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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:
J-ALEXIS 12/10/2012 1:32PM

    I am truly WOWED, by your accomplishments, hard work, and total body transformation!!

You look healthy, beautiful, and simply glowing from the inside out!!!


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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 12/10/2012 1:23PM

    Even at 274.8 pounds, you were gorgeous. But a your current weight--WOW--you are a knockout. Remember....this journey is for life...there is no end or stopping place. We have to stay vigilant and mindful to keep the weight off forever!

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1DRWOMAN 12/10/2012 2:41AM

    Thank you thank you! You are a superstar and I have just shared your blog with several clients and friends! Xo congrats!!

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NELLBELLA26 12/9/2012 1:59PM

    My jaw dropped to the floor looking at your before and after pictures. You are beyond gorgeous girl! You should look into that mirror with nothing but admiration and pride. 91 pounds! WOOHOO! Celebrate your success every single day, because you took care of YOU!
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JUDYAASH 12/9/2012 11:06AM

    Way to go girl!!! Keep it up. emoticon emoticon

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YESCURLYCAN 12/9/2012 4:25AM

  Love this! emoticon You have done an amazing job and you are looking great! Spark on!

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FLY0NTHEWAL1 12/8/2012 10:58PM

    This is beautiful. I love your story! I know it's not finished (is anyone's ever?) but you are really getting somewhere and I am very happy for you.
Much love,

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WHITEANGEL4 12/8/2012 10:00PM

    Wonderful so glad you found Sparks. It is a gem just waiting for people to embrace. Enjoyed reading ab out your journey

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QUADCMOM 12/8/2012 3:30PM

    What a GREAT story. Thanks for sharing.

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JAGRIF 12/8/2012 12:45PM

    You are amazing!

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emoticon for sharing ~ you are an inspiration!

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DNRAE1 12/8/2012 8:48AM

    Aren't you just the cat's meow?!!!! Looking fantabulous and fit! Keep pushing and smiling, you are inspiring!

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LAURIETAIT 12/8/2012 2:41AM

    You look amazing! Fit and happy!

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DESERTJULZ 12/7/2012 6:44PM

    Awesome and inspiring story! Doesn't it just feel so good to look at yourself in the mirror now. :D

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CHICCHANTAL 12/7/2012 2:52PM

    And you look utterly fantastic!

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MCJULIEO 12/7/2012 12:28PM

    You GO, Girl!

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TEDIEBEAR1 12/7/2012 11:11AM

    Excellent job! emoticon

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SHANTRA 12/7/2012 10:04AM

    Your achievement is amazing!! And you really have totally changed your life.. keep it up.. and thank you so much for having the guts to post your before photos because you have motivated me to post mine for my Ballerina blog. Congratulations and keep it up!

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YOUGOLALA 12/7/2012 9:02AM

    This is the first blog post I've read since joining. I join with other members in saying what they've already said so eloquently - wow-- amazing -- you are an inspiration to those who are still in there fighting, or - like me, just barely starting out.
Keep it up. I know you will. I hope in 367 days I'll be telling someone the same story. emoticon

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FREEDOM5000 12/7/2012 1:07AM

    This was the first success story I've seen on here, i've just joined. You've done amazingly what an inspiration! I'm a guy but have a similiar body shape to your before pictures, so it's quite inspiring :)

Well done!

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SURLYGIRL 12/6/2012 11:14PM

    Wow ! What an inspiration you are. You must be so very proud of yourself. Keep up the good work - You are truly awesome.

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    Way to go! very inspirational :)

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STAYCXL-NOMORE 12/6/2012 9:40PM

    Wow I am amazed at your results , you look amazing !! Congrats on your journey

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MBGUYER 12/6/2012 9:17PM

  awesome! you rock!!

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YBBHAPPY 12/6/2012 9:08PM

    Look at you! What a great job you are doing! Keep doing whatever you're doing; it's working :)

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ANDIE_1018 12/6/2012 7:53PM

    Congratulations! Thank you for sharing - it is so inspirational to see real life examples of people who have been successful at this!

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JOYFULSONG45 12/6/2012 6:16PM

    Wow you look great and you have the added bonus of living more healthy. Sparkpeople is a blessing.

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LLBLOVER 12/6/2012 6:14PM

    WOOOOWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon

Congratulations!!!!! What an incredible accomplishment! emoticon

You look amazing! emoticon

Keep up the FANTASTIC work!!!

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GEMINIGEM6 12/6/2012 5:16PM

    OMG girl! Look at you! Amazing! I am so happy for you! :) Congrats on all of your success. You look GREAT! I am so inspired! :)

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RASIRE 12/6/2012 3:56PM

  What an inspiration! Keep up the great work!

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MYBABYGIRLS 12/6/2012 3:47PM

    Now I've got tears in my eyes! What an inspiration! You should definitely be proud! emoticon

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GRAMMAOFFIVE 12/6/2012 3:25PM

    Awesome story. You have a lot to be proud of.

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STACI29130 12/6/2012 3:22PM

    emoticon Awesome job!!!! You should be very proud of your accomplishments!

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AMANDEES76 12/6/2012 3:11PM

    A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!!!! Thank you so much for posting this very personal blog on your personal journey, it is such an inspiration to all of us here at SP. You have accomplished so much and are still working on a happier you. The transformation is amazing. Congrats on your success.

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ELIZABETH5268 12/6/2012 2:42PM

    That is amazing! You should be very proud of yourself not only for what you've done for you but for the trail of inspiration you are no doubt paving for others. emoticon

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EG8383 12/6/2012 1:32PM

  what an amazing transformatin you've had. I can tell you've worked really hard and it shows! Be proud of where you're at you look fabulous with that beautiful smile on your face and confidence in your stance. I can't wait to have my baby and get serious about trimming down. Its funny cause I originally started out at 285 lbs and got as low at 240 but then life got in the way. My goal was always to get down under 200 and 180 was my "goal" I can't wait to join you on this journey in Jan. 2013, I'm pumped!!! You go girl!! =)

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    Good for you for finding a better normal you.

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THEIS58 12/6/2012 12:02PM

    Awesome results due to your hard work and dedication!

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RADAMCIO 12/6/2012 11:34AM

    Congratulations! You look fabulous. I'm starting pretty close to where you came from, and you ate an inspiration.

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CJPROVAN 12/6/2012 10:52AM

    Way to Go!! You are so inspiring!!

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VICLAF 12/6/2012 10:30AM

    WOW, WOW, WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!

That's all I can say!

YOU are amazing!!

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LUEYGIRL 12/6/2012 10:23AM

    Amazing transformation. Way to go. emoticon

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2BEEFIT 12/6/2012 10:00AM

    WOW LOOK AT YOU! Great Job.

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HAPPYCPA1965 12/6/2012 9:48AM

    Wow, congratulations!

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