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I did it! Hit the 40 pound mark!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

I have not blogged more regularly because I joined the Biggest Loser 23 Fall Challenge, which is keeping me super busy!

I've been making really, really good progress. Since October 1, I've lost 7.5 pounds. The friendly competition among teams and the support & camaraderie of my team has really helped me stay on track. And as we all know, CONSISTENCY is the key! It's what's been missing from my efforts for a long time.

I have a calendar that hangs in my walk-in closet. On it I record my daily weight, the calories I've consumed, and the workouts I've done. I've done this for years. A 3x5 index card hangs from the bottom of that calendar. Year in and year out it's stuck there, getting peeled off in December and getting re-stuck on the new calendar each January 1. Here it is:



You see, from the very beginning of this journey, in 2009 at 184 pounds it was my goal to weigh 144. In the past this number was a good weight for me. I was happy at 144. I was strong, wore size 10s and looked good at 144. I could maintain 144. So that's always been what I figured was an ideal weight for me. For years, 144 seemed like a million miles away.

But here I am! At a weight I thought would stay a dream. It seems like a miracle.

I know I am not finished at 144. I still am at an "overweight" BMI, and like many of you, I will probably never be "finished" -- I hope I always have a goal in front of me. I will continue to work out, make strides to improve my diet, challenge myself physically and whittle off more pounds. But I'm enjoying the journey and feel that THIS IS POSSIBLE for the first time in a LONG time.

This week one of our challenges was to find a mantra to use for the week. I want to share mine with you:



So today, I want to thank all of my Steely Sapphire Soldier Sisters, and all of my Sparkfriends. I appreciate all of you from the bottom of my heart. You had faith in me long after I'd given up faith in myself. We are a community, and when one wins, we all win!

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MARMAERT 10/25/2013 11:16PM

    Nannette - you know sometimes I tease you in our chat thread, but you are such an amazing woman. all the wonderful traveling you've done and will continue to do, the enthusiasm you have for verything we have to track, drink, eat, or do, the amazing amount of steps you log! I am grateful to have you as a Sapphire!

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DRADDIE 10/24/2013 4:48PM

    emoticon emoticon Sapphire love to you! You have pushed yourself hard and done sooooo well!!

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AJDOVER1 10/24/2013 3:26PM

    What a great milestone!
40 pounds is roughly the weight of a 5-gallon plastic bottle of water.
I love having an image like that attached to the number. It amazes me that I used to carry around that extra 40 pounds every day.

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SARIANEC 10/24/2013 1:18PM

    YAY - I'm so happy for you reaching a major goal!

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SIMONEKP 10/24/2013 12:42PM

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BUTTERFLY-1976 10/24/2013 12:00PM

    Congratulations!! I'm so happy for you!! emoticon emoticon

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ADARKARA 10/24/2013 10:59AM

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APACHESTEVE 10/24/2013 10:12AM

    Congrats on your 40 pounds down goal! That is a major milestone!!! You are correct on having a challenge to help move the scales. This is the first time I've participated in a challenge, the Fall 5% Challenge, here on Spark and it has rescued me from a flat spot in my journey.

My Congratulationss you your acievements on becoming healthier!!!

Steve

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CINDYSDAY 10/24/2013 9:53AM

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CONGRATULATIONS !!!!!!!

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KANOE10 10/24/2013 7:53AM

    Great achievement. emoticon emoticon emoticon

Your months of effort have paid off. You are doing wonderfully.

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NANCY- 10/24/2013 6:13AM

    What a great excuse!
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It was you who made your dream a reality. Just like you always do.
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CM_GARDNER78 10/23/2013 11:37PM

    WAY.TO.GO!!!!!!!!! You are amazing and SUCH an inspiration!!! Keep it up!!!!!!! :-)

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MEADSBAY 10/23/2013 10:23PM

    I am so proud of you and happy for you.
You are such an inspiration to me and many others, I'm sure.
You must feel so great.
My doc said the BMI chart is not that meaningful-
don't label yourself!
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So happy to read that you have found success!

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JANTHEBLONDE 10/23/2013 8:15PM

    Congratulations! You should be so proud of yourself! You are a great example to all of the sparkpeople!!
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LETHA_ 10/23/2013 8:05PM

    Congratulations. I'm so happy for you.


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WATERMELLEN 10/23/2013 8:00PM

    Yay you!! I'm so happy that you've hit the place you have been working towards!! Fantastic and fabulous and fighting fit!!

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KELLIEBEAN 10/23/2013 7:10PM

    There aren't enough adjectives or emoticons to express how happy I am for you! What an amazing accomplishment and to know you are not "finished" is another HUGE victory!

I set my goal weight at 140 because I never thought I could get back there again. I hit it and I'm normally between 137 and 139 on any given day, comfortably!

You have shown what happens when you never ever give up on yourself! You are a great example to follow!!!

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BOOKAPHILE 10/23/2013 7:00PM

    Yay you! That's great news, Nanette! Congratulations. You have momentum going for you now. I look forward to seeing where you end up.

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SEAJESS 10/23/2013 6:58PM

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Doing the happy dance for you! I hope you have a celebration ready for yourself as well as the reward of an achievement well done.
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KRICKET4 10/23/2013 6:52PM

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Congratulations on 40 lbs lost!!!
Keep up the good work!
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AMARILYNH 10/23/2013 6:51PM

    YAY - that is AWESOME!! Isn't it amazing what accountability and support can do? I LOVE the BLC - I think we are so blessed to have ADMIN and Captains who donate their very valuable time to help us reach our goals!! And I'm SO with you - our journey is never over!! But its surely NICE to reach that goal!! emoticon

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WIFE48 10/23/2013 6:40PM

    Congratulations. You are an inspiration. emoticon emoticon

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AZERET0521 10/23/2013 6:36PM

    Congratulations! I hope you have some way of celebrating this grande achievement in your own special way.

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