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My weight loss journey! My weight loss story.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

In May 2003, I went to the doctor. I was surprised, and dismayed at what I seen the scale read. I was at my all time highest weight of 252 pounds. I knew it was time to take action. I never imagined I would ever be over 250 pounds.

I had heard so much about atkins, I had thought ok, I will go home and get on that. But, I had no money to buy the books needed for that "diet". And knew being a diabetic that it would be highly important to do things right.

I remembered my mom had sent me Richard Simmons Gold Foodmover cause it was on sale at Walgreens, and I was going to use it for keeping track of how much water I was drinking. I decided to drag it out of the closet and start using it for my food.

I had tried Richard Simmons Deal A Meal in the past. And had always had a real problem sticking to the first week 1000 calorie Blast Off Week. So this time I decided it was more important to just get to eating healthier, and a big weight loss the first week wasn't worth me not being able to stick to it. So I just started at the calorie card that would be right for me after blast off week.

On May 5th, 2003 I began my weight loss journey.

First I invested in a good scale, I bought at Walmart. I kept weighing my self on the scales there, till I found one that my feet fit on-I only wear a size four, I don't know how women with real feet fit on these things! And I wanted one to weigh me the same as the Doctors scale did. The one I chose did both. That same day I bought some of Richards Videos that came with cool weights. I was on my way!

The first couple of weeks, I just worked on getting in 6 meals a day and closing all my windows. And getting a good schedule going. Then I soon added exercising. At first I just would do 5 minutes of one of Richards videos, every day. Then each month I added another 5 minutes. Then I was soon doing whole videos! Then I added walking to my daily work outs.

Not long after starting my new healthy life style, with Richard Simmons program, a friend emailed me that at BJ's and Costco was this really good crock pot book, with easy recipes from a lady that many of her weight watchers group highly reccomended, it was JoAnna Lund's Potful cookbook. I went right out and bought it. I looked through it and thought, mmmmmmm these sound good!

But, at the time I was still in the beginning stages and not strong enough to stand long enough even to make Healthy Exchanges recipes, and do dishes too? No way! I also seen the ad for the newsletter in the back but thought that was way too expensive for a newsletter! Little did I know it wasn't some 4 page flyer, but a 12 page full of 30+ brand new recipes each month!

At that point I was only eating sandwiches mainly, and a few soups. And still eating off paper plates! And using plastic utensils. Because I did not have the energy to even wash my own dishes.

Well, summer passed and fall came, and I was getting strong enough I was tired of paper plates and plastic utensils I had used for years because I just didn't have the stamina to stand and wash dishes. BUT, by now I was able to do almost 30 minutes of aerobics! I could stand and do dishes! And now I was also getting tired of sandwiches, and one skillet meals I was throwing together. I had tried a few of Richard Simmons recipes, but they were getting to be the same thing every week!

I needed more! So I went online and was doing some searches for "healthy" recipes. THEN, I remembered JoAnna Lund, however, I still didn't want to drag out my HUGE crock pot, so I decided to go to her site. I seen the sample newsletter on the site, and knew it would be WELL worth the cost, and immediately subscribed, then I went about collecting every book and newsletter I could get my hands on! I was even able to purchase every single newsletter ever printed! lol

At first I just started with a recipe or two. And we relied heavily upon Salisbury Steak and Cowboy Chicken Fried Steak since those were my husbands favorites!

A year later I was trying at least one and sometimes up to 8 new recipes a week! And I've been hooked ever since.

In January 2005, I joined TOPS to have a person to person support group and I love it!

A few years ago, I started getting terrible knee pain though while exercising, and it made it very hard to get my daily one hour of exercise I had been used to. I invested in a Tony Little Glider, and have not been disappointed. I had a little calf muscle pain at first, but only from using muscles I hadn't ever used before. Other then that there is NO pain what so ever! My knees do better on it then any other machine I have ever tried, including stationary bikes or elepticals.

My only regret is I didn't "get it" before, I didn't get that I didn't have to do Richard's program perfectly! Not to beat myself up and totally go off plan for one miseaten meal or serving! And that eating healthy could be as yummy and easy as JoAnna's recipes!

I still have a lot of weight to lose. But, with Richard Simmons, TOPS programs, and Joanna M. Lund's recipes. I know I will make it! And I know I am getting healthier every day!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
CLAUDEM1 11/3/2011 8:36PM

    Heather, I loved your story. It sounds like you were in pretty rough shape. Size 4 feet!! That could be why standing was so difficult for you. Mine are size 10! I know... huge!

I use my slow cooker (crockpot) a lot in the winter. I like to get it going in the morning before I leave for work, or at times I will start a bean soup or something just before bed, and take it to work the next day. I love it for cabbage rolls and spaghetti sauce.

