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3/6/13 4:54 P

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I think it's human nature to see yourself a lot smaller than you think you are... but when you see the pictures, you usually can't deny it any longer....
my daughter is getting married... and I don't want them to have to use the wide-angle lense to get me in the pictures!
AHH HA... I don't want to be the one that stands out in those pictures!

Quitting makes it permanent!

try + umph = TRIUMPH!!!

Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass... it's about learning to dance in the rain!

Everyone who is somebody, started from somewhere... one step at a time!


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3/1/13 12:21 P

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Not being able to keep up with my 3 year old. I can't get off the floor fast enough, I can't even out run her and her little flying feet of flurry.

I realized this summer we are going to go horse back riding and not only am I over their 200 pound limit, but unless I get to 175, she isn't going to be allowed to ride with me. I have dreamed of doing this for about 10 years (thru infertiltiy and pregnancy) and I'm not going to let me weight hold me back anymore.

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2/26/13 8:39 P

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Pictures of me at my cousins wedding. Eeeek! I knew I had really porked up but seeing the pictures was pretty scary. There were a couple where people kept thinking I was the bride's mother. Lovely woman but not a compliment to my looks. Before that I had just been thinking I needed to lose weight. After the pictures... I got back on Sparkpeople and started counting up my calories. That woke me up too. "Gee I ate 4,000 calories today. Hmmm. No wonder I look like a giant cupcake that's about to float away in my bridesmaid dress." Sometimes you just don't pay attention to yourself. But I've lost 10 lbs so onward and upward as they say. Or I guess downward in this case.

"On my darkest days, I wear my brightest colors." -Cyndi Lauper


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12/20/12 1:27 A

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My ahh haa moment was when I realized that I was actually starting to not see anything beautiful about myself based purely on the physical, and I was putting that on my husband and my marriage and I realized I didn't want that life. I want to be the cute, healthy mom and wife and no matter what it takes that's what I'm going to be!

Jeets :)
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10/31/12 3:36 P

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BSTOBIE I am now 40 and I am too wanting to loose about 100 lbs. I believe we can do it. Good luck on you journey! emoticon emoticon

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10/8/12 2:46 P

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I was watching the new Jeff Probst show few weeks ago and there was a lady by the name of Wendy Ida talking about how she decided at age 42 that she was going to take back her life. She is now 59 and looks like she is in her 20s. Thst was the moment that I new I could do it as well. She lost 80 pounds and is now a personal trainer. I am now 41 and and I need to lose 130 pounds. Well now I only have 122 pounds to lose since I lost 8 pounds in the past two weeks. One day I want to personally thank Ms. Ida for her motivation. Like Wendy "I want to look good naked!"

"Anybody can shine and show her best self when times are good, but the true test of who you are and what your character reveals is in how you can shine when times get tough!" Wndy Ida


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5/30/12 10:08 P

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I had been hating myself for a while. Trying to avoid looking at the mirror when I walked past to go to the bathroom, wearing sweats around the house, etc.

I got an ah-hah moment when I bothered opening a Sparkmail in my inbox. I had used this site ages ago. And in there was one of those "inspirational people" highlight things about Indygirl. And she was writing about how she started getting heavier because she hurt, and how it was so easy, and how much weight she put on. And I realized I'd been doing the same thing. I had justified all the weight I put on. And so had other people. "Oh you quit smoking, it's fine." "You have 2 kids and you're getting older, it's normal." "Yeah, but you have a bad hip, you can't walk as much."

I decided I didn't want to be broken anymore. And I didn't want to have people tell me that weighing 235 pounds was "fine", because I know it isn't.

So my ah-ha moment was, I guess, getting the crap scared out of me. And I'm doing everything I can to stick with it this time.

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4/30/12 12:26 P

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I think we can all relate to the first pic we saw of ourselves when we didn't recognise ourselves, but I think the moment when I knew I needed help was when I hid my first candy bar wrapper from my son so he wouldn't know I had eaten it.

Je Suis Prest means "I am ready," and is the Fraser clan motto. With Sam Heughan (Jamie Fraser - Outlander).
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4/14/12 6:52 P

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My moment came about the time my nephew was born. I've always known I wanted kids, but it was always something that I'd think about later, nothing to concern me now. Now at 23, married, I'm getting to the point that my husband and I are financially stable, close to graduating, and that far off day is suddenly a lot closer. When we started talking about kids while we were dating 5-6 years ago, we both agreed we wanted to have kids around the time we turned 25. When his sister had her first child, it was like a brick to the head. Not only the relatives wanting to know when I was due (which was rough enough, as obviously I'm not nor have I been pregnant) but to realize by the time our nephew was 6 weeks old I could barely manage to hold him for more than 15 minutes without my arms and back hurting. I want kids in the next two years, but I'm nowhere near healthy enough to have them, nor could I even hope to keep up with them if I did. As I've lost the first few pounds, I've realized just how tired I get, how little energy I have, and I've been dragging my husband along with me as I packed on the weight. Now I just take it one step at a time, and do my best to stay focused.

