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What A Difference A Year Makes!!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Things for me have really changed since a year ago. It was about this time last year that I finally got serious about my weight loss. I stopped looking to other people to see what they did to lose weight and focused on what I needed to do to lose weight. When I saw that other people had lost significant pounds I asked them how they did it. I asked if they had any tips or tricks for me. Everyone had good ideas, but I finally got ahold of the key that has worked for me. The key for me is to do what works FOR ME, not someone else. I am unique and have different needs than other people. I may face some of the same problems but my problems are all mine and I deal with them differently than other people so what works for them doesn't necessarily work for me. DUH!!!! That was my key.

I also found that I needed to make permanent changes in my lifestyle. I had to be serious about it and commit to it. This journey was for real and for the long haul, not just for a short time, but a lifetime!!! That was a second key for me. These were changes that I needed to adopt forever to be healthy.

I reached a goal today that I never thought I'd reach. As of today I have lost 20 pounds!! That was a dream as far as I was concerned. Dreams do come true!! When I broke my weight loss goals into smaller pieces it was easier to make progress. 5 pounds is a whole lot easier than 100!! So 5 pounds at a time is how I do it. My next goal is 3 pounds so I can be at 225. I had forgotten that I made a goal of being 225 by 4/19/13.

I can also say that in this past year I have improved my health. My BMI has dropped from 44 to 40.5. Wow!!! I have gone from a size 24 jeans to a 20. Another wow!! I can walk further and I can honestly say I feel a whole lot better than I did a year ago. I have energy now. I don't want to sleep all the time. All I use to do was eat and sleep. You could find me in bed any time of the day. I do admit I still take a nap in the afternoon, but I do get up in the morning and stay up until about 4 p.m. I find I am enjoying life more. How great is that?

For those of you still struggling all I can say is "It is possible." Don't give up. I have my setbacks but I never give up. I am honest with myself when I screw up, but I forgive myself and move on. I still have a long way to go but I am happy where I am today and that's all that counts!!!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
NASFKAB 3/24/2013 12:52PM

  way to go congratulations

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_BACK2BASICS_ 3/23/2013 2:06PM

    Breaking up your goals into smaller ones is definitely the way to go. You can do it! Keep focused on your goals, keep looking at your accomplishments, and keep up the positive self talk and you will get there! emoticon

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TINY67 3/23/2013 9:05AM

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SPEEDY143 3/23/2013 3:44AM

    emoticon I love your enthusiasm emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JAMER123 3/22/2013 11:38PM

    Inspiring and a motivating blog!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CANDOIT54 3/22/2013 8:32PM

    emoticon keep up the good work!

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POPSY190 3/22/2013 6:24PM

    I love how enthusiastic this sounds. Finding what works for your individual circumstances is a massive help as is breaking goals down into realistic sections.

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ATTACKFATCAT 3/19/2013 1:13PM

    What a great accomplishment! You found what works for you and you stuck with it! Now you are ready to tackle your next challenge and I know you can do it!

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JESSICABOOTY 3/18/2013 7:24PM

    You have every right to sing it out loud! emoticon

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CWHEATLEY12 3/18/2013 5:49PM

    Wow you have done such an amazing job! You must be so proud of yourself. Keep up the great work!!

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PYNETREE 3/18/2013 8:50AM

    emoticon That would be YOU! You have found YOUR way, to get the Healthy Life Style you want!

Good for you! Keep it up!

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LGAR519 3/18/2013 7:52AM

    I am so proud of you. Keep up the good work!

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IOEINC 3/17/2013 7:23PM

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So very very proud of you Cat!! Can;t say great job enough!!


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ANNIE924 3/17/2013 6:58PM

    Congratulations on reaching a goal. You give some good advice. Thank you,

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EDITOR 3/17/2013 6:32PM

    Twenty pounds down is really good. That you found what worked for you is key. That your health and energy is going much better now is the proof in the pudding that you are on your individual journey with the Lord by your side.

May God continue to bless and guide you and inspire others, Susan. Amen

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REDMOUNTAIN 3/17/2013 6:20PM

    You said just what I needed to hear. I was disappointed because I slipped yesterday, but then reading your post helped. I have also made a great improvement from a year ago.

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