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What a difference a year makes!

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Sunday, May 26, 2013


These pictures were taken at the same event one year apart.The first picture was a shock to me. I knew I was large , but I didn't realize I was this large! No wonder I had no energy or hope of losing weight.I started walking in June and developed a blood clot. It was a real scare for me and a wake up call that I had to take my health seriously. From consistently tracking what I ate and doing moderate exercise and a lot of reading uplifting and encouraging stories on Spark People. com I have lost 130 pounds since last June. A total of 137! I have been struggling letting my head catch up with my body. I work 2 jobs , but have the summer off from both jobs and I plan to focus more on fitness and enjoying the summer with my two teenagers. I am so thankful that Spark People.com is a FREE website with SO much wonderful, valuable information and inspiring everyday people who have accomplished amazing things!
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ARKPLE 6/7/2014 12:01PM

    I, too, had a history of blood clots...probably from the heavy extra weight. And, I can totally relate to having to have the head catch up with the changes in the body. Congratulations on your SparkJourney and on your personal commitment to yourself.
~~ Barbara

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ETERNAL_FLAME 4/13/2014 12:37PM

    This is an incredible achievement! You must be so proud of yourself and so you should be! Thank you for sharing your pictures - you are a true inspiration!

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MERLINANDME 3/23/2014 1:22PM

    Great job!

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NEED2LOSEN2010 1/22/2014 3:37PM

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Wow!

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THOMS1 1/2/2014 11:57PM

    You have done an amazing job! I wish you continued success with your journey. emoticon

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MASTERPIECE8 12/3/2013 4:23PM

    emoticon What an inspiring story. You hit it - consistency. That's definitely where I've been lacking. I can see that when I am consistent everything falls into place. I feel good. I feel positive. I feel motivated after reading your blog. Thank you so much!

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BETTERME54 11/14/2013 1:45PM

    It's been a long time since you posted this blog and I thank you for this. It inspired me, so I saved it, so every time I feel I can't make it through because of the pain I read your blog.
I am so so happy for you emoticon , emoticon , emoticon , I just could not use just one word.

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YAYA179 10/29/2013 8:52PM

    I am amazed. emoticon

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INEEINAZ 10/23/2013 11:08PM

    You are an inspiration! Congratulations!

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NONFATTALLLATTE 10/6/2013 9:49AM

  That is insanely amazing. And here I've been dealing with the same 55-60 pounds for years. I have no excuse after what you've accomplished.

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RJNICHOLS 10/6/2013 9:29AM

    Congratulations on your weight loss. Your story is so much like mine and seeing your results encourages me to know that I can and WILL make my goal with the hard work and dedication. Great Job!!!

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K1TT3N 10/4/2013 3:31PM

    awesome .. way to go

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SHELLB06 9/25/2013 8:30PM

    You are a inspiration to all of us. Thank you are doing great. emoticon

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SPEEDYDOG 9/14/2013 5:40PM

    You are amazing!

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CLC2408 9/14/2013 6:49AM

    Absolutely Amazing. emoticon emoticon

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ILIVEMYCHOICES 9/14/2013 1:03AM

  What an Amazing and inspirational story. Congratulations on all your hard, hard work. I cried just looking at your before and after pictures. You are so beautiful. I know there is a beautiful woman hiding inside of me too. I just have to love her enough to let her out by giving her the right amount of food, exercise and sleep.

God Bless you for helping all of us by sharing your experience. You will be someone I will come back to every time I am tempted to give up. I am just starting AGAIN, for the ______ th time. (I can't count that high.) There is a difference this time though. I have just come through an experience that has highlighted for me the importance of living each day to the fullest because I thought my life might be ending soon.

Thankfully, I came through my health scare. I am resolved to live differently, to live a more healthful life so I can be healthier and have a longer life expectancy for myself and my family. You have set an example for all of us by giving yourself and your family that gift. Thank You. emoticon emoticon

Donna

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NANAGO1204 8/22/2013 12:32AM

    You have uncovered the amazing person you are...well done!!!!

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LIZZIE138 8/21/2013 9:11AM

    You are amazing! You are my inspiration to lose the rest of my weight. A true role model to the rest of us.

Thanks for sharing your story. I don't think you know how many lives you have touched for the good.

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OHSOSTRONG 8/19/2013 10:45AM

    WOW! AMAZING!!! emoticon

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G33K10V3 8/16/2013 1:04PM

    That is impressive! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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15LOVEHARRY 8/15/2013 12:18PM

  Wow You did it. Awesome

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PJNSGRL78 8/13/2013 6:21PM

    It's amazing!! So inspiring to me! I want to try and take off about 100 pounds by this time next year. Seeing how far you have come tells me I can do it too! Thank you for sharing your story with us all and showing it can be done. I can't believe not only how much fitter you look in the second picture but how much younger. Congrats hon keep up the hard work. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MARITZA_TIRADO 8/13/2013 12:56PM

    Dear God!!! You look like whole new different person. Awesome job!!!

