1,000-2,499 SparkPoints 1,488

January 2013. Almost 250 lbs...the beginning of my journey.

My first 5k! That's me on the left! Down about 55 lbs! April 2014


Workout Shoes

The Spark

Interact with MDBARROWS
Add as SparkFriend Send Private Message Leave Comment

My weight loss journey began in January 2013. I was 41 years old and was heavier than I had ever been. My health was begiing to be affected. I was started on blood pressure medication and had prediabetes. I woke up every morning with pain in my muscles and joints. I knew I had to make a change or things would only get worse. I also wanted to set a good example for my three daughters and return to the woman my husband married 21 years earlier. So, I made a promise to myself, came up with a plan, and committed to it.

Here I am, almost 2 years later and I am down 68 lbs....almost to my goal weight. I have committed to this lifestyle change. With the support of weight watchers, sparkpeople, and fitness routines I have made it this far. I have run two 5ks and plan to do more. I have gone from a size 18/20 to a size 12! I wake up in the morning pain free and my blood pressure has normalized. I have promised myself that even though I may have rough, tempting days at times, it is only temporary and it will pass. I will get through it and jump right back on track immediately. We all have weak moments, and its okay as long as we dont let them take control of us.

I am proud to be where I am today and I hope that my story will inspire someone else to take that first step! I am a work in progress!

Member Since: 7/14/2011

Fitness Minutes: 955

My Goals:

My Program:
I will definitely be tracking my daily intake and fitness. I have found that these have been keys to success for me in the past. Staying within a certain calorie range will be a real eye opener for me, but here goes nothin'!

Personal Information:

Other Information:

Read More About MDBARROWS - Profile Information moved here. (Updated October 11)

Shown if member clicks "Read More"
My Goals:

My Program:

Personal Information:

Other Information:

Personal Signature: (Shown after Message Board Posts)
Add a Link
Save Changes
This user doesn't have any public blog entries.
Login to Leave Comment
    Made it to the 70 lb mark. The las few mo ths have beenslow going but I'm getting there! emoticon
    1180 days ago
    Thanks for adding me Ruthanne. It is nice to be able to find motivation from the success of others. I hope that I can reach my goal by the end of next summer. This week I started the Dukan Diet. It has been quite a difficult objective for me, but it's getting easier with each day. :) emoticon
    2035 days ago
    emoticon So, I have been away from Spark for a while now and I think I am ready to try to get back on track. Looking for motivation by reading success stories...WOW! What amazing people are on this site! I hope I can be as successful as everyone else! Ready or not, I need to make a positive change for me. Changing a lifetime of bad habits is one of the hardest things I will ever do. It's even harder than being a mom! Ready, set, here I go! :)
    2048 days ago
  • v RUTHANNE100
    Thanks for visiting my page & your encouragement on one of my photos...I've added you as a friend so I can cheer for you along the way!
    2350 days ago