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Once upon a time i forgot how to dream... i am beginning to remember.
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I thought I would only do this n the future and for someone else. The great part is that the happy ending is that it happened now and it is all for me!! emoticon

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I would quit a long time ago on myself - not anymore!

“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.” ~Johann von Goethe


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7/26/14 9:34 A

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Perseverance and following your dream are wonderful, no matter what your. Because of your experience with "Nay-sayers", I'm certain you will have an incredible influence on your students. All the best to you in your work!
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Well, I was a big reader of science fiction in my childhood-adolescence. I wanted to be an engineer and work in the aerospace industry. But my teachers used to say, "You don't want to be out there with all those men..cussing, smoking, drinking, chewing tobacco. It isn't ladylike." So essentially, they steered me away from math and science and into humanities. My father said, "People will never go to the moon." And when they did, he was one of those people who thought they were faking it...those pictures were just made in the desert.

Well they got fooled! I didn't make it into engineering (too old when I went to college and already had four kids to support!), but I did make it to teaching math & science to raise up other engineers and scientists. And boy! Did my father get a surprise when they not only went to the moon, but on into space! Life is amusing, dear friends!

P. S. I know teachers don't do this now! Just remember I am 76!

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7/24/14 2:57 P

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Phyliis,we share the same dream. I always wanted to sing in opera. My voice is a contralto so I could never have sung the soprano, or heroine part.
In my younger years I sang in church, community and university choirs. I also played the organ in church for awhile and played piano in competitions and for church choirs.
Nancy

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Speaking of 'Romans' I would have loved to have sung in "Italian Operas"! But-- at least I did get to sing 'solos' in Community Theatre upon occasion! And that was lots of fun! I was even Grandma Zeitel once who came back from the 'dead'! LOL

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I think being a queen in a former life would be so cool. I'm Irish, and I wouldn't mind being Boudica, who darned near ran the Romans home to Italy!!! P. S. Catholic friends, did you know that the Irish held onto their belief in reincarnation until one of the Councils of the Church (maybe it was the Council of Constantinople) when the church took the official position that it was not a doctrine of the Church??? The belief was a holdover from their ancient Druidic religion, but they had to give it up!!!

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Is that true? You were an Egyptian queen? Wow

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the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
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once upon a time I was an Egyptian Queen.

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6/23/14 10:59 A

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Once upon a time I could lose weight just by thinking about it but then I reached the stage of menopause and I have to actually work at it and can still be successful at losing pounds but at a much slower pace but still losing.

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I say that 16 lbs. is a respectable amount...and if you can lose 16, you can lose more! emoticon

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One upon a time
I felt weighted down.
Now I feel much lighter( even though I haven't lost a lot of weight)because I am taking action to become healthier.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.


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When we fall off the wagon that is when we need one another Bene

IRENE FROM TEXAS
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the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
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Hi, DIDMIS! I remember you! Now you know why you haven't seen me for as while, cause I explained that I fell off the wagon!!! But have climbed back on. You are looking great!!!! emoticon

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KDYLOSE what an amazing thing you wrote how you would go around and binge even in the neighbor's kitchen.

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the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
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Mayber haven't seen you in a while. How are you? Miss you.
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the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
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Once upon a time, I weighed 192 lbs. I started a healthy eating program and I lost 35 lbs. Unfortunately, I didn't keep it off. In January of this year (2014) I started all over again. I am at 157 again and this is a healthy BMI for me, as I am 5'8" tall. This time, I hope to maintain. As the Scriptures say, "Let him who thinks he is standing take care lest he fall!" I am not taking ANYTHING for granted this time! The food log stays on the table and the gym membership stays ongoing as long as I can afford it!!!

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Once upon a time I sat around the house...today I ran 5.5 miles in an hour...faster than ever before, but not as fast as I will be one day...



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Once upon a time fifty eight years ago I weighed 138 pounds since then have had five children gained more weight than want to admit to now having great grandchildren time to think about living to see them grown one day at a time love prayers God Bless
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Once upon a time, I was always going to start "tomorrow." Now I'm going to CONTINUE tomorrow instead. And speaking of mowing lawns, I got a push mower (with no motor) so it would count as an exercise session, and I leave the grass on the long side so I have to do it more often. :-) Disclaimer: I have a very small lawn.