Your persistence is going to motivate many people. Keep at it, Heather. Together we'll go far, and will be skinny minnies when we get there.

Claudette emoticon

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    Very good story. Shows what we can do if we persist. Perfection not required. Thank you for sharing your story.

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STACEYWAGS 8/1/2010 12:15AM

    You should be very proud of yourself for sticking with it! What an inspiration you are!

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NEWLIFESTYLE101 7/31/2010 2:49AM

    You have done a great job. I am happy for you. emoticon

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HOLLEYBOWMAN 7/31/2010 2:00AM

    Awesome job!

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TWINTS 7/31/2010 1:17AM

    Going to JoAnna Lund's website now!

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MELLYDC 5/12/2010 2:15PM

    It's so nice to read a weight-loss story from someone who really took the steps to do it RIGHT!!! Good for you!!

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MYMONSTERSX3 5/10/2010 12:51PM

    I love your story!!! Thank you for sharing it with us!!

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CDELIGHT 5/10/2010 12:21AM

    Thanks for your story. I feel he same about atkins and walking. Have to remember to be good to myself and not beat myself up for not doing it right. You are going to make it, makes me think I can too. Thanks

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WYOMILLER 5/9/2010 11:30PM

    you inspire me keep on losing cute little girl you have and she will benefit from you as a positive example cheers to you for sticking with it emoticon

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PURPLECHAR 5/9/2010 9:11PM

  Congratulations on your weight loss and your amazing job.

Good luck on reaching your goal and your health journey. You are an inspiration.

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FOUNDER3 5/9/2010 4:44PM


Good for you for perserving! We all must learn this from one another!

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    Thank you all for your comments.

Any glider will do. I used a Tony Little, but I had a friend use a different brand and it was good too.

Any one interested in JoAnna Lund, just join my Healthy Exchanges Spark Team, it's all about her recipes and program!

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LORRAINE10141 5/9/2010 2:22PM

    Congratulations on your weight loss victories and lifestyle changes. Enjoy the journey.

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SHERRY257 5/9/2010 1:55PM

    Thanks for sharing your story. You are an inspiration! emoticon

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ROSEMARDORF 5/9/2010 1:45PM

  I really enjoyed reading your story!! Do you mean Tony Little's Gazelle???
I have been thinking about getting one. You are amazing!!! Congratulations!!
Happy Mother's Day!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DEBWORKS11 5/9/2010 1:36PM

    Thanks for your story. It made me smile because I, too, thought I had to do everything perfectly. Every time I messed up, I quit. Then I finally made one small change - no more soda. I lost a few pounds over a month without doing anything else. Then no more fried foods and that wasn't so hard either. Started walking, then finally running. Just like you, a little at a time, over a few years. It really works - Just wish I didn't wait over 50 years to get started. Keep up the good work. I'm going to google Tony Little Glider and JoAnna Lund cookbooks. Can't wait to check them out.

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LOLOKIRK 5/9/2010 11:58AM

    I got over 100 pounds to lose too. I just kicked my program into high gear. Thanx for sharing.

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EYEONGOAL 5/9/2010 11:55AM

    Reading your blogs has been so inspiring. Thank you.

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MUSTLOSE100 5/9/2010 10:49AM

    Heather, thanks for sharing this inspiring story with us. You have just kicked my motivation 100 degrees higher than it was before I read your story. You are doing great!. Keep up the good work!

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MAMAWOF12 5/9/2010 10:21AM

    You have done so well. I am inspired by your story. I have been invited to go to tops and check it out. I will do it sometime this week. I must check to see when they are in. It is so disabling to have extra weight. You are two thirds the way to your goal. Journey of a new life. Keep it up. emoticon

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    You are awesome!!!!! Thank you for sharing your story, you are a wonderful motivator. Keep up the good work!!!

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JAE_HENNINGTON 5/9/2010 8:01AM

  thank you Heather for posting your story, I needed to hear it this morning.. You have inspired me

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GLORIA68 5/9/2010 1:20AM

    I am happy for you!
Stay with it.
Thank you.

I love reading your blog.

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NEENSTER1 7/20/2009 5:35PM

    emoticon on your determination not only to lose weight but to take care of your health for your beautiful family. Be Encouraged and Take good care of YOU first and then you'll be able to take great care of others. Be blessed. emoticon

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JERSEYGIRL24 7/12/2009 1:33PM

    Thank you for sharing your story. You truly are a motivator.

