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12/24/09 2:00 A

Congratulations! The biggest hurdle is getting the right attitude. You need to be doing it for yourself and your health. Every ounce down and even plateaus are better than the gain. I started again in August and with my new attitude it has been easier and happier. Celebrate!

12/24/09 1:59 A

You ladies are awesome.
One step at a time is the way to do it.
I have just discovered Zumba classes.
It is so much easier to exercise when you enjoy what you are doing.

PRINGLE12 SparkPoints: (0)
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12/24/09 1:58 A

Great start. Keep it up.

IWANNABEE Posts: 642
12/24/09 1:57 A

What a great gift you are giving to yourself. YOU GO GIRL!
Merry Christmas Hugs,
Jo emoticon

CHRISTINE1953 SparkPoints: (0)
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12/24/09 1:53 A

Hi and thanks for the motivation. I have been at this a long time -- better than 2 years. I have managed to get 155 pounds down. My husband proposed to me at my highest weight. I often wonder what he sees in me. I am planning to keep steady through the new year and get on the stick to get at least another 100 pounds off before summer and hopefully get to goal by our 5th anniversary in September. I need all the good vibes I can get. Please email when you have time and let me know it you will accept emails as well.

12/24/09 1:53 A

I'm so glad I saw your post. I've been waiting for someone like you. I too have 90 - 100lbs to lose. I've been battling with my weight for as long as I can remember and for the past few months I've been over eating way more than usual. My son is 7 months old and today he is having surgery. I am a ball of nerves and as i read your post it made me look at my son and how much I want to be a positive impact in his life. I think my lack of motivation has come from worrying so much about this surgery and hoping everything goes smoothly. I have my fitness plan worked out. I just need to get past this day and i'll be ready to go.

I am so proud of you and I thank you for writing your post because you have motivated me.

12/24/09 1:51 A

I'm rooting for you. never give up no matter the obstacle. emoticon

CASCH10 Posts: 3
12/24/09 1:49 A

Way to go!! You inspire me!

BEAN4PEAS Posts: 64
12/24/09 1:47 A

Thanks for your post. We're rooting for you!!!

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PEDWARDS55 Posts: 1
12/24/09 1:45 A

Good Luck on your journey, I start my today. emoticon

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BETHAW75 Posts: 179
12/24/09 1:43 A

Congratulations! You will definitely have up and down days, and it will be hard, but I know you can do it, with your goals set firmly in mind. I wish you the best of luck, and remember on your bad days that it's just one bad day, and tomorrow will be better, especially if when you wake up that morning you tell yourself it is going to be a good day. I've been fighting depression for years now, and have been staying in bed for weeks, wearing the same clothes... today I woke up and told myself I was going to have a good day, and forced myself to get up, change clothes, and leave the bedroom to face the world. The day wasn't the best ever, but it was pretty good, helping my mom fix goodies for Christmas, including our "famous" Christmas morning sausage bread, which is my favorite, and a weight watchers recipe to boot. It's the way my mom bribes me to stay the night before Christmas at her house, and now my entire family, including my aunts and uncles and cousins all love it and are trying to bribe my mom for the recipe... little do they know that it's actually good for them! emoticon Anyway, congratulations on getting engaged, and just take one day at a time, and keep putting one foot in front of the other. The weight doesn't come off fast, but with as long as you are consistent and stay away from junk food you will see a change in yourself in no time.

DEEGET Posts: 1
12/24/09 1:42 A

Great for you!!!!! I need to lose a few myself! I think I need to start with walking though. I have trouble breathing due to COPD so I need to start slowly. You are an inspiration! Keep up the good work!

Edited by: DEEGET at: 12/24/2009 (01:50)
LEALEE05 Posts: 1
12/24/09 1:38 A

Congrats on taking the first step! We're all here behind you cheering you on! You can do it!

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12/24/09 1:38 A

Congratulations on your upcoming wedding and on your resolution to commit yourself to a lifesaving goal. You're young and have your whole life ahead of you. This is the time to decide how you want to spend the rest of your life and it will be soooooo worth it!!
Had I the oppportunity to go back and start again, I would never have let myself get to the weight I am today. It would have avoided so many health problems and made me, my family and my life so much better.
Wishing you the best of luck and remember, we're all here to support you!!

CMCCOY55 Posts: 1
12/24/09 1:37 A

Thank you for your post. Very inspiring!! I ma proud of you!

MAMAANGE Posts: 436
12/24/09 1:31 A

Brava! This is going to be fun, isn't it!

12/24/09 1:23 A

Congratulations! That first step and the perseverance that comes next is the courageous part. You can do it!


12/24/09 1:19 A

Well done, the first step is the hard one the rest is just Focus and Motivation. Good on you, keep it up. You are a winner.

