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Saturday, January 05, 2013


(Near my 231.5-pound max.)

At 231.5 pounds, the heaviest Iíd ever been in my entire life, I was a big girl. I knew I was big. But as big as I was, I donít think I saw myself as being THAT big.


(Near my 231.5-pound max.)

(How could that be?!) No matter what my mind thought, I was having trouble breathing while seated, because my stomach fat was pressing up on my lungs. In addition, I thought a thinner me might have better luck at finding a job. I started eating more healthfully and exercising (45-60 minutes a day, five times a week), but progress was slow. The more I exercised, the hungrier I was, the more I ate, the less weight I lost. I was frustrated.

In March 2010, still at 228 pounds, I joined SparkPeople and immediately started reading articles and blog posts. I joined a few groups and started writing my own blog posts. I used the nutrition and fitness trackers. I learned about portion control and about daily caloric ranges. The very first week I saw results. From there, I made a slow, but consisted progression downward. Until April 2011 when I found out that I would be moving to England.

My weight slowly crept back up between April and December 2011. I was stressed and busy finish up at my job, then visiting friends and family all over the United States before my move, then packing and moving, then adjusting to a new country and all its wonderful and delicious new foods that I had to try (every single last one of them!).

One year ago, on the first of January 2012, I weighed 194.5 pounds.


(January 2012 at 194.5 pounds)

With a goal weight of 163 pounds (65 pound loss from my 8 March 2010 start date on SparkPeople), I had a ways to go. I rededicated myself to my weight-loss efforts, resolving to reach my goal weight by the end of the year.

I recall the first 8 months of the year as being a slow struggle to lose weight. I ate well, was mindful of portion sizes and calorie counts, and exercised regularly; but I was leaning too much, once again, on food for comfort. I found that each bout of emotional eating set me back, undoing so much of my positive efforts. This led to frustration at my seeming inability to control myself and disappointment in my progress.

In September, I was becoming disillusioned about my ability to reach my goal weight by the end of the year. After all, Iíd lost only 13 pounds in over eight months. A loss is better than a gain or even than staying at the same weight, but how was I going to lose 18.5 pounds in four months when I lost only 13 pounds in eight?


(September 2012 at about 181.5 pounds)

Then something amazing happened.

I was walking on the treadmill at my gym thinking that what I needed was a weight-loss mentor. Someone who was an expert and could offer me guidance. Someone who could show me what I was doing wrong and guide me to a better way. Just as I was thinking this, one of the personal trainers at my gym came up to me (mind you, while I was still walking on the treadmill) and asked me whether I was taking advantage of what they gym had to offer to reach my health and fitness goals. I told him about my challenges and he replied that he actually worked successfully with clients with similar issues. At this point I didnít really believe in the benefits of a personal trainer, because I was self-motivated and knowledgeable about exercise and fitness equipment. I had also tried working with a personal trainer twice before (3 sessions with each trainer), but both trainers worked me so hard that I ended up almost passing out. BUT I had just mentally asked for a mentor so I thought the least I could do was listen to what he had to offer.

A few days later, after hearing about the science behind his program and about the great results some of his clients had achieved, I signed up for five weeks of diet menus, an exercise plan, and personal training sessions (one per week). After the five weeks, I had all the knowledge I needed to continue on my own, but I had such good results (almost 10 pounds down) that I ended up signing back on for an additional 10 weeks.

While working with my personal trainer, I learned new and effective exercises, received diet guidance, including evaluation and menu adjustments, as needed, and discussed diet and exercise struggles, which resulted in a lot of mental-barrier breakthroughs. In 15 weeks, I lost over 22 pounds. Not as much as weíd predicted, but I had to be happy as the time frame included Thanksgiving and a trip to Belgium (think Belgian waffle topped with melted Belgian chocolate and whipped cream! Okay, not a good idea. Think carrot sticks!). In addition to the weight loss and mental-barrier breakthroughs, I also discovered a way of eating based on glycemic load that completely eliminated all my cravings, allowing me to eat real food when I was actually hungry and to avoid emotional eating. This truly was a life-changing development!

By yearís end, not only had I reached my goal weight, but Iíd surpassed it! I lost 33 pounds in 2012 and rang in the New Year at 161.5 pounds! Instead of losing a total of 65 pounds since starting on SparkPeople, I lost a total of 70 pounds since I started my weight-loss journey. Amazing!


(November 30, 2012, at 164.5)


(November 30, 2012, at 164.5)


(Christmas Day 2012 at 161.5)

Although I gained so much from working with my personal trainer (who is always motivating and never degrading), I spend only one hour a week with him. The rest of the time I am on my own, so I still find myself logging in regularly to SparkPeople for motivation, information, and support. My trainer, SparkPeople, and SparkPeople's people were all instrumental in 2012's weight loss success. So, thank you!!!!

Even though Iím below my goal weight, which had been chosen somewhat arbitrarily, I know that I want to lose more weight, because Iím still carrying too much fat on my abdomen and back. But Iím feeling very positive about the process and can continue eating as I am doing well into the future. I donít know what weight is best for me, so Iíve decided to set 5-pound weight loss goals, reevaluating as I go, until Iím at a weight where I look and feel my best.

Year-end goal for 2013: Reach the ideal weight for my body where I look and feel my best.
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LRSILVER 1/31/2013 7:56AM

    Wow you are a superstar!! You look fantastic. What a great job.

thanks for sharing your story and pictures.

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COURTNEYANNEMT 1/31/2013 7:54AM

  Thanks! I had been debating, but this helps.

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VICTUS_GIRLANYA 1/31/2013 7:52AM

    Wow, a very dramatic change...it looks great. You have done an awesome job....way to go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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KIKI20 1/31/2013 7:52AM

  emoticon This is an amazing story. Great job!

