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What Two Years With Sparkpeople Helped Me Accomplish

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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Wow, I can't believe I've been on this journey for 2 years. When I started I was going to get to my goal in 18 months, because how hard could it be, right?!? Boy was I in for a surprise! Two years, of exercising, eating right, and believing that my goal IS attainable, and I still have 32 pounds to go, lol. Who knew! I've been going back and forth as to what I should write about. We all know how hard this is, we all know how to do this, we all know this journey takes you on this intense roller coaster of a ride, so WHAT do I write about for my 2 year anniversary?

I decided just to state the facts:
Starting weight 307

Current weight 172

I went from a BMI of 60 to 33.6

I've lost 135 pounds, that's about as much as both of my kids together!

88.5 pounds the first year and 46.5 the second. It averages out to about 1.3 pounds per week. Some weeks I lost more, some weeks I gained, but if I can average 1.3 pound for the next 26 weeks, it will put me at my goal weight by my birthday this year.

I've lost a total of 84.5 inches over my entire body.

In inches, my waist has gone from 59 to 34, my hips from 59 to 42, each thigh from 34 to 23, each calf from 19 to 15.5, each arm from 20 to 15, and my neck went from 16 to 12.5.

I've gone from a size 28 jeans to a 14 or 16, depending on the brand

And from a 4X shirt to a M or L, again depending on the brand

Over the last 2 years, I've finally started living my life. I've gone to the beach, the water park, and amusement park, camping, hiking, completed 10 5K's, taken up biking, Zumba, kick boxing, gotten the kids interested in being healthy, gotten my dad involved, and hopefully inspired others to change their lives.

For the remainder of this year, I have a few things planned. There are a few more 5K's I'll be doing, including RUNNING the Turkey Trot at Thanksgiving. In September, for my husband's birthday, we're going to bike around the peninsula which is 13 miles. I have promised myself that I will get serious about ST and get it done at least 2 times a week. And my biggest goal is to get to my goal weight by the end of this year.

I've also been thinking about what has helped me the most over these last 2 years, and it really comes down to just a few key things for me...

CONSISTENCY... when I'm consistent, I see much better progress, on the scale as well as emotionally. SUSTAINABILITY... I decided when I started this, that I wasn't going to do anything that I couldn't do for the rest of my life. I won't work out 2 hours a day when I'm 60, so I'm not doing it now. 30-45 minutes 4-6 days a week is all I'm willing to do. That's also why I will never cut anything out of my diet. I may not eat a lot of the same foods that I used to, but nothing is off limits. If I want it, I'll eat it. And the MOST important thing, DO NOT GIVE UP! If I gave up every time the scale went up, every time I ate over calories, every time I didn't get a workout in, I'd still be over 300 pounds. YES, I've had bad days, but I NEVER gave up.

What has two years with spark helped me accomplish...

Hmmm, I'd say quit a bit!

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TIME4AMY 7/23/2012 9:35AM

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SUZIEMAH1 7/14/2012 10:28AM

    Awesome..congrats on your weight loss you've come so far...Keep it up! emoticon emoticon

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RSONYA 7/8/2012 3:55AM

    HI my name is Sonya also known on blogging as Chonkey Monkey lol I Am just about in the same boat you were in I started out 2 weeks ago weighing 301.7 lbs and I HAve currently lost 15 lbs as of today. So super congrats on your accomplishment way to go girl awesome I Am very proud for you. IF you don't mind I Am new to this site could you had me as a friend I am not sure how but I think we would have a lot in common if not I understand. chonkey monkey emoticon

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HANDYV 7/6/2012 11:54PM


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MISSLISA1973 7/6/2012 11:18PM

    INCREDIBLE! I love the pictures! emoticon emoticon

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  very inspirational. Way to go!

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DSING1770 7/1/2012 11:12PM

    I'm motivated now!! Great Job!!

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MOJIMAK 6/30/2012 4:24PM

    You are glowing :-) Great job on your transformation.....

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123ELAINE456 6/30/2012 1:16AM

  Awesome!!! Congratulations on your weight loss, on meeting your goals and accomplishments. You are a great motivator and inspiration to many people. This is the WAY TO GO!!! God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week.

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LOTUSFLOWER 6/29/2012 10:17PM

    You are simply amazing!!! Congratulations, you are an inspiration!

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DRB13_1 6/28/2012 11:55PM

    Wonderful! Love the pictures (especially the kids in your old jeans) and I know your family is proud of you and the kids will live healthier lives as well. I lost my dad to smoking/cancer, and still have that feeling of abandonment, that he didn't take care of his health in order to have more years with us... so you are giving your family a priceless gift of YOU.
I will celebrate my 2 year Sparkversary the end of July and will not have the success you have demonstrated - but I haven't quit, and I still believe.
Thank you for being such a fabulous inspiration! emoticon

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END2WEIGHT 6/28/2012 10:28PM

    Thank you for sharing! Congratulations on all your accomplishments. I hope to be able to post a similar blog!

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AMBER281 6/28/2012 6:13PM

    Truly inspiring!! Thanks so much for sharing!

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NATARSHAD 6/27/2012 1:59PM

    Your story is inspirational and quite encouraging. I am currently over 300lbs and wish to see onederland again. As I recommit to my goal, I will be sure to reflect on the wisdom you shared in regards to your experience.

