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2 Year HealthSparkiversary (Pics included)


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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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BESSHAILE 1/18/2013 5:57AM

    With proof of this much success - just think what you'll be able to do from now on. A zillion congratulations!

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LISAN0415 1/18/2013 5:55AM

    Good for you! You should be sooo proud of yourself!

Lisa :)

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NCSUE0514 1/18/2013 5:09AM

    WOW = way to go!!!

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NEWSTARTGIRL 1/18/2013 12:22AM

    What a great blog to share with all of us! Congratulations on being able to see the beautiful and strong person you are and thank you for sharing that vision with the world.

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NANA2TWINS 1/18/2013 12:07AM

    You most definitely are an inspiration. Thanks for sharing with us.

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RUNNERJUDY 1/17/2013 11:35PM

    emoticon Wishing you health & happiness in 2013! You have such a big heart, thanks for sharing your journey. Can't wait to be reading your entry this time NEXT year!

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LUV4CHOCOLATE 1/17/2013 9:33PM

    Very inspiring!

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EUGENERUGOSA 1/17/2013 9:06PM

    to add to the love - I think you are amazing & inspirtional & strong & a leader for us all!!!!! So, so glad I can call you a spark friend!!

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PLUCKYMUM 1/17/2013 8:47PM

    Thanks for stopping by the True Blue thread. You have inspired me so much that I had publicly declared I am doing a 1/2 marathon in October, and I know Mandi will hold me to it!
You are a fabulous inspiration, and your daughter is so lucky she chose you as her Mommy!

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D-TERMINDSUCESS 1/17/2013 8:10PM

    First Blog that has ever brought me to tears. Chelle you are SO strong and Inspirational. Going through all that emotional, mental, and physical anguish and not only did you not give up, but you are being a leader and a inspiration to everyone else.


You ROCK! I am so glad to be on your team!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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IFDEEVARUNS2 1/17/2013 8:03PM

    I love the picture with the rain cape! Well done, Chelle. emoticon emoticon

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KPACE7 1/17/2013 7:24PM

    Thanks for sharing your story, it Is an inspiration! emoticon

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LIFE2BFUN 1/17/2013 7:23PM

    Love your pictures. Thank you so much for sharing!

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FITAT50 1/17/2013 6:54PM

    I am so proud and amazed every time I see your before pictures! I know how hard you've worked emoticon

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LCDM83 1/17/2013 6:25PM

    Love your mantra. You bring your best to every day. emoticon to you and your health!!

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THEBESTISTOCOME 1/17/2013 6:11PM

    WOW!

Thanks for sharing.

You look great!

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EWINSLO 1/17/2013 5:49PM

    LOVED THIS! You are such a inspiration!

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SUZECOOKS 1/17/2013 5:16PM

    Makes me want to cry. Tears of happiness of course. You have control over your life. Your daughter will see how you love yourself as we can see the glow on your face. Way to go. Thanks for sharing.

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DEE797 1/17/2013 5:03PM

    You are an inspiration! Love your blog and the pics of your journey. The pic of you and Pea is beautiful. Wishing you continued success on your journey wherever it may lead you. emoticon

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DEBRAK14 1/17/2013 4:47PM

    Girlie-I've said it before, and I 'll say it again: YOU ROCK! Your openness and honesty in your blogs helps so much...and so many!

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KENTUCKYWOMAN 1/17/2013 3:18PM

    You are not only my friend, but you are my hero. emoticon You are a GREAT role model for Pea.

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ERW001 1/17/2013 3:05PM

    Happy Anniversary! You are truly an inspiration and you look amazing! Thanks for sharing your journey thus far. Best wishes for an even stronger you in 2013.

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ARKPLE 1/17/2013 3:03PM

    Congratulations and Happy SparkAnniversary from TRUE BLUE!

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MONAKIN314 1/17/2013 3:02PM

    AWESOME!!!!!!!

