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FINALLY 90 Pounds Down! Time To Party! :D

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014


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This milestone has been a long time coming! Before I kick up my heels and celebrate this awesome accomplishment, I want to be serious for a moment. emoticon I hit 80 pounds down September 4, 2013 and if you told me on that day that I would be claiming my 90 pounds down trophy in JULY of 2014, I would have told you that you were insane! I mean seriously, the difference between 80 pounds lost and 90 pounds lost is a measly 10 pounds. In the grand scheme of MY journey that's a drop in the bucket. What would possibly have to happen for it to take almost 11 months to lose those 10 pounds?!

Well I can tell you exactly what happened. I had a couple bouts of self sabotage, being afraid of my success and gaining back 10-15 pounds several times. It involved hitting 85 pounds lost on Halloween emoticon , starting to freak out about how good I was doing, and using the Holidays as an excuse to eat everything all the way through the new year. emoticon

If you want to look at the big picture, I should probably be celebrating my goal weight right about now. If I was 185 at Halloween, that is an entire 9 months... and with my goal sitting currently at 160 that would be 25 pounds to go, which is less than 3 pounds a month. But as we know, this weight loss journey isn't simple math. Don't get me wrong, we all know that the name of the game is calories in calories out, but it isn't always that simple. Sometimes the scale gets stuck, sometimes our bodies refuse to budge.. but sometimes it is just exhausting trying to do everything right. This journey is so much more mental/emotional than it is physical. Dropping pounds and sizes is fun, looking better is fun, but sometimes it'is a mental battle to not only get the weight off but to not let it creep back up!

I will say that these 11 months since celebrating 80 pounds lost were not wasted. I learned a lot about myself!

I learned that...

emoticon I will never give up on this weight loss journey, and that it means so much to me!

emoticon Spark people is essential to my success. Giving and receiving support is very important on my journey!

emoticon That just because I gain back 10 pounds doesn't mean I have to throw in the towel and gain all my weight back.

emoticon This journey is something that I have to stay on top of. We all have bad days but if we get back to it we will be successful in the long run.

I feel like with all I have learned, moving forward is going to be a little easier. I now am at a point where it's 1-2 bad days and that's it... before it could have been weeks or even months before getting back on track. I also learned that I have a knack for letting 10-15 pounds back on before turning things around. Having that knowledge is important and now I've set a 5 pound limit... if for some reason I find myself slipping or having a rough time, I will consider a 5 pound gain the danger zone and have a plan of action in place to turn it around!

So overall is there a teeny tiny part of me that wishes I was here right now, celebrating hitting my goal weight, or even just 100 pounds lost? Sure, a teeny tiny part of me wishes I had been a little more diligent during those "rough months" and been that much farther in my journey... But at the end of the day I am thankful for where I am right now! I am excited about what I have accomplished, and I am appreciating all that I have learned on this journey! I have so many tools, tricks and healthy habits that there is no doubt in my mind that I will get to my goal and I will learn to maintain this weight! If you had asked me March of 2012 if I believed I could really lose over 100 pounds and be successful at this, I would have told you no. I figured I'd lose about 40 pounds, get stuck and quit and gain it all back plus more. Why would I think that? Because it happened 3 times before, and there are 100's of other times I never even got to the 40 pound mark before giving up. I had no idea that THIS TIME would be the LAST TIME, and I am determined to keep it that way. I have no intention of ever finding this weight again, and that is why I am celebrating 90 pounds lost FOREVER! emoticon emoticon emoticon

Now it's time to par-tay! Help yourself to some snacks and drinks! emoticon
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DRTOVAH 8/31/2014 8:26AM

  congrats!

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MRSRIGS1 8/16/2014 3:14PM

    Woo-Hoo! Way to GO! Congratulations on a job well done! Time to par-tay! Good for you! I knew you could do this. You're a smart girl and you've learned valuable lessons. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us!

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IAMAGEMLOVER 8/14/2014 5:40PM

    Congratulations on achieving such a milestone. You should be very proud of yourself. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CASSIEBEAN6 8/8/2014 3:17AM

    Congratulations! And you deserve an extra kudos for having the self awareness to break your pattern of regaining. Have fun celebrating!

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NASFKAB 8/8/2014 12:53AM

  great job congratulations well done

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CORNERKICK 8/6/2014 2:11PM

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FRABBIT 8/5/2014 3:28PM

  This is fabulous news! Congrats!

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HYATTI1 8/4/2014 10:57AM

    Keep up the good work.

