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The real secret to weight loss

Friday, April 26, 2013

I bet I have your attention now...
There is no real secret....eating less and moving more is what works....Funny when I tell people this they look surprised, or say something like I tried that once it didn't work for me....
Well it's going to take for then a week to takes a life time and then it's still a lot of hard work...

Today 7 years ago I found a very small ad in Women"s World Magazine, for Spark People , a free weight loss program....Did think it would work, nope, did not think it had a chance....I had tried many many diet program and they worked for a while but then I got bored or worse so hungry I could eat bark off trees...

I told my DH about the program he smiles and nodded his head...he had just been through a rough spot with me about gastric by pass surgery and me having a huge melt down crying for days that if I did not do something I would be the 600 pound women I saw on TV.....

So I started to look over the Spark People site, it was different back then, still a lot of good info but not as much as we have today......I read with amazement the stories from people who lost so much weight.....
Then I decided to follow the stages, it seemed silly to me at first, then scary as I had so much weight to lose...over 200 pounds....but step by step the weight started to come off....some days were so hard some were easy....just like life....I gained a lot of encouragement from people, I had friends who cared about me, who were here when I needed them and still are...

the long and short of my story is I lost 210 took nearly 3.5 years to do it ..but as I stand or sit here today I am still 200 pounds lighter....I have kept the weight off, ...I still struggle with this last 10 pounds...some days better than others....
But I know for sure that I will always have weight issues, food issues and I will have to continue to watch every bite I take.....
But spark people has taught me....I can do it....I will never be prefect and I don;t have to be....I will always have a place to fall back on when the tough times hit me.....
Thanks to all of you for the goodies and posts....You help me feel special everyday....
I try and spread the spark where ever I go....I love hearing from my spark friends how I have helped them....knowing they help me every day as well

BIG HUGS to you all.... emoticon emoticon emoticon
I could not have done it with out all of you and spark people....

my before and during and after shots

one of my favorite pictures....

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    Wow! I just had to come see your page when I read that you had lost over 200 lb and kept it off! You are such an inspiration! Fantastic! It sounds so simple when you say "eat less and move more" but really, that's what it boils down to and you're living proof of that!

    You are really a HERO! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1759 days ago
  • ENERGY4777
    Kitt, you are such an inspiration to me, and I know you give many other people hope too, you are a wonderful person and have done such a fantastic job, Woohoo!
    Thank you for sharing and I just love your tshirt!
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    1762 days ago
    You did great, Kitt, and I love how you started this blog. LOL!! Someday I will join you in the winner's circle. Just need to find my path to get there. Thanks for being a role model and showing that it is possible!
    1764 days ago
    I think Woman's World magazine is the one I saw that sparked me to go to SparkPeople. I know it was a magazine I usually read. It was something about learning what my BMI number was.
    You inspire me and thank you for writing this. It encourages me to keep going.

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    HUGS I am missing you on the challenge today, Now I know why you are so Busy. emoticon emoticon
    1764 days ago
    You are an inspiration to me and sooooo many others. Bless you for telling your story.
    1764 days ago
    emoticon emoticon emoticon Very inspirational story, Kitt! You give the rest of us hope!
    1764 days ago
  • JACKIE542
    Congratulations to you, finding spark people is just wonderful. You look great, love your shirt. emoticon emoticon
    1765 days ago
    Outstanding blog and yes, very catchy title :)

    You are a winner!!!!
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    1765 days ago
    emoticon and Happy sparkversary. You are so amazing and inspiration to all of us.
    Thank you for the encouragement.
    1765 days ago
    emoticon emoticon emoticon KITT, I am so happy you are on our team. Thanks so much for your encouragement. emoticon Pat in Maine.
    1765 days ago
    I have to tell you you are my hero. You have done all the hard work and now you are reaping the rewards. You simply inspire me! emoticon emoticon
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    1765 days ago
    You of course are my hero ... and am so happy you found spark and I found you ..
    - everyday I too get tempted at foods and don't want to do a work out ---but I think of you and I get up and move -- and say no to that extra helping of food I don't need!

