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    TARAFROMTX1   86,306
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What a difference a year can make!!!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Well for me the past year has been life changing!! I have lost 103lbs this past year! For the First time in my life! Sure I have lost alittle weight here and there and most times gained some if not all back. All because I didn't have the tools to change the mistakes I was making and would always go back to bad habits. In this past year I have learned so much! Before now I use to think I couldn't do it.. after trying so many times and felling so many times. But something was different this time. Yes I have determination, and for the most part I have the will power!! But Spark people gave me the much needed tools! And All the wonderful people on SP have given me the inspiration and the extra kick of motivation I needed!

Now don't get me wrong I am still learning. And I still have another 107lbs to go to make it to a healthy weight for some one my age and height. And even tho I have lost weight and I feel so much better!! I still have the fight ahead of me. And I know I can't give up!! If I can lose 134lbs total (103lbs being with SP) so far then I can certainly lose the other 107lbs!!! And my friends if I can do this SO CAN YOU!!!

I am no pro at this by far! But I can tell you what has been working for me.

1. Drinking lots of water.. most days I get 12 to 14-- 8 oz glasses a day but I do try to drink more.

2. working out.. even on the days I just don't want to!
2/3 days a week ST 3/5 Days a week Cardio..
my workouts include.. when I first started out.. at 360lbs I started with a recumbent bike, and ST with 10lb dumbbells, I also do many of the ST workouts SP provides.. like: close arm wall push ups, dumbbell side bends, standing and lying abductions.. and many more. Also now I have added an Elliptical in my work outs.. I push mow our yard once a week. & tend to our flower gardens. I also from time to time play wii bowling, boxing and Just dance 2 & 3. Kettlebells,

Theses days I just stay as active as I can! Weather it be working out, cleaning house, swimming, gardening.. anything to stay moving helps lol

3. tracking everything!! it is very helpful to know what you are putting in your body!

4. using this web site and following what it says to do.. it has been so helpful in so many ways,,, you need inspiration, motivation, friends who know what your going threw, tips, advice, what ever you need its HERE!!!!

5. eating healthy as I can and NOT over doing it! & Lowering my calorie needs as I lose weight.. Like SP recommends

6. One of the most important things that has help me is not over-thinking it and STRESSING every little thing!! Just knowing that okay we make mistakes and were gonna have bad days. But tomorrow is Always a NEW Day and there are no mistakes too big to fix!!! Just keep trying!!!

7. Also watching my sodium!

8. also Keeping to a strict sleep schedule.. when I say that I mean I try to go to bed the same time every night and get up the same time every morning.. always trying for 8 hours of sleep no more no less.

Okay so like I said theses are the things that have been helping me. I know everyone is different. And I hope this helps answer some of the questions I received in my blog!! emoticon

Okay so after my last blog .. "Photos of me from a year ago and today." I have to say I wasn't thinking anything about it when I posted the pictures and I am not sure its even sunk in with me yet that I have lost so much weight. I think I just keep looking at how much I have to go. Not how much I have lost and I think alot of us do that.
I just have to say that I posted those pictures after a few friends had asked to see new pics.. with no thought what so ever of so many SP seeing the blog and commenting! I m still in awe over all the wonderful comments and friend request I have been getting. And I just wanted to say THANK YOU to you all for all the wonderful comments and the Friend adds! I never in a million years thought I would be here, doing this! Nor would I have thought I would be giving inspiration to so many. WOW is all I can say.. I am at lost for words!
So again a HUGE THANK YOU to You ALL! It might take me months but I do plan on commenting back to you all. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

PS. I made it to 249.5 lbs today!! 8-10-2012 I m so excited! 99.5 lbs to go to get to 150lbs!! WOO HOO that gives me 141.5lbs gone (total weight loss) emoticon

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SHRINK_U 10/4/2012 9:35PM

    I love this blog. You have done so well. Way to go!

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    wow..... great blog ,,, One of my friends had you on her page and so I checked you out and I loved what you said. I too have a long way to go but you have done just

I'm going to add you as afriend so you can keep me motivated too !!


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WILSHAR7 8/13/2012 11:34PM

    I am glad you are doing so well with getting healthy and staying healthy!!
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CHANGINGSAM 8/13/2012 3:11PM

    So proud of you! emoticon

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    Woohoo my friend, I am so happy for and proud of you. I AM doing the Happy Dance this time, well, I think you should join me as well. LOL. You are doing fantastic and have built up a great 'toolbox' that is going to not only get you to your goals, but also to keeping the weight off and living a healthy lifestyle. BTW....when you mentioned your water drinking it made me get up and get my bottle since I am behind today lol. Have a great day and don't sweat commenting back to me, I know it is overwhelming and a lot! HUGS!

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SPIRIT42013 8/12/2012 12:41AM

    Marvelous! emoticon

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ELLENBERRY 8/11/2012 7:14PM

    You are emoticon

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CHEFMOM1199 8/11/2012 10:44AM

  You are such an inspiration! One of my spark friends commented on your post and I had to read your story because I am from Texas too!! Fantastic job and thank you so much for sharing your story. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CJADERUN 8/11/2012 7:46AM

    We've been taught to be forward thinkers: "Don't dwell/live in the past, work towards the future." We as a society have been programmed to keep thinking about and reaching for our goal, and we're scolded for thinking too much/hard about what's already past and over with. Which is great for things like regret, remorse, etc., but not useful for feeling successful, proud, or remembering fondly.

Sure, we shouldn't dwell in the past, but it's okay to go visit every now and then just to see how far we've come!

Congratulations on all your hard work, and good luck for your hard work yet to come!

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RECREATING_ME 8/10/2012 11:53PM

    Such great tips! So exciting to see your success and cheer you on :)

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LOSINGITNOW11 8/10/2012 10:32PM

    Way to go!! I've really been struggling lately and your blog was just what I needed to remind myself that 100+ weight losses can be done. Thanks! Good luck on getting to your final goal!

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    You are doing so great! I just know you can reach your goal! Just keep doing what you've been doing and you will continue to be successful. Hugs! Congratulations!

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PURPLE180 8/10/2012 9:59PM

    emoticon Excellent job.

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PROJECT_SUSAN 8/10/2012 9:51PM

    You are emoticon my friend. Your blogs are inspiring to me. I especially like this one. You have traveled down the path I am headed on. I look forward to the day that my scale says that I am no longer 300+! I have had the same overwhelming response to my blogs and vlogs. It has totally blown my mind. The friend adds, oh my goodness. It is so amazing isn't it? It sure helps us to be positive!

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WINNIE1978 8/10/2012 8:26PM

    You are awesome! I'm glad that you wrote this blog and took the time to see how far you've come! Sometimes we spend far too much time focused on how much further we have to go... and we fail to recognize how far we've come.


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    I an so incredibly PROUD of you!!!!! You are doing an awesome job, and you inspire me.

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MENNOLY 8/10/2012 7:21PM

    You are doing great and you will make your goals! Weight loss may slow down but don't lose faith, it will come off. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JAMBABY0 8/10/2012 7:02PM

    congrats, good job and keep up the good work

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BESCATS 8/10/2012 6:48PM

    I just love stories like yours, so wonderful, and so great with what you have done so far. It's just emoticon , and AMAZING.
I just can't say enough for the courage, and commitment you have made to get healthy. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TINYBUBBA1 8/10/2012 6:48PM

    emoticon Tara! You are truly an inspiration and motivation for others! emoticon for sharing your story!

Blessings for the rest of your weight loss journey.

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