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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:
BEACHBUM4LIFE 12/6/2012 9:39AM

    Congratulations on your weight loss!!

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JMARISK 12/6/2012 9:30AM

    Thank you for the inspiration. You look amazing!!!!! Keep it up, girl :)

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INTOTHESOUTH 12/6/2012 9:29AM

    Well clearly you are a badass an an inspiration to us all! Keep up the amazing work!

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NO_SUBSTITUTE 12/6/2012 9:08AM

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Congratulations - you should be very proud of yourself

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STEPHSLIMMER 12/6/2012 9:07AM

    So awesome!!! Great job :)

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FITAT50 12/6/2012 8:39AM

    Fantastic job! Your transformation is truly awesome!

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WALLINMW 12/6/2012 8:33AM

  You rock!

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NYKIMMIE 12/6/2012 8:28AM

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PENOWOK 12/6/2012 8:09AM

    That is FABULOUS! You look AMAZING!

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RECMAJOR 12/6/2012 7:45AM

    WOW! Way to go! Thank you for sharing your story and photos! You are an inspiration to me - and, I'm sure, many others on their weight loss journey! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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VEGANMEGAN4LIFE 12/6/2012 7:30AM

    OMG!!! You look fantastic!!!

I completely relate to the feelings you described above. So true, so true.... emoticon emoticon

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ROSE284 12/6/2012 4:53AM

    Wow! You look great! A fantastic read, very inspiring!

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LUVTOBOWL 12/6/2012 1:17AM

    First of all you look great! I know whatever other goals you plan on reaching, I know you will. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon .

Thanks for inspiring me


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GREENFAIRY390 12/6/2012 12:20AM

  Boy do I relate to this! Congrats on your weight loss!

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MNTWINSGAL 12/6/2012 12:13AM

    What an inspiration you are! Keep it are soooo on your way! Woo Hoo!

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ACTIONHEROFOX 12/5/2012 11:24PM

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NANAGO1204 12/5/2012 11:19PM

    Thank for sharing...your pictures and your story! I was feeling kind of discouraged this week...not because of weight loss or the lack thereof...just life. Reading your blog has lifted me and I am so proud of you!! The fact that we have never met doesn't matter at all...I feel better just seeing your progress! Well done...well done...well done! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JULESJET 12/5/2012 10:57PM

    You are inspiring and awesome! Thanks so much for sharing this! I am new to Sparkpeople and it's such a motivation to see your story. So Thank You!

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MARYJEANSL 12/5/2012 10:44PM

  Wonderful before and after pics. Congratulations to you!! And keep it up!

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REEBADABEEBOOS 12/5/2012 10:26PM

    Are you kidding me??? Your body has COMPLETELY changed! Congrats on all your hard work!

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EENLIGHTENING 12/5/2012 10:22PM

    Wowee, girl, you did awesome! I am new here to Spark People, but I am so glad to be able to see your progress and great attitude. I love that you said "gone for ever". When people lose something, they go looking for it. Release it, baby, for good. Damn, good! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JAZZIELEIGH 12/5/2012 10:22PM

    You Look Fabulous! Awesome Job. Okay, It's really time for me to get serious about my journey. You have certainly motivated me. I'm very proud of you!

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NESSAGIRL67 12/5/2012 9:57PM

    Way to go! You look amazing! Congrats on your weight loss.

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PMFISH 12/5/2012 9:43PM

    Wow!!! That is some transformation, you look terrific. Know you will be an inspiration for many others in Spark.
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TJCADDO 12/5/2012 9:09PM

    Look at you! Look at your accomplishments. emoticon emoticon

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CRYSTAL7381 12/5/2012 8:54PM

  Fantastic Job! emoticon

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KERRIELYNN719 12/5/2012 8:52PM

    Wow...congratulations....I can't wait to feel the same feelings

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ELIELECTRIC 12/5/2012 8:26PM

    Happy Anniversary!! You look AMAZING! You are such an inspiration and I am soo proud of you! Best of luck on continuing this great journey!

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MANILUS 12/5/2012 7:15PM

    Wonderful job, keep going!!!

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LAWANDMUSIC 12/5/2012 7:05PM

    Such wonderful progress!!! I am very, very pleased for you!!

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PORTIAWILLIS 12/5/2012 6:52PM

    Thanks for being so open and sharing your journey with us. I am new to spark people so just learning my way around.

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DOROTKA99 12/5/2012 6:51PM

  very inspiring ... well done x

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ARUSHING2 12/5/2012 6:30PM

There is so much that can be said in reply to your blog:

First - congratulations!

Second - thanks very much for the great blog, story and honesty.

Third - keep going Lady!!! Both you and all these folks know you can and will do it!

Thanks again for a very nice blog.

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OTA_2012 12/5/2012 6:24PM

    Wow! That is so wonderful. Congratulations.! I literally got goose bumps reading your story. I just started my transformation. This is so inspiring as I begin my road to becoming thinner and healthier.

Great job!

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MSYELLOWROSE 12/5/2012 6:03PM

    Awesome. I want to be you. Starting at342 today it would be a triumph of character and perserverance if I could re create anything near your stunning success. I will look to hear more from you and others with such inspiring stories. emoticon

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KATRINAKRAUT 12/5/2012 5:34PM

    Way to go. A collective, "You do us proud!!!". what a difference you have made in your life. You look fabulous and, more importantly, you sound like the feel fabulous. Walk in your skin and hold your head high!

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NASFKAB 12/5/2012 4:51PM

  great job congratulations

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NOMORENOMORE 12/5/2012 4:50PM

    I am SO proud of you!!!! Talk about inspirational!!!!

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ROMEOSMOM27 12/5/2012 4:41PM

    Great story thanks for sharing it with your new spark friends, you look awesome. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LEIELD 12/5/2012 4:40PM

  Know this - you were absolutely beautiful before - you have just revealed how capable and determined as well as beautiful you are!!

What a wonderful story!! I took pictures of this sort as well when I started my journey - it is a real eye opener to see the photos and then compare in the future:)

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4BRANDYK 12/5/2012 4:08PM

    Very inspiring, I hope that I can be as successful in my journey as you have been!

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GRAMPIAN 12/5/2012 4:01PM

  Brilliant! emoticon

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CHOCOCAT78 12/5/2012 3:50PM

    You look fantastic! You are such an inspiration and you give me hope. I am just restarting my weight loss journey and seeing your results is very encouraging. Keep up the good work and I can't wait to see your future results :) emoticon emoticon

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PCASEY7 12/5/2012 3:37PM

    WOW - you look great and I bet you feel fantastic! Great blog! Continued good luck to you on your journey!

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IMSUNSHINE 12/5/2012 2:40PM

    You go girl!!!

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ROGERSBABE1 12/5/2012 2:19PM

    What an inspiration you are!!!! All I can say is WOW!

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