~INDYGIRL's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=%7EINDYGIRL ~INDYGIRL's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ First Indianapolis Meeting of 2015- A Chef and a Cooking Class http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5839731 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1124570927.jpg">We are having a healthy cooking class to kick off the new year here in the Indianapolis area. <BR> <BR> The cost is $10.00, regularly $60, so we are getting an incredible bargain from an experienced chef! <BR> <BR> The class will be on cooking healthy, flavorful food on Saturday January 31st at 1pm. <BR> <BR> Checks need to be made out to Chef Megan Babuska and mailed by January 18th to: <BR> <BR> Beth Donovan <BR> 12790 ... Sun, 28 Dec 2014 08:19:41 EST Blue Christmas? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5837938 To my husband, Chuck, and my chosen sisters Lori and Tina This is a little something for the lonely, grieving, depressed, stressed, and dieting out there who might be having a hard time getting through the holiday season. It isn’t always a pretty season for everyone, and mental health wise, it’s a rough one for a lot of people. I am one of those people. My heart goes out to the rest of you out there. <BR> <BR> I’m about to be very personal here because I want you to know that my advice I wri... Wed, 24 Dec 2014 11:30:11 EST How Do I Forgive and Move On? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5836257 As per your requests, How I forgive myself: <BR> <BR> Pretend you are talking to a child with the same problem you are having. What would you tell a child? Would you berate them for doing something so innate as eating something good tasting or filling their tummies? No? You would totally understand the problem and make suggestions and try new things! You would reassure them of your love and commitment to help them make these changes. <BR> <BR> That's where my "inner fat girl" comes in. She ... Sun, 21 Dec 2014 09:31:15 EST My Eating and Workout Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5835297 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/4/l946783159.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/1/l318153045.jpg"> <BR> <BR> You know, this last week, I started strength training with weight machines for the first time in 20 years... OUCH in a good way. If you can't use your legs, arm bikes like the Magnetrainer are GREAT! Chair exercises are fantastic! See chairexercisefun.com or Coach Nicole has some great stiff out there now. <BR> <BR> I'm drinking my whey protein... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 08:15:46 EST What Does GOD Have To Do With My FitBit? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5833721 Singing "All I want for Christmas is a Fitbit Charge" They have a new one coming out! It has a heart rate monitor! I need to save up! I have hope... You see, long before I ever get my heart rate up into a calorie burning zone, the pain form my disabilities kick in and crush me. I hold hope that that won't always be the case as I lose weight. The doctors seemed to think I would never get this far and would have had me having all manner of surgeries, but I never did. I owe it all to GOD that I ... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 05:56:50 EST The Robe and Progress for 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823642 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/8/l488573517.jpg"> <BR> Well, I always wanted something from Victoria's Secret. I found a robe in size large and it was close to fitting but not quite, very motivating. If I would get off my duff and kick things up a notch, I could wear the pretty robe in a size I literally have not worn since I was 13. <BR> <BR> I'll be posting progress pics of the robe in January, hopefully fitting the front more closely together. Thu, 27 Nov 2014 01:56:38 EST Don't Tell Me What I Can't Do! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5822788 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1908011658.jpg">My mother said to me that I shouldn't wear red because I would look like a fire truck... that I shouldn't have a wedding ceremony because I would look like the Pillsbury Doughboy going down the aisle, that nobody would ever want to listen to my advice about losing weight. The doctors thought I would need weight loss surgery and other surgeries or I wouldn't walk again. My husband had no belief that I could make this journe... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 11:50:32 EST I want a Cookie... Bargaining or Not- The Food Demon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5816047 The Holidays have foods galore sparking around like ornaments on trees glowing to get our attention. What's worse is these are EMOTIONAL FOODS! They bring back memories of childhood or better times, nostalgia. <BR> <BR> So we see, we want. Ask yourself a few questions about EMOTIONAL FOODS: <BR> <BR> 1) Ask yourself WHAT you are wanting to FEEL. Warm, safe and comforted is usually my answer. During the holidays, nostalgic comes to mind. So how can I come by those same feelings withou... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 09:15:31 EST Night Time Eating- My Coping Skills http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5814897 I'm a terrible night time eater. I wake up through the night and hit the kitchen like a ravenous zombie. I don't know how to stop myself because I'm half asleep. Evenings? Well, I graze. How did I lose so much weight and how am I losing weight with these issues? Let me tell you... <BR> <BR> I planned my night attack snacks and set them in obvious reach, so when I hit the kitchen, there are low cal foods, like a can of fruit and a piece of cheese right in the front of the fridge waiting... Tue, 11 Nov 2014 12:29:02 EST Miss My Mom and Some Diet Thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5814378 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1590171417.jpg">Today I was looking through my antiques missing my parents. I lost my dad when I was 8 at Christmas and my mom when I was 30 just after Christmas. The holidays get lonely for me, as I'm an only child and my husband's parents and his brother are also passed. It's just the two of us, just like it was Mom and I when I was growing up. <BR> <BR> Mom and my song was "You and me against the world" by Helen Reddy. It's an old 70... