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My Journey Thus Far (couple of pics)

Friday, November 30, 2012

My Journey Thus Far

Today I have been thinking about my journey, (as I do every day) but instead of thinking of how far I have yet to go, I am looking at just how far I have come.

I started an excel chart about a year ago, and it is so rewarding to see the steady downward progress. I can see where I started with my weight and BMI – in the morbidly obese category at almost 50% body fat. Unbelievable. And now I am just shy of 70lbs lighter and now in the lower half of only “obese” and about 20lbs away from just being overweight :) Even more unbelievable.

I had lost almost 30lbs before I ever took a measurement. So since my very first measurement on January 18th 2012, my waist alone is 12 inches smaller. I can't even imagine how large it actually was. I still have the pants in this picture, from when I think I was my all time heaviest, and they are 6 sizes larger than the jeans I wore yesterday. Yes jeans and not a stretchy pants or sweat pants :)



I had a slow summer. I think I gained a lot of knowledge though, knowledge that I can use to maintain for a lifetime. So it was not a total loss but I do get disappointed that I did not make as much progress as I had hoped. There is always a bright side though. Like maybe losing more slowly my skin will be more forgiving. I have totally changed my lifestyle of eating, so it is not like a diet to lose all this weight and then not know about nutrition and how to keep it off. I have learned what works for me and what doesn't. I have learned to pay more attention so I know sooner when I need to shake things up. One thing I am, is persistent but I need to realize when it is time to try something else even if only minor or temporary. So I did learn how to become more in tune and more observant of my own body and not be afraid to try something different.

I guess I just thought I would be there by now. And I am not even sure where “there” is. I don't really have a goal weight, but I do have an ideal range I guess. I dont really have a jean size in mind. I guess I figured I would see what I look like when I get there, but I do feel like “there” is about another 70lbs away. So I am half way “there”.

It has been an amazing journey so far. Highs and lows. Happy days and frustrating days. But I have NEVER lost sight of my goals of being healthier. I have NEVER thought that I could not do this. I have NEVER thought about giving up and quitting. NEVER. Every day is progress, every day is one step closer even though it looks like two steps back. Even those steps that appear to be backwards, I learned from that which means that I am then taking steps to get me even closer than I was before.

So when I have the days of why am I not there sooner? Why am I not there yet? -- I think of how far I have come. I think that it won't be all that much longer that my sleep apnea is a thing of the past. My blood pressure is good. My cholesterol is good. My triglycerides are good. I was borderline diabetes as well as all the usual diseases associated with obesity. I have successfully reversed all that. I have successfully reversed my early death sentence of dying too young from being too fat. I did that. I DID that! I did THAT!

I.DID.THAT!!!

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JOSEY98 12/18/2012 1:04PM

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DOTSONK 12/12/2012 8:04PM

    I know what you mean... And I couldn't have said it better, myself. You look fabulous!
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SWANATOPIA 12/11/2012 12:49AM

    YOU look AWESOME!

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HISARTIST 12/6/2012 8:57AM

    Congratulations!! You look incredible (absolutely LOVE the hair!! Yep, I'm jealous emoticon ). Keep up the awesome work!! Thank you for the wonderful inspiration!!

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HISARTIST 12/6/2012 8:56AM

    Congratulations!! You look incredible (absolutely LOVE the hair!! Yep, I'm jealous emoticon ). Keep up the awesome work!! Thank you for the wonderful inspiration!!

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GOODGETNBETR 12/2/2012 12:14PM

    Wow! It's like two different people. emoticon

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EVER-HOPEFUL 12/2/2012 9:48AM

    emoticon emoticon and yes you did do it,

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THIDDY 12/2/2012 8:56AM

    I am tired today and the cat woke me up early and I have a headache and all of those felt like really good reasons to NOT get up and go work out today .. and then I read this post and now I feel as though I really have to keep going even if today is a "low" day .. thanks for the reminder it is all a journey not a destination..

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RUTHIEBEAR 12/2/2012 8:18AM

    I agree - we have to change our thinking to remember all we have accomplished. Keep up the awesome work! emoticon

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SOON2B150 12/2/2012 8:08AM

    Accepting that it is a journey of body, mind, and spirit is so necessary. There are weeks when our bodies just don't seem to cooperate with our efforts. Not slipping into old habits will see us through those harder times. Use that knowledge and thanks for passing it along.

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 12/1/2012 7:28PM

    Fantastic! You are a great inspiration!

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OKBACK2ME 12/1/2012 3:42PM

    Hey you are doing great, but yes I feel the same, I wish it was faster, but faster often means it does not stay off. So I am learning to be content with the slower loss. You look fantastic and you will finish what you started.!

