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Biggest NSV Ever At Hollywood Horror Nights!

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Saturday, September 28, 2013

For starters I love love love Halloween and horror movies... always have. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I had always talked about going to one of those Hollywood Horror Night events at Universal Studios, and I did actually go last year for the first time ever! I was around 220ish, and I got through everything alright, a little tired and very sore when I got home, but I did it!

This year though I was an additional 30 pounds down from last year (80 total), and I had a blast. According to my fitbit we walked just over 6 miles and I feel great. Not only that but I was amazed at how fast I could actually walk. I even left my uncle in the dust a couple of times and had to slow down. I am home now, and other than my knee that has been bothering me a little for a week (arthritis flare up), I feel great! I might be sore tomorrow, time will tell. emoticon

On top of that, I said a phrase like 10 times that night that I would NEVER say last year. "Take my picture in front of ____". Any time I saw a photo opportunity I took it. My brother didn't even get the strict orders to take the pictures "from the chest up" (you ladies know what I'm talking about! emoticon). I didn't care, I am me, and I worked hard to get where I am. And if my stomachs happen to take up half of the picture then so be it! emoticon

It was just the ultimate NSV and this is what it is about! I am the girl that could not walk the dog around the block 1 mile, I couldn't do it. I would walk up 7 stairs to my bedroom and be SO winded that I'd have to stop and rest. I am the girl that never wanted you to take my picture ever, and on the off chance I let you I only cringed at the results and would be down about it for days thinking "do I really look like that?" But those days are gone. I may not be done on this journey and I may still have a good chunk of weight to lose, but I am proud of what I have accomplished! I have come a long way and the ultimate reward is being able to live life, however I want, with NOTHING to hold me back. Gone are the days of "I really would like to go, but there is too much walking involved". I never ONCE stopped to look around to see if anyone was giving me looks (for being overweight) or talking crap about me. I used to hear people laugh around me and automatically wonder if it was a joke about my weight. I know that sounds super paranoid and it probably was, but when you actually overhear people commenting on your weight, it makes you paranoid! I just couldn't have been more happy to feel like a regular, plain ol, normal person that BLENDED in with everyone else. I wish I could bottle up this feeling and use it up when I'm not feeling so hot, because it's awesome! emoticon

If you are having a hard time or have a long way to go and have trouble staying motivated, PLEASE remember it is SO worth it. These are our lives, we only get one and we deserve to get out and live them however we chose! emoticon

Without further ado, here are some of the pictures taken tonight... you may not care but just the fact that I have pictures to show are a huge NSV! emoticon


^My uncle said "you guys don't smile!" So this is the result...





^ So fluffy!


^Biggest disappointment of the night, Chucky posed for me but that monster cut him off LOL.
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LORIVIOLA 3/16/2014 1:04PM

    This is a great blog!
Thanks for sharing.

It's so fluffy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
>Glad you had a great time.

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GRAMPIAN 11/22/2013 6:43AM

  Great! emoticon

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MCJULIEO 10/21/2013 11:50AM

    Your excitement is contagious, and your words are encouraging... Thanks so much!

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LADYSHERRY 10/16/2013 3:32PM

    Good for you!!!! I love Halloween and The Walking Dead!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LOWCARBRENEE 10/16/2013 8:45AM

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WHITEANGEL4 10/13/2013 11:50PM

    Wonderful blog

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EFFRAYECHILDE 10/13/2013 12:55PM

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AMBER461 10/11/2013 8:28PM

  Congrats, thanks for sharing, its seems as though you were having a blast.

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MISSLISA1973 10/7/2013 2:40AM

    emoticon Thanks for sharing your joy. It is inspiring!

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SBARGANZ 10/5/2013 8:57AM

    Congrats and hooray for NSV!

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NANCYSINATRA 10/4/2013 9:55AM

    Thank you so much for sharing. You totally motivated me again. :)
I LOVE halloween too (as you can tell from my spark pictures). Actually got married as Frankenstein and bride of.
Last year we went to Universal too, and I was around 220 at the time. NOW I'm up to 270. Thank you for sharing your story and helping me remember why this is so important.
I did the IFly there last year (wha a blast) and now I couldn't because of weight. I WILL change that. :)

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1HAPPYSPIRIT 10/4/2013 6:03AM

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IMSOOZEEQ 10/4/2013 5:59AM

    I absolutely love the pics! I agree that you need to smile more in them! You have such a great smile! You are just amazing my friend and I love that you are getting out and having fun. Okay the scary stuff...that ain't my scene but it was probably lots of fun.