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 17:18:42 EST A New Beginning? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5812566 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1862179980.jpg">I've been stuck in the 210-240 realm for 2 years now... currently 229-230 depending on which way I stand on the scale LOL! {You know what I mean if you have one of those sensitive weird scales!} <BR> <BR> Regain is not the end, as I have said before! I have made it from 460 pounds down to here without weight loss surgery and I have maintained this since starting to lose in January of 2006. So, this small amount is really... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 12:00:56 EST Our 24th Anniversary! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5807204 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/8/l783837375.jpg"> <BR> Above is 2004m when I weighed 460, but still, a proud hubby on my arm. <BR> The next is when we were at the Cincinnati or St Louis Zoo; I can't remember which. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1998811782.jpg"> <BR> I finally got out of that silly wheelchair and TA DA! Anniversary trip! We stayed at a very nice hotel, went to a winery, ate great food and relaxed. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 21:55:04 EST I Finally Weigh Less Than HALF My Original Body Weight Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5806307 I was stuck on an up and down plateau for the longest time, but it finally broke and I hit 227 today! My original weight was 460 and my lowest was 210. <BR> <BR> I've been on this plateau for TWO LONG YEARS. <BR> <BR> If you don't give up, it eventually breaks. Worst case scenario, you maintain your loss, right? <BR> <BR> So my mantra through this tough time? "Lose, maintain, just don't gain." <BR> <BR> Hang in there. A weight gain is not the beginning of the end. FIGHT! FIGHT HAR... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 11:50:40 EST I Fit in a Costume and Went to a Party for the First Time @ Halloween! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5796996 I was actually able to shop and put together a costume. Most of even the plus sizes still didn't fit right or look good on me... short and still overweight, but I managed to pull one together and buy it in pieces! Here is a picture. Here is also a picture of the hubby. I did his make up. I'm an evil nymph/dark fairy and he is an evil jester. <BR> <BR> We had fun because I was able to stand and walk this year. I only began walking with a walker in 2009 and got to walking without one ... Sun, 12 Oct 2014 19:14:44 EST JUST YAY!!! I GOT IT!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767881 From Wheelchair to Coach in pictures... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/4/l3470052.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l110523103.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2080843010.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1789856272.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2116585984.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/1/l61278817.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 07:52:07 EST Tips To Dropping Weight (over 200 pounds worth!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5766519 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2098072065.jpg">I used SparkPeople and ate MORE naturally, in other words, less processed foods. I started by eliminating growth hormones, which can make cows fat (and thus the people who eat and drink from the cows fat) from meat and milk and buying organic. Talk to your doctor about anything I'm about to type next. It is only my opinion and I am writing from my experience. <BR> <BR> The LESS Processed food in your diet, the thinner and... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 07:43:10 EST Start Down The Yellow Brick Road http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5755818 Rode my bike for the third time and fell again, this hurting my knee and shoulder, both of which already need surgery. Also pulled on a hernia, which is now protruding and hurting more. In a few days, I plan to adjust the bike seat lower and go at it again. Why? Because I fell when I first tried to walk after being bedridden. Nothing of value comes easily. Feeling the breeze in your face and the wind dancing in your hair as you ride freely is worth the fight. If it's something you want... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 14:44:03 EST Newest Pic of 240 pounds Lost Using Just SparkPeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5742505 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2025038085.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1537328028.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l107651423.jpg">I'm the one to the far right. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 05:31:58 EST Super Losers YOU Should Read About http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734446 Check out these people who have all lost weight without the help of weight loss surgery! <BR> Now I don't say that because I am against weight loss surgery, I say that because it gives people like me hope too, people who cannot afford it, don't want it, are scared of it... These are some of my weight loss heros! <BR> <BR> JMerlau- "Fat guy to runner" in his own words= runs huge marathons <BR> Kitt52- Lost over 200 pounds <BR> Wspdave- lost over 250 pounds <BR> Crazymama46- Lost over 220 pou... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 09:59:35 EST How to Build YOUR Custom Lifestyle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5728341 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1887043211.jpg">Had to have 2 more steroid shots, so my weight jumped up a bit. Had to fight it back down. How? Fresh fruits and veggies and lots of lean protein sources. I cut out the fake carbs and stick to natural carbs like fruit, potato, peas, you get the drift. It isn't that I say NEVER to fake foods... processed foods. I say sometimes. I just don't let them into the house and make myself go out of the house to get them and eat them th... