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    MICHIGANLORI   111,523
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50 lbs gone FOREVER!!

Monday, February 11, 2013

When I look down at the scale and instead of thinking "it's never going to happen"; I知 thinking "holy cow, it痴 right there in front of me". And truth be told, I never in a million years expected to be looking down at the scale and be seeing a 50 pound loss.

I hit my 50 pounds and still can稚 believe it. I was happy when I hit 20, elated when I hit 30, shocked when I hit 40 and thrilled when I hit 45. Now I知 just doing the happy dance ~ gangnam style.

I didn't lose 50 pounds over night; it has taken me 19 months of hard work. During this time I've hit some major setbacks but I never gave up. I have to admit there were days I didn't want to weigh in, didn't want to exercise, didn't want to weigh and measure, didn't want to participate in challenges, but I just kept going. If I gave up I would never be where I知 at today.

So here are 15 reasons why I love my Spark Journey:

BEFORE SP: High cholesterol
TODAY: Cholesterol is at a normal level (without medication)

BEFORE SP: Blood pressure was elevated
TODAY: Blood pressure is normal

BEFORE SP: Visited chiropractor at least twice a month
TODAY: Visit once a quarter for a routine tune-up

BEFORE SP: Could not walk a mile without feet or hip pain
TODAY: I知 training to walk my first half-marathon in April

BEFORE SP: I would just say NO to lunges, squats, military push-ups and chair dips
TODAY: I say bring them onthe more the better

BEFORE SP: Was only comfortable doing gentle yoga
TODAY: Loving my power yoga!!

BEFORE SP: Would only run if being chased by a bear
TODAY: Working on interval running

BEFORE SP: Lost my inner athlete
TODAY: My inner athlete is back and stronger than ever

BEFORE SP: Size 14 pair of jeans
TODAY: Comfortably wearing size 8 and I知 gunning for size 6

BEFORE SP: Would avoid all mirrors
TODAY: I stop and check out my booty and legs in the mirror (just like my daughters do)

BEFORE SP: Didn't know what kale looked like
TODAY: Kale is a staple in my refrigerator

BEFORE SP: Low energy
TODAY: There are days I feel like the energizer bunny

BEFORE SP: Liked staying in my comfort zone
TODAY: Doing whatever I can to step out of it

BEFORE SP: 3 person support system (husband and 2 daughters)
TODAY: Over 300+ spark buddies! I could not ask for a better support system

BEFORE SP: Dreaded turning 50
TODAY: I embrace being 50!!!!!

So was 19 months of hard work worth it.ABSOLUTELY. Sure there are things I still need to work on and challenges ahead, however I have the tools and support I need to continue on my wonderful Spark Journey.

If I can do this. You can too!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
TWNOMWE 3/4/2013 5:56PM

    emoticon emoticon what a difference!!!!
You look fabulous Lori

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KSW1963 2/13/2013 10:18AM

    You look just beautiful! Congrats on reaching such an impressive goal!!!

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FORGIVENDOTK 2/12/2013 4:15PM

    Lori, you are absolutely amazing. You look sensational!!! You inspire me to do more and more everyday. Congratulations!!!

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BUTTERFLY-1976 2/12/2013 4:00PM

    That is AWESOME!!! You look fabulous. Congrats!!

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BABIESTEPS 2/12/2013 2:52PM

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What a great success story! You're so inspiring! Thank you for sharing it!

-in my best Billy Crystal voice! "You look Maa va lous!" emoticon

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MICHELELYNN777 2/12/2013 2:48PM

    Wow! Thank you for sharing your success! You look amazing!
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LANG80312 2/12/2013 2:16PM

    Awesome!!! emoticon

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MICYWALTON 2/12/2013 11:54AM

    AMAZING JOB!! WTG Lori!! emoticon

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NANA2TWINS 2/12/2013 11:52AM

    emoticon Awesome job and you look great in hot pink!!!

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LUCYLU22 2/12/2013 11:34AM

    I am so proud of you for achieving NOT only your wonderful accomplishments, but also for the courage it took for you to write it down along with pictures!!! You look absolutely fabulous! I LOVE the hot pink shirt, goes right along with the HOT mama wearing it!!!

Way to emoticon some BOO-TAY!!

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DOOBRIE 2/12/2013 10:24AM

    You look wonderful - I'm very impressed by your blog! Fantastic achievement - well done!

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MELWUP 2/12/2013 9:41AM

    emoticon You look amazing! Great job!

