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When I began (kinda longish)

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

this journey I did not know which way was up. I knew I wanted to loose weight. I knew I wanted to better myself. I joined a gym a yr prior and you know what...I paid monthly payments and didnt use the gym. Ok ... ummm hello I am paying for something I do not use. I couldnt get out of the contract. So a friend of mine joined the same gym and used me as a reference and I got a gift card. I went to see if I could use it for a personal trainer. I could BUT it would only pay for one session. Whatever. So I had gone prior to meeting up with the trainer but wasnt 100 percent into it. It was when the trainer and I were talking. Where I want to be. What I want to work on etc.. We did a mini work out and I felt great. Sore but great. That was a little less then a year ago. Lets take a journey back another year or so ago.

I lost my job in Jan 2010. I couldnt find a job and worked around the house as well as worked on getting big. I wore a size 22 in pants and was about to hit the next size up. I was sitting at my desk and the arms of the chair went into my upper legs. I had enough. I was just gonna let myself get bigger if I didnt do anything about it. I was on nbc.com biggest loser site boards for a bit. Then the wonderful Diva Sparks team made a group over here. I joined here but left it at that. When I had enough I came back and joined several groups. Two groups helped me out. Diva Sparks and SA Sparks. I remember getting a message from Lillie and she said hey help get SA Sparks up and going. So I started small posts and I felt I helped in a way to get SA off the ground. It was then the other wonderful ladies that joined, made me stronger.

I found a job almost a year ago. And we did a challenge close to the biggest loser and I won!!! I started that journey at 235 pounds. I went down to 173. That was from April 2010 to December 2010, 62 pounds gone!! I am not sure how I did it. I went from a size 22 in pants and today I can wear a size 16. I see the difference physically. I went from Obese to overweight in just 8 months. I was floored to see I could do it! I went to the gym every other day. I did classes most of the time and did one or two days of free weights. I still have a road to go. My final goal is 140's. But I have been at a stand still. (story in the next blog)

I have gained back 7 pounds of the 62 lost. But then again I havent been active like I was back in December. To know we are in May already and for me to not be active like I was 5 months ago I can honestly say I am proud of myself. Why you ask? Because of the following:

I started out 235 pounds, in 8 months I lost 62 pounds *thats a lot of weight to drop in a short time* There was no special diets. I did not fast or made myself get sick. What I did do was receive the right support from two great support groups here on Sparks. I watched my calories and burned my calories every day I could. I vented. I cried. I hurt along this journey. I have made my 8 yr old drop his mouth open when I wore regular street clothes instead of my baggie outfits. His words exact "Wow mom, you look nice. Your getting skinny and I like it" And to not have been active in 5 months and only gain 7 back is wonderful to me.

So here is my challenge. I am gonna TRY and get back on here. However a small obstical is in my way. I am getting promoted at work. Woohooo!!! BUT my hours are about to change. While everyone sleeps I will be up. Maybe not to bad. I am up till 1am mostly anyways. Instead of a morning job I will have the night shift. So my gym time will be changed from evenings to day time. Just something I will have to work out! Like I have worked out so much already in this journey.
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    Omg girlie!! Congrats on getting promoted!!! You so deserve that and more!! I am so super happy and excited for you!!! You have come a long way in your journey I am very proud of your accomplishments!!! Very inspirational and motivational!! You're son is right you look GREAT!!!! (:

    2546 days ago
    You really are an inspiration! I know how tough that night shift can be, but I also know that you CAN and WILL do this. I can only imagine what your son will say when you've reached all your goals. "Do you see my mom over there? Ya that's her, the super hottie!"
    2546 days ago
    And I say, "Good for YOU!" You can make it work and this will be a great year for you and yours.
    2546 days ago
    Congrats on your successes!
    2547 days ago
    You did such a great job, and you are still doing great! Maintaining (gaining 7 is no big deal at all!) is just as hard as losing I think :) You and I are in the same boat sister and we are going to do this!!! Let me know if you want to get together for workouts or walks or anything.

    You are awesome!!!

    2547 days ago
  • ALI_CAT9
    Wow, that is fantastic!!!

    I work nights too! Most times I feel like I'm a day late & a dollar short, when it comes to posts, but I keep chuggin along. I only get online while I'm at work. Which is monday, tuesday & wed. See ya then!!!

    ^5 night owls!!
    2547 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/3/2011 7:09:40 AM
    You've done such a great job!!! Think of being here late like hanging out with all us night owls here, I'm one. Be very proud of all you accomplished and own it diva!
    2547 days ago
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