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Looking Back - Tales from 100# Down


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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Let me start this blog with a reminder that this is my personal story. Your story may be very different. I write to encourage, educate, motivate and sometimes just to show "that reader" that is on the same part of the journey that he/she is not alone.

I'm about 65% of the way to my personal goal (moving from obese to simply overweight). As I look back I see change. It didn't happen in one day, one week, one month or even one year. It's been three years next month. I want to show you some highlights because they might give you hope.

When I began I could barely walk around my kitchen island. Now I can walk 3 miles.

When I began I drank diet soda all day long (typically over 120 ounces a day). Now I drink plain tap water. Sometimes I splurge and have a slice of lemon.

I used to labor up the stairs huffing and puffing. Now I can go up and down with ease.

I used to be on high blood pressure medicine. Now I'm off it and in fact tend to have low blood pressure!

I once had cholesterol readings well into the 200's. Now it's always under 150.

I used to spend lots of my calorie budget on junk food. Now I eat more vegetables, fruits, lean proteins and low/no fat dairy.

I thought exercise was punishment. Now I have a daily habit and enjoy the feeling I get when I push myself in fitness.

I used to hide from cameras. Now I smile.

I used to hate what the scale said and would eat to get comfort from the stark reality. Now I know a small uptick just means I need to pay close attention to the details and press on.

I used to reward myself with food (especially chocolate). Now I reward myself with a good book, a nice hand lotion or a manicure.

I used to stash food in my desk so I could munch away all day. Often I would eat in private (not at meal times) so I could eat less in front of others. Who was I kidding? Now I have no problem sharing my food intake with anyone.

I used to think I "deserved" to have sweets, fast food, seconds, etc. Now I "deserve" to have good health.

I used to think anyone's attempt to help me see the reality I was avoiding was being "mean" or "judgmental". Now I see they were only trying to help me have better health.

I could go on and on but what I most want you to take away from this post is that none of this happened overnight. ALL of this took time and it wasn't a perfectly straight path to success. I had my share of detours. The KEY to getting out of those detours and keep going was accountability to my sparkpeople team and the push that they gave me to step out of my comfort zone and keep going!

Some of you are just starting out, others are well on their way, still others are stuck in a detour. No matter where you are know that sometimes you need a nudge to stay the course. Sometimes that nudge may make us feel uncomfortable. I'm glad I had some nudges along the way or I would still be sitting back there in that detour feeding dollars into the vending machines!

My wish for you is that tomorrow sees you "on the road again".

Press On!



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SUPERSYLPH 8/14/2013 5:46PM

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  I am obese with a BMI of 33; am striving to be over-weight; am taking and have been on BP pills for at least 10 years and would love to stop taking these as well as other related medications; need I say more or should I just say emoticon for taking the time to share your personal "story"; providing hope and motivation for me who really needs the encouragement. I do hope to read your "story" again into the future; as I too make that enviable transition to being "simply" over-weight. emoticon emoticon

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KALEWINE 7/24/2013 5:49PM

    Such a wonderful blog! You've come a long way!

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POUTINGPEGGY 7/13/2013 1:01PM

    Another wonderful blog

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DEE797 7/12/2013 11:04AM

    Excellent blog.

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NHEMBERGER 7/10/2013 9:24AM

    Great blog!
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KANDOLAKER 6/28/2013 6:34AM

    Way to go! Congrats on all your successes!!

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LUCKY8GAL 6/25/2013 1:11PM

    Thank you for sharing those wonderful words that I so needed to hear today. emoticon

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222NICHOLE 6/24/2013 12:20AM

    Thank you for sharing this! It's really inspiring to see the comparisons and how far you have come. I share some with you and have some of my own and I know I will only have more as I continue on this journey. This blog makes me want to keep going so I can write my own! Thanks again for sharing!

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SANDERSO23 6/22/2013 8:41AM

    You are an inspiration for me! I am so grateful that I am on Sapphires with you, you are an amazing support and such a positive voice for me. Thanks for all your help and encouragement. You are amazing!!

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LUVTOBOWL 6/21/2013 10:44PM

    Very inspirational and encouraging!

Thanks for sharing - keep up the hard work and dedication.

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CATHEMARIE 6/21/2013 4:22PM

    Thank you for sharing the story of your continuing journey! It gives me hope for myself and family members.

