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3 years and 153 pounds later (progress photos)

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Three years ago today, I officially joined Sparkpeople. For so long I'd been struggling to figure out a way to lose weight that would work for me. On a message board I frequented, I'd read about Sparkpeople, but never checked it out, just assuming it was another thing I'd fail at. One day I was on the computer and decided to visit the site, and I am so glad I did, because it changed my life.


Before losing weight, I was always way heavier than my husband. For the last 8-9 months, I finally weigh less than him.

Sparkpeople gave me all the information, motivation, and inspiration I needed to change. I could track my food and exercise for free, read inspirational stories from other members, workout to the free videos, and get support from people who knew what it felt like to be overweight. There was no judgement. I didn't have to go sit at meetings and be weighed in, or spend any money.

When I read The Spark, it completely changed how I felt about losing weight, and motivated me to change. For so long I felt like I had to be perfect to lose weight. I thought I needed to eat perfectly, exercise all the time, and could never eat sweets again. Before Sparkpeople, I never believed in myself. Seeing that other real people did lose weight--lots of weight--it made me realize it was possible for me also. I just felt down to my core that this time was different, and just a few weeks into tracking my food and making some progress, I knew I'd never go back.


Yes!

No matter how much I love Sparkpeople, the truth is that weight loss is hard, and no one can do it for you. They can give you all the tools, but you have to be willing to do the work and commit to being healthier. Your desire for health has to be stronger than your desire to keep your unhealthy habits, and until it is, it will be difficult to change. Looking back, I don't know that I would have ever lost the weight I have, if I hadn't found Sparkpeople. Yes, there are other sites online where you can track your food, but Sparkpeople is different for me. I loved the messageboards, the recipes, and free workout videos. When I first started out, I was very heavy and going to a gym intimidated me, plus there wasn't one near me that was affordable.

Every day I am thankful that I found Sparkpeople, and I am thankful for the friends I've made who take time to comment on my page or blogs, and who are just there for me when I am having a hard time. I feel like the people there really care, and support is so important when you are trying to lose weight and change your life. Sometimes all it takes are the words from a kind person to make you realize you are worth it.

In 3 years, my weight has continued to go down. I've accomplished more than I ever thought possible.

My weight 3 years ago was 325 pounds. I am now 172 pounds, so I've lost 153 pounds.
I was a size 28 and wore a 3 or 4x, now I'm a size 12 and wear a Large.
My cholesterol was high, my triglycerides were high, I had a fatty liver and borderline high blood pressure. All of that has been reversed by eating healthy and exercising.
I used to feel tired walking a mile and wondered how I'd ever improve, and now I run regularly. I have even run a half marathon (13.1 miles) and my PR for a 5k (3.10 miles) is 29:58.
My BMI used to be 54.1, which is considered super morbidly obese. Now it's 28.6, and in the overweight category. Once I lose about 22 more pounds, I will be a "normal" weight for the first time in my entire life (well, since toddlerhood maybe).
I've lost about 47% of my body weight!


After I finished my first half marathon 11-10-12 2:23:33


Finishing my best 5k ever in 29:58..3-9-13

A few years ago I never imagined I'd be where I am now. I'd always defined myself as a fat person, and it seemed everyone else did, too. For a long time I let what other people thought of me be more important than what I thought about myself. It's sad because I really believed I was destined to be obese forever. There were a lot of things I missed out on in my life, and time is gone that I can never get back. That will never happen again. I will continue to be healthy. Your health is so important, and I will never take mine for granted again.


My progression..325, 263, 230, 204, 182, 174


150 pounds lost face comparison

If you want some daily motivation and support, please visit my facebook page, From Fat to Fit, which I update as often as I can. You can do it, too! Don't give up.

Edited to add some people have told me the link doesn't work to my facebook page, not sure why...but if you go to Facebook and Type From Fat to Fit in the search box, it should come up.

