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82 pounds gone! Then and now and the changes in between.

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Saturday, November 03, 2012

The last 20 months or so have been crazy!!! I'm down 82 pounds to 138 pounds from my starting weight of 220 pounds. I have lost a LOT of inches too. My body has changed drastically and I can physically do so much more so much easier than before I started with SparkPeople in mid-March of 2011.

This starting photo was taken late the fall before I started with SparkPeople this time at a gala, at which I was presenting a poster of my research on pancreatic cancer to the general public. The current photo on the right side was taken a week ago from today, at a Halloween party with friends. The heels were fun but I'm definitely not used to wearing stilettos. :D



This starting photo below was taken about the week before I started back with SparkPeople this time, mid-March of 2011. It was taken at a meet and greet with one of my favorite bands, Apocalyptica, before their concert in town. The current photo paired with the starting picture was taken yesterday evening, close to 20 months after starting with SparkPeople. It blows my mind the differences I see. :)



Towards the beginning of October, when I was having a rough day (and yes, I do have those occasionally) I decided to put my jeans from my starting weight back on to give myself a mental boost, and just for fun I thought... what the heck, lets see if I can manage to squeeze myself into just one pant leg of the jeans. :D And to my shock, I fit!!! I started giggling and about fell over trying to get to my phone to take a picture though.



However, my journey has become about SO much more than just pounds and inches to me!! I never could have imagined me saying that at the start of this journey. Of course, I love the pounds and inches lost, but I have learned SO much on this journey. When I started I remembering wishing there was a magic way to just instantly be at my goal weight, but now looking back on how far I have come.... I am thankful for the journey I have had so far and no longer want/wish for that magic way. Without this journey I would never have learned how to make it work regardless of what life throws at me. Life happens and is sometimes messy, but that is no reason to not treat yourself and your body well. I have found that when I eat well and exercise regularly I am much more equipped to handle the curve balls that life throws my way.

I have also learned to love myself, with some help from a group of amazing people. Looking back, like most people, I have said some pretty mean things to myself. What good did saying mean things do for me? NONE!!! The world is harsh enough without me joining in! As I have learned to love myself, I have also stopped allowing others to put me down and no longer accept being treated poorly either. No one deserves to be torn down, put down, or treated only as a convenience by ANYONE!

I continue this journey with 13 pounds to go at the moment, until reaching my goal weight. I know I will reach that weight of 125, regardless of when it happens. However, my focus has shifted from just numbers to focusing on all the other changes I'm noticing within me.
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SLIMGIRL32 5/19/2013 2:45PM

    These photos are very motivating! Congrats on your weight loss. You look fantastic!

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MRSBUCKEYE 1/9/2013 1:02PM

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PENSIEVEGAZER 1/8/2013 5:34PM

    I love this blog. I have learned many of the same things... especially about appreciating the journey and not saying mean things to myself! I'm only 1/2 way to my goal weight (but 60 pounds down) and I really appreciate reading this!

I saw that you recently reached your goal weight... how inspiring!

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I_WILL_ROCK_125 12/21/2012 2:09PM

    That is just plain awesome. Way to go. You sure gave me a confidence boost. I would love to be able to one day fit both legs into one pant leg. That would be terrific. Keep up the good work. You look fabulous.

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LISA_SUMNER08 12/17/2012 4:16PM

    Amazing!!!!

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 12/10/2012 4:58PM

    Congratulations! Keep up the great work! You're an inspiration!

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RENEWME06 11/28/2012 12:39PM

    You LOOK AMAZING. Keep up the hard work!! You are inspiring!! emoticon emoticon

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KJSIZZLE1 11/19/2012 11:12AM

    Amazing job! What a difference! Thanks for sharing your story! emoticon

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EMILYDOODLE 11/18/2012 10:18PM

  emoticon You look really good! emoticon

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ADVENTURESEEKER 11/15/2012 11:29PM

    Way to go!! emoticon

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OSUBUCKI101 11/10/2012 9:35PM

    Well done! Thank you for sharing your success as well as your enthusiasm! Keep up the good work. You inspire me! emoticon

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NERDLETTE 11/10/2012 7:48PM

    You are AWESOME! And so inspirational!

