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I have wrote a few blogs along this journey about my trials and tribulations. The struggles of being overweight and how I personally battle them. This blog is a celebration though. Of all I have accomplished in a little over 12 months. When I started this I wanted to lose 100 pounds in 12 months. I didn't get there. But overall from my heaviest I am down 114 Pounds. If you would have asked me when I was only 22 pounds away from weighing 400 pounds if I would be here I would have laughed at the absurdity. I had kind of accepted my fate. But hen some thing happened. It clicked that I could do this. I lost 50 pounds long before I found spark. One of my best friends in the world who also had gained a bunch of weight asked me to a challenge. who could lose the most body fat in 6 months. I am a competitive type. I actually beat him in the challenge shed 7% of body fat in 6 months and lost 51 pounds.
Without the challenge keeping me motivated I slowly let the weight creep back on I put on about 30 pounds of it. So last march I restarted I was back over 350 and it was time for a change and this time a permanent one. One thing the previous loss proved to me was I could do something. I just did not really have a grasp on how much. I just decided to focus on doing the work. The tracking, working out making better choices and see where that took me. So below is the year long journey in pics.
Here are a couple pics from Feb & march 2011 before joining.
So this was in April Around when I joined spark...
So looking back at all of these I see I have come a long way. Even though at times it doesn't feel like it. I get upset with myself that I didn't reach all of my goals. That I didn't accomplish everything I had wanted to. In the past that would have made me feel like a failure. But I can't deny the success I have had. I can't deny that the quality of life I have now is better than before... Here are some of the things I have accomplished
I have ran a full mile
I have walked/jogged over 160 miles
I have clocked over 14,000 fitness minutes
I have lost 76 pounds since Joining spark
I have lost 89 pounds since march of last year
I have lost 114 pounds from my heaviest
I have went down 14 inches in my waist
I have climbed a skyscraper (48 flights)
I have inspired friends, family and co-workers (and hopefully those here) to get healthy - MOST important to me!!!
I have walked/jogged 9 miles at once
I have done over 1000 pushups in a month
I have done over 1500 squats in a month
I have eliminated my sleep apnea
I have eliminated my pre-hypertension
I have eliminated my Pre-Diabetes
I have gained confidence
I have gained stamina
Bottom line I have changed my life. I am not at goal weight. I didn't do everything I wanted. But I started. I did the work and I haven't quit. That right there is all that matters.
I couldn't have done all this without the awesome people here. You all have had a huge impact on my life and on this journey. Reading of your trials, tribulations and successes inspire me on a daily basis. It gives me hope that as long as I keep working I will get to where I want to be. I really can't thank you enough. Special kudos to those I started this Journey with. Colleen, Helene, Ken, Shinju, Ribknit. It has been a tough road to hold but getting to know you guys and the support from the beginning has been amazing. To Korina who has helped me beyond words and pushes me and inspires me on a daily basis. I can't be more thankful for spark for letting our paths cross and to be able to share this journey with you. To those I have met along the way. Russell, Sohl, Annah, Gods_child2_2011, Jenn, Julie, Keisha, Holly, Dusty, Tami, CALIPIDGIOUS, Courtney, Adventureseeker, Tina, FITKIZ, JDELEON81, Alpha Senior, EffieAnne, Blundergirl.. Thank you so much for all the support. Getting to know you and your stories and your success have helped me more than I can ever repay.
To all my new friends Chastity, maniklode, msilver94, TATYPREZ, ABeautifulmess. I appreciate the new support and I hope I can help you along your journeys as I have been helped.
To anyone I have missed know that every goodie, blog comment, feed comment, and spark page comment has been appreciated and has helped me achieve what I have so far.
Thank you for suffering through my ramblings... The best part of all of this is I AM NOT DONE YET!!!! Here is to another awesome year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!