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CARBJUNKIE83 1/17/2013 2:23PM

    emoticon on earning your new lifestyle! You look amazing! emoticon

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CHANGINGSAM 1/17/2013 2:19PM

    Aw! This is amazing! Congrats on the half marathon and the 150 pounds lost! emoticon

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THEMRSH 1/17/2013 2:16PM

    emoticon Chelle! I've never seen that first picture before in all the time I've known you. Very powerful! Thanks for continuing to share your journey in hopes to inspire others. Happy Anniversary!

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MASRITE 1/17/2013 2:11PM

    Happy 2nd Sparkversary!! You've come a long way and have accomplished so much. You are a strong woman who is paving the way for her daughter!! Keep up the great work.

P.S. didn't have any idea that you went through a divorce. Sorry to have read about that. As long as you are happy, that's what matters now!! emoticon

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KAKE138 1/17/2013 1:30PM

    Wow!! Great work! You've come so far and are an inspiration! emoticon

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MSENNOUR 1/17/2013 1:17PM

  Congratulations on finishing the half. Your story is a motivation. Keep up the good work.

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BEATRIZ269 1/17/2013 12:54PM

    Incredible story of strength. I wish you much peace and happiness and feel confident that with you as her mom, your daugther will absolutely gather strength and wisdom.

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PRINCESSAMY 1/17/2013 12:29PM

    emoticon I LOVE THE PICTURES!!!!

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SWEETMNTHING 1/17/2013 12:25PM

    Thanks for sharing your journey! You are an inspiration to so many. I'm so sorry for all the hard stuff you've had to endure the last year, but at least you didn't gain the weight all back, and you did do an hm. Something to be said for that. I'm glad the lump wasn't cancer. I hope 2013 is a better year for you.

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SPARKGIRL811 1/17/2013 12:24PM

    Love your story! Thanks for sharing!

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CELESTENICOLE30 1/17/2013 12:15PM

    emoticon This is the biggest motivator I have read today!!!

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SHELLEY81 1/17/2013 12:12PM

    Chelle- you continue to inspire and motivate me!

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CAKEMAKERMOM 1/17/2013 12:06PM

    Ups and downs, we all have them, but we can keep on going until we hit that finish line,just to start a new race! Keep on going because you are worth your journey!

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LAINYC 1/17/2013 11:39AM

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MELWUP 1/17/2013 11:37AM

    What an amazing story! Thank you for sharing! emoticon emoticon

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GINGERHAWK 1/17/2013 11:33AM

    What an absolutely incredible journey - thanks so much for sharing. While I am so sorry that 2012 was such a difficult year for you personally, it's clear that you're a fighter and you WILL continue to succeed. Yay for you!

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ARUNNINGKAT 1/17/2013 11:33AM

    Girl, I am so glad that you have persevered in making a better life for yourself regardless of the roadblocks that have been set up in your way. You are very much an inspiration! I have no doubt that you will continue to live a healthy lifestyle that will be a very positive example for your daughter. Have a great 2013!

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LUCYLU22 1/17/2013 11:17AM

    emoticon You are also a warrior, and guess what, you BEAT some improbable odds!!! I am so VERY proud to know you, and hear about ALL your AWESOME accomplishments!

emoticon on your 2 year Anniversary here on Spark!

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MICYWALTON 1/17/2013 11:15AM

    Congratulations, Chelle!! I'm so happy for you!

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CECISMOMMY09 1/17/2013 11:12AM

    wow amazinggg what was your running plan when u started because I don't know where to start :(

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ALIHIKES 1/17/2013 11:10AM

    WOW what an accomplishment! Thanks for sharing your story. You have persevered to success. You look AMAZING! emoticon emoticon

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KANDOLAKER 1/17/2013 10:54AM

    Wow - what a great story! Love the photos and and in awe of what you faced, but you kept pushing forward. Way to make it happen - and congratulations to you! Wishing you all the best!!

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JILLIEWILLIE1 1/17/2013 10:50AM

    emoticon emoticon Your awesome!

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JACKIE542 1/17/2013 10:46AM

    You are an inspiration, despite all those obstacles you continued on. Your daughter has a great mommy. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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