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Friday, February 22, 2013



Twenty years to become an overnight success ... WOW!!! When I saw this, I started thinking back. I started my weight loss journey at 300 pounds twelve years ago. There are days that I cannot remember weighing 300 pounds. Those days have escaped my remembrance. It's not something that I need to think about most days anyway. But when I do press my memory, I can remember shortness of breath, embarrassment, tight clothes, struggling to turn over in bed or to get out of a chair, and those horrid stares when I was out in public.

But twelve years later, I'm well on my way to being a healthy, happy woman. I'm figuring out how to better deal with the stress that life has to offer without eating my way through it. I'm managing the hypothyroidism, adrenal insufficiency, osteopenia, and migraines that my body is diagnosed with. I'm learning how to manage maintenance ... not a pro at it yet, but I only gain a small percentage of the original back when I do re-gain, so I'm making progress!

Twenty years to become an overnight success ... I have twelve of those years under my belt! I'm delighted with the progress I've made! I like my degree of success thus far ... and looking forward to the journey that lies ahead!
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CATNCAG 10/15/2013 11:40AM

    I also checked out your SparkPage & I want to say that U R AMAZING! I pray I will do as good as u have! U look great, so happy & healthy!

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SUPERSYLPH 7/25/2013 10:42AM

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NASFKAB 4/20/2013 1:23AM

  emoticon emoticon you are great inspiration

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ELAINE725 4/1/2013 1:37PM

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COCOONGIRL 3/19/2013 5:14PM

    You are amazing!!!!Thank you for writing this blog!!! I needed to read this today!

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EFFRAYECHILDE 3/2/2013 3:00PM

    Well said!

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FOUNDER3 3/1/2013 1:36PM

    Congratulations. I am trying to make a comeback now myself.

Keep up the good work.

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READY4CHANGE81 2/28/2013 7:02PM

    LOVE THIS! Can't wait to join you in feeling this way! :)

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JLDACQ 2/28/2013 2:44PM

    You mentioned that you don't always remember what it was like to be 300lbs, especially more than a decade later. I swear, I was reading a blog that I could have written. Although I'm not at goal yet, the last 11 years have been similar to yours, especially the parts about not really remembering what it was like, all those years ago.

Thanks for the reminder of where I've been and where I am today.

Spark on!

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CM_GARDNER78 2/27/2013 11:32PM

    That is AWESOME!! You should be SO PROUD of yourself!!! Imagine where you will be 30 or 40 years down that road!! :-) Keep up the great job!!!

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AURORAMILLET 2/27/2013 6:01PM

    Keep up the good work!!!

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OKGOATGAL 2/27/2013 1:37PM

  What a positive outlook! Good for you!

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SJKENT1 2/26/2013 4:53PM

    What an amazing way to look at it.

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FOREVERFITCHICK 2/26/2013 12:05PM

    What a journey it's been! I can relate in so many ways! Congrats on trusting the process and becoming the better you, you'd always wanted to be! I applaude you and hope to follow in your footsteps!!! Keep on keepin' on!

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FIRECOM 2/26/2013 11:39AM

    I can relate. My journey started at 335 lb. Interesting journey, right?

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LOGOULD 2/26/2013 7:44AM

    CONGRATULATIONS on all your successes and persistence over all those years - here's to many, many, many more!

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CHERIRIDDELL 2/26/2013 12:07AM

    Awesome

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MARYM1962 2/25/2013 11:50AM

  20 years is wonderful! don't know how many times I have been up and down in 20 years - am happy to say that I am staying more on an even keel, with more downs than up (on the scale!) but it is a difficult journey - keep up the good work


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NEEDBU66 2/25/2013 10:43AM

    Very Good

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SIZE8NOTSOMUCH 2/25/2013 8:24AM

    Love your attitude!!!

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MARGARITTM 2/25/2013 6:53AM

    I enjoyed your blog - thank you.... Perseverance




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MARYJEANSL 2/25/2013 12:41AM

  You know, the majority of people who are successful at anything, all those 'overnight' success stories, in reality were working for years and years to finally get where they are. But 'overnight success' sounds so much better that the media never really wants to tell the truth about all the work behind it. But we know the truth. Congratulations to you on your success!

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JULIERAE41 2/24/2013 9:22PM

    I'm so proud of you, Cathy! The fact that you share your journey has helped shorten mine! Thanks for allowing us to learn from you as you learn!

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SUMTHINGSPECIAL 2/24/2013 3:10PM

    Congratulations on how far you have come!

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FIRECOM 2/24/2013 11:09AM

    Wonderful. Be proud, Be very proud.

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HARTINGL52 2/24/2013 8:48AM

    Hey I know that journey. It took me 29 years to be an overnight success. Keep it going my spark friend. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LEANMEAN2 2/24/2013 7:16AM

    Thanks for sharing.

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LRSILVER 2/24/2013 6:10AM

    Great.

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