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I've Come A LOOONNNGGG Way!!!

Friday, August 24, 2012 Dianna Ross Singing "I'm Coming Out!"


Earlier this week I was thinking about where I wanted to be. Not really down about it but not celebrating at the time. Then God reminded me where I USED to be. First, I measured my BMI then I emoticon & emoticon. Here's what I came up with:

1. Current Weight: 168 Starting Weight: 233

2. Current BMI: 28 Starting BMI: 38 Went from Obese to Overweight! emoticon

3. Current Sizes: 14/16 Starting Sizes: 24/26 emoticon

4. Current Fitness Level: Intermediate Starting Fitness Level None to low emoticon
When I started my journey in 07 I was using a cane & wheel chair because of health issues. Used a handicapped sticker when driving. Rarely did anything remotely kin to exercise besides walk to the kitchen and eat a bunch of junk food. emoticon

Now I'm doing Zumba(on my own using YouTube video). I've walk/run a 5k. I can walk miles around my neighborhood. Strength train at least 3 times a week. I press through when I want to stop because I'm getting somewhere. I've never been like this before in my adult life. I thought there was NO hope. That I had to use a quick fix but never found one. BUT GOD! He brought me to SparkPeople and everything changed! emoticon

5. Current Nutrition Plan: Mediterranean Food Plan I eat lots of healthy fats(Love Almond Butter!), Eat lots of veggies and fruits. Don't eat a lot of meat although I do. Eat more Tilapia, Salmon and Shrimp. Baked! I've been drinking my 8 or more glasses of water per day since July. (This was really hard for me to do.) If I eat any sweets it's with a lot of moderation because I know me and I can eat an entire cake without having any type of "emotional problem". emoticon
Past Nutrition Plan: Lot's of fried food. Chinese Food. Fast Food. Candy, Cookies, Cake and Real Sugar in Everything. Just UNHEALTHY! emoticon

6. Lots of Inches Lost. Don't Have A Tally Now But My Chest(I Still Can't Use The B Word Since Elementary School emoticon) Is down 6 inches since I started and if you've been in my photos you've seen how great I feel about that.

So I'm Thanking God for How Far I've Come. Could Have Been Further But Had Times When I Gained Weight In A Month Because of Bad Eating Habits. But I Know Now That I Want To Be and Stay Healthy and Fit and I CAN DO IT! emoticon

More Pictures:

2009 my smallest before I gaines some back. I moved before this picture was taken and oh my does moving burn off the calories!



July 15 2012

May 2012

Sorry some of my pictures are blurry. My camera doesn't take pictures like the old one I had. Next time I will have more full length CLEAR pictures.

Thanks for CELEBRATING with me! I'VE COME A LOOONNNGGG WAY! emoticon

I'm Persevering and not giving up EVER! With God ALL things ARE Possible!!! emoticon

Blessings To YOU All! emoticon emoticon
Holla@Jesus! emoticon emoticon

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
BABY_GIRL69 8/31/2012 6:27PM

    Girlfriend you are the BOMB Baby!! Keep inspiring others with your success!

God bless,


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MSPROVERBS31 8/30/2012 4:27AM

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Continue to prosper!

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SKUNKY4 8/27/2012 8:29AM

    Deb, This is just the encouraging thing I needed to read today. So often I look at the failures instead of the victories. Thank you for sharing!
You look emoticon ! emoticon

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KAYATLANTA2010 8/27/2012 4:40AM

    You're doing a fantastic job! Keep moving forward!

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TUBLADY 8/27/2012 1:08AM

    It was so nice to read such a positive and successful blog.
Yes, God has been with you. He shows us the way, but some times we stray but God is there to help get us back on track. You just have to be positive and believe, With your strong belief , you will achieve all that you desire.
Keep up the healthy eating, do the exercises and besides making you feel great, you will continue to lose weight and live the life you want to live.
Just think I weighed another 100 pounds more than you did at your highest.
When I see those numbers and look at the before photos, it'so hard to relate to how I am today.
Take care,
Be strong, stay positive.
Tisha emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KADULAC 8/27/2012 1:02AM

    You definitely have reason to celebrate. Congratulations.

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GEMINIGEM6 8/26/2012 11:56PM

    Congrats! I'm so happy for you! You look great!

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PURPLE180 8/25/2012 7:48PM

    Wow, amazing story. Look at how far you have come. emoticon

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LADYGSC 8/25/2012 5:54PM

    Marvelous simply marvelous!! You look emoticon Since our bodies are God's temple I am sure He would say emoticon keep on sparking and be blessed!! God is good and He is good all the time!!

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X5X52000 8/25/2012 4:44PM

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PURPLEPEONY 8/25/2012 4:01PM

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BECKYLIZ 8/25/2012 7:15AM

    I am sooooo happy for you. I so relate. You are where I want to be. In 2008 I was 230 even spiraling up to 263 over the years and down to 223. Health problems in 2010 caused me to have to use a wheelchair and eventually walk with a cane but the weight is down to 186, 51pounds to goal to go.
I've had some ups and downs even now with the weight ,(I have been as low as 180 this year),
But I'm here and still trying to lose weight with diet, exercise, water, sleep and meditation.
Your blog gives me hope emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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READE2MOVE2012 8/25/2012 6:06AM

  Lookin good girl. Congratulations on your many successes you may have put on a few lbs but you did not fall off the "wagon".

I truly are an inspiration to me

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SONYALATRECE 8/24/2012 8:21PM

    emoticon You really have. Praise God!

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BABY_GIRL69 8/24/2012 7:39PM

    No matter how how blurry you can see the loss which is a major WIN!!! I am so proud of you!! Now I keep bustling with this 10-30lbs but I keep at it. I think most is muscle but I would need to get an physician to do a complete physical but overall I happy & so are you Girl!! You are looking HOTT!!!

God bless & enjoy everyday!


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MSDIAMOND600 8/24/2012 7:17PM

    YOU LOOK AMAZING AND DOING AWESOME emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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