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B-FLAT 2/12/2013 9:29AM

    You look amazing...thanks for the inspiration!! Your before weigh is right where I'm at. I just need to suck it up and do it!

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SHARONLEE2016 2/12/2013 7:50AM

    Hard work and persistence pays off. Maybe, just maybe, I can do it too!! Way to Go!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LCDM83 2/12/2013 6:26AM

    How about how YOUNG you look (and feel!). So happy to see you shine! You've worked hard and look at those results!!!

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WATCHMEGO! 2/12/2013 6:05AM

    WOW!!!! Look at you! What a great accomplishment!

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FITAT50 2/12/2013 1:02AM

    You look fabulous!! Congrats on all your hard work! Oh, and I happen to love the pink emoticon

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NEWSTARTGIRL 2/11/2013 9:54PM

    Way to go, Lori! Love the pictures. Proud of my teammate! Hopefully I can be just like Lori one day! emoticon

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TRAVELGRRL 2/11/2013 9:24PM

    Way to go! You look slim, trim, healthy, and...HAPPY! I emoticon Sparkpeople!

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CUPKAKE137 2/11/2013 9:21PM

    You look amazing! I wanna be like you some day :)

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You look awesome!

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KATES1970 2/11/2013 9:09PM

    Thanks for this great post! I needed this today. I'm hitting a hard point and I'm only 6 weeks in. If you can do it, I can too! Thank you!

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TEALHAWK 2/11/2013 9:01PM

  thanks I need this! i am stuck

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WONDERWOMAN 2/11/2013 8:37PM

    An amazing blog by an amazing woman!!!!

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JUSTLIKEALICE 2/11/2013 8:34PM

    You are absolutely inspiring and incredible! Thank you for being you!

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DALID414 2/11/2013 8:13PM

    emoticon You look SO good!!

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SHANTODD420 2/11/2013 7:45PM

    Wow you look amazing keep up the hardwork and dedication.

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BESCATS 2/11/2013 7:43PM

    Congratulations !! You look great. Isn't it nice to feel so good ?

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READYBETTY 2/11/2013 7:41PM

    Awesome results!

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DIXIEDOLL87 2/11/2013 7:18PM

    Way to go lady!! That is so awesome and you look absolutely amazing! You are such an inspiration to us all! I am so proud to call such a terrific lady my friend!

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KASHMIR 2/11/2013 7:08PM

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LIVE_AMAZINGLY 2/11/2013 6:53PM

    Wonderful incentive for the rest of us. Way to go!

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LOSE2CRUIZE 2/11/2013 6:49PM

    I LOVE this post!! I am so happy for you..!!!!! What an inspiration to us all out there. I hope to follow in your footsteps :)
Keep up the fantastic work.. you look fabulous !!!


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LJCANNON 2/11/2013 6:47PM

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SUCCESS looks FABULOUS on you!! Congratulations!!

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GIGI1953 2/11/2013 6:42PM

  Way to hang in there! I think we learn from every setback how not to give up. Pictures really show off your new bod, be proud!

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DEE797 2/11/2013 6:34PM

    You look Awesome! Love the comparison pics and the belt one. YOU GO GIRL!! emoticon

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EWL978 2/11/2013 6:30PM

    That is WONDERFUL!!! You worked hard, but you got the results that you deserve for that....and you look great!!

I particularly love that the only time you would run was if you were being chased by a bear!!! I am saving your make so much sense that I need to keep it for incentive.

Thank you so much.

Keep on keeping on,


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GOPINTOS 2/11/2013 6:30PM

    emoticon Love the visual with the belt.

Great job!!

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BIGPAWSUP 2/11/2013 6:29PM

    absolutely awesome!

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HEALTHY4ME 2/11/2013 6:25PM

    OH OH what incentive!!! I need to lose 50 lbs so if you can , I can too. Thanks and bw you look awesome!
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just back to say after looking at your page, we weighed the same when we started so it is just what I need to do too! But I am 56 lol so happy 50th when it comes!

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LESLIELENORE 2/11/2013 6:24PM

    Wow! You look terrific! Way to go!

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HJMOORE28 2/11/2013 6:23PM

    Awesome job!! emoticon

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TRACYLYNN853 2/11/2013 6:22PM

    Wow thats amazing! You look wonderful!

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JUSTCHELLE75 2/11/2013 6:19PM

    You are incredible and you look fabulous

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