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BABENPROGRESS's Photo BABENPROGRESS Posts: 778
2/20/12 7:27 P

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there were 2 for me, My first was there was a picture of me, it was the back side of me, and the only reason I knew it was me, it was because of the dress, I tried to convince everyone that someone else was wearing the same dress.(they didn't believe me)


The 2nd one was my husband and I were looking at some old pics of us when we were younger and dating, I could not convince him that one of the pictures was of me, he argued with me for some time until I finally convinced him it was me. Not Good.

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2/20/12 1:53 P

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mine was when i was taking some photos and seen that someone had got a pic when i was turned around. I was like oh wow when did i get so big i knew i had gained weight and i had been loosing it about 10lbs but i decided to get serious after seeing this.

I'm not afraid....my own little saying that I say every morning or while im exercising, their is a new challenge every day and I cant allow myself to be afraid....In the world of autism their is never a non eventful day for this and my son each challenge must be met head on.


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2/17/12 11:49 A

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It's funny because the biggest turnaround for me was in good ole Walmart. I was in an aisle and there was a mother and her two little boys. One of them looked at me and started singing "I like big butts and I cannot lie..." There have been many "ah-ha" moments in my life, but that still bothers me. I think it kind of took me back to when I got picked on as a chubby kid, and now I'm in my late 20's and I'm still getting grief. It really embarrassed me, but I'm glad it happened because I needed something to get my attention, you know? Thanks mean little kid!

If you don't like the road you're walking, start paving another one.
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2/5/12 6:48 P

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Over the summer when I asked to have some screenings done because I was getting ready to turn 35 and my mom had her first heart attack at 40. And when the results came back that my cholesterol was a little high, so was told to start taking fish oil and I made a pact with my Dr. to get some weight off by my next appointment in 3 months for a recheck. Honestly I wasn't good about it. I pretended to be, I walked a little more that was about it. I did loose 3 lbs and 100% truth here I was proud of that 3 lbs like I had really done something big with myself. When the recheck lab results came back and said I was in Imminent risk of having a cardiac incident was my wake up. I was worried about what could happen in 5 years and it's staring me in the face at 34. I didn't want to be like my mom and have my kids go through what I went through as a kid, and I was looking at the same thing only at a younger age.
Again I made teeny tiny changes, I did make an effort to watch what I was eating. We stopped all fast foods, joined a gym in November and started going to Zumba classes. My love of the gym has grown and I am now there 4 day's a week 1-2 hours a day. I'm a proud gym junkie now lol.

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1/28/12 11:06 A

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In November I was bustling around the house looking for something I needed for church and I had grabbed a handful of favorite candy. And I just had one of those moments where the clouds part and I could see the long term consequences of continuing to live the way I was living. It wasn't anything seemingly dire, just a realization of "I can never get enough of these things."

"You can never get enough of what you don't need because what you don't need can never satisfy you."

I didn't even finish that bag of candy. I did take a break between Christmas and New Years. And I gained 5 pounds for it!

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1/11/12 11:48 A

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I had lost 15 pounds over the summer then went abroad. Abroad I stopped my diet but still kept the weight off. When I went back to school I felt invincible and great. That is my big downfall-- thinking I lost the weight and it's never coming back! And I can eat terribly. My pants fit fine. Then it's as though I woke up one morning and all my jeans were too tight. I've been wearing tights and other non-jean options ever since. But I woke up that morning and knew I would have to make a change-- if only not to have to buy new pants!

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...If you're feeling happy, eating does not make you happier.

...Eating does not alleviate boredom."

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11/18/11 12:56 P

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I am attending a wedding for a friend from my Navy days. I got out some old pictures and was appalled at the difference in my appearance. I decided right then to get the weight off. emoticon

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10/29/11 11:30 A

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Saw myself in a picture from church and wondered who was that? Also discovered yesterday when trying to do the 10 minute bootcamp, I can not jump anymore not even to do a simple jumping jack. I can't jump. When I tried, I almost fell. What a shock on someone who used to run. I tried everything to get myself off the ground in any type of jump even hanging onto a chair. No dice...No jump.

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10/26/11 1:17 P

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Liz,

My moment came a few days ago...I think it has been a series of small moments adding up to the big ahh ha.I realized that I felt tired and not well most of the time, not a good thing when you already have hypothyroidism. I am easily winded and my knee hurts. I would never wear short sleeves but I think I was also in denial about how the rest of me looked until I accidently saw myself on the big screen at church...I saw my daughter first and my next thought was who the heck is that standing next to her...in my clothes! The last straw was the realization that I no longer want to go anywhere because I dont want people to see me.

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10/26/11 9:40 A

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Everyone has a moment when something in their head clicked saying the need to loose the weight. Sadly to say my ahh ha moment was not one moment but 3, that I could remember. The number one moment was when I stood on the scale and I was tipping 250. I had refused to be in pictures when I was thinner but especially when I gained weight. I didn't like the way my arms and stomach looked so out of sight out of mind. Looking at myself in the mirror my mind had played tricks on me. I thought I looked thinner than I actually was. The second was coming up my stairs I would get winded by the top, It's a regular set of stairs in a 2 story house. The third and final one was I kept feeling sick all the time, cold and flu symptoms. While everyone has an ahh ha moment I hope you will feel comfortable enough to share it with us. emoticon

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