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Is that really me? A blast from Easter past.


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Sunday, July 01, 2012

I've been doing a lot of cleaning and organizing for our annual July 4 party and came across this picture from Easter 2006. (Excuse the blurriness, I don't have this picture on my computer at home, and took a picture of a picture--which is never very good.)


(Although this picture is from 2006, I looked exactly the same in 2007, 2008 and 2009, before waking up in Dec. of 2009 and making some changes!)

This picture is to show four generations of us, my son is on the left, I am in the middle holding my newborn grandson and my dad is on the right. It was grandson's first Easter, and sadly, Dad's last. He died the following year at the age of 83. But when he was about 65, he lost over 100 lbs. and kept it off until he got sick 8 months before he died, at which point he got even thinner. He is my role model. He used to bike all over the place, 20-30 miles at a time, up into his 70's, and also was very careful about what he ate. After he quit biking for long distances, he still rode around town and worked out on his rower and his stationary bike.

When I look at this picture, it makes me sad. Sad to realize what I did to my body by my bad choices. I am so thankful I finally "saw the light," or should I say saw the Spark?

For comparison here is a picture of me from Easter of 2011, just a few weeks after I hit my goal weight on April 15.


And another picture of me from Easter 2012, still below my goal weight!


I was washing my front door today, and as I often do, made a silent prayer that next year when it's time to clean up for our 4th of July party I am at approximately the same weight and still have the energy I do today. It makes preparations so much easier when you aren't carrying around 180 extra pounds!

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SUTERSPACE 2/4/2013 7:34AM

    What a wonderful blog. Loved that you reached your goal weight and doing so well. Way to go!!

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BRADIA 1/11/2013 11:01AM

    Talking about role models, ou could be that for many of us. Congratulations.
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HEY_STEVE 10/14/2012 7:24AM

    An incredible job! If I didn't know, I would have said that it was your Mother in the first picture. Thank you for telling about your Dad being you inspiration. It's great to know that it's never too late to change your life. Continued success to you.

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SPSPSP1 8/29/2012 7:08PM

    Thank you for sharing. I hope you don't still feel badly about your past weight. I am guessing that going through what you have has enabled you to have greater compassion for yourself and others. Anyway, I wish you the best.

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ELAINESHAFF 8/29/2012 8:46AM

    amazing and congratulations

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FRABBIT 8/10/2012 3:09PM

  Incredible!

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NASFKAB 8/4/2012 8:17AM

  amazing awesome

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DEBK0923 7/15/2012 10:59AM

    you look awesome, great blog

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DUTCHIE2212 7/12/2012 3:48PM

  Wauw! Amazing! You must be very proud of yourself!

I'm sure you keep all the lost pounds off!

Respect!

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ROUNDTOWNMOM 7/12/2012 7:11AM

    You look amazing!!! Congratulations on being healthy!!!!!!!!!

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JLJOYNT 7/11/2012 7:40PM

    What an inspiration. I have 124 pounds to lose. I know I can do with the help of SP.
Thank you for sharing.

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MOMOSG 7/11/2012 10:11AM

    You look fanstic and seem to radiate so much energy! You must feel great too. Way to go!

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FABFRAN 7/10/2012 11:24PM

  Wow. Thank you so much for sharing the photos and story. You are amazing and a great inspiration. I have been struggling with the food today and read your story while trying to distract myself from eating more before going to bed. It really did make me stop and choose a glass of water instead.

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LORLILU 7/9/2012 5:42PM

    What a wonderful reminder of why we need to take care of ourselves - we have so uch to share!

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SISWENDY 7/9/2012 4:50PM

  Wow! Thanks for sharing...you look great!

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OREOSMILE 7/9/2012 7:11AM

    Thanks for the inspiration today!

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WEGENERCS 7/8/2012 8:14PM

    Thank you for the booster shot of encouragment. I've kept off 50 pounds, but truly need to lose 40-50 more. It's been a lifelong battle, but I do feel so much better with what I've accomplished to date. Thank you.

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SDUNCAN436 7/8/2012 4:12PM

  I started on my journey to lose 170 lbs today. You are an inspiration and I am so glad you don't carry around all that extra weight. I can't wIt to experience that feeling! Good luck and best wishes for next year!