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COOKIE_AT_51 1/31/2013 7:52AM

    emoticon I love your determination ... emoticon success!!

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HIKERGAL123 1/31/2013 7:50AM

  Great story!
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WOOFGANG 1/31/2013 7:47AM

    Great blog, your story mimics that of so many others. It's nice to hear how you've conquered the yo-yo part of this. You look terrific and I love that outfit you have on at 164.5 lbs on Nov. 30th (the suit with the fuschia jacket is very nice, but I love the other one with the colorful banding around the skirt area - you look terrific!)

Congrats on a job well done and thanks for sharing your story with us!

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BROWNSKIN252 1/31/2013 7:46AM

    Way to go! Thanks for sharing your story!

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WSWARTZE 1/31/2013 7:45AM

  Awesome, motivating! I will continue!

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DEBBIELCG 1/31/2013 7:43AM

    wow very inspiring. thank you for sharing with us.

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MISSMARY3 1/31/2013 7:42AM

    emoticon You are looking good! Keep up the good work and keep us posted on your progress!

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AMANDACOETZER 1/31/2013 7:42AM

    That's fantastic! Congratulations!

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MARTHAWILL 1/31/2013 7:40AM

    Very inspiring. thanks! emoticon

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JANNUNNY 1/31/2013 7:40AM

    What a transformation !!! you look amazing emoticon

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COLLARN 1/31/2013 7:33AM

  You easily look 20 years younger! Great job and amazing journey. Keep up the great work!

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LETHANIA 1/31/2013 7:18AM

    WOW!!!! LOOK AT YOU!!!!! Amazing!!! you look fabulous.. your will power and determination over the long haul are inspirational!

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CINNAMARIE 1/31/2013 7:16AM

    So very happy for you and thrilled to hear that you found your success!

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SAVTA4 1/31/2013 7:08AM

  I loved your story and your pictures and I applaud you. I understand your prior frustration, and would really appreciate knowing exactly what it is that you eat at each meal, you talk about glycymic index... I have these issues, struggling for years to loose but maybe 3 pounds go away. I omit white flour, sugar, rice, pasta, bread, and still no movement on the scale... continue inspiring all...

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KAYATLANTA2010 1/31/2013 7:06AM

    Wow...what beautiful progress! Well done!
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LEANJEAN6 1/31/2013 7:04AM

    This is truly amazing----You look so good!!!-Very inspirational!

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C_KESSLER2013 1/31/2013 7:01AM

    This was the most amazing thing to read the day after I decided to join (again) It is very inspiring to know that it really can be done, I just have to put my mind to it and do the work!! thank you so much for sharing!!! emoticon

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GARDENCHRIS 1/31/2013 7:00AM

    good for you! emoticon

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ROSET491 1/31/2013 6:57AM

    Just read your story! Congratulations & enjoy~all your hard work has paid off!

Rose

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WATERDIAMONDS 1/31/2013 6:52AM

    Wonderful blog! Thank you for the inspiration to keep after it, no matter what.
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CASEYSAUER 1/31/2013 6:49AM

    I admire your story and your work! Great job!

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CHANSEN_20001 1/31/2013 6:45AM

    Great job!!!!

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LIVINHEALTHY9 1/31/2013 6:40AM

    Loved reading about your journey. It's really inspiring and you look fantastic!

Way to Go!

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RITAROSE 1/31/2013 6:39AM

  Beautiful transformation, great story, amazing woman! You rock!! emoticon

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SHAWFAN 1/31/2013 6:35AM

    Wonderful transformation!! Congrats!!

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SMWILLIAMS29102 1/31/2013 6:34AM

    Wow! Great job.

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STEPHLOKI 1/31/2013 6:27AM

    Now that's what I call a transformation! Congratulations!

So now you are into chips with vinegar instead of fries with Barbeque sauce? LOL

Here in Kenya we have a lot of British inspired food. Some I love (chips & crisps with vinegar..... but only in small portions), some I loath like Coleslaw instead of proper salad.



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FLASUN 1/31/2013 6:26AM

    I'm so HAPPY SparkPeople featured you in my emails......read your entire blog and found you to be emoticon !!!!! emoticon to you on sticking with it and getting to your emoticon emoticon

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RAEHIPPYCHICK 1/31/2013 6:17AM

    Wow - Look at you... you look great... well done!!!! emoticon

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LIZAPO 1/31/2013 6:05AM

  Great job!! You look amazing emoticon

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LAURANCE 1/31/2013 6:04AM

  Glad to see your pictures! I'll bet you feel so very much better now! Congratulations on a job well done!

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CELESTE_B 1/31/2013 5:55AM

    Wahooo! Way to go!

I love how you found that mentor you were looking for...

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Thank you for inspiring me to continue the journey and not give up

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RUNNERRACHEL 1/31/2013 5:45AM

    Fantastic!!

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LOVEROFJC 1/31/2013 5:13AM

  Very informative AND encouraging-----never give up!

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SUSIEPH1 1/31/2013 5:07AM

    You are looking amazing ! and I bet you feel so good!.
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NASFKAB 1/31/2013 4:57AM

  congratulations great job

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SHAPNUP 1/13/2013 11:06AM

    You look great and sound great. Thanks for sharing!

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KRICKET57 1/9/2013 10:39AM

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Thank you for sharing your journey with us. It is inspirational to all.

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PURPLE180 1/8/2013 8:46PM

    emoticon emoticon job.

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MY9STONEJOURNEY 1/8/2013 8:17PM

    Congrats!! You are smoking HOTTTTT!!! emoticon

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SPARKGIRL32 1/8/2013 8:00PM

    Rocked it!!!! :)

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