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10 months and 5 Days....

Friday, February 17, 2012

That's how long I have been on spark. It has been the best 10 month span I can remember and I have a pretty good memory lol. In those 10 months I have come a long way. Even though I have a long way to go I know something that I did not know when I started this journey. I CAN DO THIS.. So gonna share some pictures of the last 10 months.

This was right before I started on my own




This was after one of my first workouts after joining spark



This was less than a month in



After a month and a half



This was in June in Venezuela




Workout in June



End of June



July



August



September





November





January



February






For further comparison here are some pics from before I started last Feb





Since joining spark I am down 74 pounds. Since restarting my journey last march I am down 86 pounds. From my heaviest I am down 109 pounds so far. I still have a ways to go but I am happy with the progress. It has been a lot of hard work. but it has been so worth it. When I started this journey I really thought I had ate myself into a whole I could never get out of. But I have proven to myself if I work hard enough I can accomplish anything.

I have loved and appreciated the help and support I have found here on spark so much I don't know if I would have been able to stay the course with out all the wonderful support I have found here. Spark has given me way more than I could have dreamed of. It has surely been a huge blessing to me and what I have been able to accomplish. My girl friend who is on the same journey as me has been such a help and a daily inspiration. Seeing her battle through surgery to work out and get back going has showed me there are just no excuses in this. You have to want it bad enough to get moving even when you don't want to and it hurts. All my friends here Colleen, Helene, Sohl, Ken, Holly, The Jen's, Russell, Keisha, Anna and every other friend on my list have given me a push or inspiration to be a little bit better than I thought I could be. That has made all the difference and all the love and support is so truly appreciated.

Even though I am 19lbs from my goal weight this journey doesn't end there. The real goal is to live a happy, healthy life where fear and failure do not control or define me. It is a journey to be better than I was the day before. It is a never ending journey. Which to some could seem discouraging but some time the journey is better than the destination. This is one of those times. I have loved every second that I accomplished something I couldn't before. Every drop of sweat I have left on a gym floor or the pavement is a testament to the work I have put in and I am proud of it. Just goes to show we are all capable of that which we tell ourselves we aren't. So if you are reading this and you are new and have a long way to go. take pride in every step.. Every good meal.. Every fitness minute. Because making the decision to say I can do this.. I can eat better. I can get moving is the best decision you will ever make.

Love you guys more than words can say. Look forward to seeing us all have a fabulous journey into health. Don't wait to be happy when you reach goal. be happy that you are striving for something you haven't done before and be happy right now. Because that is the true goal!!!
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  • KING_SLAYER
    Chris, that was a beautiful blog. (wiping tears)

    You are absolutely correct, we need to live doing this, not wait to live until this journey is over. You are the man and I am glad that I have been able to inspire you (although you are truly the inspiring one). Brother, 'you are the wind beneath my wings'. :)

    And I hope you kicked that storm trooper's butt! Looks like he was asking for it.
    2417 days ago
  • KING_SLAYER
    Chris, that was a beautiful blog. (wiping tears)

    You are absolutely correct, we need to live doing this, not wait to live until this journey is over. You are the man and I am glad that I have been able to inspire you (although you are truly the inspiring one). Brother, 'you are the wind beneath my wings'. :)

    And I hope you kicked that storm trooper's butt! Looks like he was asking for it.
    2417 days ago
  • RIBKNIT
    Not only can you do it, you ARE doing it! And helping others do it too. Thank you for this wonderful blog :)
    2425 days ago
  • FITKIZ
    It's so wonderful to see people making it happen. emoticon
    2429 days ago
  • READY4CHANGE81
    I am so proud of you baby! You have come SO far and continue to keep working hard. You have been my biggest inspiration and rock throughout this whole process! I know you will meet every goal you set because you are so determined!! You're such a stud! ;)
    2431 days ago
  • ANNAHS
    great job. You've come so far! It's amazing! emoticon
    2431 days ago
  • VEGALEGARRETA
    wow..
    la diferencia es notable!!!
    mucho trabajo, resultados admirables!!

