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Monday, December 03, 2012

As I try to write this, there are tears in my eyes.

I never in a million years thought this was possible.

When I saw myself on TV a year ago, filling out a 3XL jersey on national television, I was disgusted and embarrassed. I couldn't believe the person I was seeing was actually me. When had I just given up on being healthy? When had I become okay with being 275 pounds?

Looking back, I was so unhappy. I was good at masking it with a smile or a joke, but I hated who I was.

These are really humbling. When I just opened them for the first time in forever, I was honestly shocked.

I am just so thankful that the day I took the first two pictures, I decided it was time to do something. When I searched "Free Weight Loss Plan," I feel blessed that SparkPeople came up.

SparkPeople has taught me how to eat right, exercise frequently, and just generally care about my body and myself more. I am so thankful for all of you amazing Spark Friends, who comment on my page and blogs, or even just like my status. It's nice to know that I have people all over the world cheering me on.

Since joining SparkPeople, I've run two 5k races as well as a 5 mile Turkey Trot. I've run 100+ miles and walked probably 100+ more.

And my body has just completely changed. I'm not finished with this journey to improving my health but I'm so much closer than I was a year ago.

I started this journey at 274.8, and this morning, one year later, I am 183.8.

91 pounds gone forever.

And I just can't thank you enough.

Thank you Spark Friends.

And thank you, SparkPeople.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
EGBOSIMBAESE 12/4/2012 3:29AM

  You have challenged me, I need to start doing more to lose the excess pounds

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EGBOSIMBAESE 12/4/2012 3:27AM

  You have challenged me, congratulation

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KRISUA 12/4/2012 3:20AM

    OMG! You totally motivate me!

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ACTIONCAT2000 12/4/2012 3:10AM

  Wonderful job! You look great--and happy, which is the most important thing. emoticon

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NEWCHINELO 12/4/2012 3:08AM

    Oh my God!You did a great job in just a year. . . i am sure you never gave up for a minute even if it was a snail speed,this is awesome.

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AIRBORNE05 12/4/2012 2:29AM

  You go girl! You look amazing!

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RUNDISNEY13 12/4/2012 1:49AM

    Congratulations!!!! Very inspiring

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SALLY_MANDER 12/4/2012 12:09AM

    WOW! You look so great! Congratulations on your success! Keep up the awesome work :)

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WVAWACKADOO 12/3/2012 10:17PM

    Jan-Marie...Your Mother is in tears too...Can't believe the BEFORE pictures & so proud of the new you. So glad that you "saw the light" (the SparkPeople Light) while you are still young. Grandpa Farley must have been whispering in your ear...he always used to tell me that I "better start watching my weight, as it's much harder to lose weight the older you get." How very true it is...ANYway, I'm Sooo very happy for you & proud like a Mama Peacock!!! Love you madly..

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MUTANTQUEEN 12/3/2012 10:11PM

    Incredible. And so inspiring! Congratulations!!

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HAPPYERIN 12/3/2012 10:02PM

    You look fantastic! Thanks for sharing your journey!

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WINDSONG28 12/3/2012 9:46PM

    emoticon You look astounding!

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NEVERORNOW 12/3/2012 9:27PM

    emoticon on your success!! What an inspiration - thank you for sharing your journey with us!

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RLT5089 12/3/2012 6:52PM

    WOW! what a change! You look far thinner than 183 now!

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MILLIE5522 12/3/2012 4:59PM

    There are tears in my eyes too!!! I am so pleased for you, you look great! What an amazing accomplishment emoticon

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KESHAB0623 12/3/2012 4:36PM

    Congratulations! That is amazing! I'm really inspired by your pictures and your progress and I know that you will reach your goal! emoticon emoticon mm emoticon

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NATURALROCKS 12/3/2012 4:24PM

    emoticon emoticon You should be so proud! I am also in the second half of my journey and although it seems harder I am determined to emoticon

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LISSASLOSINIT 12/3/2012 4:20PM

    awesome. love the photo comparison. you look super! keep up the good work and good luck meeting the rest of your goals!

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YOU-GLOW-GIRL 12/3/2012 4:09PM

  Congratulations!!! That's SO AMAZING! You've come a long way and it only goes to show what a difference a year can make! I'm so inspired by your success. WAY TO GO!

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PLANTAGO 12/3/2012 3:55PM

    You rock, woman! This is so cool! Congratulations!!!!!