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Once upon a time exercise is what other people did; I got winded walking up a flight of stairs and the nearest I got to moving is when I got up to get more food before returning to the couch.

Today, six months into my spark program and I walk 2 to 3 miles every day. I do aerobics videos 4 times a week and I have started to strength train 3 times a week.

Exercise is part of my routine. While I don't ever think I will like to exercise, I know that it will now be a part of my daily regimen in my road to a healthier, thinner me.

"NOTHING changes if nothing changes" Remember, while looking forward to reaching your destination you need to enjoy the journey.

With God, all things are possible.

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I also used to be depressed, and felt sorry for myself. Why was i put on this earth-to be a fat person? Not any more! I gave up carbs, and I am exercising at least 5-6 times a week. Lost 50 ponds in a month in a half! God is soooo good, and I am blessed!



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Once upon a time I listened and believed all the family and people around me were telling me the truth. I wasn't fat or even overweight then and they told me I was, but now I am and I'm learning to turn off the old broken record and listening to my real self.

Spark people gives me the tools to change! Thanks to everyone who shares their stories.

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Once upon a time I could run/jog. I've been placed on restriction now that I'm pregnant. :)



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Once upon a time I sat on the couch feeling sorry for myself and ate my life away! Not any more. I am active in spite of my disabilies, loosing weight, eating healthier and making progress.... and rarely use the couch!

NOW 'FAITH' IS THE SUBSTANCE OF THINGS HOPED FOR
THE EVIDENCE OF THINGS NOT SEEN. Hebrews 11:1
Hopeful Hearts & Keep Walking with Jesus Teams Co-Leader
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Once upon a time.... I suffered from sleepless nights, migraines that lasted 2 or more days, dizziness, shortness of breath and so much joint pain (in EVERY joint throughout my body right down to my toe knuckles!) and after much testing that came back with strange mixed results, the doctors in my area thought I had either lyme disease or a nerve or muscular disease.

After several meeting with a nutritionist ( as I wanted ANY type of wellness plan to first be as chemically free as possible) and working with a plan she gave me to follow, we discovered that I actually have a strange allergic reaction to yeast and amylase and that my system does not process vitamin D as it should. She got me back to eating as "clean" as possible, at first avoinding altogether those trigger foods, while adding in probiotics and D and recommended that I slowly start getting active again to keep the joints moving.

So...I thought...Spark People used to have pretty great workouts that can start you out slow...and now here I am...back with SP (after a few years away) - back on a healthy eating plan, back to sleeping through the night, joint pain and stiffness at a very low minimum, energy at an all-time high, weight going down, and training or my 1st official 5K.

I am healthy, happy, and more confident at 43 than I have ever been.
So thankful to be back on the healthy track and loving every moment of my time here on SP.

Show up - Do the work - Finish strong!


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Once upon a time, I gave to everyone and took nothing for myself. I couldn't say no. I never focused on me. As of today, that's going to change. I will no longer blindly say yes to everything. I will think about how it will affect the rest of my life. It's time to take charge of ME!!



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Once upon a time...I focused on making others happy, putting their needs above mine. I was constantly being judged by my words and actions. I gave too much, expected too little in return. I lost myself in this process and in the end lost the life I had tried so hard to create.

I am now rebuilding myself and focusing on me. I listen to music I like again. I find myself singing and dancing without fear of being criticized. I watch hockey again, without being judged. I wear what I like and I feel good about myself. While I cry for dreams that did not come true, I also smile more often now. While I live alone now, I don't feel as lonely as I did before separation/pending divorce. I have faith that I will make better decisions in the future. That there is a happy ending for me.



Being overweight is hard.
Losing weight is hard.
Maintaining your weight is hard.

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emoticon Once Upon A Time…all my energy, cares and concerns were about my family and not me. Now that I'm going into my first year of living alone, I'm totally committed to myself, my health and deal with my obesity daily in peace…Once Upon A Time I didn't care about my weight or health as long as I look good and dress like a diva….now it's time for a new chapter in my fairy tale.

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I love this thread!

Once upon a time I couldn't be left alone in a kitchen -- anybody's kitchen -- without starting to binge eat. I did it every day when I got home from school, at the neighbors while babysitting, as an adult while staying in friends' homes... I was expert at taking just enough from each box or container so that it wasn't obvious. Now a kitchen is just a room.

Once upon a time I thought being tired much of the time was just normal for my age.

