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My Shiny New Year (110 lbs. lighter)

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

It was on New Years' Eve 2009 after the recent birth of my second daughter when I announced to my family that my New Year's resolution was to lose over 100 lbs. When I said it, even I didn't believe it.


(I'm on the left with my two sisters)

Oh I wanted to lose the weight. I just didn't think I could. So I expected the slightly awkward silence after I dropped my New Years resolution like a bomb in the room. It was funny. My family fully supports me, but even I don't think that they knew what I was capable of. I think we all tend to underestimate our own powers that exist within us. But that power is there. I had struggled with my weight since the 3rd grade, it was just my burden to carry - literally. But that moment changed my life. I had something new - spark (and SparkPeople), and determination.

But three years later, and no, I'm not the fastest loser on the block. But a loser I am. 110 lbs down and 10 lbs away from my goal weight of a total of 120 lbs lost. I'm not only running my first half marathon later this month and meeting a very dear spark friend for the first time, who is also doing the half, but I'm running another half marathon later this year. I am living out my dream to be a healthy weight (I'm no longer obese!) and setting a good example for my young daughters.

I am facing this new year with such excitement and anticipation. I am giddy and feel FREE.

For anyone that doubts that you can do this, too, don't doubt. Just do.


(Here I am pictured with all of my sisters this New Years, I'm the second from the right)


(In the middle, Christmas Eve with my sister and my Mom)


Christmas Eve - I was wearing sexy black boots I could never wear before, but they aren't pictured :)
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AMBIENTRAYN 2/2/2013 1:51PM

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    Your amazing sista!! emoticon emoticon

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TFUNKSGIRL 1/4/2013 8:45AM

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KATHIERAE 1/3/2013 4:53PM

    Thanks so much for sharing your "before" and "after" pictures! Your story is amazing because "you didn't know what you were capable of" and yet here you are!!! That really gives ME hope because I don't feel capable either...
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GETFIT2LIVE 1/3/2013 12:55PM

    So proud of you and happy for you! You've done amazing--I know you'll finish the job and reach your goal weight in short order. Hope we get a chance to meet in person while I'm down for the Tinkerbell half marathon; in any case, I wish you the best for your first half!

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REENSKI 1/2/2013 4:54PM

    Congratulations Kathy! What an amazing accomplishment.
I love what you said-don't doubt , just do!

You are truly and inspiration, thank you for sharing your story.
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TRAVELGRRL 1/2/2013 3:55PM

    "Don't doubt. Just do." Those are great words to live by! You are looking soooo happy and healthy! Congratulations, you have worked hard and it's paid off in emoticon

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BEMILLER30 1/2/2013 12:42PM

    Wow! Amazing! Congrats on all your success, and I can't wait to see what the new year brings you. :)

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LINDAKAY228 1/2/2013 12:24PM

    Such an awesome inspiring story! COngratulations on your amazing success and good luck with this year's goals! You will do it!

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MY2GIRLS0205 1/2/2013 11:09AM

    Congratulations on being so close to goal, and for persevering through the long journey! I am still at the beginning of my 150 pound loss journey, so I will be sure to look to you for motivation throughout!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KITHKINCAID 1/2/2013 10:54AM

    So excited for you. Can't wait to read your half marathon blog! 2013 is your year! Take it!

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LYNNA7499 1/2/2013 10:37AM

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I remember we became friends shortly after our daughters were born & I've enjoyed following your journey over these past few years. You have accomplished so much and you are such an inspiration to others.

Good luck with your 2013 races.

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INSPIREBYNATURE 1/2/2013 9:42AM

    you are truly an inspiration!

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RISINGBLUESTAR 1/2/2013 8:49AM

    emoticon emoticon I understand what you mean when you say you wanted to lose the weight but you had your doubts. I tend to doubt myself but that is something I am trying to not do. One of my favorite quotes is: "If we accomplished everything we were capable of, we would literally astound ourselves." I don't think that's the exact quote but close enough. Another one I like is "Stop wishing, start doing!."

Inspirational blog! Thanks for sharing! :)

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CHICAT63 1/2/2013 8:12AM

    Woohoo, so awesome !!! You go GIRL !!!! emoticon

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POOKASLUAGH 1/2/2013 8:04AM

    Slow is good! I'm traveling at about the same rate as you - three years down and 96 lbs down. Gives our bodies time to adjust and means the change is permanent! Great job Kathy! :)

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ULEWIJ 1/2/2013 6:10AM

    Amazing!!! good job! and thank you for sharing, I needed to read a great success story :)

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MOMFAN 1/2/2013 5:33AM

    Amazing!

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    emoticon Thanks for being so inspiring.

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WOLFKITTY 1/1/2013 11:24PM

    Yay!! So awesome!

Hugs,
Jocelyn

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NADINEL 1/1/2013 11:03PM

    Awesome! Happy New Year!

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TEEPHOTO 1/1/2013 10:50PM

    Congratulations. That is truly a blessing!

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OVERHAULING-ME 1/1/2013 10:46PM

    Your Giddiness is contagious! You have me smiling, feeling good and hopeful! Congrats on your transformation! For making those choices that are allowing you to be healthy! Best wishes on your half marathons! Can't wait to hear about it! I am signed up for my first one in May but I plan on walking.

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KRISTEN_SAYS 1/1/2013 10:18PM

    So amazing! Good luck on your half marathons!

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_JODI404 1/1/2013 10:15PM

    Your excitement and enthusiasm just jumps right off the page, and is evident in every new photo! You have great reason to be giddy ~ I love that!!

Congratulations on all of your success to date! You are such an inspiration!

Your 1/2 marathons sound like a great next step for you on your journey!
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Best wishes for continued happiness, health, fitness, success, and yes, giddiness in the New Year!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JMEPAYNE 1/1/2013 10:14PM

    AMAZING!!!!

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LOOZINITNOW 1/1/2013 10:11PM

    What a beautiful inspiration you are! So proud of you!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 1/1/2013 10:06PM

    That's so great, congratulations!

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-ICANDOIT- 1/1/2013 9:54PM

    I just love you so much for being the awesome person you are! You have always been a bright spark for me...you give me the hope I need to REALLY start my journey...even if I am still at the "doubting I will ever really do it" stage!
I have so enjoyed seeing your success- and today I think I even felt it for you! I hope 2013 is a year of even more dreams reached for you!

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GAYLEP67 1/1/2013 9:52PM

    What an awesome transformation! Congratulations!! You are living proof that hard work and commitment pay off.

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PRESBESS 1/1/2013 9:48PM

    I am so happy for you! Oh how good you must feel. Keep up the good work!

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    You have done so well! I hope you are proud of yourself!

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