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MAYBER 8/3/2014 4:24PM

    Thank you for sharing your inspirational thoughts
One day at a time
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REDSPIRALWOMAN 8/3/2014 10:38AM

    Love your insights, your awareness, your own wisdom. We are all with you and you are with us. Yay!! emoticon emoticon

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SHARONCAPPS 8/3/2014 10:23AM

  Great post. You did great. Thanks for sharing.

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REALITYCHECK86 8/2/2014 4:55AM

    Yay!! I'm so happy for you! You deserve to celebrate! Your positivity in this blog is contageous!! It's ok to have setbacks and to take longer than you thought you should need to in order to progress, but the wonderful thing is that you are STILL progressing! Lots of little bumps happen, 10-15lb reality checks have to come along sometimes in order for us to learn something about ourselves (I'm dealing with one of those setbacks right now myself). This is such a great place to be able to support each other in our goals, our good days and even our bad days. Congrats on finally making 90 lbs! You go girl!
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LISAN0415 8/2/2014 2:56AM

    Way to go! And you are right, it's not the amount of time it takes to get there- the important thing is to keep moving forward, and we will all get there!

Great job!

-Lisa

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WRITERWANNAB 8/2/2014 1:42AM

    I'm glad you hung in there! emoticon

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GWINNER1 8/2/2014 12:20AM

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 8/1/2014 10:10PM

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!
AWESOME, WAY TO GO, EXCELLENT, HOORAY, BADASS, WOO HOO,
FABULOUS, TERRIFIC, DYNAMIC, AMAZING, OUTSTANDING & BRAVO!!!!
Love & Hugs,
Mary
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BA5454 8/1/2014 5:23PM

    Totally emoticon --so glad for you!

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CHARITYAK 8/1/2014 12:40PM

    Party indeed! Fabulous accomplishment. I am encouraged in my own journey!

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SWALKER7799 8/1/2014 12:35PM

    Great job! I wish you great success in keeping those pounds off! Great job!

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ROXYHON 8/1/2014 10:59AM

    Incredible! Keep up the good work, it's amazing what we learn along the way. SparkPeople is so incredible, because it teaches so many things that really make a difference. And like you said, the support a person gets in so inspiring and touches the soul so deeply. You WILL reach your goal, congratulations on the 90 lbs lost - WOW! I always compare my weight loss with bags of potatoes (a 10lb bag is alot!) - nine bags of potatoes!!!! Amazing...
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ANGELN325 8/1/2014 9:02AM

    Woohoo! So awesome! You are such an inspiration to me!!!!

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JSTETSER 8/1/2014 6:49AM

    Congratulations!


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LIVELYGIRL2 8/1/2014 12:02AM

  The main deal is that you have reached he 90 goal and that is a huge deal!!! I believe it won't take as long to get to 100, hopefully.

You have worked so hard. Go get a prince to take you dancing and some sorbet or something. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NANK22 8/1/2014 12:00AM

    emoticon emoticon Inspiring! Thank you.

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NEWKATHYNOW 7/31/2014 11:26PM

    Sometimes it's our heads that get stuck!!!!! Congratulations! I hear every word! You're on the home stretch now - you can do it! Thanks for being such an inspiration!

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AMBER461 7/31/2014 11:06PM

  Very inspiring, thanks for sharing.

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JRRING 7/31/2014 10:53PM

  nice!

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SHEILA8383 7/31/2014 10:50PM

    Congratulations! Thank you for sharing your journey.

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DREAMSEEKER9 7/31/2014 10:45PM

    That is so awesome! Enjoy this feeling, so well-deserved! emoticon emoticon

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    emoticon You inspire me. Thank you.

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EMMACORY 7/31/2014 8:31PM

    You certainty earned that trip to Disney world. emoticon on not giving up on yourself. emoticon

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    emoticon on your weight loss. What a positive blog, thanks for sharing! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JSEATTLE 7/31/2014 6:59PM

  Congratulations on your accomplishment!! I love the sound of your voice, and I am over the moon for you too!!

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MAMAMOOSE54 7/31/2014 6:58PM

    What an accomplishment-congratulations!
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DOLLIE6 7/31/2014 6:39PM

    It is wonderful to find out about yourself. Find out what makes you tick. And know you can do anything you set your mind to. Keep up the good work.

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CHARTHESTAR 7/31/2014 6:30PM

    Awesome!
Knowing the your weight has ups and downs just like the rest of your life is something you can use to your advantage.

I think 5 pounds is good limit. Your body can fluctuate that much in one day. Just weigh yourself about the same time because that can make a difference too.

()#! know what that is 90#! with the shift key held down :) THAT IS FANTASTIC!

it is all about change- and you are changing so much about your views of doing and thinking about things. GOOD JOB!

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