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Saturday, March 02, 2013

I finally made it to that big milestone. I've lost 100 pounds! I've still got a long way to go. My doctor wants me to lose another 50-60 pounds but look how far I've come! Over the next few blogs I'm going to try to share with you as openly and honestly as I can about my journey to this point. Perhaps it will inspire, motivate or educate one of you.

First a quick background. I can 't tell you what my top weight was (I have actually lost more than 100 pounds) but the first time I got a scale that could handle my weight it said 345. At that point I had already lost a little weight so I can safely say I was over 350. I'm about 5'8 if that gives you any point of reference.

Years of obesity had led to many health problems and I vowed if I recovered I was going to make the change. It wasn't easy. Don't expect to find some "big secret" here. What I do want to share with you today is how I got started. This may sound like an odd thing to share but for a person that felt the task too large it was the way I moved out of the starting gate.

1) I had to know where I was. I bought a scale that could weigh me accurately and stepped on. After I came to grips with that HUGE number I set a goal to lose ten pounds. Just TEN pounds. I didn't look beyond that.

2) I spent the first day just tracking what I ate with no modification in my diet. It was eye opening.

3) I looked at where I could make a few small changes that I could sustain. In those early days it was just to eat at the top of my range. That was a BIG step. It basically forced me to weigh and measure my foods.

4) I vowed to do some form of exercise each day. In the beginning it was walking around my kitchen island for 5 minutes.

5) I told somebody what I was doing for accountability.

6) I started a little paper clip chain - one clip for each pound. I put it on my pantry door where it would remind me how hard I worked for each little clip before I took something out to eat.

7) I began looking up restaurant food online.

That's really all I did in the beginning. I did lose. Even eating at the top of my range for a sedentary person I lost. It was a big change from eating with no boundaries and my body began responding.

That initial success motivated me to press on!


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If you are reading this and have had little or no success so far in your journey - take heart. I'm 57 with bilateral total knee replacements and was obese for 3-1/2 decades. If I can do it... you can too. You just have to decide you want to lose weight. That's not the same as wanting to be thin. It requires sustained ACTION.

Before I close today I want to share two pictures with you. I have not found a picture of me at my highest weight (will continue to look) but this one is way up there and shows how much I have changed!




Stay tuned... I've got a lot more to share! PRESS ON!
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WIVIGIL92 5/2/2013 9:04PM

  You are inspiring to me. I have been struggling for years...surgeries and other issues have caused me to gain weight. Now, I am trying to lose at least 60 lbs. I need help! :) Thank you for sharing. emoticon

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FLORIDASUN 3/27/2013 8:59AM

    What a radical change. You are transforming yourself to the beautiful butterfly that you are...keep on keepin' on...I'm SO proud of you! emoticon

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CJYOUCANDOIT 3/12/2013 12:13PM

    Love the paper clip chain idea. What a tangible way to see our accomplishments. Thank you for sharing your story in such a helpful way. You have accomplished so much and have given me hope that I can do the same. Blessings on the rest of your journey.

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UZA77777 3/11/2013 3:13PM

    You wrote: look how far I've come!

Indeed!

Baby steps. Then more steps. And then more. Perpetual motion, even in tiny increments, will eventually take you where you want to go.

You are an inspiration!

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SUNSETSMILE 3/11/2013 2:02PM

    Congrats!!! You look great! emoticon

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BLACKRIDER 3/11/2013 8:11AM

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MINEA999 3/10/2013 2:01PM

    Nice work! Very inspiring!

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VERAMSW 3/10/2013 1:36PM

  Thank you for sharing, your post resonates with me. I was in your spot a few years ago, but got way off track and have regained 70+ pounds. Now I just can't seem to get the mojo back for more than a few days at a time. When I did it before, it felt like a switch went off in my head and suddenly my motivation was very clear & steady. The cliches-- sick & tired of being sick & tired. But I buckled under a series of stressful events and now I can't seem to get back to that click. It feels like an impossible mountain to climb at this point. I recall it felt that way when I started last time, but now that I've slid back, I am feeling hopeless again. Stories like yours are very inspiring, great job!

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OTGIRLSARA 3/10/2013 11:49AM

    What great changes you've made! Congratulations!

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BOOKWORM27S 3/10/2013 9:22AM

    Congrats on your weight loss!

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SISTHOROUGHBRED 3/10/2013 1:33AM

    I'm so proud of you!!!!

