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I am half the woman I used to be!

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Saturday, May 18, 2013

As of this morning I am down to 160 pounds! I started at 320 pounds in May 2011, so it took me about 2 years. My two year Sparkversary is May 28th, so I made it with 10 days to spare. I am doing the 5% challenge, and to get to my 5% I need to get to about 154 pounds, but once I do I am calling it quits with weight loss and embarking on the new adventure of maintenance. I am soooooo excited. I never thought I could actually achieve this kind of success. I take that back... once I reached my first goal of 225 I was pretty sure I could get to a healthy BMI. I think the biggest key to my success has been keeping the whole process low pressure. I set and reached small goals on a regular basis, but I started out slow. I remember that two years ago walking around the block was a difficult task for me. I need to remember that struggle to keep myself on track in maintenance.

I have read and heard over and over that maintenance is even harder than losing weight, but I think that if I apply the same determination and tenacity to this new adventure then I can successfully maintain my weight. I definitely don't intend to waste all this hard work! I plan on continuing to work hard. I have been working on a fitness streak for a while now. I am on Day 606 of 2 hours or more (usually more) of exercise every single day. I plan to continue that streak at least until the two year mark. I guess I can safely say that exercise has become a habit for me, huh?!

I have plans to go kayaking with my middle brother and my oldest niece today, and tomorrow I have plans to go hiking with my older brother. I have discovered that I love being outdoors. That is a HUGE change for me. Two years ago there were weeks and weeks when I didn't set foot outside my apartment. So, I have gone from being a veritable shut-in who was extremely sedentary and morbidly obese, to being an active, fit, slender individual. What a relief it is not to be carrying all that weight around with me everywhere. I am now officially half the woman I used to be!
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CATNCAG 4/4/2014 8:54PM

    U r such an inspiration to me! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TERRIJ7 7/26/2013 5:52PM

    Wow--just WOW! How exhilarating!

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BLUEJEAN99 6/23/2013 12:43AM

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GUTSHOT 6/4/2013 2:44PM

    Holy cow... that's amazing!

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EFFRAYECHILDE 5/29/2013 8:03AM

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LOOKINGUP2012 5/27/2013 9:33AM

    Congratulations on an awesome journey!

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RIAKING 5/25/2013 4:09PM

    I am, right now, a few pounds shy of what you were two years ago - and exactly how you were physically!! How encouraging it was to read this blog! Congratulations on your hard work and thank you for sharing with us!


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HOOSIERNATIVE46 5/25/2013 10:45AM

    What a great achievement. I have always been afraid of making such a bold goal, but as I read your blog, I realized that if I lose half the weight, I will be in a perfect spot. I notice that it was in only two years that you accomplished this goal. You have made me reconsider my goals! Thanks for the input.

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ELMA1913 5/24/2013 7:39AM

    YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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MOMMYMAYO 5/23/2013 6:24PM

  good for u it,s good u stuck with it and staying on track .I am down 30 and have 109 to go .I hope I have the streangth u have congrats.

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MANILUS 5/23/2013 2:53PM

    Congrats, that is inspiring! I started at 313 and am at 200 now in 3 years. Great to hear you are so active!

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RENATA144 5/23/2013 10:47AM

  Fantastic !!! You are an Inspiration !!! emoticon emoticon

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BARBIE176 5/22/2013 9:47PM

    What an inspirational blog. I pray that by now you have made the habits that you will need to maintain your accomplishment and will find that maintenance isn't hard at all! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SLIMLEAF 5/22/2013 5:25PM

    Every time I think it's impossible - that I'll never change and never succeed in losing my excess weight, I read another Spark Success Story and my hope is renewed.

Congratulations on your tremendous achievement

and thank you for inspiring the rest of us!

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TEQPEACH 5/22/2013 3:17PM

    emoticon and then some!

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GWINNER1 5/21/2013 9:58PM

    Wow, you are truly inspirational. I take my hat off to you. You have accomplished so much. That spurs me on to know I too can achieve my goal. Congrats to you again.
I know you will stick to your maintenance program. And what a streak! emoticon

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MOONCHILD8 5/21/2013 9:27PM

    Wow! Congratulations! It really helps to be determined and not give up. Your attitude is great! I am so happy for you. Linda from bean town emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LJR4HEALTH 5/21/2013 7:36PM

    AMAZING you did a emoticon job

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SUSIEMT 5/21/2013 6:53PM

    Yea you!!!! Good job! Thank you for writing this blog it will help lots of people! Including me!

