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The Journey


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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

I am finally down to 214, its not my goal but it is progress. At the beginning of this year, I weighed myself at my heaviest ever 230 lbs. While 16 lbs isn't a lot for 5 months, I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that I will never see those 16 lbs again. My sister managed to lose 50 lbs in 5 months and while it made me feel like I wasn't making progress I know she is probably going to see most if not all of it come back since she lost it by only eating one meal a day. From where I am standing now, I can see all the progress I've made. I've fallen here and there but I have gotten up, and dusted myself off. I rarely go out to eat, but when I do I order water to drink. No more going through two 32 can cases of soda (not even diet anymore), no more ordering coffee (or Frappes) when I visit Books-a-Million, no more mindless snacking on chocolate, chips and candy. My new comfort foods are salad, and if I want something sweet strawberries (not dipped in chocolate). No, sparkpeople.com hasn't recorded or rewarded me for 16 lbs because I signed up and then didn't use it for a really long time. I had to wake up and stop making excuses for me being overweight. My parents did in fact help me become overweight, but I am an adult now. I am in charge of me. I am also in charge of a two year old. Hopefully, he will never have to worry about being unhealthy or overweight. I hope when my high school reunion comes around I will not be self-conscious and talk myself out of going. Remembering all the people who made fun of me for being "fat", the people whose words still haunt me throughout my journey. They say words can't hurt you, but they do. I will break out of the "fat chick" mold. I will continue on my journey. I will meet my ultimate goal of 105-95 lbs and of healthier eating. emoticon
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RJNICHOLS 10/24/2013 10:36AM

    You got this girl!!! Keep up the great work.

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ADAPTINGANNIE 8/4/2013 10:43AM

    Well stated and so correct. Teach your sister to be mindful, if she is receptive to comments. I lost 147 lbs. in about 10.5 months. On top of the world!!! However once the "real world" came calling I started back into bad habits....oh, slowly at first but it all adds up. Now have to get into a healthy mindset to re-lose 55 lbs. Incredible amount of self-doubt, discouragement, and recrimination. Help your sister to focus on the "Spark-way" as you have. Good luck in your continued journey. I believe in you.
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CGH-ARTYPANTS 5/25/2013 7:59AM

    My highest weight ever has been 235. I am 60 years old. As a young woman I was a skinny-Minnie, but raising a family, work, stress, and so many other factors caused me to lose track of myself. I will not blame anyone. I just was not paying attention...not real attention. I have gone on weight loss efforts throughout my life, but always gained it back. It is a mindset to finally get the determination and consistency needed to lose weight.
I applaud you for getting hold of yourself at a young age. If you mess up, forgive yourself, and move forward. Keep on keeping on...for yourself...for your family. You can do it!
I am so glad I found SparkPeople. It is giving me the guidance I need. In January I weighed 228. I am now at 189. (39 pounds). You feel bad that you only have lost 16, but that is 16 pounds gone. You should feel proud. I am an empty nester who can focus on myself more. You are a busy mom. What I like about SparkPeople is that it encourages you to make small changes. You are discovering things that need changes. As you stay with those changes, you will see your weight drop faster.
I would like to suggest that you check out SparkCoach. It is what I needed. I needed something to "report" to every day. It has helped me stay focused and motivated. I have learned a lot. You can try it free. If you think it will help you, then you can purchase different lengths of time.
Good luck, and keep going!!!

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ELVISINTHEHOUSE 5/25/2013 6:10AM

    I've lost many pounds over the years, often quickly, and inevitably I always gained it back. You've figured out something very important, that there are no short cuts. Better yet, you've accepted that reality. Now that you've taken charge of your life you will do great. I have faith in you and wish you all the best on your journey.
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KD7IEM 5/24/2013 11:36PM

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JIBBIE49 5/24/2013 6:54PM

    Great to see your blog featured in the Spark Mail.

My SIL is 39 & she is a Filipino, who is 4'10" and 90#, but she isn't "skinny" at all. She has a great figure and she is VERY strong. She works as a nurse's aid and is finishing LPN school next week. My brother laughs about how "fit" she is and she is so full of energy. I know you will get to your GOAL weight.

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NEWTINK 5/24/2013 6:12PM

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BOOKWORM27S 5/24/2013 12:38PM

    Good luck in your weight loss journey!

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THEIS58 5/24/2013 8:03AM

    Keep at it!

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WATERDIAMONDS 5/24/2013 7:53AM

    I too felt like a failure because it seemed all those around me were losing so much weight so fast. Yet here I am a year late with every pound I lost still off--and more coming off every month--and there they are having regained what they lost + more.