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I could not walk long distances without getting winded, now I am a runner! And once upon a time I hated pics of myself now I love them.



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I blamed my overeating on everyone else.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.


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i didn't think that i could get out of bed and workout first thing before work



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i didn't think that i could run any kilometres.



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Once upon a time I got sick and tired of always being sick and tired. I decided to make a change and am still changing. I still have a very long way to go but for the first time in a long time I don't feel exhausted.



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Once upon a time, I was depressed new mom with no will power to do anything healthy. I ate and sat on my couch, pretending to be working from home. I wore sweats everyday, with no makeup and hair in a bun.

Now I go into the office three days a week, which forces me to put on something besides sweats and make up. I workout 5-6 days a week. And I enjoy playing and spending time with my kids and husband.



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Once upon a time I was an unhappy obese young woman. I sat on the bench in the gym in tears because all my fitness activity wasn't counteracting my emotional eating and I thought, "what's the point, I am giving up. Every day is too much of a struggle to be worth living." Then, I went to a weight loss clinic and lost some weight and learned about emotional eating and, through the clinic, learned how to spot the bad behaviors and replace them with new behaviors. Today I have kept the weight off for a year and feel like a whole new person from inside out. One day my inner critic will get with the program and see myself for the beautiful, strong, healthy woman I am and not as an unhappy fat girl.



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... I didn't think I could live without Pizza & Pasta!

Thankfully I was mistaken!!

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I went from 210-120 in 16 months with SparkPeople!
My maintenance range is 120-125 lbs.
In Maintenance since 8/11/09!!

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I didn't "make it happen" the first time, I "made it happen" the last time!



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Once upon a time I couldn't get out of bed in the morning and couldn't take care of my kids or my house. I can now do all that and have some time & energy left over.



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Once upon a time (four years ago) I was 20 pounds heavier than I am now (which nudged me into the obese range on the BMI, then I chose to make some lifestyle changes (which included joining SP). Now I've regained almost half the weight I lost and so I'm recommitting to getting into the healthy BMI range. I will resume making healthier food choices and get back into the daily exercise habit. I will live enthusiastically pursue life's adventures!

Betty - Idaho

Our lives are a sum total of the choices we have made. -- Wayne Dyer


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Once upon a time I thought I was fat at 150 Lbs (5'6").




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Once upon a time I would go to the gym a couple times a week, walk on the treadmill set at "just barely moving" for 20 minutes, and go home.

But now I go to the gym 5 or 6 times a week for aerobics, Zumba, Pilates, and weightlifting! My health is better and my bones are stronger!

Someday I'll run a 5 K race.

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.. I married a prince. I have a bad history of heart disease, his family did not. So I figured my children would have a good chance of overcoming heart disease. I watched as my husband ate fish, and veggies and worked out with weights and even jumped on the trampoline with our 4 children. Then one day BOOM he had a heart attack at 51. Just goes to show you EVERY thing you put in your mouth can become a risk, a little snack here or there can 1 day become a big problem. At this point we have decided to protect our children as of TODAY, with a new diet for a lifetime together !!!



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...I was proud of my physical appearance and healthy condition. I hope to be able to say that again in the future!

"Today is the first day of the rest of my life, and I know God goes with me each step of the way. With Him, nothing is impossible."


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Once upon a time I compared my self and my success or failure based on someone else I wanted to be. Now I realize it is okay to be me and am working to be the best me I can be and celebrate my successes!



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Once upon a time I was a pack+/day smoker, ate too much junk food, drank too many beers, and sat on my butt on weekends. Unhealthy doesn't begin to cover it.

(Got rid of the excessive cigarettes, alcohol, junk food and laziness - now I'm working on nutrition and setting a good example for my children.)

Now, I am working on eliminating all of those thing so that some day I can look at my lifestyle and be proud.



"To swear off mistakes is very easy, all you have to do is swear off having ideas" - Leo Burnett



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Once upon a time I was on the right path to losing weight and getting into a healthy lifestyle, then I got sick and the end result was a major surgery that did a number on my body. However last year I took off 15 and hopefully this year I will be able to get off the rest.



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Once upon a time I used to sit on the sofa eating potato crisps and drinking wine while watching all those lovely fit people competing in athletics championships on the TV. Now I'm out there doing it for myself (but I still sneak in to watch the athletics...!).

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Once upon a time I thought healthy, happy people were irritating. Now I'm one of them, most of the time.