    EXITO!! go go go!!!
    2431 days ago
  • 2DANCEAGAIN
    I just love those pics!! What a difference in so many, many ways!! You have been a light at the end of the tunnel for me and I can never thank you enough!
    I am happy right now - happy that I dont feel obsessed with food, happy that I know I can do this too! Happy that I can move better and do 3x's more than I used to.
    AND HAPPY THAT I KNOW YOU!!!
    Love ya Chris,
    Colleen
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    2432 days ago
  • GODSCHILD2_2011
    You have come so far and it is so evident in those posted picture. I truly relate to this blog and I believe by faith that you will be at your goal weight soon.

    It's wonderful to hear that your happy NOW as you're heading toward your GW.

    Thanks for the blog and continued success on your journey.

    emoticon
    2432 days ago
  • SRHALLIN
    Thanks for the shoutout, Chris!

    "Don't wait to be happy when you reach goal. be happy that you are striving for something you haven't done before and be happy right now. Because that is the true goal!!!"

    There is a painful amount of awesome truthfulness in this statement. So many people are discouraged on this journey, but, each hour of each day is an opportunity to be proud of what we *have* accomplished, instead of taking time out from these amazing journeys to kick ourselves for each mistake. It is human to make mistakes; and there is no need to feel shame when they happen. But, the most successful among us are those who let the frustrations of a bad decision fall by the wayside as we pick ourselves up and march forward with a spring in our steps and a song in our heart. A good cadence is great for cardio, after all.

    You are such a positive and motivational figure here at SP and I'm grateful to count and keep you as part of my own high-octane "Power of Positivity" campaign. Keep up the great work, my good man. The results are EXCEPTIONAL. :D
    2433 days ago
  • GRANDEFILLE
    You do know I hope that you have been as helpfull to others as we have been to you if not more. You are right in saying the support here makes the biggest difference. You are also right that this ain't over and will never be. Health if for the rest of our lives. It will just be easier.
    I love that you are happy. I too believe happiness hapens now and for ever. There will be bumps in the road but we will have an overall nice trip as long as we look on the beautifull side of the road and stop looking for what isn't right.

    Glad to be sharing part of your trip. It is a beautifull sight isn't it?

    Thanks for being so supportive and for sharing your journey.

    Have a great day!
    Hélène


    2434 days ago
  • TATYPREZ
    Wow! Seriously! Wow! This is AMAZING! Way to go you are truly inspirational
    2434 days ago
  • REEBADABEEBOOS
    Oh my gosh!!! I love all the pictures you've shared. Not only have you melted away, but you're toning up like crazy. Good for you! And 19 more pounds??? That's NOTHING. You've so got this - you'll be there in no time with how insane your workouts are.

    Thanks for blogging. You write wonderfully and I always enjoy reading your updates. Spark on, friend!!
    2434 days ago
  • ADVENTURESEEKER
    Keep up all the hard work!! You've come a long way! emoticon
    2435 days ago
  • DEC2DEC
    You look fantastic. It's inspiring -- truly -- to see how you've stuck to it, how hard you've worked, and how it has paid off. Thanks for inspiring me!
    2435 days ago
  • RUSSELL_40
    Yes, you have done a great job, and are close to goal weight. Now, you have things you can do because of having a healthier body.. any plans like rock climbing, running a triathlon etc??

    lol. I read Jillian Michaels UNLIMITED, and when she asked what I would do once I accomplished my goal, I was thinking.. enjoy my life more. However, when I get to GW, I will be able to do more things.. I am 85 from goal still, so it is hard to think of the possibilities.. do you have anything that you will be starting, or is the life you have enough, just able to enjoy it more now, with your health?
    2435 days ago
  • CALIPIDGIOUS
    Great job!! Very inspiring!
    2435 days ago
  • HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE
    You look fantastic Chris! You have done such an awesome job transforming yourself. You should be SO proud of what you've accomplished. You're such an inspiration for me and others, and I'm so blessed to have you on this journey. Keep rockin' it and you'll be at goal in no time. ps - thank you for the kind words on my blog. *HUGS* I REALLY appreciate the support.
    2435 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/17/2012 7:12:38 PM
  • ALPHASENIOR
    Lookin' good C.L. And your words are inspiring. Be happy where you are at, and keep enjoying the trip to where you want to be. I agree, and I am happy and a little smug.
    P.S. You make a good Mr. January.
    2435 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/17/2012 6:53:41 PM
  • DAV128
    Great Job. Proud of you. You have a great family and you're taking steps to be sure you'll always be there for them.

    Super emoticon
    2435 days ago
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