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Almost there

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

When I started my Sparkpeople journey I had a few extra pounds, however 2 years into it I was the biggest I had ever been in my life. Now mind you, I was not using the website or it's resourses and was basically living like a hermit. Eating what I wanted, when I wanted and only leaving my apartment to go to work unless someone literally dragged me out of it. My life consisted of eating from only one of the food groups, the one called JUNK FOOD.

Then in 2008, after a doctors trip that advised I was a whopping 196 pounds, I decided to change things. I wanted to be able to get out and do things. I wanted to be able to go out and NOT feel embarrassed about what I looked like. I wanted to get healthy. My mom was diabetic and lost both of her legs before the disease finally claimed her, I didn't want that to be me.

I started slowly by changing the way I ate, started eating at home and bringing my lunch instead of going out to eat at a restaurant every day. That gradually lead to joining a gym and although at first, I only went 3 times a week and hated every minute of it. Gradually that changed.

I still have days where I would rather do something else as compared to dragging my behind to the gym to sweat, today being one of those days, (I'm going to Bed, Bath & Beyond at lunch instead). lol However, those days are fewer and fewer as I find that I like sweating at the gym now, I like being toned and fit and I LOVE being healthy!!!

So today I am 140 pounds and that is 5 pounds away from the original goal that I set for myself in January of 2008.

Now when I get t0 135 pounds, and I will get there, I am going to continue until I reach 125, however the promise I made to myself was that I would go to NYC for a fun filled 5 days with a friend. So when I do get to 135 pounds, that reward is one I am taking. After I get back from NYC, I'll think of something else to do for when I reach the 125 pounds, Ireland maybe?

I want everyone out there to know that you too can do this too. It's definitely a long road and you will have to work hard. Yes, people will help by encouraging you and giving tips and tricks, but in the end it will be your hard work and in the end, you will be the proudest of that fact.

Remember to have fun and give yourself a break once in a while. Don't make this another diet, make it a lifestyle change for the future ... your future!

Jae
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  • CAZGOODY
    Oh I like the idea of going to NYC........what a wonderful treat that will be. You can tell you're really proud of yourself and so you should be emoticon

    I'm treating myself to Hoarcross Hall Spa Hotel.......when I reach my goal and like you I have set myself a realistic goal and then after that I to would like to drop another 10 lb.......but this time it will be for life, I certainly don't want to go backwards ever again.

    Hope you enjoy the rest of the week........good luck

    Caz
    3961 days ago
  • DEBRA_T
    What a great story to read. I especially liked the part about how, despite the encouragement, tips, tricks and inspiration offered by others, each of us has to do the long and lonely work of getting to goal. No one else can police what I am eating, how much I am exercising, how much water I drink, etc. It really is up to me and that gives me the one thing I've been seeking all my life in food ... control. Thanks for posting this and I hope you enjoy NYC and Ireland -- both great places to visit.

    Cheers, Debra

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    3961 days ago
  • ANEILSON
    So happy for you that you are almost at your original goal weight. I hope you and your friend have an awesome time in NYC. You'll have to post lots of pics after your trip.

    I bet you're off to Ireland before you know it. ;)
    3962 days ago
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