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KRISZTA11 12/3/2012 2:56PM

    Congrats to your success!
From 274.8 to 183.8, 91 pounds... I watched the numbers and then it hit me:
you have lost ONE THIRD of your body mass in a year!
The best thing is that you achieved this through persistence and moderation, without extreme dieting or overtraining.

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GRANDMABEAST63 12/3/2012 2:40PM

    Amazing, congratulations woohoo !!!!! That is just awesome. emoticon

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TNKERBELLE 12/3/2012 2:29PM

    Congrats!!! You look amazing!!!! emoticon emoticon

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KRISTEN_SAYS 12/3/2012 1:59PM

    i'm so proud of you!! you've done an amazing job! CONGRATS!!

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BETHIEBOOPS 12/3/2012 1:52PM

    WAY TO GO! You are such an inspiration! Congratulations.

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FOXY13445 12/3/2012 1:49PM

    U R KILLING ITTTTT!!!!!!! Way to freakin grab hold of life and legit TAKE CHARGE!!! emoticon You should absolutely be beyond proud of how far you have come in just one year, keep on keepin on!!

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IRONBLOSSOM 12/3/2012 1:47PM

    AWESOME!! You have done an amazing job! You're really incredible and I hope you emoticon emoticon

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MOBYCARP 12/3/2012 1:41PM

    emoticon What a great one-year result! Stick with it, and you're sure to get to your ultimate goal.

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VANILLABEAR 12/3/2012 1:39PM

    emoticon emoticon Awesome!!

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JACEUG 12/3/2012 1:38PM

    Congratulations... your progress is amazing.

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PMRUNNER 12/3/2012 1:33PM

    Great job!

At some point, thinking about how you will transition to maintenance. There are some great resources on the "at goal and maintaining + transition to maintenance" spark team. You are inspiring, I hope that you continue to succeed and inspire others!

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RADAMS0408 12/3/2012 1:33PM

    Congratulations! Go Bobcats!!! OU grad '99

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JENIYE_707 12/3/2012 1:08PM

    Great transformation. You are truely amazing. Keep up the good work.

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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 12/3/2012 12:47PM

    WOW!!! You look awesome!!!

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JR0124 12/3/2012 12:43PM

    It is amazing to see your transformation in just a year. You should be so proud.

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STODD251 12/3/2012 12:21PM

    Great job! You look amazing!

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EUEK098 12/3/2012 12:04PM

    OMG, YOU ARE emoticon , YOU'VE COME SO FAR. emoticon

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TRAVELGRRL 12/3/2012 12:03PM

    What a well-spent year! Bask in your accomplishment today, you deserve it! THEN, back to work tomorrow!!!! emoticon

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HLTHYRNRMOM 12/3/2012 11:49AM

    Way to go! You look amazing and I'm sure you feel that way too!

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ARUNNINGKAT 12/3/2012 11:36AM

    Congratulations girl! You are such an inspiration!!

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TUBLADY 12/3/2012 11:21AM

    You look fantastic, well done.
Your attitude reflects your spirit and I know there is no stopping you now.
Be strong, stay positive.
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CLRWILLIAMS25 12/3/2012 11:19AM

    Congratulations! You are an inspiration to everyone!

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LUCKY-LISA 12/3/2012 11:05AM

    Congratulations! You must feel awesome! Thank you for inspiring me!
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ARCHIMEDESII 12/3/2012 10:56AM

    WOW !! Congratulations on losing 91 pounds ! You look fantastic !!

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GOPINTOS 12/3/2012 10:52AM

    Fantastic!!! emoticon

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IAMZBEE 12/3/2012 10:45AM

    You are making some AMAZING progress!!! WAY TO GO!!!

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MISHAMW 12/3/2012 10:42AM

    Great amazing job! I never had a doubt in my mind that you won't complete this journey. Keep up the great work and don't forget to focus on NSV when you start to get down to the last few pounds! (This is my biggest issue).

Good luck and congratulations!

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SARABENGSCH 12/3/2012 10:36AM

    You look so amazing, and I am so very proud of you! I'm blessed to be able to call you a spark friend! Keep up your hard work girl, and you achieve all of your dreams!

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KMS41289 12/3/2012 10:27AM

    you are amazing!!!!!! Keep it up times a million!!! So proud of you!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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