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What a Difference 4 Years and 80 Released Pounds Makes

Friday, January 10, 2014

In a few short months, I will have been Sparking for FOUR YEARS! I wish today-me could have gone back in time to tell the newly-joined me that there are so many wonderful, life-changing experiences and accomplishments just waiting for her.

Me to Me: "Hang in there, Girl! You won't be like this for much longer!"

In under two years I lost about 60 pounds. A few more months and I was down about 70 pounds. Then, for most of 2013, I maintained my weight within a few pounds and ended the year still maintaining. Another remarkable happening in 2013 was correction of a life-long breathing restriction that I didn't even know I had. Able to finally breathe properly, I took up jogging in December and was re-sparked to tackle the remaining weight I still want to lose.

Me after a 4.75-mile, 65-minute jog/walk on Jan. 2, 2014.

Just this week I passed the 80-pounds-lost mark. Woohoo! I'm not sure until I get there, but I think I might only need to lose another 5-7 pounds to be at an appropriate body fat percentage, and then back to maintenance. I can't wait to find out what else 2014 has in store for me.

What do you hope for in 2014?

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
LEASIM1231 2/3/2014 1:49PM

    You look pro!

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SARAHSTEELIO 1/27/2014 2:05PM

    You are the inspiration I was needing today! I'm the just-joined me who needs the goal-weight me to remind me what's what! No more excuses for not tracking! I HAVE been kicking the sugar habit, thanks in large part to your advice: understanding the insulin response to sugar, and knowing that my body doesn't really need that AT ALL has helped get me off that precipice of addiction. I may not have lost as much weight as I'd hoped, but I am certainly taking in VASTLY less sugar than I used to, and I call that a step in the right direction. Anyway, you look FABULOUS and it's clear that you feel fabulous, too. Thanks for reminding all us newbies that there IS hope!

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TECH1960PS 1/27/2014 10:36AM

    Great job, emoticon emoticon

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SONYARODRI29 1/12/2014 3:47PM

    You're awesome!

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THM_DEB 1/11/2014 4:49AM

    Wow congratulations!! You look fantastic and I'm sure the exercise makes you feel like a million bucks. I'm not a runner, wish I could but it only aggravates my back like crazy....but walking works for me :)

Are you at your goal weight?

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LMBARR1 1/10/2014 8:56PM

    The sum of small successes = BIG changes.
1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1= 80!

(I don't know why this won't post right, but it is 80 individual pounds adding up to an 80lb difference on your body)

You are not the girl you used to be. You are empowered and shining your light, inspiring others to believe in themselves!

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CASTIRONLADY 1/10/2014 7:40PM

    Wow, you pictures tell the tale. What an encouragement you are!

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SUSANELAINE1956 1/10/2014 4:50PM

    You look great! And healthy. emoticon

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HEALTHY4ME 1/10/2014 3:51PM

    AWESOME!!!!! congrats and you do look great. Glad you feel great too!!! HUGS

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MINIUM 1/10/2014 2:43PM

    What a wonderful journey! You are amazing and you look fabulous! I hope you'll achieve your goal and maintain forever, which is very likely!
Thank you for setting such a remarkable example to me.
Go, girl!
As to me, after reaching a steady weight for one whole year in 2013, which sounded impossible beforehand, I'm now ready to tackle my last few kilograms.
We can do it!

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PJMOMMATO3 1/10/2014 2:01PM

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STAY39 1/10/2014 1:54PM

    This is so awesome! emoticon

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MALAMI518 1/10/2014 12:09PM

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I hope for the same thing in get to a goal that is a healthy body fat percentage and then maintain it. I think I have about 10-25 more pounds to go, but, like you, I won't really know until I get there.

I also hope to keep "running" and to pick up my pace.

You have done a great job!

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SOPHIELSMOM 1/10/2014 12:05PM

  Congratulations! It's inspiring to hear from someone further along on the weight loss journey. I've managed to lose 30lbs in 2013 but it was a slow and steady process unlike my previous quick losses followed by even quicker gains! I'm excited for 2014 too!

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BOB5148 1/10/2014 11:23AM

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MOMTOCONNOR2003 1/10/2014 10:18AM

    That is amazing congratulations on you success. I hope one day to be a success story as well.

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TATUM615 1/10/2014 10:16AM

    emoticon emoticon That is SO awesome... you look Terrific!!!

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CINDERELLABEAR 1/10/2014 10:15AM

    emoticon Great job! You look fantastic!

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1HAPPYSPIRIT 1/10/2014 10:08AM

    emoticon NO, MAKE THAT emoticon

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SEATTLE58ANEW 1/10/2014 10:04AM

    Wow... emoticon emoticon I'm so proud of you! Just look at the muscles in your legs! emoticon You're an inspiration to me! emoticon emoticon

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