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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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CLIP53 11/4/2012 6:18AM

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BESSHAILE 11/4/2012 5:35AM

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How true that the Other Things we learn on this journey are often the best part. But still - you'll sure have fun in your holiday outfits this season. woo woo.

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SLIMTHICK2 11/4/2012 5:31AM

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BECKYANNE1 11/4/2012 5:13AM

    emoticon I also have felt that this is an amazing journey I've been on.
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GRAMPIAN 11/4/2012 5:12AM

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TALLGIRL4 11/4/2012 1:15AM

    Thanks for the boost i needed to read a blog like this....thank you

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PHEBESS 11/4/2012 12:48AM

    You are doing great!!!!! What an amazing difference between your before and after photos!!!!

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FOXFIRENDTS 11/3/2012 9:24PM

    Congratulations on your success, you look great!


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WATERMELLEN 11/3/2012 7:23PM

    Super blog, super accomplishment: you deserve to be very proud of yourself!!

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KPETSCHE 11/3/2012 6:04PM

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Thanks for sharing your wonderful journey. Congratulations on all the gains you've made so far. I know that you will get to your goal.

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MJREIMERS 11/3/2012 5:59PM

    emoticon job and emoticon on your accomplishment. I admire how you can see how the journey was not only life changing, but also a life lesson. These lessons will help you maintain your weight loss! You are a strong person and I know emoticon

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OKIE30 11/3/2012 1:50PM

    Kudos Kat.

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SHINYZALATA 11/3/2012 1:18PM

    inspiring ur doing great :)

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CYALE76 11/3/2012 1:07PM

    You look amazing, Your right this journey is about so much more than the pounds.

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CANES4EVER63 11/3/2012 12:57PM

    You're an inspiration!! The changes you've made over the past year and a half have been amazing! Keep up the great work and I'm sure you'll reach your goal in no time!

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ONEKIDSMOM 11/3/2012 12:17PM

    I voted for this blog... I think it deserves a wider circulation! Because the message that it takes time for the real learning to take place: magic doesn't teach us the way hard work and slipping and recovering, and loving ourselves through the rough bits does.

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KRISTA4REAL 11/3/2012 11:17AM

    You look amazing! Love that black dress:) Thank you for sharing, I love love love success stories! I've lost almost as much but still have about 40-50lbs to go. Nothing can describe how good it feels to have your hard work pay off! Congratulations and enjoy your success!
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GOOGIE1262 11/3/2012 10:10AM

    This blog is the BEST EVER..and you ..my dear Spark Friend, are one very special lady. I am so very very happy for you. Someone who is giving so much to the world should make sure to give to yourself. You finally are. I'm so proud:)

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NIKKICOLE83 11/3/2012 9:45AM

    Congratulations on your loss! Those last 13 lbs will come. If you have accomplished this much, you can accomplish more.

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MELAMA210 11/3/2012 9:11AM

    You have an amazing, inspiring story! You look amazing!

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BEAUTIFUL_REINA 11/3/2012 8:51AM

    Amazing! I can't wait till I get where you are!

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KITT52 11/3/2012 8:34AM

    you look beautiful


so happy for you.....

have a healthy week end

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DOINIT4ME2DAY 11/3/2012 8:32AM

    Wow! What a great post. You truly are doing amazing. And just to see the confidence and the joy overflowing from you even in just the last 3 months is incredible. You truly are a beautiful woman both inside and out

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CATHGREEN8 11/3/2012 8:32AM

    So inspiring, thanks for sharing!


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HAYBURNER1969 11/3/2012 8:27AM

    Wow, what a great story! Thanks for sharing and congratulations on your loss!! WAY TO GO!!

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