    Thank you my Spark buddy!!!
    -thank you for your blogs and your incite and sharing your journey

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    1765 days ago
    As always, you inspire and amaze me. emoticon
    1765 days ago
    Love the thirty LOL it's been been a year and half for me on SP and only lost 14 pounds but I'm back to trying harder exercising more (most days) unless my routine gets messed up. emoticon emoticon
    1765 days ago
    Wahoo happy Anniversary Kitt have a wonderful weekend.
    1765 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
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    1765 days ago
    It's funny, isn't it that the answer is as simple as eating less and moving more, yet it is so hard to do-unless we do it one day and even one moment at a time. I smiled when I read what you said about being afraid of being the 600 lb. woman that you saw on tv. That is exactly what motivated me to finally do something too. The funny thing is, I don't watch those shows anymore and I use to watch them religiously. It was like I was looking for people who weighed more than I did. What a joke that was on myself. I am incredibly proud of you and all that you stand for. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1765 days ago
  • REJ7777
    WOW! Congratulations on your very impressive achievements!!! emoticon
    1765 days ago
    You're awesome! Congratulations! Let's keep up the great work!

    It took me about 2 years to lose 40 pounds. When I see commercials for weight-loss programs that promise "lose weight faster!" I just ignore them. Yeah, I lost it slowly, but it's still gone. I'm doing what it takes to keep it gone. I'm finding a good balance with nutrition and fitness and it's something I can live with for the rest of my life. Yeah, that's the "secret."
    1765 days ago
  • SPEEDY143
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    1765 days ago
    Thank you for reminding us that there is no secret to losing weight. As you are well aware of it is hard work every day!

    Happy 7 years here at Spark!

    Big Hugs,

    Jane emoticon
    1765 days ago
    It has taken me a long time to realize there is no magic pill or whatever to get the weight off. It is a long hard struggle but the end results are so much worth it all. I still struggle but I know it can be done. I see you and know that it truly can be done. Thanks for the inspiration.
    1765 days ago
    Kitt, I so appreciate you writing of when you first began with SparkPeople and successfully losing your excess weight once and for all. I have been lurking but not posting on SP for about a week now, down on myself for not eating right, and because of that I am having more pain in my knees and feet so I havn't exercised either. I need to lose well over 100 pounds, I am 63 yrs old, and at times I feel it's too late for me but then I read your story and look at your photos and see how lovely and vibrant you are, and I feel hopeful. I am not giving up on myself.

    Thank you!

    1765 days ago
    Kitt, you will always be my inspiration!! You've done such an awesome job!! Happy Sparkversary!!


    1765 days ago
    Happy Sparkversary Kitt! You are such an inspiration and a very special person.
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    That is awesome! You're definitely right, what we do and what we eat is something that must be mindful of. It's the days when I don't pay attention that things slide off track.

    Congrats on your weight loss, in your pics you look like you've blossomed and are very happy.
    1765 days ago
    You're a great inspiration. Thank You!
    1766 days ago
  • 1935MARY
    This hits home. I don't have to much to lose . I started at needed to lose 50 pounds . I have lost 14. I started 8 -17-12 and it is very slow, but like you I tried many diets and diet fads ,but didn't stick with them.But a diet was not what I needed anyway. It was a healthier life style, healthy eating, include exercise. I didn't eat breakfast or lunch most days ,just ate from about 2 or 3 until I went to bed and not real healthy. This sp program is what I needed, tracks, articles and support, but mostly friends, friends that are going through the same thing, friends that you can talk to about anything. This is the only thing I have really stuck to. Thank for your blog I needed to here this . It will keep be going. And you look AWESOME.
    1766 days ago
    Happy Sparkversary Kitt, and thank you so much for being one of my best inspirations!
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    emoticon on this special day, Kitt! Your story is so inspiring, and it shows how dedicated you were to your health and fitness. You continue to be a role model for a lot of us day after day, and our lives are richer for having been lucky enough to meet you on SP.
    1766 days ago
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