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BELTONWALKER67 5/21/2013 5:05PM

    Fantastic! emoticon on your success! You have done an emoticon job in living the more healthy lifestyle. emoticon

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MICKEYH 5/21/2013 4:40PM

    emoticon emoticon on your weight loss !! emoticon

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PMRUNNER 5/21/2013 4:28PM

    Wow! Way to go! Good luck and keep up the Spark as you transition to maintenance!

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AEROBISAURUS 5/21/2013 4:10PM

    You are strong! emoticon Keep walking on! Inspiring all those people who are on the same path. emoticon

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ANYVAR54 5/21/2013 2:38PM

    emoticon I don't even know you and I am so very proud of you. You have accomplished so much. 2 hours of exercise a day??? How do you do that?
I want to congratulate you on your accomplishment. I think I will go look over your page and see how you have been so successful.

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EMMACLAIRE5 5/21/2013 2:17PM

    Congrats on your continued success!! It looks like you have all the right tools to be just as successful at maintaining your loss. I don't feel that maintenance is harder than losing, it's just a bit of a different focus. Now that you've kindled your love of being active and outdoors, you'll find that's a great motivation to keep doing what you've been doing. WTG!!

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TEXASTITCHER 5/21/2013 1:01PM

    Thanks for being an inspiration

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RUTHXG 5/21/2013 12:37PM

    Huge emoticon And I'm glad to see you're already in the At Goal & Maintaining + Transition to Maintenance team. I hope to reach goal this year too, & I'm going to lean hard on that team to maintain!

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ADNAW_YOTS 5/21/2013 12:34PM

    Such an uplifting blog to read. Thank you for sharing. Congratulations and you have given me hope that I too will write a success blog one day too ! emoticon

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ZUMBAGIRL6 5/21/2013 11:39AM

  You are AMAZING!! I have been doing Spark People for some time, but never made the commitment to "be totally in". Thanks to your inspiration I am truly going to work much harder to succeed this time!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PATTISTAMPS 5/21/2013 11:28AM

    That is an amazing amount of weight lost, and you are an amazing woman! WOO HOO!!!

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ELMA1913 5/21/2013 11:18AM

    So, so happy for you! You have inspired me to keep going....

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SHARONSPARKLE 5/21/2013 11:16AM

    Congratulations! You are an inspiration to us embarking in the journey to good health!

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STRESS80 5/21/2013 10:47AM

    Congrats! You have come along way and really in a nice amount of time as well. I have read many blogs where it has taken members longer than this to get to where you are today. With the determine nation that you have and the exercise routine that you have already established maintenance will be a lot easier for you. Good Luck on the rest of your journey. . . Paula

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DOINITRIGHT2012 5/21/2013 10:45AM

    Wow! and Thank you! You are a motivator to me. You should be so proud of your accomplishments and your healthy life style. Right now weight loss is but a dream for me and maintenance seems unattainable. I wish you well with your new, active life.


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KALISWALKER 5/21/2013 10:40AM

    I have come back and read your blog several times. I can't imagine how happy you were when you saw the numbers on the scale.

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ILIKETOZUMBA 5/20/2013 9:47PM

    Congratulations!!!! That's all so exciting, I'm so happy for you! :) Enjoy your newfound love of the outdoors this summer!


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SNUGGLES2010 5/20/2013 1:47PM

    Amazing! What a journey you have had! Good for you to get this far! emoticon

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50PLUSBABY 5/20/2013 12:19PM

  Congratulations, I am amazed at how much time you put into excercising( went on your page). I think that is the reason why I am still strugling with the same 10 lbs for years, I hate excersise. I do 30 minutes a day when I do. You have made me think that If I do more I can get to my goal weight too. Keep you the great job.

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CJYOUCANDOIT 5/20/2013 11:08AM

    You are another ray of hope that it can be done. Congratulations. All the best to you. I am sure you will conquer the difficulties of maintenance. Thanks for sharing your accomplishment.
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MRSTABER 5/20/2013 8:31AM

    So proud of you! That is a great achievement! You are a true inspiration. Thanks for sharing your story!

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PHEBESS 5/20/2013 8:00AM

    YAY and congratulations!!!!!! That's a major achievement!!!!!

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SANDYCRANE 5/20/2013 6:50AM

    WOW. You rock. Congratulations to a job well done.

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