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I’m Getting Stronger

Thursday, May 28, 2009

I’m getting stronger I can feel it. My daughter asked me today if I felt like I’ve lost any weight. I really didn’t know how to answer the question, so I thought about it for a moment. I then replied, yes I know I have because the scales indicate I have, but most importantly I feel better about myself. She’s on this journey with me; her goal is to lose 25 pounds; she only has 19 more to go. Boy! I have so much more work to do!

I guess I will have to lose a considerable amount before it’s really noticeable to me. Others always see us differently than we see ourselves. But to continue, my daughter and I are on a new path, we no longer over eat, we make healthier food choices and we enjoy planning our meals together. We don’t feel miserable when we go to be because we’ve enforced a food curfew. We rode our bicycle to my mom’s house which is about 2.5 miles away, I pedaled the entire trip, just a few weeks ago I couldn’t ride ¼ mile without stopping.

I’m proud of the progress I’ve made so far (including my daughter), even if I don’t lose 5 pounds this week. I must remind myself of the obstacles I’ve crossed to get to this point right now. I must not give up and if I keep pushing I will meet my goals.

Thank you all for the encouragement you have given me thus far, I believe you must give credit where credit is due. I probably could have done this alone, but it is a blessing to know I don’t have too. I thank God for you all and you are forever in my prayers.

Thanks for listening!

A SparkSister Indeed,

Julynn
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  • MAGGIEYE
    You are going so great! I have 5 daughters, and I know what a blessing and encouragement they can be. Keep it up!
    3454 days ago
  • SAMANTHA19782
    You should be so proud of yourself! And isn't it great to have somebody to do it with that is so supportive! I love hearing about you and your daughter. My mom and I are very close...she is probably one of my best friends at this point in my life. I value her opinion and enjoy our conversations. She and I have a wonderful bond.

    Great job on the bike riding! I want to get a bike. Also isn't it amazing how much of a difference we notice in ourselves just by changing some things...like not eating right up until bed time...my curfew is 7pm. Planning meals, eating better.

    Keep up the good work and you will notice your changes...and you are right...we view ourselves differently then how others see us. I think it is funny almost when somebody asks have you lost weight? I think...why can't I see that!

    Have a great weekend and I will talk to you later!
    Sam
    3454 days ago
  • ZELLAZM
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    Hi Julynn - great insights here!

    Not only are you learning to eat better, but you're learning more about yourself. What you learn on your weight loss journey will help you accomplish great things in other areas as well, I can tell. True, you might not lose as much in one week as you have so far - the pace will slow down some, and you'll be building muscle which is heavier than fat (as you probably know!) - it's good that you're setting realistic expectations for yourself.
    emoticon to your daughter as well - you make a great team!
    Blessings today,
    Michelle
    3454 days ago
  • KEAKMAN
    I love that you can do something physical that only weeks ago would have been impossible! THAT is the true measure of progress.

    If you want a real eye-opener of how far you've come....take a bunch of pictures of yourself. All the parts that aren't so great. I had back fat folds, flabby arms, cellulite thighs, droopy belly flap, swollen hands and feer, etc, etc. Print them, hide them, and tell no one they exist! Then in three or six or nine months take the same pics again and compare. Take new pics, and stash them with the old. Do it again. It is painful to see the first "before" pics, but as you lose weight and build muscle, as you trim up and tone up, your body will change and you will forget just how far you have come.
    3455 days ago
  • RACHELMARLENA
    Julynn that is INCREDIBLE! I am so very proud. I agree, it DOES take a while for others to notice. For me it takes a while for ME to notice, because I still have days where I feel bigger than I was at the beginning (the mind can be so terribly mean!). Obviously, you ARE losing weight and you are increasing your endurance, your strength, everything. I am so happy for you that your daughter is on the journey with you -- it makes things much easier to have a buddy!
    xoxo
    Rachel
    3455 days ago
  • NYCFA1
    You have such a positive outlook on this journey. It's inspiring to me. I think it's great you and your daughter and doing this together! emoticon
    3455 days ago
  • JESSIEW84
    Wow, what a great blog. Keep that positive outlook and you can accomplish all you desire!
    3455 days ago
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