"I owe everything you see here to spaghetti."

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Once upon a time I was tired all the time; too tired to play with my son, too tired to go to a party with my husband, too tired to exercise, too tired to prepare a healthy meal. I was in denial and living without joy.

Now I embrace reality, make the time to exercise, eat healthy, and have found the joy in living again.

I am so grateful to be where I am, and to know that I am committed to healthy living...the future does not scare me anymore.

Committed to Healthy Living, not perfection, one day at a time.


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Once upon a time I blamed my husband for me being overweight. I wasn't fat till I met him. Now I know I gained weight because I stopped being active and got older so I can't eat like I used to. Once upon a time I went to the gym 5 days a week, took long walks, and even ran sometimes. Now I'm lucky to make it to the gym once a week and I don't work out with weights like I used to. Now I know why I've gained weight. Yikes! No wonder!

Time to give this fairy tale a happy ending :)


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Once upon a time, I felt guilty every time I put something into my mouth that tasted good.
(Mom taught me that) Now, even though I'm still a compulsive overeater, I make better choices a lot of the time. This will be a life long challenge for me, but I'm so lucky in so many ways, I no longer obsess about it.

"Don't let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use."

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Once upon a time I was thin, exercising everyday and the whole world was mine to be had. Now lifes bumps and bruises have lead to overweight and many challenges that I have had to overcome. but I know that THIS TOO SHALL PASS & thru God ALL Things Are Possible.

Today may there be Peace within. May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of Faith in Yourself and others. May you use the gifts that you have received & pass on the Love that has been given to you.


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Once upon a time...I was unhappy. Because of abuse I had suffered I let myself feel sorry for myself. I convinced myself I was ugly and I didn't deserve to be happy because I had caused all the problems in my family. I let myself get fat, I withdrew from people and activities. I stopped caring about myself. Then I met a man, who saw me as beautiful and over time convinced me I was. He helped me open back up, helped me believe I was worth the effort again. I began to take care of myself emotionally and now its time to take care of myself physically.

With Love Lizzie


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...I was in a terrible situation but with prayer and self love was able to walk away and found a new love and a new life.

Mary, So Central MO Ozarks


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I did not find time to exercise and I ate and I ate and I ate. Now I find myself looking forward to going to the gym or a walk and make it a part of my daily life

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Once upon a time I realized that if I have enough emotional strength to support people around me, I had enough to support my own dreams and ambitions

From chaos stars are born


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Once upon a time I hated drinking water... now I really like it (not love, but hey I'm getting there).



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Once upon a time...I believed I couldn't change my health. But I am!

Life would be much more upbeat if there was just background music no matter when or where you were doing things.

It would also be more fun if people didn't look at you funny when you danced to the music down the sidewalk ha ha~


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Once upon a time, I had given up on myself and gained a huge amount of weight. The happy ending is I am back on track and feel better then I have in a long time.


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Once upon a time, I would get winded going up a flight of stairs or playing with my son.

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were going to live forever.

It is health that is real wealth, not pieces of gold and silver.


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Once upon a time I was able to convince myself that, while I was morbidly obese, I was healthy.

While living like an ostrich is potentially deadly, it was certainly less stressful.

Motto: You never truly fail until you stop trying.

Wishing you success in all that you endeavor!

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Once upon a time I would have diet coke for breakfast and binge on pasta and chocolate and fast food and all sorts of "treats" every evening. Now I only drink water and tea with salad for breakfast and all sorts of treats like veggies and fruit all throughout the day :-)



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Once upon a time, I was a fit child, but then I got bigger as high school progressed. Back to a healthy weight as an active adult working in construction. Slowly (quickly??) got bigger with each pregnancy, three total. Not quite as big with my middle daughter because I worked out regularly. Got sick and the weight just kept coming, even after recovery, and third child.

But now I am trying to get back into fitness and healthy eating, and I can. I can teach my children healthy habits (have been from their births, they love fresh foods!) I can get back into a healthy weight (even if it's not what people think I "should" be). I can get outside to hike, bike, swim, surf, garden, all those things I used to love to do all the time. I can stop further damage to my body. And someday, I will...

