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Enjoying the Journey


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Monday, May 27, 2013




Last year in March, I took control of my life. Prior that, I was trapped in a prison of my own making...an obese, unhealthy body. And I really WAS trapped. I couldn't move without pain. Just the slightest exertion would get me out of breath and have my heart racing. I worried all the time that I would have a heart attack or stroke. Its a miracle that I didn't! I was slowly killing myself with a sedentary lifestyle and too much food.

But on March 1, 2012, I started to make a change. I decided to be my own hero, and to save myself...from myself! I've talked about that in a lot of my other blogs....how I started just trying to make each day as healthy as possible, and how I started out barely able to exercise at all. So I'm not going to go into that again here. Thats not what this blog is about.

This blog is about how GOOD it feels to gain health! And about how amazing it is that even though I'm still far from my goal size, I really have come a long way, baby!

When I started this journey last year, I thought that my real life wouldn't begin until the day I was able to fit into my old size 10 jeans again. All I saw back then was a beginning and an end. I really didn't put much thought into the journey. It was all about reaching the goal. Well, guess what? The journey is pretty darned awesome!



So much has changed for me along the way. As I said, I'm still far from my goal...but thats okay! I have so much to be joyful about. I have lost 71 lbs, and have had HUNDREDS of non-scale victories along the way! I see progress in how I look, feel, move and LIVE!

I wake up each morning and I get out of bed, ready to face the day with enthusiasm. I look forward to my workouts, even when they are hard and challenging...because I know that if I keep doing them, I will get better and better. I LOVE seeing the improvements along the way. Its a huge thrill to be able to do something that used to be too hard for me. A year ago, I could never have imagined doing some of the things I do now.

I had been obese for so long, I'd actually forgotten how good it feels to be healthy. But now, even though I still have a lot of weight to lose, I feel great! Sometimes I get aches and pains when I exercise too hard...but the pain of exercise is NOTHING compared to the pain I once felt just trying to get through the day in an obese, unhealthy body.

So even though I still have a ways to go before I reach my goal, I am enjoying the journey. It will be wonderful to reach my goal, but I'm in no rush. I am living my life to the fullest now, and feeling stronger and healthier every day.








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SUPERSYLPH 8/10/2013 2:58PM

    Thank you for sharing!

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ADAPTINGANNIE 8/6/2013 9:29AM

    Very motivating! Thanks.

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MYAKAYAH 7/8/2013 2:29AM

    Inspiring, keep going and many more positive changes are in store~

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KIKIMAV 6/13/2013 10:12AM

    Great post! Very encouraging to read!

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MARYBETHMORGAN 6/9/2013 11:19AM

  Good for you!


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LANNIEMANUEL 6/3/2013 6:18AM

    way to go. thanks for the inspiration.

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CORNERKICK 6/3/2013 1:29AM

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EBONYSOL 6/1/2013 4:14AM

    The journey is what makes the trip or so it seems. Thanks for sharing; it reminds me that anything is possible if I try.

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DEBI60X60 5/31/2013 9:45PM

    Great post! Keep up the good work! emoticon emoticon

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J2740LOU 5/31/2013 6:07PM

    We all seem to build our own "walls" and hide behind them to shield us from 'pain', but we can choose to tear them down and begin to really address the underlying source of our 'pain'. It is a remarkable freedom when we do. emoticon emoticon emoticon Great Blog! Thanks for sharing.

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JIBBIE49 5/31/2013 6:44AM

    Great to see you in the SPARK MAIL. WHat an honor.

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LEANMEAN2 5/31/2013 6:31AM

    Good blog. Thanks for sharing.

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KHALIA2 5/31/2013 12:47AM

  A wonderful and inspiring blog! Keep up the good work!

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AMBER461 5/30/2013 6:36PM

  Awesome blog. Thanks for sharing, keep up the good works.

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DIANAOR1 5/30/2013 1:27PM

    Great blog!!!!!!!

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P.S. I love your background.

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GRAMMAOF16 5/30/2013 12:17PM

    Inspirational!

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    You are awesome and you inspire with your positive energy!!!! emoticon emoticon

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KMF2012 5/30/2013 10:24AM

    So very true! Thanks for the reminder!! It gets really discouraging if all we think about is the goal that may be way off in the distance still. But the journey is today, a great place to put our focus!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 5/30/2013 9:29AM

    Congratulations on losing 71 pounds!! emoticon

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2014ISTHEYEAR 5/30/2013 7:32AM

    Great blog! Thanks for sharing w/ us and reminding us to enjoy the journey:-) Congrats to you for all you've done.

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2014ISTHEYEAR 5/30/2013 7:31AM

    Great blog! Thanks for sharing w/ us and reminding us to enjoy the journey:-) Congrats to you for all you've done.

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2014ISTHEYEAR 5/30/2013 7:31AM

    Great blog! Thanks for sharing w/ us and reminding us to enjoy the journey:-) Congrats to you for all you've done.

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SHARIKAYE 5/30/2013 12:36AM

    Something I need to remember...the journey is just as important as the goal. Great blog!

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LADYMARCIA1 5/29/2013 11:31PM

   

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To let you know I'm rooting for you!!
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ALASKABRED 5/29/2013 9:26PM

    You nailed the feeling of the victories along the way.

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MSROZZIE 5/29/2013 8:28PM

    You are not alone! Thanks for sharing such an inspirational blog. emoticon
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JELLI-LEAN 5/29/2013 7:43PM

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PACKERMANN 5/29/2013 6:24PM

    enjoying the journey is something i need to focus on. like you, i have been zeroing in on the goal and not the journey to get there. thanks for the reminder!! :)

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MAMA_NURSE 5/29/2013 5:33PM

    Thank you for sharing your journey. It gives me inspiration to do the same! I have 90lbs I want to lose by next year at this time!

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POUNDSAWAY73 5/29/2013 4:57PM

  Such a good attitude and so inspiring. Congratulations on your journey. Persistence makes a difference even if one isn't perfect. Small changes will help you reach one's goal. emoticon emoticon

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ELMA1913 5/29/2013 3:24PM

    Congratulations!

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    CONGRATS!

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CHANGINGEMMY 5/29/2013 1:11PM

    Awesome blog!!! You're inspiring and motivating! What an awesome attitude and outlook you have!! Thanks so much for the extra kick to make today as healthy as it can be!

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GWINNER1 5/29/2013 1:06PM

    Great blog....thanks for sharing!


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BOSSONBABE 5/29/2013 12:02PM

    AMEN Sparkfriend! Everything you said could have been said by me - except for the 71 pounds part :-) Still working on that. It IS about the journey and the baby steps that change our lives for the better.

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SUSIEMT 5/29/2013 11:29AM

    Yea you!

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