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 12:36:18 EST How I Handle Foods I Know Will Start A Binge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5711034 I was asked about this by a very dear Spark Friend, Gloria. <BR> <BR> How I handle these times when I crave foods I know I will binge on or I'm going somewhere that I know that there will be binge triggers: <BR> <BR> ~I eat a bunch of healthy food before I let myself have the binge food, so I start off full. It's harder to fit that binge food in when you're full of the healthy stuff. <BR> <BR> ~I drink a ton of water to stay full and help keep me extra full while eating the binge food. <B... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 06:37:20 EST Making My Dreams Happen NOW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5700648 Okay, so I'm not skinny. BUT, Life is happening now, not 10 pounds from now. I've lost 230 pounds without weight loss surgery and have coached others for awhile now. I decided to get my life coaching certification specializing in weight management this summer! I am so excited. People like OnToVictory, Sparkgirl32 and Coach_Krystie are great inspirations of mine that have posted about their certifications that they have earned while still losing weight. <BR> <BR> You don't have to be p... Thu, 22 May 2014 10:01:00 EST My http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5678036 I'm no longer who I was, but I still have a nagging feeling sometimes that makes me want to eat when I'm not hungry, when I'm full, when I'm emotional, just when... That nagging is my "inner fat girl" trying to surface again. Don't get me wrong. I am still a fat girl and yes, she (the inner voice) will always be a part of me, part of who I was, but not part of who I am now. That's what is important. When you take on a new lifestyle, you have to think of yourself as a new creation, not th... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:04:35 EST A Winner is Just a Loser Who Tried One More Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5675686 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1092151729.jpg">That is so true! So many people have told me that they could never do what I have done, but I don't believe it. Why? Because I didn't believe I could have done what I did even while I was doing it. To say I amazed even myself is an understatement because I had literally tried so much out there and nothing worked. I tried Jenny, Nutrisystem, LA Weightloss, Physician's Weight Loss, prescription diet pills, hypnosis tapes, ... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 11:49:38 EST Regaining Weight Can Be Overcome- Here's HOW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5668870 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/0/l909767353.jpg">So you think you might be in trouble or regaining weight. Guess what? I do it too, and I lose it again and then some. I've done it for 9 years now on SparkPeople. It really isn't the end of weight loss as you know it and you aren't necessarily going to gain back all of your weight with extra pounds, UNLESS you give up. My motto, NEVER GIVE UP. That is the only time you can fail. <BR> <BR> I'm going to write about 2 ki... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 09:44:45 EST How Will Getting Fat (Again) Help? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5663340 I received a comment on my blog that was GENIUS! Just what I needed to ask myself to give myself strength when fighting emotional eating- I call it emo eating. <BR> <BR> How will getting fat (again) help? <BR> <BR> WOW POWERFUL! I thought about the situations that are getting me down and none of them would be easier if I gained weight. They would be harder. Why? Because I recently regained my ability to walk and my freedom from a wheelchair. I need to stay thinner to take care of myse... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 09:58:51 EST Ooops, I Forgot Not To Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5636195 I've been stuck on a plateau, as many of you know. So what did I do, I went on a diet... DUH! Life has been heck. Yes, I lost some weight, but I'm miserable. <BR> <BR> What did I do to lose weight in the first place? I ate more whole foods and less refined ones, had smaller portions, checked my hunger more carefully, drank water more diligently, ate from smaller plates, ate meat and dairy with no added hormones, and added more fruits and vegetables. So basically I ADDED foods to my p... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 15:14:01 EST What I Do When I'm UNmotivated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5632594 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/2/l223138650.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l720931394.jpg">Feeling super UNmotivated to do the things I need to do today. So I put on very upbeat music, some workout clothes and make a plan of breaking things into chunks of work. A surgeon of mine, once telling me about how rough a recovery I would have and how many more surgeries I would need, gave me a good analogy. He asked, "How do you eat an elephant? One bite at ... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 13:58:53 EST Your WHY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5625356 Sometimes just losing weight or threats from your doctor or your failing health just aren't enough. Those things were NEVER enough for me. I waited for the stars to align with motivation and for inspiration to come. I waited for God and His infinite goodness to help me. Nothing happened until I gave up the fight. I told God that I was done. And in being done I was then ready to accept anything. I was no longer looking for the fast loss or the miracle diet anymore. I found that making ... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 08:52:00 EST My Motivation Jar http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5619026 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1958227848.