in spades!!! This blog has given me some fire to get through the day

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COOKINGGRANNY 5/2/2012 9:21AM

  emoticon great work and an interesting blog.

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THEIS58 5/2/2012 9:06AM

    Awesome!

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MCJJJJ1 5/2/2012 9:04AM

    WOW! What a great story! Congratulations on your journey. You look absolutely GREAT! emoticon emoticon

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BUFFALOKAY 5/2/2012 8:56AM

    Onederful it is!!! emoticon

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MEH50BEWELL 5/2/2012 8:52AM

    You look so amazingly happy - thank you for sharing these pics it truly helps us sparkers you are struggling. You are an inspiration!

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BEWITCHING66 5/2/2012 8:47AM

    Wowwy! Wish I had something original to say! You've done a great job!

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CHRIMSONFYRE 5/2/2012 8:42AM

    What an amazing accomplishment! You go girl!

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WALLINMW 5/2/2012 8:39AM

  Stay motivated!~

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GAILRUU 5/2/2012 8:38AM

    What a great blog! You look great.

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EMLOWE0109 5/2/2012 8:31AM

  Amazing! And I love seeing the pics and the changes. Congratulations!

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CRAFTYSISTA 5/2/2012 8:28AM

    Congrats! Very inspiring! emoticon

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FORESTGHOUL 5/2/2012 8:16AM

    Awesome!! you rock!!! keep it up.

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SUZ625 5/2/2012 7:56AM

  Michelle -- To see the light switch on in your eyes is the most amazing thing.I have over 100 pounds to lose and have struggled. Thank you for sharing your story....

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YOBETHIE 5/2/2012 7:38AM

    You are such an encouragement! Beautiful!
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DNS9264 5/2/2012 7:10AM

    Congrats!!! Way to go!!! :-)

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MANDALORE 5/2/2012 6:58AM

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MARYLANDTEACHER 5/2/2012 6:32AM

    Before you joined the gym, we're you working out at all? I've been eating right for about a month and I need to start exercising too, but I'm scared that it will be overwhelming or drive me back to food...any advice?

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NANALEZ08 5/2/2012 6:20AM

  WOW...I am just getting going and this is a great inspiration.......keep it up, I intend to. emoticon

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GREENCAT1 5/2/2012 6:18AM

    Congratulations! You worked hard for it and you look FABULOUS!!!!!



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HOPESINGH 5/2/2012 5:17AM

    What an inspiring post! Good for you! emoticon
And of course, keep it up - healthy weight is right around the corner!

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8THTIMEUP 5/2/2012 5:16AM

    Keep up the great work!! emoticon

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PAMNANGEL 5/2/2012 3:35AM

    WOW! Fabulous! emoticon

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TYLYNN61 5/2/2012 3:28AM

    WOW WTG LADY you look great. You are an inspiration. Thank You for sharing your journey.

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FLY0NTHEWAL1 5/2/2012 2:21AM

    You look great, congratulations! I know it took a lot of hard work and persistence, I am so happy for you!

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FLY0NTHEWAL1 5/2/2012 2:19AM

    You look great, congratulations! I know it took a lot of hard work and persistence, I am so happy for you!

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