GOODYBAR58 SparkPoints: (190,193)
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12/24/09 1:14 A

Congratulations on your engagement and your successful workout! As someone else mentioned, baby steps. You've taken the first one. Keep up the good work!

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ALATAC Posts: 15
12/24/09 1:12 A

I congratulate and celebrate your accomplishment my friend. Great job. emoticon

ISHAMAM SparkPoints: (58,152)
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12/24/09 1:11 A

My message is a pound a week. That is my goal. It doesn't matter how many pounds i want to lose in the longrun. Just one a week. Every little thing u do today will help u achieve your goal. One day at a time. that's all you can do. gOOD LUCK AND happy trails.

FLEMIDG Posts: 47,374
12/24/09 1:10 A

Congratulations on your engagement. I am so happy for you. Good luck to you in your weight loss journey. Take your time. Don't try to do too much at once. You can accomplish this. Keep us posted on how you are doing. You know we are there for you to cheer you on. Good luck to you in your weight loss journey. May you have a wonderful Christmas and all the best in the New Year to you and your fiance.

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12/24/09 1:09 A

Truly inspirational! Baby steps that's all you steps!

LULUFLY69 Posts: 1
12/24/09 1:08 A

Good for you...I wish you the have so much to look forward to. I divided the weight you would like to lose and it is about 6 or 7 pounds a month. I find this helpful when I make a goal. Take Care and congrats on your engagement.

MARJIJANE Posts: 2,301
12/24/09 1:07 A

Congrats on your engagement, and your decision to be a healthy bride! SP has all the answers to your questions. You probably, like most of us here, are an experienced "diet" specialist. Know in the deepest part of your "knower" that this is the place to put your life on track to be a healthier version of your "now you". I thought I knew it all when it came to diet and weight loss...and may I be the first to raise my hand and say..uh...I was totally in the dark as to the reality of what I had to do.

Best wishes...and good luck on this journey!

TWINKIE14 SparkPoints: (13,984)
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12/24/09 1:06 A

Fantastic, emoticon all us emoticon s
are here for you. You have made a great start, be proud of your achievement, if you waver, we are here for you. Super........ emoticon

PASTORWILEY62 SparkPoints: (0)
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12/24/09 1:04 A

what a victory emoticon . you will find tons of support here at spark and you sound like you are ready. i am glad your here.

CAPITALU03 Posts: 44
12/24/09 1:03 A

Congrats and good luck

LISOFBY Posts: 13
12/24/09 1:02 A

hi love, i am doubly pleased for you, now you have 2 milestones to look forward to. you can do it!

GRANDMO1 Posts: 713
12/24/09 1:00 A

You have taken the hardest step, the first one.
Keep it up, with your determination and positive outlook you will make your goal.

FREDDY1232 SparkPoints: (0)
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12/24/09 12:59 A

Yea! For you! You are on our on your way! I know you can do it! Honey, now is the time to start. Don't be like me and spend your youth being overweight. you've got a good start now! way to go!

12/24/09 12:58 A

Hey that's amazing! Keep up the good work. That's all it takes. Find something you really enjoy, and do it and love it and make it part of your life, and you're gold. Eat right. Be strict while your losing weight. but from time to time treat yourself. You've got this! You are going to be a beautiful bride and feel amazing. I'm so happy for you. I lost weight doing yoga, and walking the lake where I live for cardio. I practice yoga three times a week in difficult classes, and I really enjoy it. Best of luck in your journey, and I hope you have a holiday season filled with love!!! Best, Lisa

GIRLYGEEK Posts: 276
12/24/09 12:55 A

Congratulations! It is a start! Keep going! You will feel so much better; I think if I didn't exercise I would be in a such a foul mood--okay, maybe less than usual. :)

Stay positive, and don't be too hard on yourself when you have setbacks. :)

This is the start to a new and healthier beginning!



12/24/09 12:55 A

Congrats! I think the biggest obstacle is always within ourselves, and once we get past that, as you have done with your commitment, the rest fslls into place. Take a long term view and plan carefully. Good luck!

SUNNY141 Posts: 1
12/24/09 12:54 A

I am so happy for you. I, too, am in the same circumstance. Only the breaking point for me was when I realized, I'm only 46 and every step I take...took...hurt my knees so bad. I thought I had gone too far and there was no hope. I also have a metabolic disorder that makes it harder for me to get rid of the fat. It is caused from Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. I found a new doctor and she told me that she could force my metabolism to start working. We worked together and I lost 18 lbs. in the first month. I could not believe it. I had not lost any weight at all in years. I feel there is hope.I will weigh in again on Dec. 6.. I know it may not be as much,but I hope to lose 5-10 lbs..The key for me was to eat apples, pineapple, broccoli, cabbage, onions, peppers,lettuce, cucumbers,brussel sprouts,squash...any time I was hungry and as much as I needed to. These particular veggies force the metabolism to burn energy and try to metabolize the veggies. They are hard veggies to metabolize, so the body has to burn more energy to do it, causing more weight loss. I thank God I finally found a doctor that wanted to help and was not critical. I need to lose about 170 lbs.. Any is great, but I am not going to give up.My doc also said for every lb. you burn, it is like taking 5 lbs. off your knees. I feel so much better. My knees hurt a little going upstairs, but that's it. I also have arthritis, so that may be part of it. I wish you all the best. I understand exactly how you feel. I was going through the same thing. After all, if you don't think you can shop on Black Friday...what's there to look forward too? LOL Good luck! emoticon

