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11 Months Without Quitting, I CAN'T BELIEVE IT!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

I am jumping the gun by a day, but tomorrow, February 20th will mark 11 months that I have STAYED on this journey! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

As someone who has struggled with weight my entire life, and NEVER stuck with any of my various weight loss attempts for more than 3 months, this is the hugest NSV a girl can ask for! emoticon emoticon

For those that know me, know I have been a member of Sparkpeople since 8/21/09... I lost 40 pounds only to gain it back, I went back and forth on this site throughout the years, but it wasn't until March 20, 2012 that I really decided to make a change.

It hasn't always been easy, I have been on horrible plateaus...

I am still pushing through the dreaded 212 plateau from Halloween emoticon emoticon ... emoticon

I have dealt with disappointment of not hitting a specific weight goal by a certain time...

I desperately wanted 199 by the start of 2013 but it wasn't in the cards, and I am still pushing to get there...

I have had days where I have eaten everything in sight...

There were days I didn't exercise...

There were days where everything went wrong...

But there were happy days too, days with emoticon's and emoticon's, days of good eating, tracking calories and exercising. Days with good weigh ins, compliments and encouragement from others, and days of genuinely feeling good about myself. emoticon I am so proud to be able to sit here and say (well, type) it has been 11 months, and I have not and will not give up. I am pushing towards my goals and I will get to Onederland if it kills me! emoticon

My weight chart going all the way back to 2009:

This quote sums up my journey perfectly, and thanks to a fellow spark friend for introducing me to this quote:

This 11 months felt long at times, but it truly has flown by! Is there a part of me that wishes I would have lost more weight by this point? Sure, but I will get there in due time, as long as I keeping moving forward, I will get where I want to go, and so will you! Don't give up, take each day at it comes, and we will reach our goals together! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    Girl I love the pics you use! Lol. So cute! And I am SO proud of you and happy for you that you have not quit. That is such an accomplishment and must really make you feel so good about yourself. You are a rock star and still one of the biggest inspirations to me from this lovely site. Much love girl! :)
    1822 days ago
    You win!! So wonderful to see your progress and determination keeping strong!
    1824 days ago
    great job!
    1826 days ago
    Now THAT was a Celebration to be sure.. even I'm in a emoticon mood and ready to do a happy dance for you! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon .. and all to ready to come and share your joy next month .. when we'll all be giving you these!!! emoticon

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    Comment edited on: 2/21/2013 3:05:45 AM
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    You have come really far! These 11 months you treated yourself with respect and consideration and that is what matters the most! You created a new, improved and healthy Steph!

    1827 days ago
    Steph, that is awesome! Stick-to-it-iveness! Most of us never had it before joining SP...I sure didn't! Keep it up, my friend, and you will find yourself pleased for life, because you didn't throw in the towel.

    1827 days ago
    Awesome. You are such an inspiration. I am so proud of you. Not giving up is so hard at times and you are so moving in the right direction. I to am not going to hit my goal weight by my goal date (been stuck for 4 months), but that's OK. I am going to give it my all every day. I keep reminding myself that I am still healthier than I was before I started on this journey.
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  • CRAFTY1960
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    1827 days ago
    Ah its so great to see your story, you are doing great! emoticon
    1827 days ago
  • JUDY106
    so happy for you and proud for you. I am hanging in longer than I have ever , too.
    Wow! you are close to the one year mark. Love the quote at the end. That is what will keep us going.
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    Hugs, Judy
    1828 days ago
    Very inspring. I love the quotes!
    1828 days ago
    Congratulations on staying on almost a year! I love your blog so entertaining!
    1828 days ago
    Wow! 11 months! And look how much you have accomplished! I am so proud of you for sticking with it and I bet you are even more proud of yourself. :)
    1828 days ago
    April 15th will be my year since I really started my journey. Not sure when I started SP exactly since it was awhile before that. Will have to check it out. So many ups and downs in a weight loss journey but in the long run.. all that will matter is that you stuck with it. I'm excited for you! Plateaus suck. I am glad I haven't had one that was that long. It would be hard to stay motivated through that but you are doing it!
    1828 days ago
    emoticon I have a similar story, lost a lot of weight on Spark in 2009, gained a lot of it back in 2010/2011 and came back strong in 2012. I now realize this lifestyle change is permanent and for me, at least, Spark will always be a part of it! At the very least, I know I'll be tracking for the rest of my life, it helps me like nothing else! emoticon
    1828 days ago
    Wow! Congrats on doing so well up to date! I'm hitting a lot of the same challenges so it's nice to see we're not alone! emoticon Keep it up! You rock!
    1828 days ago
    Love the pictures! 11 months of consistency is a huuuuge accomplishment! Even if you've had rough moments, you just keep at it and because of that, you will get to where you want to be.
    1828 days ago
    I too could have wrote this blog ! I started only a week ahead of you ! I love your pictures and I truly KNOW EXACTLY how you feel !! WE are sp twins !! HAHAHA !!
    2013 will be OUR year and we get there !!

    1828 days ago
    Wonderful post. It's reassuring to know that I am not alone in battling this sometimes nonworking weight loss. My weight chart graph is starting to look like an EKG. But no matter how slow it goes I know I am stronger and feeling better than before. And for that I am thankful. Have a great week.
    1828 days ago
  • SHARON2018
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    1828 days ago
    Great blog, I love the quotes. You are an amazing person and are doing so great. Changing habits and making healthy lifestyle choices is never a straight path, there are always ups and downs but you are moving successfully to make those changes.
    Onward and Downward.
    1828 days ago
    Yay! You are doing so amazing. You are looking great too.
    I know the feeling, being in the same boat my entire life. Sometimes I don't believe myself when I realize I have been going non-stop for 13.5 months. I have never lasted that long before.

    I too am striving for Onederland, a little farther away than you, but still nearing that goal. We will do it! We have not come all this way to give up now.

    Keep up the amazing work!!!!!
    1828 days ago
    emoticon That is awesome! You are such an inspiration.
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    Comment edited on: 2/19/2013 6:08:28 AM
    I am beginning a long journey today. Your perseverance encourages me!
    1828 days ago
    emoticon You should be very proud of yourself!
    1828 days ago
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