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BEATLETOT 11/9/2012 10:39AM

    Hope you don't mind my asking, but how tall are you? You look like a shorty like me! I'm 4'10.5". =)

The differences between the photos are amazing!!! Congrats!

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PEACOCKQUEEN 11/8/2012 3:29PM

    Wow I'm very inspired! I had a similar starting weight, and also a similar goal.. oh by the way.. I'm also a scientist ...ANd I'm a metalhead...I think we should be BFFs lol.

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PATNSL07 11/8/2012 11:26AM

    What an inspiration! You're half the size!! emoticon

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MKINZNER 11/7/2012 8:44PM

    Awesome. I am starting at 236, and am working down to 135. It feels so overwhelming! But, then I get to read blog posts like yours and it reminds me that it is possible. THank you for sharing!

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STAYCXL-NOMORE 11/7/2012 8:12PM

    Very empowering blog , your story is such a inspiration ! Thanks for sharing , love it !
Congrats , the 13 pounds will be a breeze !
Stayc

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WACFIT 11/7/2012 1:52PM

    Great blog! Thank you for sharing. You have no doubt inspired many people with your story. I am one!... Also, thank you for your research on pancreatic cancer. My dear youngest brother died from it at the age of 28 back in 1992. They really had nothing to offer as hope when he was diagnosed. I pray that your research helps find a cure for this awful disease soon!...Congrats on your weight loss and on the many things you have discovered on your journey to better health. I wish you much success in all you do!

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EG8383 11/7/2012 1:08PM

  congrats you look amazing!! You're an inspiration and proof that we can make our dreams come true. Slim up, get healthy, and enjoy life more. =)

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CBULLIS1 11/7/2012 9:47AM

    You look AMAZING a big inspiration

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DROPOFHONEY 11/7/2012 6:37AM

    Awesome Blog Kat.. You are an inspiration to everyone.. Keep up your good work...

YOU FREAKIN ROCK!!!
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MOONSTORMER 11/7/2012 12:25AM

    emoticon so amazing!

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FRECKLE10 11/6/2012 10:48PM

    great job!

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MIATIA1 11/6/2012 9:26PM

    emoticon Nice blog very motivating and aspiring to us all....

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PENSIEVEGAZER 11/6/2012 8:26PM

    This is amazing. I am learning so many of the lessons you listed. I think your closing comment about knowing you'll eventually be at your goal weight is such a healthy attitude that I would love to learn. Thank you for sharing!

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HEIDE69 11/6/2012 8:20PM

    emoticon What a great story! Can't wait to see pics from your goal weight!

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A-NEW-NURSE 11/6/2012 5:50PM

    Wow! Your story is amazing. Great work!

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FIRESTARINFINI 11/6/2012 3:03PM

    Apocalyptica!!! That's awesome!!! I love them!

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KRISTENMBATT 11/6/2012 1:38PM

    Amazing! So happy for you!

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DOUGLYE 11/6/2012 1:00PM

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POLSKARENIA 11/6/2012 11:31AM

    Brilliant progress and the finishing line well in your sights!! Congratulations!

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MICNJ43 11/6/2012 11:23AM

  Great job. Keep it up.

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SANDBBAR 11/6/2012 11:05AM

    Congratulations!! You look great!!

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MRSBUCKEYE 11/6/2012 10:59AM

    Awesome job ... one day, hopefully .. I'll have a happy lost weight story to tell/show also :)

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ONEATATIME3 11/6/2012 10:04AM

  congrats on your hard work. I like your pic in one side of pant. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FROMNDTOGA 11/6/2012 8:31AM

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You inspire me! Thanks for sharing your story.
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MZKYND 11/6/2012 8:23AM

    You look amazing!! And I am not just talking about size/weight loss, your smile and your practically glowing!! I loved the pic of you fitting in one pant leg. congrats on all your hard work :))

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REMEMBER2BME 11/6/2012 7:31AM

    Beautiful blog. Way to go!!!!

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DUBLINROSE 11/6/2012 7:09AM

    You look amazing!!! Keep up the good work

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