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is my motivation jar that I made. The idea is to decorate a glass or jar and then put an aquarium rock, marble or pretty object in it for every pound you lose. Count out how ever many pounds you want to lose and have that many objects set aside for the task. Have those set aside in a separate dish and watch your progress as you move the items. It's a great technique for visualization. <BR> <BR> The butte... Sat, 8 Feb 2014 22:35:35 EST My New Vision/Dream Collage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5593395 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/3/l939949752.jpg"> <BR> It says things like: <BR> <BR> Outlast the Playlist <BR> I don't curb my sweet tooth, I outsmart it <BR> Kiss Apeel <BR> We are Wariorrs <BR> This Is The Best Hour of My Day <BR> Outdoor Fitness <BR> Tierra Azul <BR> Spa <BR> Wow <BR> Kick butt <BR> Intense <BR> Dare to Go Longer and Stronger <BR> Dare Yourself <BR> Delight Your Senses <BR> and Healthier and Hotter <BR> <BR> I have a pic of Gwen Stephani on there becau... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 10:19:32 EST The People of SparkPeople Inspire Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5581805 I have never been so inspired to get fit! Nothing any doctor has told me has made such a dent as the messages that I get from you out there in Spark World! The responses to my blogs, posts on my page, goodies, Sparkmails... and I can't keep up! <BR> <BR> You all make me feel like an emerging butterfly and make me want to be a role model. That's why I put such effort into my blogs and Spark Rallies and meetings here in Indianapolis. <BR> <BR> You each have such a unique story to tell an... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 11:25:24 EST I Still Am a "Fat Girl" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5574323 But I don't let that define me anymore. I don't like the word "Fat." It is limiting and stereo-typing. People look at me and see an overweight person, but so they know I used to weigh 460 pounds? No! Even doctors try -at first- to tell me I need to lose weight until I pull out my phone and show them before and after pics, then we get on the same page. It's like I'm suddenly a different person to them. <BR> <BR> Just the same, I fight with my inner fat girl on everything every day. S... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 05:35:34 EST The Man Behind The ~Indygirl (Pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5330580 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l180561244.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/1/l718825026.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1626349848.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1230086442.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/5/l859891260.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l725655874.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1987059975.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 12:29:48 EST My Personal View of Weight Loss Surgery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5284870 I get put in a position every time I say that my personal journey was without weight loss surgery. People assume that means I am against it all together and look down upon those who had it. In fact, I am simply trying to encourage people like myself that tried for the surgery and chose not to have it because of fear or medical or insurance reasons. People that cannot have or are afraid of the surgery need hope too. <BR> <BR> I tried 4 times for the surgery and was finally approved. When ... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 07:37:34 EST 250 lbs Lost Without Weight Loss Surgery PICS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5282516 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1441955488.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1213392427.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/0/l609132871.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l47179362.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/1/l611459399.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/2/l528490827.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/8/l580943561.jpg"> <img src="http://pho... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 12:29:18 EST Video of My First 100 Pound Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5195545 <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jkn68e4p7I </link> Click on the blue link to watch the video. <BR> <BR> <BR> If you like my blogs, you might like my team, Team ~Indygirl <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i<BR>ndividual.asp?gid=50783 </link> Mon, 7 Jan 2013 18:38:46 EST Pictures of a Disabled Exerciser Losing 236 Pounds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5133980 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1746898706.jpg"> 2012 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2133364480.jpg"> 2005 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2038271748.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1306758951.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1531393180.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/2/l422448976.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1286213416.jpg"> <img src="h... Tue, 13 Nov 2012 12:12:41 EST My First Pair Of Jeans In Over 25 Years/ B4 and after http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5031529 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/5/l556127355.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/5/l553718314.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is me before I started losing weight at 460 pounds and wheelchair bound. <BR> The second picture is me in my new jeans! I haven't been able to wear jeans in 25 years. Woohoo! Thank you SparkPeople for helping me lose 224 pounds without weight loss surgery. You saved my life. <BR> <BR> (yes I know I'm top heavy, please stop writing to me ab... Sun, 26 Aug 2012 10:43:43 EST I officially lost 200 Pounds today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4807740 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/6/l664155279.jpg"> <BR> 460 to 259.2 Woohoo!!! Tue, 27 Mar 2012 17:31:22 EST