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So nice to finally meet you (pics)

Thursday, January 09, 2014

After many, many months of mulling it over, I talked with my Dad and Head Coach about sharing progress pictures, and have finally decided that I am ready to show my face emoticon

So ... Hello ! It's so very nice to finally meet you !

November 2012: I weighed 233 lbs, too much for my 5 ft 3" frame:


December 2012:



I began my journey to better health in March 2013.


By December 2013:



October 2013: This is my "everyday" face ... and hair emoticon



December 2013: For the Company's Holiday party that I was so excited about, I got extensions in my hair.



It's been quite a ride.

In the past, whenever I tried to lose weight , I tried to do it all on my own. Every single time, I rebounded hard with 10 - 20 extra pounds.

I finally stopped trying, for fear of ending up much heavier than before.

I have cried about being overweight.
I have eaten out of boredom, loneliness, happiness and sadness.
I was convinced that I would be overweight forever.
I was sure there was no way out.
I believed that I was lazy.
Heck, I believed I was crazy.
Does this sound like you ? If so, please know that there is hope.



The Company Holiday party - 2012 vs 2013:



What made the difference this time was having other people involved in my journey.


First, my friend Karen lit the Spark. She motivated me to watch what I ate. She got to me when no-one else could.

Then came the coworker who wanted to join the gym and asked if I wanted to join too.

Then came my trainer. When I met him, I couldn't get off the floor without help, tie my own shoelaces or exercise without an inhaler.

Then came the Head Coach who gave me my first cardio & meal plan, and told me that he believed in me when I hit a plateau and wanted to quit yet again.

And SparkPeople... Wow. My SparkFriends have never stopped encouraging, motivating and inspiring me.

I remember the first comment on my very first blog. I was SO excited. I kept thinking "Someone commented ! Someone cares ! I'm going to keep pushing because someone cares !"

The SparkCommunity has supported me through weight loss, C25K training, plateaus, learning to cook, self-doubt and even soul-searching.

The most incredible thing they have done is help me see myself and the world a little bit differently, and that goes way, way beyond any number on any scale.



For people beginning their journeys, my biggest recommendation is this: Reach Out.
You'll be surprised what you get back. And don't forget to pass it on !

Together we are stronger emoticon

~63 lbs down. 37 lbs to go.


Onward !
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  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

GYMCHICK30 1/21/2014 8:45PM

    Nice pictures.

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MRS.CARLY 1/20/2014 7:21PM

    Well hello there gorgeous! I was wondering when you were going to show us some pictures of that beautiful face!

So proud of you, you are definitely inspiring LOTS of people

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TRUE-NESS 1/19/2014 7:44PM

    Thank you for sharing your journey!! You've done such an amazing job!! You look great!

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SILVER_WOLF1221 1/15/2014 3:56PM

    You look absolutely fantastic! You are truly an inspiration to me who is starting over, again. Thank you for sharing. You rock!

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XXSOLA_FIDEXX 1/15/2014 3:37PM

    So nice to finally see the face behind my spark friend! You are absolutely beautiful! Thank you for sharing your pics.

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SIMONEKP 1/15/2014 11:45AM

    Great blog. Let's rock 2014!

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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 1/14/2014 10:42PM

    What an amazing post! Thank you so much for sharing. You look amazing! (just know that you were ALWAYS beautiful!!!) Congratulations on your successes, I know there will be many more in your future.
Thank you for your inspiring words today.
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MARGOLIS 1/14/2014 7:13PM

    YOU look AMAZING! Keep up the good work!

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NHES220 1/13/2014 3:23PM

    Onward indeed! What a transformation! We don't need to do this alone, we don't need to hide. Plenty of people are here to help and support us and we are stronger than we think we are! You are living proof of that! Way to go! So glad you shared your progress pictures!
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TERI-RIFIC 1/13/2014 2:15PM

    What a wonderful story. Thanks for sharing the pictures, Keep on blogging!! We all want to see you reach the final goal, but you are an incredible success already. Your everyday face is very pretty. So i s your party face. And your party dress is striking. Maybe you should be a consultant for the golden globes because there were some wicked ugly dresses this year. (yours is much prettier!) emoticon

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ASKIMOLI 1/12/2014 10:19AM

    Congrats on all your success!!! I wish you the best of luck in 2014 emoticon

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RECREATING_ME 1/11/2014 11:00PM

    So nice to see the person behind the many insightful posts! And truly -- you look amazing! Congratulations on your wild success, and here's hoping that 2014 is equally successful for you emoticon

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HDHAWK 1/10/2014 3:20PM

    You look fabulous! Good for you for sticking with it and not giving up!