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JANETSPARK19 7/10/2009 2:19PM

  Heather, thanks for sharing your expirience with us. I, personally, started looking for JoAnna Lund's Potful cookbook in
Having recipes at hand is easier to know what to cook every day.
Congratulations! emoticon

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JANETSPARK19 7/10/2009 2:19PM

  Heather, thanks for sharing your expirience with us. I, personally, started looking for JoAnna Lund's Potful cookbook in
Having recipes at hand is easier to know what to cook every day.
Congratulations! emoticon

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BCSANDRALEE 7/10/2009 1:07PM

    you are inspiring. I hope you continue to have success.

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WEDDWT 7/10/2009 12:39PM

    Heather, you are an amazing lady. Thank you for sharing your weight loss adventure with us. You have accomplished so much on your journey and you are a great motivator. Keep shining! emoticon

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KEEP-GOING 7/10/2009 11:40AM

    I was checking you out as motivator of the day. I just had to read your blog. You are amazing to say the least. I am sure all around you are proud . May you have continued success in your journey . emoticon sandy

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DYNAMICDEB53 7/10/2009 11:09AM

    What a great story!! You have worked hard and keep trying till you found what worked for you. emoticon . It is a very encouraging story thank you for sharing.
Keep up the good work and those last lbs will ge the way of the first.

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ADORNED2 7/10/2009 9:03AM

    emoticon way to go - I hope you are very proud of yourself in your accomplishments - If not you should be - emoticon for sharing your story - once again I am reminded of the 6 smaller meals and exercise doesn't have to be perfect emoticon Teresa
I be waiting to hear the rest of your success story! emoticon

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CAROLDEDOO 7/10/2009 4:31AM

    Thank you so much for sharing your story. I've just started on SP because my Weight Watcher group has stopped for the summer and I felt like I better do something positive or I'd be up the creek. I have at least 150 lbs. to lose, but I mostly don't think of that number, so I'm working on my first 10 lb. goal. Root for me, as I keep you in my prayers. emoticon

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4AMAZINGME 7/9/2009 11:35AM

    I have 75 -85 lbs to lose and I have just read your blog and I want to let you know how inspired I am by your journey. Keep up the good work. emoticon emoticon

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N2DRAMA77 6/2/2009 6:35PM

    I have 150 lbs to lose so this was VERY encouraging to me. I'm new on my journey and so glad to see that this can be done.

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LIZYOUNG 4/26/2009 10:29PM

    Good on you Magnolia, I have recently started mt weight loss journey. I haven't got as much to lose as you will have lost, but I still need to lose a lot of weight. I joined Weight Watchers as I feel I need the accountability, I love the group I attend, they are a really great group of ladies. Your story has been inspiring to me, I admire you for your determination. I have lost 20 Kilos, which is over 40lbs. I live in New Zealand I have been walking a lot, as we aren't quite into the cold weather. Your photos show a huge difference. Keep up the good work.

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PATRIA1 4/25/2009 10:46PM

    You need to be very proud of yourself. Taking charge of ones' life is a commitment. You have inspired me. Thanks!


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CSMILE521 4/19/2009 12:48PM

    thank u for sharing ur blog u really inspire me to keep going emoticon

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MAGNOLIAHONEY 4/16/2009 1:01AM

    Thanks Fay! You can do it too!

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NEHI46 4/12/2009 9:51AM

  I myself need to loose 150 pounds or more,. My starting wieght was around 262. Your blog has inspired me to keep on keeping on. Keep up the good work, emoticon

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AMJSATURN 1/7/2009 10:09PM


Bravo for your courage and inspiration to help others. I can truly tell you are a beautiful person on the outside but more so on the inside.

Thanks emoticon this will be YOU really soon.


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SWEETME19772003 9/23/2008 12:58PM

    Wow! Thank you for sharing your story. It wasn't until recently that I realized that my workouts are MY workouts and if I need or want to change something I can. Or if I mess up one day, eat too many calories or miss working out, I can move past it and try harder tomorrow.
I agree with the others you are an inspiration!

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LADYBUGVIV 6/29/2008 10:07AM

    Way to go! God bless you on your journey. luv,viv

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LIZABAKER 5/15/2008 9:35PM

    You are SUCH an inspiration!!! I am in awe.

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ONLYTEMPORARY 5/14/2008 7:30PM

    You have come so far, keep it up right into the New System of things.

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CELEST 5/4/2008 4:16PM

    Every now and again a story really moves me to work even harder...and yours did just that. Thank you for sharing your story. I hope today has been a good day for you too. I've had 5 good days and I've got 50 more to get through before I fly to see my sister.

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MYYEAR43 3/13/2008 7:23PM

  What a wonderful Blog! We must be long lost sisters. I can relate to the if you mess up the smallest bit ... it's over, your ruined. Try again next Monday, or better yet... next month! I've done this for 40 years now. It's nice to see someone make it out of that riptide. Way to Go!

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