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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Two long or short years ago depending on if you are a half full or half empty kind of person, I decided once and for all to forgo dieting and learn to live a healthy life. I joined Weight Watcher’s and signed up on Spark and never looked back.


I started with baby steps. I could only walk a 21 minute mile. I tracked everything I ate and I stayed in my point range (calorie) range but didn’t worry too much about the exact thing I ate. The better I felt the more I did. My eating became methodical (I haven’t had a French fry in 2 years), my water intake was awesome and I was more active.


I had lost about 50-60 lbs in May when I decided to walk/run my first 5k. I was hooked after that and entered into a lottery to complete the Houston Aramaco Half Marathon, it actually fell on what would be my one year anniversary. It was a sign.


January 15, 2012, I completed my first half marathon. I had lost over 110 lbs and I felt good, but I wasn’t at my goal, so I continued on.

Unfortunately, that was the highlight on my 2012. I had many obstacles that I encountered. My husband left me at the end of April, I became a single parent, working a million hours a week, If ever I were going to lose his battle it would have been then. But alas I kept working and losing. The ongoing divorce left me with financial issues, and a medical issue. October proved to be an even worse month, when I discovered a lump in my breast. Luckily, it wasn’t cancerous and that was reason to celebrate. However, I was still having issues with trying to get divorced and things were bleak.

I decided that I would dedicate 2013 to being the girl I was always meant to be. I got to my original goal weight in 2012 but I want a little more this year and I want to get really strong. I celebrate my 2 year anniversary by completing another half marathon.
Sunday, January 13, 2013, the weather was frigid 46, wind chill 30 and rain, but I was on the start line at 6:50 am. There was nothing that was going to stand in my way. Life could throw whatever it wanted at me and I was going to finish. I may not beat my time; but I was finishing. The music started and we made our way to the start line. My mantra was “just bring it, cause I got this.” The first 4 miles were wet but fast. Mile 6 was tough but the rain had stopped. Mile 9 made me want to cry. I walked mile 12. I ran across the finish line hurting, cold and wet but with a sense of pride and accomplishment that I’m not sure many people get to feel. I crossed the finish line knowing that I can indeed do anything that I allow myself to do. I will no longer fear or be afraid of doing anything. The only thing to be afraid of is not doing it.





My latest saying is this “You have to start to finish!”
I am told often that I am motivational and an inspiration and that does feel good. I hope I inspire the masses but most importantly I hope I inspire my daughter. I never want her to feel the shame or embarrassment that I have felt. I don’t want her to ever let food or laziness control her. So with all that being said here is my secret to success… you have to want it more than you want food or to lay on the couch. It’s hard and it never really becomes easy but I can tell you that after losing almost 150 lbs, it feel so much better to hurt after a half marathon than it does to hurt from being obese.




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FITMARY 1/19/2013 9:44AM

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I don't know where you found the strength, but it's IMPRESSIVE!!!
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UWPALUM 1/19/2013 9:37AM

    So motivational! It's great to know that someone else can get through so much and still focus on your goals! Keep it up!

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CURRENT41 1/19/2013 9:04AM

  What an amazing and inspiring story! So proud of your accomplishment!
Thank you so much for sharing!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 1/19/2013 7:52AM

    as usual,awesome love here´s to hoping that 2013 will be your year.go make it your year emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JULESRULES78 1/19/2013 7:37AM

    What a inspiring story. Thank you for sharing this. You are very strong and have made the right descisions for yourself and your daughter.


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DOOBRIE 1/19/2013 6:19AM

    Great blog - I don't think I've seen that top picture before - what a transformation!

By the way, how's Faith?

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AMANDACOETZER 1/19/2013 6:05AM

    Congrats, you look fantastic!

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SANDLADY48 1/19/2013 3:15AM

    That's our Chelle! Awesome blog!

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1MYSTERY_LADY 1/18/2013 11:50PM

    Awesome

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FIT4MEIN2013 1/18/2013 10:28PM

    Wonderful story! Congratulations!

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ROCKYCPA 1/18/2013 10:17PM

    What a wonderful story - congratulations on all your success!

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LIVELYGIRL2 1/18/2013 9:52PM

  that's a very moving story!

This is awesome you had the will to do is race.

Your daughter is lovely.

I'm sorry your about the hardships you had, but glad you are pushing through !!!!