If you want to see some of these pictures larger, you can visit my blogger blog The Singing Bird.
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MD2787 4/10/2014 3:14PM

    I love your story. Wish I had the perseverance in my youth. I just turned 59, and just starting to turn my motivation around for better health. People like you give me a lot of inspiration. Bravo! emoticon

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7WORSHIPS 3/31/2014 4:29AM

  very inspiring!

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DMS1946 1/10/2014 6:50AM

  What an inspiration you are.

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 12/19/2013 1:12PM

    OMG, you are one success story walkin...AWESOME!
You look just fabulous!
Continued success...in all you do...you have what it takes!
Love,
Mary

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WRITINGDIVA1 11/17/2013 12:49PM

    Congrats on your weightless and your running!

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BETTERME54 11/14/2013 3:06PM

    YOU LOOK FABULOUS . The only thing I can say is emoticon , emoticon , emoticon ,
I know its been a long time to saying this, I am so happy for you.

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FINDINGSUE 8/14/2013 8:35PM

  Congratulations! I love that you posted a close up of your face. It's very inspiring! emoticon

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NEWWMB 8/12/2013 10:23PM

  It is amazing what you have accomplished, keep up the great work. It gives me encouragement that it is possible for me also. I am just in the infancy of my journey. By exercising and doing all you did, do you have saggy skin or by exercising have you been able to tone up and avoid this problem

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ADAPTINGANNIE 8/4/2013 10:34AM

    Beautiful you! Beautiful blog. So inspiring. Thank you very much for sharing and posting. The proof is in the pictures. It can be done!
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FRANCES-AGAPE 7/22/2013 9:03PM

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Those face pics -
I NEVER would have guessed
they were of the SAME girl

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You are VERY INSPIRING


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LOVE, PEACE and BLESSINGS !


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JDPRYOR 7/18/2013 11:59AM

    Wow! You are truly an inspiration. Thanks for sharing your journey.

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KOMTRIA 7/17/2013 10:07AM

  ". Your desire for health has to be stronger than your desire to keep your unhealthy habits, and until it is, it will be difficult to change. " This really is the key. Thank you so much for your blog. You are so inspirational.

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HEALTHYNEWPAIGE 7/13/2013 10:31PM

    Thanks so much for sharing! Congrats on your progress!!! emoticon You are such an inspiration to me!!! I hope it's okay with you that I am adding you as a friend.

I have been sort of Sparking for the past several years and this summer I am determined to get serious and make new healthy habits for life. emoticon emoticon

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MAYBER 7/7/2013 9:15PM

    What a marvelous journey you have had and all of it free
Keep up the good work and you will be at goal soon
Best wishes one day at a time
Love Prayers Peace
Bernice
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POUTINGPEGGY 7/5/2013 4:33PM

    Wonderful and inspirational emoticon

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SUPERSYLPH 7/1/2013 12:43PM

    Wow, what huge accomplishments!

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SWAN47 6/30/2013 9:00PM

    emoticon You are an inspiration to all of us. Thank you for sharing and encouraging us. I wish you success in reaching your goal.

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DEEKELLYE 6/14/2013 10:15AM

    Congrats on the weight loss! Keep up the good work. You look amazing.

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SUNSHINE99999 6/14/2013 10:08AM

  absolutely fantastic. emoticon

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WMAYFIELD 6/14/2013 9:39AM

    Thank you for sharing. Its refreshing to hear stories about how long this journey takes. I get impatient and want to see results after a month. Learning that you are still going strong after 3 years is helping me change my perspective.

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PACOLDEN1 6/11/2013 7:17AM

  What an inspirational journey you are traveling. I read it this morning as I was pondering my weightloss goals, & when you stated "its hard, no one can do it you, you have to be willing to do the work & commit to a healthy lifestyle; your desire for HEALTH must be stronger than to keep unhealthy habits...until it is it will be difficult to change." This is what Oprah would call an AH-HA MOMENT for me. Thank you for you're inspiration. Best of luck on your continued journey.

