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MAREAR1 Posts: 2
1/22/09 1:46 A

Tina, you are truly amazing. I am thrilled for you. I am just starting my journey and I really need motivation so reading your story really helps me a lot. Thank you so much for sharing, keep up the great work, I know you will do and be all that you want to be! A friend of mine said to me "Nothing tastes as good as being thin feels." I keep that in mind a lot when I want to eat too much or have something I know I shouldn't have. I don't feel deprived, I just changed my desserts, I have cinnamon apples instead of chocolate and I make pizzas with pita bread or flour tortillas and low fat cheese. That way I am still eating the things I love (like sweets) but I just modified them. I have a hard time just having a little of anything but I am glad that works so well for you! That is wonderful! I wish you the best! Take care, and good luck with the classes, I am sure you will be great! ~Marie

1/22/09 1:39 A

Tina, I just read your story and I must say that you really inspire me!!! I am so happy for you, keep up the good work!!!

AMYJEAN75 Posts: 244
1/22/09 1:39 A

Tina, you ROCK!! emoticon

Edited by: AMYJEAN75 at: 1/22/2009 (01:39)
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1/22/09 1:38 A

Tina, I think you are so wonderful to share your story. I too, am a water aerobic instructor, and I get so much out of the folks that come to my class. Where are you? I am in Oregon. I love your idea about the french fries and kisses and mm's. I would love to talk with you more. Thanks for posting your inspirations. emoticon

MAYLINGSNW SparkPoints: (171,256)
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1/22/09 1:38 A

you are an inspiration to all of us ..great job..

VIOSTAR Posts: 2
1/22/09 1:35 A

Tina! Congratulations on your success!! I was feeling discouraged tonight but after reading your message I feel better and am going bright and early to the gym tomorrow!

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1/22/09 1:30 A


Congratulations, indeed! You are an inspiration.

I, like you, haven't given up eating anything I love (or I would rebel and eat too much of everything), including things that must be the occasional treat if I want to lose weight. Also, I know how important exercise is for me. I have the metabolism of a snail, and the only way I have ever been able to lose weight is to combine calorie control with exercise. What Spark is doing for me is to teach me to make this a way of life for the rest of my life.

I know you will be such a role model to the people you teach. How wonderful that you can spread so much good.

Peace and blessings,


ARNONSAE Posts: 273
1/22/09 1:27 A

That is so awesome and exciting! Congrats!

DELAPIS Posts: 1,504
1/22/09 1:25 A

Wow! You have truly inspired me! I have two bad knees and have needed complete knee replacements. I don't want to have the surgery and the only exercise I can do is water aerobics. Unfortunately I haven't been able to go since Thanksgiving because of an injury, but I plan on going back. In the past I was successful doing the exercises but then I wouldn't watch my food intake. Just reading about your success has motivated me to "do it all right."

Thank you,

MAYLINGSNW SparkPoints: (171,256)
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1/22/09 1:25 A

your a winner emoticon

JOLETTE Posts: 5,028
1/22/09 1:24 A

emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon You earned every award there is. You make me feel inspired to keep on keeping. Yay, for you JO

BOBBI97 SparkPoints: (0)
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1/22/09 1:17 A

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Tina You Are Doing So Great I Am Very Proud Of You For Doing This And Doing What You Really Wanna Do...


GOING-STRONG Posts: 7,020
1/22/09 1:15 A

Very inspirational story. Thanks for sharing and 2009 is going to be your year to SPARKLE!

JANTWO Posts: 31,714
1/22/09 1:15 A

Congratulations on your achievement!!!! Give yourself a pat on the back and keep up the inspirational work!!!!

1/22/09 1:11 A

wow, good for you!!!! what a inspiration to me...i want to go to the pool, but look so bad in a bathing suit..i just didn't want to go..but now, you have inspired me to go and get fit..Thank you so much..God bless... emoticon

MAYLINGSNW SparkPoints: (171,256)
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1/22/09 1:07 A

congratulations tina great job emoticon

AUSSIEJESS0 SparkPoints: (143,002)
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1/22/09 1:04 A

OMG I am so thrilled by your success. Congratulations, I wish you happiness and continued success. emoticon

BARBIE176 SparkPoints: (174,265)
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1/22/09 1:03 A

What a fantastic story Tina. You have so much to be proud of! Keep up the good work. I will be excited to hear when you achieve your final goal!

1/22/09 12:54 A

Way to go Tina -- thanks for sharing your truly inspiration progress -- you have come a long way. emoticon

1/22/09 12:53 A

This is just way too cool for you! OWN that success woman!!! Wow, just wow.


1/22/09 12:53 A

Dear Tina,

Congratulations, on the great weight loss. You should be so very proud of yourself. You are an inspiration to all of us out here. I know it took alot of hard work and dedication to yourself to get where your at today.Keep up the good work!

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LUANA61 Posts: 644
1/22/09 12:52 A

Thank you for sharing your inspirational story Tina. You are awesome - a role model for those of us who need to lose BIG.
Congratulations on your successes!!

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PAMZILLA2 Posts: 5,809
1/22/09 12:42 A

Fantastic!! You're an inspiration AND you're creating your healthy body the way I want to. Thank you for your posting.

SHAWTEE4YA Posts: 4,840
1/22/09 12:38 A

Girl that is OUTSTANDING!! Keep up the GREAT work!!