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ALIWVU121 3/9/2013 8:14PM

    Congratulations!! Woo! Keep up the great work and healthy living!

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_CYNDY55_ 3/8/2013 9:24PM

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JODROX 3/8/2013 9:11PM

    Congrats!! What a major achievements!

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DILLONNAN 3/8/2013 3:57PM

    Congrats! I'm looking forward to reading more about how you got started. I so agree about the small changes.

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GORGEOUS72305 3/7/2013 11:03PM

    Congrats!!! I love the paper clip idea.

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LADYBLUEZ 3/7/2013 8:11PM

  Looking good. I love the paper clip chain idea!

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ILUVTHE80S 3/7/2013 5:52PM

    I really like your idea about the paperclip chain. Thanks and great job on your weight loss!

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KRISSYDUNN 3/7/2013 3:17PM

    What a great post! Hearing exactly how you got started is very helpful. I love that you walked around your kitchen island for 5 minutes a day.

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EFFRAYECHILDE 3/7/2013 9:41AM

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SISSIE21 3/7/2013 12:12AM

    Congratulations! What an inspiration you are to all of us! Makes me feel that it is possible to do this. Thank you for that! emoticon

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IMPERIODEE 3/6/2013 8:36PM

  you are an inspiration! thank you for sharing your story.

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LIFETIMER54 3/6/2013 5:31PM

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JEWITCH 3/6/2013 2:56PM

    Wow, what an accomplishment.

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KATHRYN74 3/6/2013 2:28PM

    Thank you for sharing.
thank you for being so inspirational!

One day at time, one lb at a time....


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THELINABEE 3/6/2013 11:01AM

    Wow, that is amazing! Keep up all your hard work--look at your progress every day and be encouraged!!! Nice job!

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MASTERPIECE8 3/6/2013 10:44AM

    Thanks so much for sharing. I am going to start with the paper clips - one for every pound lost. A visual because as we all know it takes awhile to 'see' the difference if you have a lot of weight to lose, and I do. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Barb

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CAMSEDGE 3/6/2013 10:16AM

    Inspiring!...love your ideas

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MARIONJEANA 3/6/2013 9:49AM

    Congratulations! emoticon
I love the paper clip idea.

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MARIANNE9855 3/6/2013 6:04AM

    Congratulations- just found your blog- as a fellow 57 yr old you are a wonderful inspiration- going to look for paperclips to- great visual reminder for me and everyone else in family- Just need to find a place to put it where the dogs won't run off with it-lol! emoticon emoticon

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FLDEEZ 3/5/2013 9:13PM

    Congratulations!
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What an accomplishment - and very motivating for the rest of us! Thanks for taking the time to share.
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NEWMOM20121 3/5/2013 9:09PM

    Well done, you look great.

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LIVINHEALTHY9 3/5/2013 9:08PM

    Congratulations!

You look great!

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TWIDDLYDE 3/5/2013 9:06PM

    Like the paper clip chain. I am going to make me one. I just joined a week ago, but I had started at a local gym and with a personal trainer 1 year ago in February. I lost 60 pounds on that program but had to quit because of finances. I gained a few back over the winter. I am going to start my chain with the weight I was able to keep off over the winter and then keep adding as I track my weight here.

Thanks for sharing!

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RODYANNE 3/5/2013 6:04PM

  Congratulations on your journey thus far. Your ideas of how to start the journey was very helpful to me. My ticker says I have lost 14 pounds thus far. I really have lost 24 pounds from my all time high weight. I am going to start my paper clip chain today to include all 24 pounds. Thank you for sharing.


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DANVILLEBELLE 3/5/2013 4:51PM

    AMAZING! I am just getting started and your post is so motivating to me. Congratulations to you for all your hard work! emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 3/5/2013 3:34PM

    There is so much here: but I particularly love the paper clip chain. So simple, so effective.

Congrats to you!!

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MANILUS 3/5/2013 3:07PM

    Way to go, keep it up!!

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HEATHER3477 3/5/2013 11:54AM

    AWESOME JOB!!!!!! YOU LOOK FABULOUS!!!!!!

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KAR815 3/5/2013 7:56AM

    wow ! You deserve to do something special for yourself! Like a spa weekend as a reward!! Great job!! I think your such an INSIRATION !!! great job!

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NANPIR3 3/5/2013 5:49AM

    Just the motivation I needed this AM! Congratulations! emoticon

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DOTTY7267 3/5/2013 2:03AM

    Well Done!

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