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GEMINIGEM6 6/21/2013 11:17AM

    Great post!

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LJCANNON 6/21/2013 11:15AM

    emoticon Thank You for sharing and for letting people know that Every Story is Different, but Every Story CAN Have A Happy Ending!
(although the Journey to Good Health never Truly "Ends").

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SKATIE3 6/21/2013 11:00AM

    Such an inspiration! Thank you for sharing. emoticon

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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 6/21/2013 11:00AM

    Super blog and so well said. I liked the paragraph about hiding food in your desk, and eating constantly, then when you ate in front of your friends, you didn't overeat. I did that every single day--and you are so right--who were we fooling? All people had to do was look at us to see we did indeed overeat. We certainly weren't fooling ourselves or our health either. The scale is one place you can't lie. It always knows the truth!

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JENNIFERSTAM 6/21/2013 10:34AM

  I enjoyed your blog post.

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WHOVIANGIRL23 6/21/2013 9:08AM

    Wonderful blog. Thank you for sharing!

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LISS741 6/21/2013 8:57AM

    That was beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

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MSLADYBUG3 6/20/2013 11:19PM

    Congrats and I enjoyed reading your blog so very inspiring. Keep it going.....yeah for you!!!!

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4RASCALS 6/20/2013 8:50PM

    Excellent blog. emoticon on your accomplishments.

I so appreciate this blog. It may be the nudge that I have needed to push myself further. Our health is important, we shouldn't let ourselves down. You are an inspiration to all. Thank you, & continued success on your journey

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ANNASMOM12 6/20/2013 8:11PM

  way to go


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TSOWELLS07 6/20/2013 6:58PM

    Thanks for sharing. Motivates me to keep pushing.

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FITANDHEALTHY67 6/20/2013 5:12PM

  Great blog. Thanks for sharing.

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NEWME654 6/20/2013 2:35PM

    Thank you!

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PACKERMANN 6/20/2013 2:28PM

    thanks for posting that you're 65% to goal. I just calculated mine and I'm 62%. I've been on "cruise mode" for about 6 weeks. this is what I've needed to help me refocus on moving forward. so, I'm asking myself "why have I stopped doing what's been effective if I haven't reached my goal yet?"

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    Thank you for sharing your story it is emoticon emoticon

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ZSTANLEY 6/20/2013 10:23AM

    It's hard work but your health is worth it congratulations too you !!!
I'm on that same journey and I'm going strong the improvements are worth it !!!


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DEE0973 6/20/2013 9:03AM

    Thank you, thank you for this blog. I've been on a detour now for a long time and although I know the facts, right things, etc I seem to lack discipline in remaining consistent in meeting my goals. Thank you for this testimony and swift kick in the backside. Be Blessed!!

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PRISCIMORIN 6/20/2013 8:44AM

    Thank you,
I feel i've been trying for so long and that the detour is a huge one for me. But i'm not giving up. Every time I fall, I get back up and i'll keep getting back up until the end of my days if that's whats needed. We are too important as individuals not to take care of ourselves. We need to stick that into on heads with superglue!

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SWEETNEEY 6/20/2013 8:03AM

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    emoticon Great to see you blog featured in the Spark mail. You're a Star. emoticon

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SANDYCRANE 6/20/2013 6:58AM

    Well said. I have been through so many of those things. But in the end you feel a lot better about yourself. I never really drank a lot of soda but I never drank water. Now I prefer water to any other beverage with the exception of coffee in the morning. Keep up the good work.

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3G1RLS4ME 6/20/2013 2:50AM

    How sweet keep charging and congrats on the popular blog post you deserve it

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BANNERMAN 6/20/2013 1:19AM

  Thanks for sharing.


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MARYJEANSL 6/19/2013 11:51PM

  Definitely on the road...very long road, but I am staying on.

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JAMER123 6/19/2013 11:21PM

    On the road but must have stopped to visit for a while. Time to get going again. I just yesterday reached 91# gone and heading for that magnificent 100.
Keep going & getting to your goals!! We may just meet on that road!!
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SARAH-604 6/19/2013 11:18PM

  I used to think I "deserved" to have sweets, fast food, seconds, etc. Now I "deserve" to have good health.

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CICELY360 6/19/2013 10:52PM

  good blog

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