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    _RACHEL   36,777
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It's my Party & I'll cry if I want to

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

It's my Party & I'll cry if I want to - but I won't! Why? because yesterday was my birthday and I'm 76 pounds lighter than 3 Birthday's ago!!!

Yes! 76 pounds!
Three Years ago, I turned the big 5 O ! Here's a picture of me on my 50th birthday.

If you wish, you can read about how my sisters embarrassed me on that day. Being in a parade and overweight was not the way I wanted to spend my 50th. For more details read the blog "The Story behind the Red Hat." As I look back now, I count it as a blessing. This was the beginning of realizing I needed a change in my life.

But that change didn't start until the last days of December 2009 right after I ate all the chocolates and goodies from my Christmas stocking! This photo is my last "fat" picture.

I joined a small little group of 5 Sparkers from "Wildflowerr Live-It's" team. Wildflowerr aka Donna was our fearless leader and was my biggest support and help. I logged my food, exercised, drank my water and joined our weekly challenges Donna posted for our team.

I lost my first twenty pounds within two months. Although there was not much visible change, I felt very good about myself. I knew I was on my way.

By end of April, I had lost a total of 30 pounds. Here's a picture of my photo shoot I rewarded myself with.

On my birthday I had reached a goal of 50 pounds down! I had to take a picture of me carrying 50 pounds of flour! Now that's a lot of weight!

60 pounds down!!! two months later! Oh yeeees!!

Gotta add two 5lb bags of cornmeal to the 50 pounds of flour! Whoa!! 60 pounds! NOW that's a lot of weight!

Another two months later, I reached my ultimate goal of 70 pounds down on November 7th, 2010. Now...unfortunately I didn't take a picture of me with more sacks of food. But fast forward to the present, I have kept my weight off and even lost an additional 6 pounds for a total of 76 pounds down! It's hard to believe I carried that much weight for all those years. Can't lift the sacks of food now...... but yay I can pump a pound of butter!

A 70 pounds photo shoot!

My life has been active since 3 years ago.
I starting hiking with my family.

One of my best friend Patty and I started a "Runners and Walkers" Club. We now have about 50 members.

Patty and me.

I'm a trainer for our local gym, the Soul to Sole Health Center.

And I teach running clinics seasonally.

My 1st "Couch to 5k" class.

My new goal is to reach 80 pounds weight loss! Now that'll be a lot of sacks of flour to lift. Maybe it should be 81 pounds! A one pound butter weight is easier to lift. emoticon

My new "before" after "picture" at 53 years young!

I pray you are encouraged! You can do it! I know you can! Blessings on your weight loss journey and may each year be better than the last!

I can't wait to go to your party and shed no tears!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
BECCA315 1/25/2015 5:03PM

    Thanks for sharing your story! It was very inspirational.

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JOYFULMOMTO5 1/28/2014 6:44PM

    emoticon WOW! Your story is inspirational! emoticon

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KARENE10 10/24/2013 10:01PM

    You look GREAT! Very motivating and inspirational blog! emoticon

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LUZMIA 10/22/2013 10:13AM

    Me encanta. You are amazing!! emoticon

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SPUNKYDUCKY 7/3/2013 4:28PM

    Completely and utterly encouraged! I am going through an enforced exercise break due to illness and was looking for blogs to keep my motivated until I am feeling better and I have to tell you - I can't believe this never won a "popular blog" award - it is fantastic! Thank you for sharing and posting all of the photos!

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ROB704 11/29/2012 11:11AM

    you ROCK! Love your story...makes me realize that it IS entirely within me to meet my goals...

Thank you!

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CIVIAV 7/18/2012 8:44AM

    Didn't see your post until now but Rachel - WOW!
Congrats beautiful and enjoy your new world.


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POISONGIRL999 7/9/2012 3:18PM

    You look amazing!!!! What a fabulous thing you accomplished!

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Wow! What an accomplishment!

You are totally and completely gorgeous, btw. You in no way shape or form look 53!!!! :)

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KAREN_NY 7/9/2012 1:57PM

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Wow - this is great! And look at you, cute throughout! :)

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PENNEYV 7/7/2012 3:37PM

    emoticon I love stories of people that have made a real change in their lifestyle and enjoy the benefits. Thanks for sharing and being a real inspiration for so many! emoticon

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DMC10241 7/5/2012 4:01PM

    I know I already commented once, but I'm gonna comment again emoticon You truly are an inspiration! As long as I've known you, you've pretty much been at goal weight so it's hard for me to believe you ever were at where I am at. But after reading your blog and looking at your pics, I've found myself, hours later, making the connection and realizing that I, too, can do it. Thank you for the inspiration, the blog and just for being the wonderful you that you are.

Love you Girlfriend emoticon

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ROEBUNCH 7/5/2012 2:43PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon a little belated...loved you blog!!

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APERDUE21 7/5/2012 12:14PM

    Love you Rachel!!! You are so amazing!!!!!

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NITA-BERRY 7/5/2012 11:35AM

    emoticon Amazing. Now I know I can really do it. Sometimes I feel so hopeless, but nothing is hopeless, is it.

What an great blog. What a cool journey. What an inspiration.

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XFITSTRONG 7/5/2012 8:38AM

    Oh my gosh! You look absolutely amazing for 50! You have worked so hard to get where youare. Way to go! Happy Birthday to you!

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DMC10241 7/5/2012 7:57AM

    You're such a blessing in my life! I'm so lucky, proud and honored to call you my friend!!! You Are Beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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SKUNKY4 7/5/2012 7:43AM

    You are absolutely beautiful, inside and out. I am so blessed to be a part of "the team"! You inspire me to keep on keeping on! Love you!

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HEALTHY4HIM 7/5/2012 7:28AM

    Happy belated birthday, my beautiful friend! I LOVE this blog and I LOVE LOVE LOVE the new pictures.
I giggled at the one of tiny you with all your big men!
Thanks for the continued inspiration - SO proud of and happy for you, Rachel!
Hugs and love!

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KADULAC 7/5/2012 2:30AM

    Happy birthday. Sorry I missed it. You look great. Donna is an awesome leader. She is so encouraging and supportive. I thank God she started the Live-it's team. Congratulations on losing so much weight. You are inspiring.

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WILDFLOWERR_ 7/5/2012 12:24AM

emoticon your new before/after pic!
Happy Blessed Birthday to You!

emoticon Lovin' the pom~poms too! They remind of W.V.!!! emoticon

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NANCYRUBIO 7/4/2012 11:36PM

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BUSYMOM911 7/4/2012 11:35PM

    This is a terrific blog! You are such an inspiration. You sure don't look 50. I guess if you can do it, so can I. I'm 55, and stalled at 20 pounds down.

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PATRICIALUCIA 7/4/2012 11:34PM

    Your accomplishments are amazing! So happy for you, congrats! A great inspiration for us all.


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HOTPINKCAMARO49 7/4/2012 11:27PM

  emoticon You go, girl! emoticon

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STROMSP 7/4/2012 11:26PM

  Congratulations, you are a true inspiration!

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