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My Sparkpeople Makeover - with pictures!!

Friday, July 19, 2013

I have had a few questions recently from my team members asking me what gives me the right to tell you what to do?? A fair question for those of you who don’t know me I feel – so today I thought I might tell you a little of my story.
About 4 ½ yrs ago I joined Sparkpeople. I had been overweight all my life

and tried many ways to lose weight before that – some worked for a short time some never worked – and the weight piled on so I honestly was very doubtful this had worked!! I had lost a bit of weight during the 7 yrs before that – approx. 77lb (35kg) but I still looked like I weighed as much as I had before I lost that and I still wore the same clothes

With guidance from friends and Chair Exercise Team – I started Chair Exercise, painfully, slowly , one exercise at a time – but I kept going, every day, twice a day

The Chair Exercise Team can be found at

By now I had deteriorated to the stage where I was using a scooter and other than for the exercises was totally sedentary.

With the exercise the inches dropped off me reasonably fast – and as they did and as my muscles got stronger, I did more and after 18mths I was able to join Curves and supplement my exercise there with chair exercise on other days.

About 3 years ago I got off the scooter for good – and started walking, all be it slowly and not far. All the time I was exercising regularly and tracking all foods and staying within target.
Then this week I actually realised just how far I have come. I started using a Heart Rate Monitor – and discovered I am actually over training!! OK – so you might say “is that bad, can you overtrain?” The answer is yes – and I have to knock my intensity back – that does not mean the time and amount – only just ease off and allow recovery time as well. That does not mean stopping exercise, maybe I’ll reschedule some training days but stopping – NOT on the cards!!

For a person who was a sedentary, immobile 374lb (170kg) and has now lost 143lb (65kg) actually working at that intensity without realising it, without becoming tired and being capable of sustaining that level of exercise – despite being nearly 70 years old and despite having severe osteoarthritis in both knees that are beyond urgent for replacement, and to be almost totally pain free - that is pretty fantastic though I say it myself!!

Would you believe this jacket wouldn't meet round me just a few years ago?

So why have I told you this? - Because it shows that if you are determined enough you can improve your lifestyle substantially – you can start living a “normal” life and start enjoying life as I am now – that it is possible to regain strength and mobility and flexibility that you had lost and in so doing lose weight, and tone up. You can also start to enjoy exercise – I used to hate it too – but I actually enjoy it now and miss it if I have to skip a session for some reason.
My Sparkpage has photos of the different stages of my journey if you want to check it out.

That is why I try to help others – to show it really is possible – I have done it and I am still doing it and will be for as long as I have strength to continue!!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
IMEMINE1 7/31/2013 7:27AM

    Your story is emoticon Sometimes jealousy rears its ugly head.

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QTEALADY20031 7/26/2013 9:03PM

    Ann you are very much an inspiration to us all. The members that are asking you what gives you the right should start appreciating the fact that you have worked very hard giving us the resources that we can use and that you give us support and motivation. YOU are a success story! emoticon emoticon June

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HONEYBEADS 7/24/2013 9:48PM

    your blog gives me faith that this is possible. Thank you!
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ROSAMARCELLE 7/23/2013 4:12AM

    I don't think anyone has the right to question your right to help others. After all, doctors and nurses don't have the afflictions that they help their patients with. The proof of the pudding, is in my mind, that you are able to encourage and give helpful advice. However, it is encouraging to realise that you have been there yourself and your progress has been amazing, not just in the weight lost, but in accepting that it may not be possible to achieve the perfect BMI but it is possible to get as close to it as possible while living a healthy active life.
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    Thank you for sharing your story. Your photos speak to the importance of not giving up and starting today. Your story inspired me last January when I was having a poor health episode to join the chair exercise team and pursue chair exercises. The benefits of this changed my life and got me back on my feet. Thanks again.

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KARIDIAN1 7/21/2013 7:22PM

    Great report!

