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Progress Report -- My Journey w/ Spark thus far... INDEPENDENCE DAY CHALLENGE DAY7

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

As of today I have been 100% committed to SparkPeople and this journey for 72 days. To be honest, that is 71 days longer than I anticipated this journey to last. But, I am simply in love with Spark, my growing self-confidence, my increasing energy level, and my slimming waist line that I do not think I EVER want to stop! emoticon

I started trying to become a healthier woman in March 2010. I stepped on the scale one Sunday morning and saw 189.4# flash before my eyes (to be honest I bet it was above 190# on various days as well...) I was appalled that I would be at the 200# mark in just 10 pounds. I never in my life thought I would be that close to weighing 200#. I was disgusted with myself and how I had let myself have zero regard for what I was putting into my body.

Today I stepped on the scale, 72 days later, weighing 171.4#. I have successfully lost 18# in those 10ish weeks and I am very proud of how far I have come. I am only 2# away from losing 20#, the half-way point between my start and initial goal. I only have 6.5# more to lose between now and July 4th to reach my 4th of July goal weight of 165#!!! emoticon

Everyday I notice my pants appearing larger and my waist appearing smaller. I have noticed by bras becoming to large and my rings slipping off my fingers with more ease than before.

I wore a dress last weekend for an entire day without the pain of my legs rubbing together, literally causing a rash.

My belts are all, well most of them, on the last notch. I am going to have to make new holes so that I can keep wearing them.

I have gone from having an obese BMI to one that is overweight. I am 20# away from being "normal"... WOW!?.. me NORMAL?! Who would have ever thought?!?!?!?!

I can now run a full 3.1 miles, or a 5k. I have my first official race on June 19th. I have finished C25K and even sent my first PR yesterday of 37:19 for 3.14 miles..... and to think I used to hate running and actually dreaded it for the majority of my life.

I love to cook and love to try new, healthy recipes full of colorful fruits and vegetables. I probably cook 3-4 new recipes a week. I love it and so does my Fiancée. He is even losing a little weight as well as a result.

I have more energy each and every day to get out of bed and be productive. Because of this I am always looking for more to do. My house is now cleaner and I no longer want to spend all my weekends on the couch. I want to go out and explore LIFE.

All of theses significant changes that I have noticed in my life over the last 72 days. In 72 days I have created a new me. I am more outgoing, I have a more positive outlook on life.

My wedding is 11 months from yesterday. I am excited to be the center of attention. I actually want all eyes on me as I know I will be a beautiful bride, just as I deserve to be. I think this is the first time, that I have actually admitted wanting people to notice me.

Today I am going to go for another run. I love the thrill of accomplishing something that was once thought to be impossible.

Now this is my reality, and I am enjoying it 100% every step of the way.

Best wishes to all.

With Love,
Ashley
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  • SILVERCHICK
    Wow, such an inspiring post! You've done such a great job, I hope I can be where you are 72 days from the beginning of my journey! Amazing job!
    4031 days ago
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