Tamika

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Once upon a time I was an unhappy child who pinned all her hopes on growing up and making all my dreams come true, love, good life and people who would care about me. Now I am past all that and some of it came true but a lot of it didn't. So I have to enjoy what life is left. I am in good shape for my age, almost at goal weight, I am loved very much by my second husband and we have enough though not much more. This is the time I need to work on loving others more. I need to give with all my heart and soul. I can not give much materially but I need to be thoughtful and kind. Absolutely no back biting or complaining about inconsequential things.

"The world is one country and mankind its citizens" one of the many truths spoken by Baha'u'llah and "Love is the light that guideth in darkness, the living link that uniteth God with man, that assureth the progress of every illumined soul."


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Once upon a time, I was a teacher, now I am trying to adjust to a new age and stage of life in a new home, new province, and new town...Last year I was walking 10km a day and now am just getting over a broken ankle and starting all over again...

Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance!

Slim is where I wanted to be in 201o & 2011! Never happened, plateaued for a long time and gave up... got off track, but never left, so am back on track again!!! Make 2012 my year! So far, did finally lose 25 lbs. over the summer, but have found about 11 of it so far, it didn't hide good enough...
and lost it again in 2013... going down to 175 this fall, and staying there...this time!


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Once upon a time I was obese, but I'm now close to my normal BMI range. I'm giving up emotional eating. And being mindful of the present.

I'm currently very hurt of cheating husband...pending divorce. Yet I believe this story will one day start with a 'Once Upon A Time' sentence.

Being overweight is hard.
Losing weight is hard.
Maintaining your weight is hard.

Choose your hard.


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Once upon a time I gave myself a knee injury just from walking around San Francisco with my family on vacation.... Now I run/walk 5 - 9 miles a day....



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Once upon a time I would avoid looking in shop windows and mirrors so I didn't have to see myself. Now I pass them and see how far I've come and sometimes SMILE!

Getting healthy, getting fit, working out, not taking s**t!

09/05/2014 Week 1: -1kg :D
23/05/2014 Week 2: No weigh-in (TOM)
30/05/2014 Week 3: No change (+/- 0kg)


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Once upon a time, I was always daydreaming about the life I wish I had - usually something exotic, exciting, with different people than the ones I know, etc. And I was usually unhappy. But now I LOVE the life I HAVE! emoticon



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Once upon a time I couldn't see my kneecaps! Now slowly but surely they are starting to peek through. I also couldn't fit into the bath tub or hoover my own house as it just exhausted me. But now things are on the change.

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You must think of yourself as becoming the person you want to be -
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Once upon a time I couldn't see my kneecaps! Now slowly but surely they are starting to peek through. I also couldn't fit into the bath tub or hoover my own house as it just exhausted me. But now things are on the change.

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You must think of yourself as becoming the person you want to be -
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Once upon a time, I hated running. Now I've completed a half marathon and I'm excited to train for the next one.
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Once upon a time

I was an active alcoholic. I didn't eat well and I was bloated and puffy oftentimes because of all the beer I used to drink.

Now it's almost 2 years later and, having gotten to a secure place in my recovery, I now feel empowered to deal with the weight gain that happened back when I was drinking. I've lost a bunch of weight already, and it's starting to be enough that my goals suddenly seem attainable, like something I can see in front of me and not a tiny speck in the distance.

Edited by: NEWYORKCHICK at: 5/26/2014 (19:52)
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-Maintaining a 10% weight loss since 7/13/2014



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Once upon a time I was my proper weight. It was a long time ago and because of excess skin, etc. I may never be back there again, but I WILL be as close to it as it healthy and possible.

; )

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Once upon a time I would be puffing when I walked up the stairs at work, now I bound up them with enthusiasm.

Step by step and day by day.


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Once upon a time I weighed 267 lbs and was often the biggest person in the room. I had very little self confidence.
Now I weigh 145 and look forward to meeting new people and going out!



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I was gaining weight instead of losing. I couldn't hike with my friends on long hikes through the mountains. I wasn't sleeping well and I took medication regularly for acid reflux.

Now -- I can hike with my friends, I'm not fast but I can keep up with the group, my sleep is better and my acid reflux has improved. I haven't met my goals, but I have lost over 20 points and lost 3 sizes in pants. So I'm making progress!



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Once upon a time I convinced myself that I was too busy to exercise (2-3 jobs, planning and saving for my wedding). Once upon a time I ate almost everything on the run, convincing myself that I was so busy I would burn it off. Once upon a time I wore nothing but short-alls and overalls because they were the most comfortable. Little did I know that wearing big baggy clothes would entice me to eat more.

