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Today's THINspiration!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Success Story: I Lost 225 Lbs From My Body and Added 35 Years To My Life

What I Did: Why Iíve lost almost 200 pounds in the last year

It's not often that I am awe-struck by anyone's weight loss journey (250 lbs. eliminated, or 25 lbs. eliminated, it's all the same to me), and I'm not the person who will ever buy a book looking for the 'secrets' to weight loss.

Now before anyone gets too upset by my statement, allow me to clarify: I personally see the mechanics of 'weight-loss' as being simply that... there are mechanics/strategies/tools that when consistently applied will work for pretty much anyone. Nothing special there.

I also know that there is a HUGE difference between 'losing weight' and eliminating fat. I'm not interested in the former, though the latter will always get my attention. But again, nothing special here, either. Figure out how your body works, apply the necessary effort, and results will happen.

What gets to me EVERY. TIME. is the internal journey (by far the most difficult aspect of fat elimination), honestly expressed... the blogs I read here are those of people who are changing more than simply their weight. The strength of character and on-going growth it takes to eliminate any amount of fat *and keep it off* gets my attention (because rarely is this an easy, straightforward process).

Tim got to me today. He speaks some hard truths oh so eloquently:

"I have a confession: in some ways, life was a little bit easier as a morbidly obese person. I now feel completely flipping fantastic physically and mentally but it is also true that now Iíve lost the weight, and taken away the ďthat happens because Iím fatĒ excuse, I can recognize that problems are problems because something is really wrong; they have nothing to do with me being on a one way trip to weighing a quarter of a ton."

"And know that if youíve got significant life problems beyond health issues, getting healthy may not solve all those problems. Just make sure youíre ready to face the potential reality that youíve got problems losing weight wonít fix."

"The truth is that when it came to my relationship, losing half my body weight did absolutely nothing for my marriage. And once I became not so fat, I could clearly see that fat wasnít the real reason for any of my marital problems."

"After some counseling, soul searching and coming to myself, Iíve moved on and gained perspective and understanding of who I really am and what being happy really means to me."

Tim elinated the fat, and has now maintained for almost three years.

THAT *really* gets my attention.

So did THIS:
"Now, after 16 months and some trial and error, Iíve come to the determination that not every diet or way of eating is right for everyone. Everyone has to find their own way and see what works for them. The other thing is that you have to be committed to yourself, but forgiving of the little mistakes. You will succeed, you will fail, you will flounder, you will have good days and bad. Itís all part of the journey; just donít beat yourself up, but donít be too lax. Donít push to hard, but donít be afraid to challenge yourself. Take comfort in your routines, but always be willing to try something new."

Dear SPARKlings, may today and every day bring to you a ridiculous abundance of whatever you need. May you find peace within and all around you. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith and desire... a desire which even itself issues from God. May all your concerns, struggles, anxieties and fears fall like ashes as you rise on eagle's wings, SOARING above all that would hinder you along this tremendous adventure of being and becoming all you are created to be. May you answer your call and use those gifts that you have received to pass on the love that has been given to you. May the presence of God settle into your bones and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love beyond your wildest imagination. May you be overwhelmed by the grace of God as it simply "overtakes" you moment by moment... rather than being overwhelmed by the cares of life!

{{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}

...Because YOU determine how all of this plays out!



UNTIL. (My 'Just Do It' blog)

'BEFORE' Pictures (May 31, 2009 - September, 2011) & Continuing PROGRESS (February 2012)! Next pictures SEPTEMBER 2013!

(I'm now keeping these right under my nose... in addition to being part of every blog I post, they are printed off and taped to my bedroom mirror... and I update whenever I feel the need - likely early September, 2013... to either see for myself what feel like significant changes, or to encourage myself to keep the faith when I feel no change at all despite my efforts)

Measurements, Musings & Motivation to MOVE!

(UPDATED/rewritten: JUNE, 2012)

I've Reached My Goal Weight!!!!!!!

NOTE: My weight tracker is NOT a truthful representation of my weight. Instead, I am using it as a tool to help me visualize my goal as though it's already been achieved!
(Tom Venuto)

DONE Girl Love...

(the footsteps into which I place my own feet)

Leaving NORMAL... In Pursuit of Happiness

Why I'm STILL here... my SparkJourney Saga


Words CAN Be Enough... page 3

Paleo... Do you really know what you're talking about?

Comparison Chart: Primal/Paleo/Ancestral, etc.

Sweeteners - Take a Closer Look!

PDF Comparison Chart of 300 Sweeteners

Breakfast is Served! (RECIPES)

Focus on LUNCHES... for school and YOU!
(& parent resources regarding nutrition for children)


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
TBAUER315 9/17/2013 1:43AM

  Thank you so much for your comments on my story. It sometimes feels like you're exposed out there and to hear that it helps someone with their own journey makes all the difference in the world.

Thanks Ramona!

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NYARAMULA 8/28/2013 12:59AM


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RITZIBROWN 8/28/2013 12:08AM

    emoticon Great information & inspiration emoticon m

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NORWOODGIRL 8/27/2013 9:53PM

    Sigh... If I didn't sigh I'd be whining. It's too hard! It's no fun! I can't!
That internal dialogue is tough.

Thanks for the thinspiration!

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WATERMELLEN 8/27/2013 8:03PM

    Super blog -- and it's absolutely true that losing fat won't necessarily solve all the problems in anyone's life: sometimes makes 'em tougher by eliminating the "excuses"!

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JUNEAU2010 8/27/2013 8:00PM

    Very powerful message!

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BRAVELUTE 8/27/2013 6:00PM

    You are like the Garrison Keillor of Sparkdom. (compliment!!) I will be back to click some more links. Today I read about you changing your tracker to your goal weight back in 2009, and I can relate to that so that when I get back from bell choir tonight, I'm going to do it just to see what happens. I think I like the idea of taking a break from everything, even for an hour or two.

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CRAFTSFAN1 8/27/2013 5:39PM

    This was a wonderful blog. I definitely joined SP because of the tools, but almost immediately, I noticed that SP was a lot more beyond that. I embraced a journey to grow and learn a lot, while loosing weight in the path.
just as an example, I read more about nutrition and ways to speed up cooking. Regardless of my weight loss, who is going to take away from me that new knowledge?
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MEMKEEPR 8/27/2013 5:38PM

    Great information! I bookmarked to help me along my way. emoticon

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GOLFGMA 8/27/2013 5:15PM


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JITZUROE 8/27/2013 5:07PM

Inspiring.... : )

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