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    LGUTHRIE52   36,633
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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 is a FREE website with SO much wonderful, valuable information and inspiring everyday people who have accomplished amazing things!

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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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POETICJUSTUS 7/8/2013 5:42AM

    You are precious to share your journey. Blessings to you & yours emoticon

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FITITGIRL 7/8/2013 4:03AM

    Can't believe.. Amazing! You look awesome!

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MAYBER 7/7/2013 8:32PM

    Thank you for sharing your inspiration
Truly an exciting journey to have experienced
Best wishes as you continue to strive toward goals
One day at a time
Love Prayers Peace

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MOM22REDS 7/7/2013 12:58AM

    A true inspiration! emoticon

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MAUVEBEAR3 7/6/2013 6:52PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon What a terrific testimony to hard work and determination! You have given me hope that small steps do complete the journey! So very happy for you-your children must be loving the new more active Mom!! emoticon

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MOM2MAD 7/6/2013 8:13AM

  wow!!! amazing story that gives others hope!!! Way to go!! emoticon

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SWNANNA34 7/6/2013 12:11AM

    You are a true inspiration to me. I know it wasn't easy for you. Keep up the good work. emoticon

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PATTYR81 7/5/2013 12:34PM

    emoticon on all your hard work and effort paying off!!!

emoticon for sharing!!

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BELLA0129 7/5/2013 1:59AM

  Thank you for sharing your success story. I needed to see that it is possible. Congratulations!

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CURVEDBEAUTY 7/4/2013 5:18PM

  emoticon Can't believe its the same person, had to look at both pictures carefully. That is amazing, You look Wonderful

emoticon Great Job

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DESERTSANDS64 7/4/2013 4:15PM

  You have inspired me. I want to get the weight off before I get a blood clot. I am 82 lbs over weight and am having circulatory problems. I just started my diet yesterday. I am hoping for the best outcome.

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JENNIFERSTAM 7/4/2013 11:25AM

  Way to go!!!!

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NASFKAB 7/4/2013 5:20AM

  VOW great job awesome

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FRANCES-AGAPE 7/3/2013 10:47PM

Gosh ! It is hard to believe
that it is the same PERSON !!

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You are truly an INSPIRATION


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    Great job! You look amazing! emoticon emoticon

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TIGER_LILY_613 7/3/2013 7:13PM

  What an amazing transformation !!!
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SNOOKYBELLROSE2 7/3/2013 7:12PM happy for you....bravo....

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BOPPY_ 7/3/2013 3:29PM

    Dang, girl!

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I've lost about the same amount of weight, but (a) it took me over two years!, and (b) I'm a guy, and it's easier for guys.

Keep rollin'!!

Lee emoticon

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  WOW! I'm am so impressed with the work you put in and your results! You look amazing!!!!!
You are my inspiration!!!! emoticon

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    Wow, wow, wow!! You are an inspiration to me!

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MISSENG 7/2/2013 11:48PM

    emoticon Thanks for sharing your inspiring story. Wow! You look great! Keep up the great job you're doing. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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222NICHOLE 7/2/2013 11:30PM

    Wow! You look like a completely different person. In the second picture you look younger too. Great job for making healthy choices and taking care of your body. You are amazing! Keep up the good work!

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PIMPINELLAN50 7/2/2013 8:44PM

    Congratulations on all your hard work and dedication to reach your goal! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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COANNIE 7/2/2013 3:58PM

    Your story is so joyful, it brought tears to my eyes! You are an inspiration to others!

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    Wow! You look amazing! It's so great to be able to witness the results of all of your hard work. Congratulations!

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MOMS100 7/2/2013 1:32PM

    WOW! Great job! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PRINCESSGWENCC1 7/2/2013 12:53PM

  What an inspiration you have been to me, today! I'm on a journey that is sometimes frustrating but seeing your post has encouraged me to keep going! proud of you!! emoticon

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LILSPARKIE85 7/2/2013 9:36AM

  Wow, you have come so far! Amazing job!

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MMAPSBABY 7/2/2013 3:50AM

  Welldone LGUTHRIE52
Keep it up dont give up. You Rock

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    This gives me hope! Thank you!

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45632B 7/2/2013 12:59AM

  You are an inspiration to many of us. Congratulations on this great achievement I'm sure your family are so proud of you for making the decision to join Spark people to help you live a healthy lifestyle. You look great!! emoticon

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ROSINVN 7/1/2013 10:45PM

    wow you look amazing, such an inspiration!! Good on you emoticon

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KLEMIE 7/1/2013 10:03PM

    Wow! Congratulations!!! You look like a totally different person. What and inspiration you are. Thanks for sharing.

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PATO76 7/1/2013 9:54PM

  Wow!!! it´s amazing, congratulations!!! you´re an inspiration!

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57TEXAS 7/1/2013 9:06PM

  I am so proud and happy for you!!
Your dedication to your health and children is commendable
I wish I knew how you lost that much wt is a yr..
For I'd love to loss a lot more than I have!!!

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LARRYM32 7/1/2013 6:51PM

    well done!

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RED_DEVIL_APRIL 7/1/2013 4:50PM

    Wow you look amazing. emoticon emoticon keep up the good work.

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    All I can say is "Wow, wow, WOW!"

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BUCKET60 7/1/2013 2:39PM

  You are such an inspiration. Just got back from vacation and I can't believe it is me in the pictures. Every journey starts with the first step, thanks for the inspiration to begin the journey!!!

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MRSRIGS1 7/1/2013 12:19PM

    You LOOK marvelous! Congratulations to you!

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SUPERSYLPH 7/1/2013 11:51AM

    emoticon That's amazing!!!

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VAGAL63 7/1/2013 11:42AM

    Way to go! Thanks for the inspiration! I have needed some recently!


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BEYONDHOPE70 7/1/2013 10:52AM

    emoticon You are a great inspiration.

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SFREY217 7/1/2013 8:02AM

    Thanks for sharing this inspirational journey. You look fabulous !!

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LUZMARIA65 7/1/2013 7:52AM

    Congratulations! You look fantastic. I am sure you feel better than anything. It is so great to have the weight off and be able to be more physically active.

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