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STAMPINTINA Posts: 1,911
1/19/09 11:09 A

Everything is BABY STEPS... one day and step at a time you increase Strength and Flexibilty and Lose weight in the process.
Hugs, Tina

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1/19/09 9:07 A

WOW!! emoticon You are an inspiration!! emoticon emoticon

1/19/09 7:58 A

Tina ~ congrats and keep it up! You're an inspiration and a reminder of 'lifestyle changes' and not quick fixes!

1/19/09 12:46 A

I am soooooooooo happy for you! emoticon

HIGHNOON Posts: 1,502
1/18/09 10:32 P

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STAMPINTINA Posts: 1,911
1/18/09 10:07 A

For those who are just beginning or those who have a LOT of weight to lose like I did and still do. Just rememeber that each day, step and workout; each good food choice takes us closer to our goals.
Hugs, Tina

TRASEE Posts: 279
1/15/09 7:15 P

Thanks for sharing ~ it really is inspiring for us that are just beginning. You rock!! emoticon

SONATASMOM SparkPoints: (0)
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1/15/09 8:12 A

Good for you!!! This is truly an inspiration! emoticon Sometimes I think that I'm the only one who has so much weight to lose - but you have inspired me.

SONPARI1 SparkPoints: (57,316)
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1/15/09 8:01 A

your story is so inspiring, just goes to show how consistent efforts show results. Congrats!

STAMPINTINA Posts: 1,911
1/15/09 12:38 A

Thanks for all your support everyone. It is the support and push of friends that has gotten me out of my comfort zones over and over especially since the new year. This is a wild ride, but I can DO so much more than I ever dreamed...

AZHIKERCHICK SparkPoints: (0)
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1/13/09 12:51 P

Tina, that is wonderful!! Good for go girl. What an inspiration you are!

TTROUBLE Posts: 845
1/13/09 12:31 P

your truly an inspiration!. congratulations!

KAREN42BOYS SparkPoints: (104,948)
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1/13/09 11:43 A

what a feel-good story! you're an inspiration!

BETH0720 SparkPoints: (25,354)
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1/13/09 10:10 A

Congratulations! I don't think I could ever have the courage to be a fitness instructor, even if I were in great shape!!

SPARKGUY SparkPoints: (69,980)
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1/13/09 9:18 A

Sure thing Tina - you are living the adventure :).


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1/13/09 2:22 A

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STAMPINTINA Posts: 1,911
1/12/09 10:59 P

Thanks everyone... it has been a long road, but I am pretty excited to see this progress. Tina

ESYLLI Posts: 194
1/12/09 8:09 P

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It's hard to even find the words - you are an amazing person and a true inspiration.

1/12/09 2:47 P

What an inspiriation. Great job!!! I'm so exicted for you and you have come so far. Keep up the great work!!! :)

LUCKYPENNY720 SparkPoints: (0)
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1/12/09 2:12 P

you are an inspiration! Keep up the great work!

SP_COACH_DEAN SparkPoints: (115,961)
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1/12/09 1:47 P

emoticon Go, Tina! Best way to keep yourself going is to inspire others with your example and experience--definitely a win-win situation!

Good luck with the certification!

Coach Dean

ZELDA1978_2000 Posts: 88
1/12/09 11:01 A

Congratulations Tina, I am so proud of you. How fabulous.

Good luck with your new endeavor, have fun.

SPARKGUY SparkPoints: (69,980)
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1/12/09 10:48 A

Woohoo Tina - thanks for sharing your great story! Have fun being an instructor.


LOSINGGIRL SparkPoints: (0)
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1/11/09 10:25 P

That's fantastic! You certainly are an inspiration!!

1/11/09 10:11 P

THAT IS AWESOME! absolutely amazing!

STAMPINTINA Posts: 1,911
1/11/09 10:08 P

WOW, at 396 lbs I began in a water aerobics class. I was overwhelmed, and so out of shape that it was hard to do half of the class. I was winded by the time I had gotten out of my van and into the locker room. I had to rest before changing and getting into the pool.

WELL, things have changed a LOT since then. I have lost about 125 lbs. MOST of this is due to continuing with water aerobics for the last year and a half. I have modified my eating and that also plays a huge part. I have increased water, and cut down on fats and sugars. I have not cut out anything at all. If I want chocolate, that is fine, but I limit myself to ONE hershey kiss, or ONE dove chocolate square, or 10 M&M's. If I want fries then I can have 10 fries. Just by seetting a limit and not letting myself mindlessly eat it makes a HUGE difference. Water, water, and more water seems to be a HUGE key to my success as well.

WELL, I was approached by the manager at the pool and told that I should begin thinking about becoming a water aerobics instructor substitute. I laughed it off and thought in another 100 lbs. THEN, another instructor who is very persuasive, independently told me that I am ready, and my fitness level is much higher than I think it is. I was also told that I have the personality, energy, enthusiasm and passion it takes, that technique can be taught. I still was hesitant at my weight, but she talked me into coming to some land classes to prove to myself that I could do it. After line dancing all night New years, and doing a couple of aerobics classes on land, I realized I am WAY more ready than I thought.

SO after the manager of the pool pulled me aside on Saturday and told me she wants me registered for the state certification in March, and that she has Jurry Duty in Feb and needs me covering I realized this was real, not just a blank offer.

Tomorrow I will be turning in my application and filling out paperwork. To make this official. I am just so amazed at the changes life has brought me. I feel SO blessed.

SO my advice, is to keep working out. One day and one step at a time. You can and WILL become more fit, you will feel better, and you will lose weight.

Keep on track. Tina

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