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Where I started, 186 lbs ago. Never, ever, EVER give up!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Now and then people contact me and say that they are currently around the same weight as where I started, and they ask what it was like, and how I felt when I started, and how I even GOT started, and how I kept going.

Back then I would have been happy to get under 300 lbs. I don't think I ever really believed I could go under 200. But I tried (again) anyway, because I just didn't want to continue, in my mid-40s, feeling like an old lady, having trouble going up and down the stairs in my house, having trouble fitting into chairs, and feeling generally unattractive and unfit.

The links below are to excerpts from the journey I made from 335.6 lbs to about 200 lbs. Removing the last 50 was a different sort of journey. And removing and keeping off the last 10 has proved the most challenging of all.

(335.6 lbs, BMI = 52.6) May 2007 - Apr 2009

Apr 2009 - Jun 2009

Jun 2009 - Sept 2009

...and now? Holy crap, all you have to do is look at my most recent kayaking blogs.

Seriously, if you had told me in November 2008 that in four years I would be kayaking class IV-V rivers and flying to Argentina for a white water kayaking trip, I would have laughed and asked what drugs you were on, and joked that I wanted some.

And then I would have waited until I was alone and I would have cried, because something like that would have sounded so amazing and wonderful and so completely and ridiculously impossible.

Yet here I am. And next week I will run this rapid in Argentina. With style.

So when I say in my signature on every message board post, "Never, ever, EVER give up!" I really mean it.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
GABBY98_80 3/25/2013 12:11PM


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LOVESTOWALK49 12/1/2012 5:51PM

    Wow! Have a great trip. emoticon

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PEWTERBUNNY 11/27/2012 11:18PM

    Wow! Looking forward to getting to know you.

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CHAQUITA73 11/27/2012 10:22AM

    That brought a happy tear to my eye!!! You rock!

Thanks for the inspiration!!

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MJZHERE 11/25/2012 4:48PM

    Really inspiring. Thank you for writing this.

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KELLIEBEAN 11/25/2012 2:31PM

    You are amazing!

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ILOVEMALI 11/24/2012 8:56PM

    Ok. I'll not give up.

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KATHIC2 11/23/2012 9:47AM

  You are so inspiring! You have such a great to journey to share and do it outstandingly well!!!

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BOOKWORM27S 11/23/2012 12:12AM

    Great blog, very inspiring!

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LESLIELENORE 11/22/2012 8:43PM

    Have fun in Argentina!

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HDHAWK 11/22/2012 7:55PM


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CAT-IN-CJ 11/22/2012 6:53PM

    Absolutely amazing!
You are proof positive that a person can do whatever they set their minds to . . . .
if ya want it bad enough.

You rock!

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WENDYWITKOSKI 11/22/2012 6:08PM

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TINAJANE76 11/22/2012 6:05PM

    You're SO right! So many of us just seem to give up because our goals seem unattainable or at least like they're not sustainable. You're living proof that not only can you lose a whole lotta weight, but that you CAN also keep it off long term. Congratulations on all your success and have a blast in Argentina. And I want to see some photos of you running those rapids!

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LJCANNON 11/22/2012 4:27PM

    emoticon emoticon Thank You! emoticon Thank You emoticon Thank You!!
I am so grateful - And Happy For YOU!! - that you DIDN'T Give Up, and that you are continuing to share your Journey with us. The Journey will NEVER Be over, and at times it may be Difficult, but your Pictures, Blogs, and Adventures remind us that it IS WORTH IT!!

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NEWANDHEALTHY13 11/22/2012 4:10PM

  Firstly, congrats for Not giving up.
Am extremely happy that you were able to push against the tide and reach your goal and are living a fuller life.
Thank you for inspiring people.
God Bless

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GOPINTOS 11/22/2012 4:05PM

    OMGosh thank you for sharing! I havent read it all yet, but wanted to say thank you! emoticon

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DALID414 11/22/2012 3:58PM

You've come a long way. You've earned your way to Argentina!

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SPARKLINGHOPE 11/22/2012 1:26PM

    emoticon Happy Thanksgiving!!

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KANOE10 11/22/2012 12:44PM

    What a wonderful journey towards health. I think you are right, keeping the last 10 pounds off is very much work.

I am so excited about your going to Argentina. I have always wanted to go there.

Have a great Thanksgiving. You should be so happy with yourself. I used to weigh 242 and am so happy not to weigh that anymore.

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ARUSHING2 11/22/2012 12:14PM

Thank you, thank you, thank you very much.

Thanks for sharing.

Happy days to you, and have a continued fantastic trip about too!

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SUZYMOBILE 11/22/2012 11:43AM

    Holy crap, indeed! You had me practically in tears myself, when you said that you couldn't have believed what you've become and what you're doing now.

Happy Thanksgiving! I'm happy to know you!

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