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TIME-4-TINA 1/10/2014 2:22PM

    Wow, your a knockout!!! congrats on your success! You've done a great job! Trust me, I know how much work you've put into this. Thank you for sharing your photos with us.

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ADARKARA 1/10/2014 2:18PM

    I just came here to say you look AMAZING in that sparkly dress and I love your hair with the extensions. You're doing GREAT!

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UNSWEETMAMA 1/10/2014 1:56PM

    AMEN!

Those feelings of doubt, loneliness, craziness, etc. do sound like me.

It is so great to see you.
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STAY39 1/10/2014 1:48PM

    Wow you are beautiful! Great job! Thank you for sharing your journey and posting such an inspiring blog! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FITNAPTURAL 1/10/2014 10:49AM

    emoticon Nice to finally meet you too!! I just saw your face in my newsfeed and thought I had a new sparkfriend. You look great gorgeous!Keep it up. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HOOKEMBABY422 1/10/2014 9:45AM

    You look so great!

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ABAKER34 1/10/2014 9:15AM

    You are emoticon ! You are such an inspiration to all of us, and should be so proud of all that you have accomplished! Thanks for posting the progress pictures, the pictures really do say a thousand words! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ADVENTURESEEKER 1/10/2014 8:33AM

    Way to go!!!

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PEZMOM1 1/10/2014 8:02AM

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SETTIMIA 1/10/2014 7:52AM

    THANK YOU FOR COMMENTING ON MY PAGE, WOW YOUR TRANSFORMATION IS AMAZING

YOU GO GIRL, SO HAPPY FOR YOU

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JADED_CHICK19 1/10/2014 7:34AM

    You have done such an amazing job! I'm so glad you decided to share your progress pics! You are gorgeous! Congrats on your success so far! :D

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MOMMA-MOOSE 1/10/2014 6:18AM

    Absolutely gorgeous. All that hard work has really paid off!

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STEPH-KNEE 1/10/2014 3:46AM

    You are amazing (and gorgeous)! Congrats on all your success! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BUNNYKICKS 1/10/2014 1:55AM

    Great blog! Great progress! Great pics (all of them!) and wow, you must be very proud of your accomplishments so far! We're kind of on the same path, it seems, similar start date/weight, current weight and 100# goal... it's great having others along for the ride, isn't it! :D

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WEEPINGANGEL74 1/10/2014 1:16AM

    You have made incredible progress!! Congratulations on your loss!!

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DALID414 1/10/2014 12:37AM

    Definitely VERY nice to meet you!!
I saw your pix in my inbox letting me know you liked something on my feed and I squealed!!!
That is a serious squat you're doing there missy! emoticon

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KENDRACARROLL 1/9/2014 10:44PM

    Hi. Nice to finally meet you :)
Awesome transformation.
For me, SparkPeople definitely was the missing link.
Keep up the good work!

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CAROLISCIOUS 1/9/2014 9:59PM

    Thanks for posting the pics! What an awesome transformation!

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MSHEL7 1/9/2014 9:54PM

    Wow, you're a doll, I'm so glad to finally see a picture of you. That picture from your party is really great. I'm so glad that you posted the before and now pictures as well. I can certainly see why the guys are noticing you, you're gorgeous. Congrats on your weight loss and thanks so much for posting this, I'm so glad to see you.

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CHERYL_ANNE 1/9/2014 8:31PM

    Ohmygosh! So glad to meet you!
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JCERNEK 1/9/2014 8:29PM

    Good for you, and look at yourself, your are beautiful!! You should be very proud of yourself for all the hard work you've put in. Keep on going, and be happy!! Well done!!
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MOTTAMAMALOU 1/9/2014 8:29PM

    You are one fantastic young lady. Plus you are a pretty one to boot.
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SEATTLE58 1/9/2014 8:27PM

    Wow Gorgeous, it is so awesome to finally meet you! I can sure see that you've been working hard and you deserve every bit of praise you can get here! For starters, from me........ emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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