I'm sorry they have suffered their relapses, and I wish I could wave a magic wand to help us all lose the unhealthy habits that keep us sick and fat. But all I can do is set a quiet example of taking care of myself by staying the course that I know has worked for me.

Congratulations for having lost the 16 pounds, but, more importantly, for having realized that slow is the only way you personally are going to achieve genuine success.

Keep working!

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JANEMARIE77 5/24/2013 7:53AM

    you are doing great congrats on learning to love yourself
Now I ask you to think about this Those people who said mean things to you are they still saying them to you? or could it be that you are still repeating them to yourself hurting yourself???? "Before you believe the voices in your head, ask if what it's saying is kind. If not, don't believe it. No exceptions!!!!" Cheri Huber( a great app Practice also has a web site) Those people are no longer there so kick them out of your mind. Best of luck

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ELMA1913 5/24/2013 7:38AM

    I think you are doing great! Even if you think it is slow - it IS progress. Keep at it, a little at a time.

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TDEMAIO2 5/24/2013 5:54AM

    You are right losing slow is the way to go! Your a winner : ) the first thing is your mind and determination that is what is going to keep you going WOO HOO

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TANIAO2 5/23/2013 9:23PM

    Congrats and good luck.

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PENOWOK 5/23/2013 9:14PM

    we're in your corner! You CAN do this!

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LIVELYGIRL2 5/23/2013 8:47PM

  your doing great, and I expect o hear more success from you by an emoticon d by.

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AMBER461 5/23/2013 8:22PM

  Congratulation on your weight loss. You are doing fine.

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MARYJEANSL 5/23/2013 6:36PM

  Good for you! Keep up the good work - you have a great attitude.

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JSEATTLE 5/23/2013 6:28PM

  It's easy to get discouraged, but we always wake to a new and Fresh Day! Best of Luck to you!!

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DESTINEDTOBFIT 5/23/2013 6:21PM

  I applaud you for your sticktuitiveness. I wish you all the best and I am rooting for you to hit--and maintain --your goal weight!
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SJKENT1 5/23/2013 3:59PM

    Yes you will!!!! emoticon

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WALKINGCHICK 5/23/2013 3:49PM

    Well done! It is really inspirational to see how you have picked yourself up, handled the situation and got on with things = emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUSIEMT 5/23/2013 2:50PM

    Oh! Teachers go to the reunions alright. Some of my favorites were at all of the reunions. Some have passed on but will always be remembered. Enjoy them when you go. Take your best friend with you. He will keep you company and you won't start feeling those old uncomfortable feelings and when you are ready to leave you can go with your head held high. Gee, I get to go to my 45th yr reunion at the end of July. In the last 5 years I have lost 155 pounds or so. I get to go with my cousin and I don't care if I see anyone else there except 3 or 4 people I was close to.

Anyway, I want to say you are doing the best you can at this time. Keep up the good work! I like your attitude. I just wish your sister can learn by your example. Maybe one day. Woo Hoo to you!

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MANILUS 5/23/2013 1:43PM

    Great work, keep it up!!

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AVANDREA_ 5/23/2013 12:30PM

    emoticon You are doing fantastic, keep up the good work :)


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GENDLEMV 5/23/2013 11:35AM

    I LOVE your attitude -- best wishes!

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PAM_COOPER 5/23/2013 10:30AM

    You've made the most important step and that was to begin the journey!
Congratulations!
We'll be waiting at the finish line!


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HARVESTMOM 5/23/2013 10:02AM

    great job and great post!

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CLIMBERS_ROCK 5/23/2013 9:54AM

    emoticon When you high school reunion comes you will be thin, fit, enviable, and beautiful. They will be the overweight out or shape attendees. I have faith in you. emoticon emoticon

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  You will reach your goal! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GOLDENSAND2 5/23/2013 9:09AM

  Keep up the good work! emoticon

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STEVIEBEE569 5/23/2013 8:59AM

    Keep up the good work! You can do it!

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SHARIS74 5/23/2013 8:51AM

    Keep up the good work! emoticon

P.S. Buffy rocks!! ;)

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FINDNEWME 5/23/2013 8:37AM

    Weight loss that stays off comes from lifestyle changes not fads. You are doing a wonderful job! Keep going! You are strong and YOU can do this! emoticon

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MITCHARVEY 5/23/2013 7:42AM

    You will succeed!

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CHERYLHURT 5/23/2013 6:56AM

  Keep up the good work!

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    Great Job. emoticon emoticon

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