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GATORJOY 12/1/2012 3:41PM

    Keep up the determination! Once you get to where you want to go, you never want to go back, I know, I am in my range. However, you have really already made greater strides than I have. You should really feel good about it! I am in your corner! emoticon

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WIFEALF 12/1/2012 11:00AM

    you can do this!

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LEN_VERSION32 12/1/2012 9:43AM

    Congrats!! All the best with the rest of your journey!

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JANEMARIE77 12/1/2012 9:05AM

    great job great attitude you are amazing

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DIANER2014 12/1/2012 8:23AM

    Great blog! You're doing awesome! Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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ROZEEROZ1 12/1/2012 3:51AM

    You are doing a fine job of living a healthier life. I like that you don't get discouraged at your down times. I use to give up and eat back all my weight loss. Spark teaches that no one is perfect = I don't give up now. Remeber it isn't you body who defines you - it is Jesus who defines Who You are. He created You special.

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HISTORYRUNNER 12/1/2012 1:12AM

    Excellent idea to review and reflect. It really helps keep the big picture in perspective. You have, I think, really passed from near-death to life. And you are using your new knowledge and energy to help many more people, to bring them into a more fulfilling lifestyle too. What a wonderful and honorable calling.

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CM_GARDNER78 12/1/2012 12:46AM

    You sure DID do that!!! Awesome! You have made amazing progress!! Keep it UP! :-)

(((HUGS)))
~ Christa

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I'm sooo happy for you. You don't have to be in a hurry now. I know you'll get there and you'll know when you have arrived.
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SPIRALDOWN 11/30/2012 11:25PM

    Great job..... Awesome

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MIDNIGHTER1 11/30/2012 11:24PM

    Yes,you did indeed do THAT. What a marvelous thing.You have shown true determination and commitment.

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SHANSHE 11/30/2012 11:02PM

    emoticon you don't even look like the same person!
Shan

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JUMPINJULIE 11/30/2012 10:55PM

    You are awesome you rock. You have come so far i'm so happy for you. emoticon

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1HAPPYSPIRIT 11/30/2012 10:50PM

    It is always good to take a moment and reflect on this journey!

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SASSYLJB 11/30/2012 9:56PM

    You look awesome! So proud of you! Keep up the great work! You are a Diamond in every way there is!


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FEMISLIM 11/30/2012 9:06PM

    Very inspiring!!!!

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SPARKLINGME176 11/30/2012 8:47PM

    You are such an INSPIRATION!

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JENNASGONNADOIT 11/30/2012 7:41PM

  LOVE this blog! You DID do that and it is an absolutely wonderful accomplishment!!!
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AMY-MIMI77 11/30/2012 6:51PM

    GREAT REFLECTION and even BETTER JOB!!!
Keep up the fabulous work. Isn't it wonderful to change the focus to where we came from instead of where we want to be? Helps make this journey so much more enjoyable & less stressful
Keep Rockin it my Diamond Sister.
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DOVESEYES 11/30/2012 6:17PM

    How great to see all the changes. Yes it is hard to look how far you've come as you really want to get there -to the goal. but wow

thanks for sharing we all get a lift to see how far you have come

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EUEK098 11/30/2012 5:32PM

    You have come so far, keep it up. And yes your sure DID

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NEVERORNOW 11/30/2012 5:09PM

    What an amazing story of determination and accomplishment!! emoticon on your progress - you are an inspiration!

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68ANNE 11/30/2012 4:44PM

    Absolutely amazing. Never mind getting there soon, just getting there at all is great!

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DEBRA0818 11/30/2012 4:43PM

    So happy for you that you've achieved so much and, yes, in a relatively short period of time. Think long term and your body will thank you forever (skin especially). You are rightly proud and also right to claim the victory as one that you achieved -- YOU did do that!

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OLIVIANIGHT 11/30/2012 4:38PM

    That's awesome! I can't believe the difference between the two photos, even your attitude seems to have changed completely. Love it!

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CAREN_BLUEJEANS 11/30/2012 4:30PM

    Wonderful job! I'm so proud of you emoticon
It's best to look how far you've come rather than how far you have to go..."Ta da!" instead of "To do."

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DEBBYFROMMT 11/30/2012 4:09PM

    OMG you are the poster child for SparkPeople!!!!

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KIMPY225 11/30/2012 3:49PM

    Woohoo! You have done such a great job! I am so proud =D

I am so glad your health is much better too!

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CHRISTINASP 11/30/2012 3:43PM

    Oh, that's amazing that you reversed those illnesses! That means you HAVE come very far and are much more healthy now. Congratulations!
Don't worry about getting there. You've made so many changes, and that's what counts. Just keep going...!

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