ISATSAM's SparkPeople Blog ISATSAM's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Heck of a journey - 1 year later 91 #s down the frustration & triumphs Wow, what an exciting ride.. 1 year ago April 21st was the day I re-committed to myself that I am ready.. I will no longer make excuses I will make progress..... <BR> <BR> This is my message I posted to a friend... and to anyone who will listen (i.e. read :) ) <BR> All it takes is 1 step forward... next thing you know you are miles in the right direction... set up small achievable milestones and work towards them.... this is an exhausting but fun journey to see how beautiful/handsome we can ... Wed, 1 May 2013 20:43:57 EST I'm what???? 85 down?? Can't be me? Never thought it would happen! Journal Entry #4 - Wow! I can hardly believe I made it this far.. Talk about determination and perseverance... I have been happily working my way down since I got serious in April 2012.. - I used to be a size 24 and now I fit into Size 10 and 12 jeans!! My shirts are 14-16 because of my belly but I am working on that area pretty darn hard.... I hit my plateau end of January and have not dropped any weight since.. but the total cool thing is I have been maintaining!! Which is totally awesome ... Thu, 28 Mar 2013 21:53:34 EST Thanksgiving Treat! 68 pounds down - kids reactions Journal Entry! <BR> <BR> I want to thank all of you for your words of encouragement and well wishes from my first post... I just wanted you to know how it turned out... I love the support system of the SparkPeople, it helps keep me encouraged and motivated! <BR> <BR> Pretty darn crazy, by the time Thanksgiving rolled around I was down 68 pounds. The kids saw me 4th of July (234#s), so when I walked in the house their mouths dropped. If I had a video camera.. lol I told them I was down ... Tue, 4 Dec 2012 15:03:13 EST Wow! Cannot believe I am now 62 pounds down and 53 left! I think I'm blogging because I have a record of my small accomplishments... so if I ramble it is meant for me :) <BR> <BR> Wow! What an adventure.. Never thought I would ever be considered a gym rat, lol... I am at the gym at 6 am when they open, mon/wed/fri I actually do strength training and 20 minutes of cardio, tues/thurs mornings I do 33 minutes of cardio and some crunchies.. then I go back to the gym at 12 (m-f) for 33 more minutes of cardio, I love the elliptical machine... I am getti... Tue, 6 Nov 2012 14:28:21 EST Sad but happy I had to retire my favorite pair of pants this weekend.. After I wore them to church, my best friend said they looked like hell on me and made me look like a slob.. He said I know you are not even close to being a slob but darling you do not wear size 24 anymore.. You are in size 18 and almost to size 16. <BR> I love those pants they are so cute and I love them but I am not looking like a slob to wear them.. he gave me 2 shirts (and a pair of shorts) this weekend and they show my belly roll... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 08:59:57 EST