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ADAPTINGANNIE 8/6/2013 9:36AM

    Wow! You look fantastic and I imagine you feel the same. What an amazing accomplishment for you and your family. You have given them an incredible gift of love.

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ONEMORX 8/5/2013 7:12PM

    WOW! What an accomplishment! emoticon on your success, and on your steadfastness! Blessings on your continuing journey! B-

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SIMPLYME60 8/5/2013 12:27AM

  You look great. You did it within one year, now that is determination. I too hope to have that type of determination. I see those weight shows on tv and I think to myself, "If they can do it, so can I". Keep the good work up.

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SPARKLE-SHINE 8/3/2013 6:27PM

    Congratulations!! I am happy for you. emoticon

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CHIPPEE 7/29/2013 5:42PM

    I am absolutely thrilled for you. Keep up taking care of yourself. You have inspired me. emoticon

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MJSTALLWORTH 7/27/2013 8:50PM

    Holy cow! What a transformation!! You are a ROCKSTAR! emoticon

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ETERNAL_FLAME 7/27/2013 4:50PM

    The title of your blog caught my attention as I was perusing Community Highlights. I had low expectations which were completely shattered when I saw your before and after photos!

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It is so inspiring to see someone get such amazing results in just one year! I am just beginning my journey and need to lose 85lbs. You have given me hope that this is more than possible.

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GEORGE815 7/22/2013 6:12PM

    What a great smile! Congrats!

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MYLOVELYCURVES 7/22/2013 3:18PM

    That's incredible!! What a transformation! I can't believe that's you in the first picture. Congratulations! You are such an inspiration to all of us :)

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KIMBERLY19732 7/22/2013 11:02AM

    Wow! Just wow!

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MARYELLEN301 7/18/2013 9:25PM

    One word...AMAZING!

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AGILECAT 7/18/2013 2:29PM

    What a great thing to do for yourself and your family!

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MOMMABOOMS 7/17/2013 7:55AM

    Congrats! What a great inspiration to us sparkers and more importantly to your children and family.

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JANETTEB553 7/16/2013 11:22PM

    WOW.. You give me hope... thank you....
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CARTOON3 7/16/2013 4:44PM

    You are an amazing awesome woman and what a statement you are telling your kids. They can do anything they set their mind too. You did..

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NATTYPOO3 7/16/2013 3:54PM

  Very inspiring

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GINIEMIE 7/13/2013 5:51PM

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And now your daughter can hug you, I noticed the stance in the picture. How wonderful for you, how great you did. Keep it up!
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GEMLADYONE 7/13/2013 1:27PM

    Wow, what a difference! You look amazing! What a great reward for all your hard work. emoticon

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 7/12/2013 9:24PM

    Thanks so much for showing me the possible. You look awesome. I am amazed. That is about the amount I want to lose. Maybe a bit less.


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WINE4GIRL 7/11/2013 5:32PM

    Absolutely Amazing! emoticon on taking charge!

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ROXYHON 7/10/2013 2:29PM

    YOU are one of those amazing people you have been reading about on SparkPeople! Way to go!! Enjoy your summer off of work and bask in the newfound health and energy that you must be experiencing! What a great example you are to everyone...be proud.

And keep up the good work!!!!
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MAGGIE645 7/10/2013 11:50AM

  Great success. Congratulations on all your hard work.

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BLUSKYS 7/9/2013 6:20PM

    Congratulations! That's amazing :)

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LOLLIE62 7/9/2013 5:22PM

    All of that weight gone in one year! Amazing! It really helps to see your success. I, too, was shocked by seeing a picture of me with my granddaughter on my lap. I don't feel as fat as I am, but I look like every pound of it! I'm inspired by your persistence.

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CALLIEZMOM 7/8/2013 6:48AM

  It was the title of this blog that caught my attention first, but your before and after photos were the clincher! Your success is amazing and I'm sure that your two teenage daughters are incredibly proud of you! emoticon I started my year long journey on 6/25/13 to lose 120 lbs and your blog has helped convince me; no, really cement in my mind, heart and soul that I can do it too!!! I will simply set this goal, work toward it every day and celebrate my small successes along the way emoticon

Do you have any tips to share with those of us just starting out on a major weight loss and fitness journey? What kept you motivated? What was the single biggest success factor for you?

I too, am grateful for this wonderful free SparkPeople website and all the tools it contains. But, mostly I am grateful that people like you share their incredible success stories and pictures with us on the site. I really don't think there's any greater source of motivation for me than your story - thank you from the bottom of my heart! CONGRATULATIONS!!! emoticon

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