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TORTILLAFLATS 7/20/2013 11:24PM

    Ann, I can never get enough of reading your awesome story. We should all get the picture that we can do it too. If we want it bad enough and are willing to take those baby steps and NOT Give up-- That can be any of us!

Thank you again for sharing.

Hugs, Gail

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CINDHOLM 7/20/2013 7:52PM

    Fantastic, YOU ARE such an inspiration!! emoticon emoticon

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GARDENQE2 7/20/2013 2:59PM

    Thank you for sharing your inspiring story!
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Note to self..."Quit whining!" emoticon

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DEEDAYE 7/20/2013 2:31PM

    Thank you for this blog. You are an inspiration. At 55 with arthritis I sometimes worry it will never get an better. I have a 10,000 steps a day streak going now for 25 days but the arthritis in my hips has flared up. I am determined to keep my streak going. Your blog is the encouragement I need to push through! emoticon emoticon

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MELIS_24 7/20/2013 2:19PM

    WoW, you're amazing. Thank you so much for sharing your story. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LETHA_ 7/20/2013 2:10PM

    Most excellent!! Thanks for sharing.
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IM_POSSIBLE 7/20/2013 1:12PM

    You are such an inspiration! Thanks for sharing!! emoticon emoticon

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BIBS4664 7/20/2013 1:11PM

    I so appreciate your sharing and you... Keep marching..You encourage me.

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GOSPELCLOWN 7/20/2013 1:02PM

    The way you explain it... all the pieces make sense!!!

What a fantastic journey you are taking!

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WILDKAT781 7/20/2013 10:46AM

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CJMOK1121 7/20/2013 10:33AM

    Ann: emoticon emoticon for sharing this blog and all these wonderful pictures. I'm so glad to hear you can over train, a few weeks ago I got a little carried away with my chair marching or should I say chair running and hurt my low back, so now I am back to baby steps, but I know I will be back to my normal chair in a few weeks and then I'll just wait for the running until a later date.
Thank you again for all you do and for all your encouragement to all of us here at sparkpeople. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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DANMAR1 7/20/2013 10:14AM

  Your story has to encourage anyone that wants to make healthy changes. Results speak for themselves. You are amazing! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GOANNA2 7/20/2013 9:48AM

    Good on you Ann. Thanks for sharing.

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DEBIGENE 7/20/2013 9:27AM

    That's why you are so AWESOME and an inspiration to us all. Thank you !!!

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RDEE22 7/20/2013 9:05AM

    Thankyou for sharing your amazing story with us all. Your determination is incredible. emoticon

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ILOVEROSES 7/20/2013 8:53AM

    Thank you Ann for such an inspiring blog. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ONEMORX 7/20/2013 6:09AM

    Thank you for sharing your story! You have given me hope!

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ANGELEYES67J 7/20/2013 5:10AM

    Truly an inspiration. Keep up the great work.

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NASFKAB 7/20/2013 3:04AM

  thanks for sharing have understood now how much progress you have made WOW hugs & all the best

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1BEACHWALKER 7/20/2013 2:07AM

    Wow, very impressed as always with you Ann! Love the before and after side by side pic. ...really puts it perspective! So proud of you!

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DSJB9999 7/20/2013 12:57AM

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You are such an inspiration, fantastic, well done you!
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DAWNWATERWOMAN 7/19/2013 11:56PM

    My friend, you are truly an inspiration to me & many. I love the pictures. You have done an awesome job! Keep up the good work, 1 day at a time. emoticon

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MCFITZ2 7/19/2013 11:46PM

    Perseverance and determination. Sounds like you. emoticon

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TRYJESUS2DAY 7/19/2013 11:46PM

    You are such an inspiration to me. I am so encouraged by your story. Thank you so much for sharing your journey with us. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WALLAHALLA 7/19/2013 11:41PM

    What a wonderful journey you are on! Thank you for sharing this. You are an inspiration to me.

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