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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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GOOSIEMOON 11/4/2012 7:30PM

    Wow! Very inspirational!

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LOGOULD 11/4/2012 7:13PM

    emoticon Whenever I am feeling down and frustrated, I look back at some of my earlier in the program stats and blogs....not many pictures regretfully since I avoided the camera back "in the day". You are doing marvelously and you LOOK GREAT!!! Congrats!

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JAMER123 11/4/2012 6:57PM

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I am sure you are going to make it. We all have been down on ourselves and need to learn to love ourselves no matter what!! Thank you for a great blog!!

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VOLLEYGIRL77 11/4/2012 6:31PM

    Congrats! You look great

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PATRICIAANN46 11/4/2012 5:54PM

  What a wonderful job you have done!!! emoticon

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KARRENLYNN 11/4/2012 5:38PM

    Congratulations on your weight loss, you look great! You're right, words and the way people treat each other, negative or positive, are very powerful. Everyone has the right to treated respectfully. Keep going, you're doing great!

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BELLE0308 11/4/2012 4:57PM

    I needed to see this blog today and I thank you for sharing it!!! Congratulations Lady!! Marvelous job!!

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LIVELYGIRL2 11/4/2012 4:48PM

  You look WONDERFUL !!! So glad for you. Your going to do it for sure. emoticon emoticon

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GRAMMY7070 11/4/2012 3:38PM

    Congratulations on your journey. You look great and are an encouragement to others such as myself. I'm trying to start again after losing 13 lbs since January 2012. Your story has really encouraged me

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FAVORITEAUNT84 11/4/2012 3:03PM

    That is so awesome! Good for you!

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JUNEBUG4967 11/4/2012 2:59PM

    Great job on the loss and your persistence with the challenge to loose all the weight. I know you will reach your goal.

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DIANNEMT 11/4/2012 2:52PM

    WooHoo!!!!

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HEARTS116 11/4/2012 2:43PM

    CONGRATS!!!
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SHOSHANADP 11/4/2012 2:33PM

    Congratulations!

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NEWTINK 11/4/2012 2:28PM

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ROCKYCPA 11/4/2012 2:02PM

    Good for you - you are really looking good!

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FIT4MEIN2013 11/4/2012 1:30PM

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MNNICE 11/4/2012 12:04PM

    Way to go! I think SP has helped so many of us find strengths and confidence that has nothing to do with body size but everything to do with the person inside!

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JUDYAASH 11/4/2012 11:54AM

    Great blog!

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WALLINMW 11/4/2012 11:50AM

  Wow! Congrats! Stay motivated!

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TANGERYNE 11/4/2012 11:47AM

    Congratulations on your accomplishment- great job! emoticon

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CICELY360 11/4/2012 11:25AM

  congratulations

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MOMMY445 11/4/2012 11:04AM

    congratulations on your success! you look awesome! have a terrific day!

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MICKEYH 11/4/2012 10:27AM

    Congrats on your huge success on your determination in life!! You are so much encouraging to me right now. You looks like petite woman like me. And my goal weight is also same as yours. Although, I do have 30 more pounds to go... But, i feel that I can do it, just like you did. Thanks for sharing. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JANEMARIE77 11/4/2012 9:57AM

    What a great blog you really have made it

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LYDDIECAT 11/4/2012 9:32AM

    What an amazing journey. Thanks for sharing with all of us!

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BECKYGL 11/4/2012 9:10AM

    Awesome!

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ILIKETOZUMBA 11/4/2012 9:08AM

    WOW. Amazing!!! Look at the difference!! :) You looked lovely before, of course, but now you look so happy and vibrant and confident in your current photos. And I love what you wrote about the inner mental changes you've gone through as well. What a wonderful blog, wonderful outlook, and wonderful success! Congratulations!

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MIMIDOT 11/4/2012 9:05AM

    Congratulations! You've done it! Your blog was great. So any truths. Keep up the good work.

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SHOAPIE 11/4/2012 8:56AM

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SASSYLJB 11/4/2012 8:54AM

    Truly great changes! Great job!

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SCOUTMOM715 11/4/2012 8:38AM

    emoticon emoticon You look amazing!! emoticon emoticon

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TERRYGLORIA 11/4/2012 8:32AM

  You look fantastic. Congratulations on your successful journey. I wish I had your commitment ability. I'll get there eventually though. Keep up the good work. Great read. Thanks. Keep going.

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KATHIC2 11/4/2012 8:12AM

  Outstanding success!!!! I am inspired by your journey. So well said.

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NILLAPEPSI 11/4/2012 8:09AM

    Wow!!! You look amazing!!! emoticon emoticon

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JIBBIE49 11/4/2012 8:03AM

    emoticon You're the STAR today with your blog featured in the Spark Mail. What an inspiration you are to others!! emoticon

You look really short, so glad you are getting to a normal weight for you.

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REDROSE1990 11/4/2012 7:32AM

  WOW! You look amazing! And you sound so happy! Go you! emoticon

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LUV2RUN72 11/4/2012 7:31AM

    Thank you for sharing! You are so right, the journey is important. Congratulations on all your success with losing weight and with all that you have learned. emoticon

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PENOWOK 11/4/2012 7:18AM

    You look and sound fabulous! What an awesome story!! What a great topic area you are working in, too!

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DNRAE1 11/4/2012 7:10AM

    Your blog is wonderful! It is great to see how much the actual journey means to all of us! We need to take time to "enjoy" the positive steps we take and the lessons we learn along the way!!!! Congratulations on your inspiring journey and successes!

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ANNIEMAE56 11/4/2012 7:06AM

  great job emoticon reading this makes me think i can do it too.

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TRYINGHARD54 11/4/2012 6:48AM

    you look great, thank you for sharing... keep up the good work...

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SUSANK16 11/4/2012 6:32AM

  Wow fabulous


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JENNAAW 11/4/2012 6:30AM

    You have done great and are very motivating to me. Keep up the good work!

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