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SDUNCAN436 7/8/2012 4:12PM

  I started on my journey to lose 170 lbs today. You are an inspiration and I am so glad you don't carry around all that extra weight. I can't wIt to experience that feeling! Good luck and best wishes for next year!

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SDUNCAN436 7/8/2012 4:12PM

  I started on my journey to lose 170 lbs today. You are an inspiration and I am so glad you don't carry around all that extra weight. I can't wIt to experience that feeling! Good luck and best wishes for next year!

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PENNYPACKER3 7/8/2012 3:49PM

    WOW, you look great! emoticon

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HIPPEENIK 7/8/2012 2:41PM

    what a lovely blog..I like the family picture and the sound of your dad.He does sound like he was an amazing man. Now here u are being just as amazing and inspiring lots with your story. Thanks for sharing.

Best wishes
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FAT2FITTHISTIME 7/8/2012 11:13AM

  KUDOS to you!! Thanks for posting the pics so we could see your great transformation. As stated before you look so much happier, healthier and younger too!! I am new here (still trying to find my "spark") and have added you as a spark friend so I can continue to follow your blog!! Very inspiring!

P.S. Is that a Husker "N" I see on the doorstep? GO BIG RED!! emoticon

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BEACHGIRL328 7/8/2012 1:56AM

    what an amazing transformation both physically and mentally!

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BABYBARNEY 7/7/2012 5:12PM

    Congratulations in meeting your goal...SPARK ON!!! emoticon

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WALKERGIRL422 7/7/2012 12:47PM

    you rock! congratulations!

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MARYHENNIG 7/6/2012 7:35PM

  You look fantastic! What an accomplishment...taking it off as well as keeping it off. You look so much happier and healthier today.

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TEACHEROF4TH 7/6/2012 7:03PM

    Wow! 180 pounds gone... I can hardly wrap my head around that. Congratulations! You look amazing!

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ANGELEYES67J 7/6/2012 1:54PM

    You look amazing. Congrats!!

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FRABBIT 7/6/2012 12:54PM

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KIN59VARA 7/6/2012 12:41PM

    What a great blog, thank you!

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CINDYBEL 7/6/2012 12:37PM

    emoticon You look amazing. Looks like your on your way to a healthy rest of your life.

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KATOFORNOW 7/6/2012 12:13PM

    so very inspiring...I will keep at it even though I'm convinced the pounds I currently have and have had for almost a month now are permanently glued to me as they won't budge..superglued!

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EFFRAYECHILDE 7/6/2012 10:06AM

    Congrats!!! You look amazing!!!

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ALWAYSROSY 7/6/2012 8:25AM

    Your dad is great inspiration to me too! Thanks for sharing his story AND yours!

You look fabulous!!! Wooooo HOOOOO!!!! Congratulations on your great success and blessings to you for forever maintenance!

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TOVEYTWIRL 7/6/2012 2:17AM

    Well done you..You've certainly inspired me to stick at it emoticon

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JULIA1154 7/5/2012 10:28PM

  Congratulations on your about face - and maintaining your accomplishment. Someday your grandkids will see you as the inspiring figure that your father was to you.

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SUSANK16 7/5/2012 8:19PM

  Wow how wonderful

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KLONG8 7/5/2012 6:57PM

    Thanks for sharing. You're doing great, looking great, and have accomplished so much. Your dad was a wonderful role model and he'd be so proud of you.

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DEVSANGEL1 7/5/2012 1:30PM

    That is remarkable!! Congratulations on the weight loss!! I hope this time next year finds you healthy, and where you want to be!! emoticon

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STSCOTT11 7/5/2012 11:25AM

    You look absolutely FABULOUS. Keep up the good work.

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JERICHO1991 7/5/2012 11:15AM

    Great job of maintaining goal. Congratulations.

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JAYDEE16 7/5/2012 9:57AM

    Wow, what an awesome story! You are a true inspiration, just like your Dad. And an amazing role model for your children and grandchildren, just like your Dad. Like Father, like Daughter! :) Congratulations! And next time I don't feel like working out, I will be sure to remember your Dad biking 20-30 miles at 70+ years old! :)

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SHIELDAC 7/5/2012 9:52AM

    you look so great!!!!! emoticon

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