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This date in personal history

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

24 years ago this evening, my then husband locked me out of my room so I would not have access to my coat. This was because I proposed to go to a Weight Watchers at Work meeting to "do something" about my weight. I was so desperate that despite his disapproval at this "desertion" beyond my working all day... I swiped HIS coat from the closet and went to my first meeting.

My hair hung in greasy clumps. I weighed in at 224.5 pounds. Oh, Em, Gee! Talk about discouragement. But they gave me a program to follow, and I was determined to give it a fair try. I followed it to the letter for months and months, and managed to drop 80 pounds. Partway through the weight loss I knew I would need to add activity to keep losing. And in the time I was trying to maintain that loss, I discovered running.

Folks, I would like to say I stayed consistent for that whole 24 years. But NOT! Like folks who have tried to quit smoking multiple times, I fell backwards several times, even regained the whole lot once... BUT... I had learned what it felt like, and I had learned the process... and I never stopped wanting this active lifestyle.

Here I sit, on the 24th anniversary of deciding to "do something about it" and starting. I am at a healthy BMI. I am active nearly every day, even if it's "just a brisk walk". I am eating healthier, and while I still have my slips... I have been catching them sooner, and rejoicing on each return to what I now consider "normal" healthy behavior.

Here's to NEVER giving up hope, even during those slips. Life is too good to miss out: Spark on! Spark people didn't exist 24 years ago, but a spark did light inside me then.

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CASEYTALK 3/1/2013 11:11PM

    You are such an inspiration.

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DOGLADY13 3/1/2013 8:46PM

    Happy Anniversary (a little late). Well... I guess it's happy. Certainly the journey deserves recognition and admiration. So yes, it is indeed a Happy Anniversary moment!

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MAGGIE101857 3/1/2013 7:34AM

    You've come so far and what a journey it has been! What a journey it promises to be!!! Hopefully we never stop learning, never stop moving, even it sometimes it's backwards!!!
You are an amazing lady!!!!

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BLUEANGELLK 3/1/2013 7:07AM

    Congratulations!!! You are an inspiration to us all!

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_LINDA 3/1/2013 1:59AM

    Taking that first huge step certainly was the start of your determination to better yourself! The fact that you never really gave up totally in spite of set backs shows that you are in this to stay. You do indeed have a great anniversary to celebrate!
Congratulations and very well done!!
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SAMI199 2/28/2013 8:59PM

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MOBYCARP 2/28/2013 8:58PM

    Sometimes we have to remember those bad moments in life to appreciate how good it is right now. Enjoy your celebration of this non-conventional anniversary!

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SLENDERELLA61 2/28/2013 7:48PM

    Brilliant blog!! What a bold step. You've been amazing for a long, long time. And how great that you even know the date to celebrate. It is a milestone to be celebrated!! You have come so far. Healthy movement every day. So much healthy, normal eating. Wanting the healthy lifestyle so much!! -Marsha

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ALEXSGIRL1 2/28/2013 6:18PM

    happy anniversary a wonderful story of achievement you are a winner

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UNSWEETMAMA 2/28/2013 1:58PM

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Thank you for sharing this story.

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DAWN14163 2/28/2013 1:40PM

    Great blog, lovely story! Thank you for sharing.

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SPARKLISE 2/28/2013 1:09PM

    What a great hopeful story!
I too started on Weight-Watchers 28 years ago,and I also regained,but I "knew" what being active and fit felt like, so I never gave up being there again!
I'm happy to say that I'm slowly finding myself out of this binging mess and finding the true meaning of happiness.
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KALIGIRL 2/28/2013 12:47PM

    What obstacles you've had to overcome...
Lechaim my friend - you live it well!
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GABY1948 2/28/2013 11:36AM

    What an inspirational blog! THANK you for being so inspirational! Hope you have as blessed of a day as you have made so many others' day!

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KRISKECK 2/28/2013 10:43AM

    I applaud your incredible determination!

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You rock!

Cheers,
Kristin

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MNTWINSGAL 2/28/2013 10:26AM

    I weep for the sad woman you were....but I cheer for the strong woman you've become. You have inspired so many other folks with your can-do attitude. Take a bow! That day 24 years ago really was the first day of the rest of your life. So glad you took the leap!

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JULESJET 2/28/2013 10:20AM

    Awesome! Thanks for sharing this!

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LINDAKAY228 2/28/2013 9:56AM

    Congratulations on this awesome anniversary of taking the first step. There are lots of hills and valleys in the journey, and times we will do better than others. But that first step was so important! And you've come so far and are such an inspiration to others!

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MEXGAL1 2/28/2013 9:41AM

    Congrats to you! Woo hoo! What a terrific success story you are! I love too that you ditched that man! What on earth would make him not want you to be healthy. Talk about control.
You are such an inspiration.
Have a wonderful day!
Sallie

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BROOKLYN_BORN 2/28/2013 9:03AM

    Happy Anniversary! That's a wonderful story of achievement in the face of an obstinate obstacle (you know who).

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-STARRYEYED- 2/28/2013 8:41AM

    Thank you so much for sharing. I really, really, really needed to hear this story this morning. I love all your blogs, and thank you again for sharing.

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CONCHA77 2/28/2013 8:20AM

    Love to read your stories, Barb. You are a inspiration to all of us. Spark On! emoticon

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MSLZZY 2/28/2013 7:21AM

    You took the first step (and the coat) and walked out of a bad situation to a healthier life. Most journeys have some setbacks but you have still come out on top. WTG!

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HEALTHY4ME 2/28/2013 7:07AM

    Awesome and glad you thought to use his coat, HUGS and congrats and you do catch yourself now and are doing great!

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DEBRITA01 2/28/2013 7:01AM

    I also "liked this" b/c I know it will help so many others by your courage and commitment to yourself at a low point in your life. The most telling line for me is "I never stopped wanting this active lifestyle"....despite any setbacks, deep down you still had the desire and kept trying. You inspire me daily with your blogs emoticon

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DSSECRETS 2/28/2013 4:41AM

    Thanks for sharing this story, Barb. Your journey is very inspiring and you have accomplished so many wonderful things.
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MRS.DOYLE 2/28/2013 3:41AM

    Great blog. I voted to "like it" because lots of people will be inspired by it.
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PATRICIAAK 2/28/2013 1:50AM

    super

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LJCANNON 2/28/2013 12:34AM

    emoticon How incredible that you have accomplished so much!! Congratulations & Happy Anniversary!!!

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MIZCATHI 2/27/2013 11:09PM

    Phenomenal! Love the story, and the action you take in loving yourself healthy. Cat

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DLDMIL 2/27/2013 11:08PM

    emoticon emoticon You are such an inspiration to all of us. Thank you for you blogging.

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ROXYZMOM 2/27/2013 11:00PM

    I love this blog!! Wow!! You did great!!

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BESTSUSIEYET 2/27/2013 10:56PM

    24 years!! Praising God for all He has enabled you to achieve! Keep it up! Thanks for encouraging us in so many ways!

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SANDYL54 2/27/2013 10:43PM

  You have a wonderful way of seeing the positive! Congrats on your success in caring for yourself and treating yourself with kindness and caring. You are an inspiration! Thanks for sharing, it is so helpful.


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JANEMARIE77 2/27/2013 10:32PM

    woohoo love the attitude

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1CRAZYDOG 2/27/2013 9:54PM

    That is so wonderful that you had the courage to do what you needed to do for yourself! And you STILL do. HUGS

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