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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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AZURELITE 11/6/2012 6:45AM

    You've come a long way in a relatively short time! Great job!

Wishing you continued success!!!

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ROUNDTOWNMOM 11/6/2012 5:34AM

    Congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!! Your hard work shows in your smile............among many other places of course...........! emoticon

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SPEEDY143 11/6/2012 1:18AM

    It's a process and YOU look marvelous emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NYARAMULA 11/6/2012 12:46AM

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FATHINSN 11/6/2012 12:36AM

    Congrats on all pounds that you lost and Awesome for all you've learned along the way, WooHoo!

Actually, I found it's hillarious to see "After" picture where a person can squeeze into one leg of a pair of a "Before" pants coz I wonder how to get into one leg without toppling down, hehe. From your blog, now I know - as long as not giggling, should be fine LOL

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ARIZONA33 11/6/2012 12:09AM

    Thanks for sharing such a wonderful blog about your weight-loss journey. It is so true that we all seem to wish for that magic wand to get us to our desired weight/body type but magic is truly in the journey that we take the ups and the downs within that journey. There is so much that we have the opportunity to learn as we journey towards our weigh-loss goals and it is amazing what incredible discovers we find along the way.

There are so many hidden treasures...friendships, ahha moments, smiles, woo hoo moments and small/big milestones that we sometimes seem to stumble upon or seem to occur just when we need them in order for us to take that next step forward towards our goal.

It is not that we achieve our goals but that we live each moment, each day to its fullest and enjoy the journey no matter how difficult it might be at times! Thanks for showing us that the dream is not just a dream but that it is real and can happen as long as we stick with the program and follow our hearts towards discovering who we are from the inside out!

Oh, yeah...great job...your almost to your can do it! Thanks for sharing your journey with us!

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MARIPOSA1955 11/6/2012 12:07AM

    AWESOME! Awesome! You look great - way too go for sticking too it!

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MRSMCPHEARSON 11/6/2012 12:01AM

  Thank u for ur story very helpful keep up the good work emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUSAN-IS-WORTHY 11/5/2012 10:06PM

    Wow!!! The difference is amazing! I have the same goal, starting just where you did. Can I use your success for my inspiration? Way to go, Sparker!


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NELLBELLA26 11/5/2012 9:59PM

    emoticon You rock! Great job! You look fantastic.

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MCJULIEO 11/5/2012 9:52PM

    What a wonderful journey you've managed! Well done!

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NATOSHIAL 11/5/2012 9:48PM

    You are a great encouragement to me and thanks for sharing. You look amazing!

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MANILUS 11/5/2012 8:04PM

    Congratulations and keep it up!!

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INESDEDIC 11/5/2012 5:33PM

  good for you! hope to be like you emoticon

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KAREN_NY 11/5/2012 1:58PM

    Wow. WOW!!!!
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Love that idea of 2 legs in the pantleg. That's a great reason for saving the big jeans that I tend to just keep throwing away!

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2TIGRE 11/5/2012 1:40PM

    WOW!!! What an incredible accomplishment! You're an inspiration and I loved reading about your journey. I have to admit too that I love seeing before and after pics. They're always so inspiring. :)

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AMGMAY 11/5/2012 1:02PM

  CONGRATS!!!! I am in the beginning stages of my weight lost and you have inspired me to keep on going! Thank you :-)

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DOTTIEJANE1 11/5/2012 1:01PM

    emoticon you are looking emoticon emoticon

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KIMPY225 11/5/2012 12:53PM

    Great job! You look amazing!

Your goals sound similiar to mine - just with different weights!I started at 250 and I am at 166! I have 11 more lbs to my goal weight!

We can do it!

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ARABPRINCESS72 11/5/2012 11:00AM

    Congratulations on your awesome success! Your success teaches me never to give up,even when I have a bad day or week. May the last leg of your journey be just as rewrding as when your success now!


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HHB4181 11/5/2012 10:59AM

    emoticon So amazing!!

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CANDOTERI 11/5/2012 10:57AM

    I am so motivated by your attitude! Congratulations! And - the two legs in the jeans thing? I hope I can do that some day emoticon

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DETERMINED_ME 11/5/2012 10:44AM

    Wow, congratulations! You look amazing!

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DRB13_1 11/5/2012 10:36AM

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Congrats, great pictures, so happy for you!!!
(Sadly, I've been with SP about the same time and haven't been as consistent as you. Thanks for reminding us what IS possible!) You ROCK!!!

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ROARINGBEAST 11/5/2012 9:41AM

    You are amazing!!

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KAREN91 11/5/2012 9:23AM

    emoticon Wow your photo with the old jeans on was great! I am so glad you stuck with it to goal! You inspire me! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SIZE8NOTSOMUCH 11/5/2012 9:06AM

    Good for you, and I love your attitude!!!! Keep it up!

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OJIBWEEQUAY 11/5/2012 9:05AM

    Fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What a commitment you have made! emoticon

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DOODIE59 11/5/2012 8:48AM

    Thank you for the reminder that the journey is part of the equation.

You look fantastic!

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SMRDER1971 11/5/2012 8:33AM

    Congratulations, this is very encouraging to keep on pressing forward.

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NEWMOM20121 11/5/2012 8:13AM

    Well done.

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JENGOJENGO 11/5/2012 8:03AM

  Wow- incredible job!

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DEBBYNATION 11/5/2012 4:32AM

    Awesome! CONGRADS! :)

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STEVIEBEE569 11/5/2012 3:34AM

    Great job!

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CLAIREINPARIS 11/5/2012 2:37AM

    Congratulations! You are doing great and it makes me happy for you! Such an inspiration!

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MARYJEANSL 11/5/2012 12:10AM

  I join in saying with everyone else that you look fantastic and offer some very well deserved congratulations! Awesome!

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PCASEY7 11/4/2012 11:18PM

    Very inspirational! Congrats on your 82 lb weight loss! You'll be at your goal weight in no time! Keep up the great work!

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ONLYTEMPORARY 11/4/2012 9:09PM

    Wonderflu job!

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CYPATAYLOR2 11/4/2012 8:39PM

  Congratulations! You look awesome! Good luck in reaching your goal!

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LIZZIE-BELLE1 11/4/2012 7:56PM

  Good Job!

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RANDOM00B 11/4/2012 7:43PM

    Congratulations, you look great!!

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