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199, NOT 200!

Sunday, September 09, 2012


The concept of prices ending in .99 is a marketing strategy. For years, .99 at the end of a price was a sign of a sale or good deal. There is also a psychological effect involved - it's a little magical phenomenon when a person associates $19.99 as $19 as opposed to $20.00.

Don't believe me? Is there any chance you recall how much you paid, per gallon, the last time you filled up your gas tank? Of course, it depends on where you're living (what grade of gas you buy and where you buy it), but let's keep it simple and say the regular unleaded gas, at your local gas station, was $3.97.

Ahhhhh... not so fast! You (likely) forgot the 9/10ths of a cent next to the price. Yes, my friends - you didn't really pay $3.97. You paid $3.97 and 9/10ths of a cent, which is practically $3.98. However, all we see is the $3.97.

But I'm not here to talk about prices or gas. I'm here to share with you all that I've finally reached that wonderful moment when the scale went from the 200's to the 100's. I'm not happy I weigh 199(.4) - I'm ECSTATIC!

I've worked my way from 276 pounds on February 4, 2012 to 199.4 pounds as of September 8, 2012. That is 76.6 pounds I'm saying goodbye to forever, God willing! Those pounds aren't technically "lost" because I truly have no intention on finding them, EVER again!

How did I do it? I know everyone secretly wants to hear, "I took this magical little pill, ate like an animal, never exercised a minute and just lost weight." Sorry folks - there is no easy way out when it comes to weight loss. My answer will continue to be - HARD WORK and RESOLVE (in the form of a balanced, portion controlled diet and exercise).

I'm not done with my weight loss journey... however, I'm relishing this moment and am truly proud of how far I have come. When I started I couldn't recognize my own self and now I've rediscovered some of my lost happiness. I couldn't even run to the end of the block without feeling like I would keel over and die and now I can run 9+ miles!

The last two days I've seen a few friends I haven't seen in months to as much as a year... they were all so amazed and proud of me. It brings me to tears as I think about it right now - because what all my friends saw was more than just the physical weight loss - they saw the pure joy in my face and my spirit. I am not the same person physically or mentally!

Losing weight is more than the numbers on the scale - it really does have an impact on your health and wellness! However, with that said - I am going to celebrate my numerical accomplishment. The number 9 is my new best friend! When you're over 200 pounds - hitting 199 is a breath of fresh air (just as 299 is to someone over 300 pounds). Even if you don't have a significant amount of weight to lose, the number 9 is still magical! Going from 160 to 159 or 130 to 129 -- it's a wonderful feeling and sense of accomplishment to be in a whole new weight bracket.

CHEERS to 199!!!
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BLUE42DOWN 9/14/2012 2:46AM

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Welcome to ONEderland!!

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KPETSCHE 9/12/2012 2:56AM

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SERENAMICHELLE 9/9/2012 6:16PM

    Thanks everyone for the love and support!

Dolphinnut - Just keep at it and you'll be just as ecstatic when you celebrate your 199 pound victory! I know the "bigger picture" can be overwhelming when it comes to weight loss - so be sure to celebrate the smaller "9" victories every time they come along!!!

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DOLPHINNUT 9/9/2012 3:06PM

    What a maotiating blog, awesome! Congrats to you, I started at 300 and still have a long way to go to this number but can't wait! Wishing you continued success! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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J0ETTE 9/9/2012 2:20PM

    WooHoo! What a wonderful number to be celebrating! Way to go!

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SHRINK_U 9/9/2012 2:08PM

    So super happy for you.. you have done so amazing :)

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MISSB8604 9/9/2012 1:15PM

    Congrats!!!

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SERENAMICHELLE 9/9/2012 12:07PM

    Sparkler - Yes, reaching 199 does feel like it will take such a long time - but rest assured - you will see it, one day, if you keep at it!!! I'm really glad I'm 199 today instead of 276 (or even higher) still day dreaming about being under 200 pounds...

But, in the meantime - focus on smaller goals such as getting below 270... then when you reach 269 you can focus on getting to 259. Ounce by ounce and pound by pound - it all counts in the end!!!

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SPARKLER82 9/9/2012 11:55AM

    AMAZING!!! You are such an inspiration!

I am just starting - at 274 this week and 199 feels so far away. It is great to see others that have stuck to it and achieved it!

What a great moment for you in your journey! Congrats! Way to go!!!

Wishing you continued success!

Heather

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