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Success Feels Like...

Friday, June 07, 2013

Wow, what a difference a year makes - right? I've been trying to come up with a way to summarize a few of the major changes this last year has blessed me with - putting a picture in there really drives the point home. I honestly don't remember what it felt like at 340+ lbs, other than I dreaded the nightly climb up 17 stairs to go to bed - and wheezing for ten minutes before bed.

When I look at any of my old pictures, it is as if I am looking at a stranger. In many ways that is true, since I feel like now, at age 48 I am finally discovering who I really am, meeting that person buried for so long under years and pounds of emotional compensation and overeating.

Because of your support and positive inspiration and comments along the way this last year, I have a new-found feeling of acceptance and self confidence that has kept me smiling since shortly after surgery. Early in 2012, I would wake up every day lifeless, numb, without purpose or direction. Today, my life is much different. I wake up ready to take on the day - and discover the blessings the Lord has placed in it for me. And while I still battle with my Bipolar, Depression, and ADD - I treat them as superpowers instead of disabilities. When I am manic I get things done, when I am "down" I focus on nutrition and sleep, and when I am focused, I find my voice and can sit down and blog for a bit. It's a balancing act which frankly, I am quite good at.

One more thing I wanted to share with you is new outlook on clothing. When I was larger, I spent thousands on new Polo Shirts and Pants. Since I had to shop at the Big N Tall stores the last decade things got even more expensive. But now, I have a closet filled with literally 20 different polo and golf shirts, six cable knit sweaters, three new pair of pants and three new pair of shorts. The cost for my makeover? About $100. Over the last two months (and especially while in Florida) I hit every thrift shop I could find. I now have the most beautiful shirts, in every color, I now have to think about what I want to wear each day. That makes me feel so good about myself, to have never spent so little or looked so good as a result.

While shirt shopping I also found a like new, never been sat in Lazy Boy recliner, which I really needed since the larger me broke the last recliner. Guess what I paid for it? Would you believe $40? I feel asleep in it the first day I got it - perfect. And did I mention how nice it is to "fit" into a chair or recliner without bursting out the sides? Awesome!

Today, right here right now, in my recliner and cable knit sweater, at 4am, I am content with the world, and my place in it - and I wanted to share that with you, and thank you all for being a part of my new world...where anything is possible as long as you believe...

God Bless - your friend, "Sprink"

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
TRACYZABELLE 6/13/2013 11:23AM

    Looking good man!! emoticon

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BOVEY63 6/12/2013 3:13PM

    Thrift stores are my favorite place to buy clothes and.......
You have so much to be proud of, and that content feeling is well deserved!

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WHOVIANGIRL23 6/10/2013 12:31AM

    What an awesome blog to read, especially since I'm lacking motivation! Keep up the awesome work!

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CORTNEY-LEE 6/10/2013 12:13AM

    wonderful job Sprink!

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MOTHEPRO 6/8/2013 9:52AM

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IACTA_ALEA_EST 6/8/2013 9:36AM

    I love thrifting too! me and my sissie, who is visiting, are rooting for you!

Go pop some tags, sparkfriend!

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BAMAJAM 6/7/2013 12:02PM

  Ohhh--- From shame to pride, Fabulous!!

... and that chair was meant for YOU, Sprink!!! Hearty Congratulations!!!

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REAGANESQUE 6/7/2013 9:03AM

    Sprink- i can hear the happiness in your voice! And it's inspirational to me as I'm on my own journey. Congrats on your's great to hear from you.
I will have to give Goodwill a try myself!

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AKATHLEEN54 6/7/2013 8:44AM

    As I was reading I found myself smiling. I love to hear success stories and I could "feel" your happiness at having found the new you. I am always amazed at all of the good that comes out of weight loss. It is so just not about the weight.... it opens up so many doors and so many new emotions and discoveries. You many be 48, but your life is just beginning!! Go out there are enjoy every moment the good Lord has blessed you with in this new life!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ANGIEN9 6/7/2013 7:59AM

You look great! The measurements bring it home while looking at the picture cements how much you have changed. Your the same person only way healthier!! Hope you have an absolutely great day!!


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FERRETLOVER1 6/7/2013 7:26AM

    Congratulations! You look fantastic! I feel so lucky to have been along for the ride to success!

Keep up the great work!

Oh, and I can TOTALLY understand how great it feels to fit in that chair!

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EFFIEANNIE 6/7/2013 7:10AM

    You have truly made a transformation this past year. You look great and your health is so much improved. It is good to see you back Sparking.

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KARENKANDO 6/7/2013 6:28AM

    Wow! Huge congratulations! What a story. Thanks so much for sharing your journey with all of us. You are an inspiration my friend and I have to say, I can't wait until I'm right there - where you're at - from "shame" to "pride".

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LOVINGAFRICA 6/7/2013 5:45AM

    This is such a beautiful blog. Thank you for sharing it. You look amazing, your stats are amazing and I love your new hobby- thrift store shopping!
Life is a balancing act and you are living well.
Bless you!

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