Keep going my friend! There is so much more out there for you to explore and enjoy!

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OFFICECHIK 10/3/2013 11:50AM

    Awesome!!!! You have much to be proud of. Save this blog to look back on when you're motivation is down. It will help you to remember how far you have come and what you have accomplished. It will bring to mind this wonderful high you were feeling and will help you push forward. You are beautiful and have no reason to cringe at your pictures.
Keep moving forward. emoticon

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1DRWOMAN 10/3/2013 6:10AM

    Congratulations! What a cool night! Wish I could go too! Fun fun fun!

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LISA_FRAME 10/2/2013 6:17PM

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MRSRIGS1 10/2/2013 2:04PM

    You look GREAT!!!! You go girl!

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BETHIEBOOPS 10/2/2013 5:50AM

    You are incredible! You look just fantastic, but you don't need me to tell you that. Which is just the biggest victory ever! I can't believe the transformation you've made not just with your body, but with your emotional wellbeing! I am so proud to have been able to watch you throughout this journey! There is SO much pride in my heart for you girl!!

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BIGFAMILY9 10/2/2013 1:45AM

    Super cool!! emoticon

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KIM22211 10/1/2013 8:10PM

    lol! Good for you it feels great to know exactly a year ago you were heavier!

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BANDMOM2012 10/1/2013 12:57PM

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FIRECOM 10/1/2013 11:13AM

    Your beautiful smile tells it all. Congrats.

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WHITNEYLD 10/1/2013 8:52AM

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GEORGE815 10/1/2013 7:40AM

    Great post with Chucky!

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G33K10V3 10/1/2013 6:06AM

    I love this post :D It sounds like you had a blast and were loving it and you look great! emoticon I can relate to so much of what you say about the paranoia and hearing laughter and automatically assuming it is about you :( I feel that way almost every time I go out in public. I'm so looking forward to being a "normal" person. emoticon

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K1TT3N 10/1/2013 12:29AM

    awesome

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KATIBUG49 9/30/2013 11:10PM

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PHYLISSCR 9/30/2013 10:09PM

    Thanks for sharing your awesome pictures, looks like fun.

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NEWKATHYNOW 9/30/2013 9:33PM

    Fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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JANETTEB553 9/30/2013 9:16PM

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MLJSPARK 9/30/2013 8:27PM

    Love your pictures, you look emoticon You are completely right that all the hard work is worth it! You look so beautiful and happy emoticon

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PFARRAR65 9/30/2013 7:59PM

    Congratulations on the weight loss. emoticon Would love to go to Universal Horror Nights. But, nobody to go with me. emoticon

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AJB121299 9/30/2013 7:43PM

    nice

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PT.JEFFGIRL 9/30/2013 7:26PM

    You look so happy and at ease within yourself. It sure shows. emoticon

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CANDIGIRL4K 9/30/2013 7:13PM

    Loved the pics and lol'd at the chucky pic....so great! This was an awesome post and good for you! Congratulations on all the hard work and I am so glad that it has paid off for you...imagine where you'll be next year!

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MSROZZIE 9/30/2013 7:00PM

    Awesome blog and pictures. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SHKIRK 9/30/2013 6:26PM

  You Go Girl !! emoticon

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MOTIVATIONFOUND 9/30/2013 4:21PM

    Yay - congratulations!! I'm so glad you went, are living life and that you see this as the awesome NSV that it truly is! Great job!!

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OTTAWABOUND 9/30/2013 4:07PM

    Those are great victories. On the day I can surf (my dream goal), I'll be posting pictures galore! Thanks for the inspiration.

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UWPALUM 9/30/2013 3:44PM

    Congrats! Looks like it was a great time!

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SUZIPAM1 9/30/2013 2:12PM

    what a wonderful time you had

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OURLADYOFGRACE 9/30/2013 1:35PM

    I love Halloween, great post

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SUGEO1 9/30/2013 10:58AM

    I really enjoyed your blog. You've come such a long way! Very inspiring.

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MAJORLIE 9/30/2013 10:52AM

    Keep on keeping on! Your doing great!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WATERDIAMONDS 9/30/2013 9:54AM

    You look wonderful and you look happy and I am so glad. Thank you for the inspiration and for sharing your joy.

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ENG_TV 9/30/2013 9:18AM

    Congrats on your accomplishment! And..the smile suits you! emoticon

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