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OKIE2006 6/9/2013 7:09PM

    You such an inspiration. Thank you for posting about your journey! :)

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WANNABUNNY 6/7/2013 2:43PM

    You ROCK! Keep up the good work :)
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MAW_OH 6/7/2013 11:47AM

   
Wow, what a difference! Congratulations on your success!

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ADRIENNE_W68 6/4/2013 9:06AM

    Thank you for sharing your story!

Congratulations!!

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KMATHIESEN 6/2/2013 2:21AM

  Congratulations! You are an inspiration! Keep up the great life!

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PATTYKEMLER 5/31/2013 3:00PM

  First of all thank you for taking the time to share your story - AMAZING!! Weight loss is so difficult and it is part of our everyday life. You truly are an inspiration. Keep up the GREAT work. I am new to Sparkpeople so you turly are an inspiration, I hope this gives me the motivation I need. Keep up the good work!!


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KAYEGURL08 5/31/2013 12:58PM

    Awesome You!

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-SHOREIDO- 5/31/2013 12:56PM

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FITCOLLEENB 5/31/2013 12:14AM

    Wow, how inspiring. You look fantastic! Congratulations on all the hard work & dedication, & best of luck in the future💐👯

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PUDNUKIN1 5/30/2013 8:59PM

  OMG, Congratulations!! Losing weight is hard work indeed. Your accomplishment is AWESOME!! Keep up the good work!! emoticon

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VAMPYRE03 5/30/2013 8:04PM

    WOW YOU ARE AMAZING!!!!

Thanks for blogging your journey, and Happy Re-Birthday to the new you!!! I think you can say it's more than an anniversary... 3 years ago, you started something that created a new you, and those are usually called re-births!!! ... I love how you can totally tell you're enjoying your new self... and the facial comparison is brilliant... Great Job! Keep the momentum going!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MOMMANANCY61 5/30/2013 6:40PM

    Your weight loss progression was encouraging. Maybe i can lose the 100 lbs i need to lose. Your pictures were supportive also. If you can lose that much and not have a sagging chin, maybe so can I. That is one of the things holding me back, the fear of sagging skin.

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MELLBELL48 5/30/2013 11:33AM

  Thank you so much for your inspirational story. I was down on myself today and came across your story. Needless to say, I'm in a much better place right now thanks to you.

You have done a wonderful job. Keep up the good work and many blessings to you.

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EFRALEY1 5/30/2013 1:55AM

    Completely awesome on your journey to a new and healthier you. Its motivating and inspiring. Keep up the great work. You look amazing. Blessings to you:)

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CHANGINGHORSES 5/29/2013 8:04PM

    Excellent! You are setting a wonderful example for your children as well as others. (No pressure) emoticon
You look wonderful!
Keep up the great work!
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FYRAM45 5/29/2013 7:48PM

    emoticon emoticon you look GREAT!

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JITTERBUGJOY 5/29/2013 11:40AM

    Such a wonderful accomplishment!!!!

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TKELLY2529 5/29/2013 7:04AM

  Congratulations your story is very motivational.

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DGRIFFITH51 5/28/2013 7:39PM

    Such an encouraging story! Thanks for sharing!!!!
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52114ME 5/28/2013 6:28PM

    You Are Awesome!

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DETROITKELLY 5/28/2013 4:11PM

    You make so many many good points, I just want to highlight the whole post and stick it on my bulletin board as a reminder. You are amazing. I know how much work it is day after day to see small progress so I can only imagine how hard you've worked for this total transformation. Keep it up! I'm going to try my best to keep up with you. Thanks so much for sharing!

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LTHORNTX 5/28/2013 12:43PM

  Thank you for writing this. I'm at the beginning of my journey and your blog has really inspired me and has given me lots to think about.

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Thank you for sharing your journey. You are an inspiration and hope for all. You are beautiful inside and out.

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SIZE8NOTSOMUCH 5/28/2013 11:35AM

    What an amazing story... THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SHARING!!!

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CHERAE32 5/28/2013 8:48AM

    Congratulations on your continued success! You have truly inspired myself as well as many others to continue to push towards the goal / reward of being a healthier person. Thank you! emoticon

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