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CRZYMOM04 6/27/2012 12:51PM

    Your story is amazing, congrats on all your hard work. emoticon

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KARENDEE4 6/27/2012 11:51AM

    Love the blog!!

You have done great and always inspire me.

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CLRWILLIAMS25 6/27/2012 10:21AM

    What an inspiration! emoticon

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SWEDE_SU 6/27/2012 4:12AM

    wow! thank you for sharing! amazing journey, you look wonderful!

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NUOVAELLE 6/27/2012 2:23AM

    Wow! You are such an inspiration! You've accomplished a huge transformation and most importantly, the right way! I've followed the exact same strategy throughout my journey and I believe it's the right way that will lead us to our goals and a healthy life-long living.
Keep on spreading the spark!

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CHEFMOM1199 6/26/2012 10:56PM

  You are such an inspiration - thank you for sharing your story. I am so glad that I came across your page and I get to follow you to your final goal. You can absolutely do it!!! AWESOME!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ZANNBEE 6/26/2012 7:37PM

    What an amazing post! So great!

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    So so so impressed and inspired, thank you!

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MICHELLESMILES_ 6/26/2012 5:55PM

    You look amazing! So proud of you! Love ya!

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SO happy for you! You are such an inspiration!

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DABLUECAT 6/26/2012 2:12PM

    Fabulous! Awesome transformation & inspiration!
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JUNQUEMALED 6/26/2012 12:41PM

    Good For You!

I've been on this website since February - with an end goal of -150 pounds. Your journey is perfect motivation! Thank you so much for the one who went before!

Keep up the great work! Enjoy the great rewards!

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DARKLIGHT31 6/26/2012 11:03AM

    Congratulations!!! Your accomplishments are just amazing. Thanks so much for sharing.


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ROUNDTOWNMOM 6/26/2012 6:29AM

    WAY TO GO!!! Thanks for the kick in the pants I needed today. emoticon

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AMYSRUN4LIFE 6/25/2012 1:23PM

    Happy SparkVersary to you!! I know I don't have to say it, cause you know...but I'm going to anyway! You look so amazing and you have come so far, what an inspiration and I feel so blessed to have you as a sparkfriend and for being on this journey with you. I know I'm not around as much as I use to be but I do visit your page frequently just to see what your up to. I've been stuck at this last 30 lbs for the last year (give or take) I'm going to join you these next few months to get to our goal weights if that's ok with you...Let's do it!!!

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WILLOWSHIBORI 6/24/2012 9:40PM

    Congratulations, Holly!
You've accomplished so much and are an incredible inspiration to your family and to all of us here on this SP journey.

I'm just beginning this road, and was deeply moved by your wise and inspiring comments, be consistent, make sensible goals that you truly can live with, and NEVER GIVE UP! Your words are ringing in my ears!

Thanks so much for sharing your story, you look beautiful!

~ Willow

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BETHSWORLD 6/24/2012 9:01PM

    You are amazing!!!!!

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TINAJANE76 6/24/2012 8:26PM

    That's so fantastic and I'm so very happy for you! Just look at all that collarbone you're showing. You look mahvellous, dahling!!!

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GOPINTOS 6/24/2012 6:24PM

    I loved this!

I too, thought how hard could this be? I thought I would be 20lbs farther along than I am now. Actually I thought even farther but at least 20lbs lighter.

Anyways, you look great. I am amazed at your progress and look forward to the rest!

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PEACEFULGIRL 6/24/2012 2:20PM

  thank you so much for your blog. I think my mouth dropped open when I saw your transformation. I am inspired and really think your discussion on consistency and not giving up were great. THANK YOU and congratulations on the successes of all your hard work!!

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DUXGRL1 6/24/2012 12:37PM

    You look great! And I heavily (LOL!) subscribe to your philosophy of not doing anything that you couldn't do for the rest of my life!

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    wow what a gift that you shared with us. i like the way you made the promise that you would do what exercises you would do in the future. for me one exercise will not work i get bored way to easy, could be i have adult adhd. so for now i am using yard work and the swimming pool and it is a great change up. from reclining bicycle and dvd workouts. i have been somewhat off on food tracking but i am not fretting since i am back on as of this week. 3 days so far.

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JFIZZL 6/24/2012 6:27AM

    Thanks for sharing! This is very inspiring! I wish you all the best in reaching your goals -- you can do it!!

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KTISFOCUSED 6/23/2012 10:37PM

    Wow! You look beautiful and have done amazing things!!!! Congratulations!

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DEEINWI 6/23/2012 9:57PM

    Thanks for the inspiration, you have done great!
I'm proud of you!
And thanks for sharing your story and your great achievement!

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WILSON425 6/23/2012 9:47PM

    You look amazing!

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CORINA-MOMOF4 6/23/2012 7:24PM

    WTG! Congrats!! Thats awesome - btw, I love that picture with your children in the jeans!

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SLIMSOLO10 6/23/2012 6:46PM

    You are truly amazing!!! What an inspiration! Thanks for your great blog!

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HIPPEENIK 6/23/2012 6:37PM

    wow your blog has been the best read yet. I think you have done a fantastic job changing yourself and reaching your goals. You look beautiful and vibrabt. Thanks for the inspiration.I am starting out and have the same views (the now) I hope I can carry on as you have.
Best wishes and good luck for your other goals x


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JEANNINEMM68 6/23/2012 3:38PM

    Way to go, thanks for being who you are and doing what you do.

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