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A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words


Wednesday, December 04, 2013

I've had a tough few months--my roughest patch since reaching goal and beginning to navigate maintenance back in March 2012. I hadn't really been feeling like myself for quite a while, but something has definitely changed in the past week or so. I noticed the physical evidence of this change when I took some pictures last weekend in a new dress I bought, but especially in this head shot:



That's the best smile I've flashed in a while and somewhere along the way, I lost this happy girl. I think I've finally reconnected with her and I feel better than I have for months. I'm still not totally sure what to make of this, but I think it marks a turning point for me in this journey. There really is no going back now and I've proven to myself that I can weather the storms that come my way. No need to weatherproof me--nothing's breaking through the chains on my tires!
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CRYSALLIS1 12/13/2013 6:27AM

    You look fabulous! Glad your smile found its way too!

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TIME-4-TINA 12/9/2013 6:39PM

    Pretty pic, Tina! Glad your feeling better about yourself.

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JANTHEBLONDE 12/9/2013 2:37PM

    I love your blog post! Thanks for sharing!
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ZAPPATTACK 12/8/2013 5:42PM

    You look beautiful!

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BOILHAM 12/7/2013 10:01PM

    Nice smile, indeed. You look happy. Keep in touch with Spark People and we'll help keep you smiling.
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GREGGWEISBROD 12/6/2013 3:45PM

    A wonderful smile, and a reminder that you've the strength to overcome any bad experience or obstacle in your life. Spark People is a better place for having you around, and that's no small compliment. :-)

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SUNNYBEACHGIRL 12/5/2013 10:55PM

    Great picture, great smile have a great Month.

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CINDYSDAY 12/5/2013 7:54PM

    Very nice!

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ARUNNINGKAT 12/5/2013 12:41PM

    Beautiful photo! So happy to see your beautiful smile and know that things are falling into place for you.

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GABY1948 12/5/2013 11:57AM

    I LOVE this smile! It's BEAUTIFUL and shines from deep within your heart! Keep it goin'!

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BOOKAPHILE 12/5/2013 11:44AM

    That is a lovely smile. Worth preserving the happiness behind it!

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BKNOCK 12/5/2013 9:39AM

    emoticon I am glad that you found your smile!

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HUSKERLAND3 12/5/2013 9:36AM

    We all go through this for various reasons.. death of a friend, crappy relationship, etc..

Once you realize that you have the power about how you feel - you've got it figured out (until the next thing takes you down).. rinse and repeat.

Don't be afraid to reach out to anyone here on SP. This is a great forum with even greater assets .. it's people.

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KANOE10 12/5/2013 8:51AM

    You look lovely. That is a beautiful happy smile. You are back to being the person you were meant to be. That is a great achievement!


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BUSYGRANNY5 12/5/2013 6:56AM

    Good for you!! There is so much power in a genuine smile, glad you are able to share yours!

Have a great day!!!

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PRESBESS 12/5/2013 12:27AM

    Atta girl Tina! You are in it to win it. Smile on my friend!
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BRADMILL2922 12/4/2013 11:36PM

    It is a great picture! I can really feel the happiness in the picture! I know you have had a rough couple months but it sounds like you are ending 2013 really strong and will be ready for a wonderful 2014. Don't hide that smile, you have worked hard for that happiness and you should keep sharing it with the world!

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TIGER_LILY_613 12/4/2013 11:23PM

    You look lovely, and so happy !!! emoticon

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NASFKAB 12/4/2013 11:22PM

  great

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DALID414 12/4/2013 11:16PM

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KOHINOOR2 12/4/2013 10:53PM

    You have a very beautiful smile that radiates great joy. May your light and joy keep growing. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 12/4/2013 9:12PM

    Congratulations on finding and negotiating that turning point! Believing that you can maintain is often a self-fulfilling prophecy. Your new confidence is priceless! I really appreciate you sharing. It isn't easy. As you have said, we can do it -- we are doing it!! It matters. It's worth it.

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POOKASLUAGH 12/4/2013 8:53PM

    Glad to see your happy back!

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THINFITFEMINIST 12/4/2013 8:29PM

    I truly understand what it means to reach a goal and then a tsunami or two or three hits you. That's why I regained most of my weight.

With the help of you and my other spark friends I too shall reach 2 years of maintenance after I re-lose this weight.

Thanks for this blog. It helped me a lot.

You've weathered the storm. You've weathered the hurricane. Rest awhile. Prepare for the earthquake. LOL

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1CRAZYDOG 12/4/2013 8:15PM

    Your emoticon makes ME emoticon !

Glad you are feeling more like YOU. Sometimes there just are those "blips in the road" but glad you are over it.

HUGS

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WORKNPROGRESS49 12/4/2013 8:01PM

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WATERMELLEN 12/4/2013 7:44PM

    So very glad that you are feeling yourself again. What a lovely smile. What a pretty girl.

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 12/4/2013 7:27PM

    It's good to see your happy grin.

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-AMANDA79- 12/4/2013 7:26PM

    You should be very proud of yourself!
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