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Progress This Year

Thursday, November 21, 2013

One of my Spark Teams asked these questions in a thread and I decided to write a blog about it so I could revisit my success. It's especially needed right now because I've been struggling this week.

What progress have you made so far this year?

253 pounds to 173 = 80 pounds lost

Previous measurements are from September 28th. I didn't measure January 1st.

Waist - 58.5 to 40 = 18.5 inches lost
Hips - 55 to 40 = 14 inches lost
Thigh - 28.5 to 24 = 4.5 inches lost
Arm - 20 to 16 = 4 inches lost

BMI - (47.8 when I started) (43.5 January 1st) to 29.8
According to the BMI chart, I'm no longer obese, just overweight. emoticon

What are some of your successes, and what are some of the things you've learned?

A big one for me was discovering I could run. Yes, I mean discovering. I haven't run since I was a little kid, 30 years ago. I started out slow, running 1 minute intervals. I've worked my way up to being able to run a whole 5K. I'm thinking about signing up for a half marathon next year.

I lost 100 pounds in a year, September 28, 2012 - September 9, 2013.

I've learned a day or a week of over eating doesn't have to turn into a month or a year or forever.

I've learned that the support on SparkPeople is priceless! There is always someone here who knows or has experienced exactly what I'm going through - successes and struggles.

I've learned accurately measuring and tracking my food is worth the time and hassle.

I've learned that slow progress is still progress.

What progress do you plan to make in the 40 days left of this year, and what are you going to do to make it happen?

I'd like to be in the 150s by January.

I'm going to work harder on being within my calorie range. I'm going to have to avoid most "treats". I've tried keeping things to a sensible portion, but I haven't been able to do that yet. If I have extra in the house, I'll eat it.

I'm going to keep up with my workouts. I'm going to try to incorporate more running, but gradually. I don't want to injure myself doing too much too soon.

I'm going to strength train 3 times each week for at least 10 minutes at a time. I do 2 session with a trainer each week, but it's motivating myself to do the 3rd one on my own that's the hard part.

I'm going to go to bed on time so I get at least 7 hours of sleep each night. When I'm tired I make poorer food choices.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MJPECK7015 2/5/2014 5:01PM

    Fantastic! You've done so well, and you're inspiring others to do the same!

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SUNSHINEGB 2/2/2014 1:51PM

    Absolutely AWESOME!

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AMANDA_TORONTO 1/27/2014 9:18PM

    Inspiring blog - Thanks for sharing a bit about your journey so far and what you have learned!



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TRI_BABE 1/12/2014 6:50PM

    How are you doing now??

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COASTAL6 1/12/2014 5:07PM

    Your doing great.
Keep it up,
I'm rooting for you!

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JUNESHOPE 1/6/2014 8:51PM

    emoticon emoticon
emoticon for sharing one of the MOST inspirational blogs I've read.
emoticon you are almost there!

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KULTJAM 12/21/2013 11:06AM

  emoticon emoticon emoticon You've done awesome, you must be very proud of yourself. We all are.

Way to go!

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FELINEBETTER 12/14/2013 3:23PM

    WOW!!! You have done incredibly well, Girl!!! I love the interview style of this blog too!

One thing that you mention that took me a long time to learn -- is that we make poor choices when we're tired. For myself, that goes for being over-tired, over-hungry or just stressed! The harder I work at maintaining my mood -- the better all my choices are!

You are super inspirational! YOU ROCK! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JUSTDOITRIGHT 12/12/2013 7:15PM


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SPARKLINGME176 12/12/2013 6:08PM

    Yes! Your blog shows how it works for me! emoticon

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CHANGELIFE2016 12/5/2013 4:13PM

    Thanks so much for your comments on mine and everyone else's blogs!! Your a true inspiration and you certainly can achieve you next goal!

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MPRILL 12/5/2013 1:44PM

    emoticon you have accomplished so much!

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GENRE009 12/4/2013 12:11AM

    T emoticon emoticon HAT IS A GREAT ACOMPLISHMENT! eva.

Comment edited on: 12/4/2013 12:11:24 AM

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IGNITEME101 12/3/2013 10:53PM

    I am so excited for you! emoticon


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SAPHRAEL 11/30/2013 9:31PM

    Awesome review! I'm so happy for you!

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STEFIGURL 11/27/2013 7:46PM

Great questions...great answers!
Thanks for posting this! It's such an are YOU, My Sweet!

love you so Beautiful!
stephi :-)

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STRONGDAWG 11/26/2013 8:36PM

    You have made so much progress! You must feel so good about sticking to it and changing your life around for the better.

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IGNITEME101 11/26/2013 2:17PM

    awesome!!!! yaya emoticon

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HEXE63 11/26/2013 10:46AM

    Wow what an awesome year you have had congrats on your successes I admire how far you have come and keeping my fingers crossed that you will make your goals you have set emoticon emoticon

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    WOW---what an outstanding year! You've lost a substantial amount of weight--
whoo hoo!! I have about 100 lbs. to lose, so seeing your progress is very motivating to me! And discovering running-- emoticon I'd like to add you as a friend. emoticon

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PRNCSRIAH 11/25/2013 9:27AM

    You are awesome lady!

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FITFRIT 11/25/2013 12:51AM

    thanks so much for sharing!

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COASTAL6 11/23/2013 9:58PM

    Very Inspiring,
Thanks for sharing!

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AUTUMNHOPE 11/23/2013 5:23PM

    These are some emoticon goals ! emoticon for sharing !

emoticon emoticon 100 pounds in a year !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon

I share in learning some of the same lessons you've stated. Now if I could just match your discipline ! I saw your before & after. Looks like two different people
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SMITTY4RL 11/23/2013 4:35PM

    This is an awesome blog--love a good news story and this is it. Your progress is just super!! You ROCK!

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KMVBBAM 11/22/2013 5:25PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon
Those numbers are so great, I am amazed!

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GOCALGAL 11/22/2013 5:14PM

    BRAVO!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FINCHFEEDER80 11/22/2013 12:14PM

    Awesome work! My goal is to run a half marathon next year, too. I have just under a year to get ready!

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SUEPERWOMAN 11/22/2013 12:12PM

How amazing are YOU !!!

Love, Ginger

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MAIA2011 11/22/2013 10:03AM

  WOWZA! I am looking forward to being out of the obese BMI category myself. I am inching ever so closer there. You have accomplished so much!


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CYBERCITYSHELL 11/22/2013 4:15AM

    You sure have achieved some amazing progress. emoticon emoticon

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COCACOLA2 11/21/2013 11:56PM

    I asked myself a while ago: In a year what would I wish I would have done? And I am doing some of those things right now so I will have little to no regrets. You have done amazing. Keep it up.

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CATTUTT 11/21/2013 7:58PM

    Wow you've made some AWESOME accomplishments! You should be so proud of yourself! I hope I can look back on a year half that good, this time next year.


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LORI2562 11/21/2013 7:23PM

    You are AMAZING! What a fantastic blog!! You are an inspiration Heidi!

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 11/21/2013 7:20PM

    You are an awesome inspiration! So proud of you for all your progress, and so excited for the progress you will continue to make!

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    Way to go on your successful year!!

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AWESOMECHELZ 11/21/2013 6:38PM

    It's so nice to read your blog. You don't have a profile photo and you're always supporting me on my Feed so your blog gives me a glimpse of you. emoticon Your progress is Incredible and I am very impressed. I need to make some big changes to lose more weight and your blog encourages me. emoticon emoticon

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SUSANELAINE1956 11/21/2013 5:35PM

    Fantastic! You have done so well, and I imagine you must feel great. emoticon

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