May you do even better his year! emoticon

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JAMER123 1/18/2013 9:02PM

    You are a winner in my eyes!! Great going and I feel this year will be fantastic for you!!
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MARYJEANSL 1/18/2013 6:49PM

  Congratulations!!! You are awesome. :-)

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BONIFIANT 1/18/2013 4:45PM

    Great thinking. Hope the way ahead gets smoother for you. emoticon for your honesty. emoticon even when the going gets tough.

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PATRICIAANN46 1/18/2013 4:20PM

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LINDAK25 1/18/2013 2:54PM

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NEWCHINELO 1/18/2013 2:20PM

    Congratulations!you are indeed a strong woman.

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DIANNEMT 1/18/2013 1:14PM

    Wonderful!! Hold onto your daughter and leave the ex behind--you have wonderful things in store for you in 2013!

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JIBBIE49 1/18/2013 12:01PM

    Great to see your blog featured in the Spark Mail. Spark Guy says the mail is read by one and a half million people, so you inspired MANY today. emoticon

NOVA on PBS had a program a couple of years ago about 12 people that TUFTS UNIVERSITY in Boston trained to run the Boston Marathon. What they found was after five months, they ran a HALF MARATHON and then went on to train and run the full marathon, but that the group had 90% of their health benefits when they ran the HALF MARATHON. They only gained 10% more by running the full, BUT THEY INCREASED their risk of injury MUCH MORE doing the full marathon, so the doctors didn't see ANY benefit for the 10% when weighed against injury possibility.

SO, be VERY happy with your HALF Marathon runs. emoticon

Also, I'm glad for u that u got the divorce. Any woman who stays in a rotten marriage is cheating herself. The world is FULL of men.

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SJKENT1 1/18/2013 11:42AM

    Happy 2nd Sparkversary - thanks for sharing your story.

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KARRENLYNN 1/18/2013 11:24AM

    Way to stay strong and persistent and reaching for your goals. That is a beautiful picture of you and your daughter.

Keep reaching for what you want!

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ROBYNLN 1/18/2013 10:11AM

    emoticon on perservering in a difficult race and in life. You are a winner on both counts. emoticon

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YOUGOLALA 1/18/2013 9:43AM

    You did an AMAZING thing despite much difficulty and adversity and I can't begin to imagine the joy you must feel!! I hope to be like you one day
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FROMNDTOGA 1/18/2013 9:36AM

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You inspire me!

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KJELLYBEAN15 1/18/2013 9:02AM

    Wow. I applaud you. I actually started to cry with inspiration. Thank you.

On a side note - I have the same exact pajama bottoms. So cute!

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KWING517 1/18/2013 8:34AM

    That's fantastic!! Good for you!

You are so right about wanting it more than the food and the couch. That's my number one answer when people ask me why I got started losing the weight, but they don't understand when I tell them... you just have to want it.

Congrats! Keep up the good work! Your daughter is so very worth it :)

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NEWMOM20121 1/18/2013 8:31AM

    Way to go. Great job.

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BECKYANNE1 1/18/2013 8:12AM

    Congrats! I couldn't agree with you more. I can't imagine ever putting those 140 plus lbs back on!

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MOMMY445 1/18/2013 8:11AM

    congratulations! all the best to you and your daughter! have a wonderful day!

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CICELY360 1/18/2013 7:36AM

  congratulations

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OFGREENGABLES 1/18/2013 7:13AM

    all the best for you and your daughter

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SANDYCRANE 1/18/2013 7:00AM

    WOW. You sure went thru a lot but it was so worth it. I liked what you said about the the hurt feeling of being obese compared to the hurt after your half marathon. That really hit home with me. I loved the pictures and what a perfect ending with your beautiful daughter. Congratulations.

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JANEMARIE77 1/18/2013 6:57AM

    nothing to say but it amazing how strong we can be when we decide to be strong great job girl you are amazing

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REGILIEH 1/18/2013 6:46AM

    You and your daughter are darling! I hope she has her mother's beautiful blue eyes!

You are setting a wonderful example for her. I'm sorry your husband left you but any man that would leave his wife and child you DO NOT need! It is most definitely his loss!

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LRSILVER 1/18/2013 6:44AM

    You are a warrior. Thanks for sharing.

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PENOWOK 1/18/2013 6:41AM

    I love the picture of you and your daughter the best! You have made significant life changes that will be so great for her now and as she gets a little older and starts making those kinds of decisions for herself. You are definitely a winner!!!

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GLORYB2014 1/18/2013 6:34AM

    Thank you for sharing.
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