BOODAR12 Posts: 3
12/24/09 12:49 A

nice job and congratulations on the exciting changes in your life! It's hard to take that first step, but also so courageous to openly share your struggles and commitment to change! More power to you!

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12/24/09 12:48 A

keep it up now! each day do at least 15 minutes, some days you'll do a lot more but 15 minutes a day , anyone can do that , right!

BOPATS Posts: 2
12/24/09 12:47 A

Until six months ago I was alot the same. Thought more about others and not myself. I have found exersizing and getting healthy for ME also benifits my friends and family. I am feeling better and it shows. Everyone is happier to be around me when I am happier with my self. Keep at it. everyone is rewarded

12/24/09 12:46 A

16 months is all the time you need to lose that weight. You can do it. Visit my Sparkpage and take a look at my before and after pics. 16 months was more than adequate for me and I am old.
Good job making the first steps. Keep with it. You can do it.

APPLEPIEDREAMS SparkPoints: (231,654)
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12/24/09 12:45 A

Woo-hoo! You can do it!!!

WANNABTHIN53 Posts: 8,997
12/24/09 12:44 A

Congratulations on taking the first step.

KARANN58 Posts: 3
12/24/09 12:37 A

Congratulations! You have taken the first step. I feel that the hardest part of any job is getting started and you have done that. I too have started exercising again. Remember, one day at a time and sometimes one meal at a time.

12/24/09 12:31 A

Just keep taking it one day at a time and one achievement at a time and you will be there in no time. Good Luck

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12/24/09 12:26 A


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WOODSYGIRL SparkPoints: (66,597)
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12/24/09 12:25 A

Best wishes to you!! You're absolutely right...move forward. No one succeeds in the past anyway. You can't lose 100 pounds all at once, but you sure can lose 5 pounds 20 times! You CAN and WILL do it, and in a healthy way. We're all here to support you and celebrate all those small victories along the way!

12/24/09 12:21 A

Hunny I'm so proud of you! Its amazing how you got engaged, and I hope u get the wedding u wish for, I wish the best for u and ur husband, good luck!!

12/13/09 3:56 A

Great job! Remember that feeling, that wonderful feeling like a million bucks after working out! Hold on to that and let it motivate you to do it again.

Great attitude to focus on your health and celebrate every single step you make toward it!

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12/12/09 11:39 P

Congratulations on your engagement!!!
And well done on making that choice. I think everyone who's overweight has that snapping point where you suddenly realise you're not who you want to be.
For me it was not being able to fit comfortably in my largest item of clothing, a pair of mens shorts. That hit me like a brick, I don't think I've ever felt so bad about my size in my entire life. It spurred me on to joining SP and changing my life for the better :)
Doing it for your wedding is important, you want to feel great on your big day. But as you say, being healthy is the important thing.

And the great thing is that wedding dresses always suck you in to make you look 2 sizes smaller anyway *chuckle*. You're going to look fabbo regardless :D

GRAMMYNSC Posts: 669
12/12/09 10:29 P

WTG!! keep up the good work it will pay off
peace n luv

12/12/09 9:54 P

After some extreme rough patches in my life I'd gone from a slightly overweight social butterfly to an obese woman who rarely had the energy or motivation to even just go shopping with friends. After getting over depression, I still stayed home self conscious and out of energy from doing nothing but sleep and sit. Last week, my boyfriend proposed to me. I was so excited, but I barely had the energy to get out of the house to celebrate! That was my snapping point, i believe. I realized that I can't even live life normally. How could I expect to get married and start a family? Last night I decided to start over... I have 90-100 lbs to lose, and while I'd like to lose it by the wedding (16 months away) I'm more concerned with getting healthy and being happy with myself inside and out. Any small loss of weight or gain in health is a victory to me, and I know it'll be hard, but I'm up for the challenge. I have an amazing support for when I lose motivation or want to give up. Today, for the first time in about 3 years, I exercised. I didn't keep up the whole time, I got out of breath and I sweat, and I feel like a million dollars. Its a small step to some I guess, but to me, its doing something I didnt think id be able to do. I worked out and it felt good. Hopefully, a few months from now, I'll be able to keep up. but until then, i'm just so proud of what I did I had to tell someone. I'm doing something for me, and for my future and the suture of my family. Screw the past, I'm looking forward.

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