LET'S DO THIS!


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95 lbs - Great job, keep up the good work and enjoy the benefits of good health. emoticon emoticon

Isn't life just WONDERFUL !!!!


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Once upon a time, it was harder to breathe.
Once upon a time, I made as few trips up and down the stairs at home as possible.
Once upon a time, it was a tight squeeze to fit in the bathtub.

Now I navigate the stairs freely, as I need to. I flip around in the tub to get my hair washed. And I can take deeper breaths, as needed. Thank you, spark people.



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Once upon a time, not too long ago, I was convinced that I could never lose weight and feel healthier ever again.

Once upon a time, I was lost and had given up.

Once upon today, I am strong, committed, dedicated, and determined to succeed.

“Live your truth. Express your love. Share your enthusiasm. Take action towards your dreams. Walk your talk. Dance and sing to your music. Embrace your blessings. Make today worth remembering.”
~ Steve Maraboli ~

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I love this thread so far! Super positive and uplifting in spirit and there are so many great success stories (whether big or small).

Once upon a time I was a high school athlete (rugby!!!) and was physically capable of lugging anything around. After some time the more inactive life of cegep and university combined with massive life stressors, lack of time, poor diet, and ever worsening depression combined to make me miserable, 30+ pounds heavier, and unable to function let alone get out of bed without succumbing to panic attacks etc.

Over time I uncovered the healthy eating wisdom I knew from childhood, worked on overcoming what stressors I could and ameliorating those that I could not and realized that I had a magnesium deficiency which was making everything worse. Now I can greet most days with a smile on my face and a productive work ethic. I've lost most of my extra weight and I've been walking to and from work regularly (30min).

Someday, I will increase my strength and endurance level and participate in a mud hero event.

The hardest thing for the soul to do is to stand up to its own weakness - Habib Ali Al Jifri

The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any - Alice Walker



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Once upon a time I hid myself away in loose shirts and capri pants (even at the beach..) Now I wear clothes that fit and SHORTS!



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Once upon a time, I got winded walking up a flight of stairs, and sometimes my chest would hurt. Now I can go at a pretty good clip up a few flights, with no problem.

Once upon a time, I said "I don't run unless someone's chasing me." Now I can walk/jog for several miles. I'm slowwwww, but I can do it.

Serene Vannoy
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I am worthy of love, belonging and joy now, as is. - Brene Brown

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I spent my day planning my next "treat" and hiding my food stash from my husband and children. I had given up on diets because I couldn't stay on them for long and I always gained more than I had lost. I weighed more than many NFL players. Now, I'm 95 pounds lighter and at my marriage weight of 30 years ago. I love you, Sparkpeople.



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Great topic!

I used to spend a lot of my days napping/resting because I was so tired and suffering from a myriad of diabetes complications. I would have to tell my kids to play quietly so mommy could rest. Now I do anything they ask, go for walks, bike rides, even play on the monkey bars at the park.

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Married to my soul mate, mom of 3, Type 1 diabetic for 38 years, highest weight ever 180 lbs. Current weight 137. 1 more pound to go before I reach a healthy BMI!


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Wow! emoticon

Once upon a time, I was an obese smoker that fed my beautiful children fast food almost every day. emoticon

Today I'm a healthy non-smoker, who wakes up & runs 8 miles for fun. And proudly cooks healthy super foods from scratch, with love, to fuel my family. emoticon



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...I could not clean my house without getting winded and sore the next day and had to pay a kid to mow the lawn because both hubby and I were not up to it. Now, we scrub the place in no time, argue over who gets to mow (Who does that?), and use that $25 a week at the farmer's market. Someday, I will run a marathon.


The pace of weight loss is often frustrating. While many of us still have a ways to go to achieve our ultimate goals, I find it helps to look back on how far I've come.

What is your "once upon a time," "but now I can," and "someday, I will..."?

Starting: 41.1 BMI and extremely sedentary
Current: 28.0 BMI with strength-training and low-impact cardio
Mini-goal: 29.9 BMI (about 164 lb) - DONE on 8/6/14! I'm no longer obese!
Mini-goal: 5K walk or run
Mini-goal: 24.9 BMI (about 136 lb)
Mini-goal: half-marathon walk or run
GOAL: 23 BMI (about 125 pounds), fit and active


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