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What a difference a year makes.....

Monday, April 16, 2012

***** WARNING: This is extremely long*********

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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • GOOBER2992
    I want your success! The change is amazing! Not only did your body shape change, but I see your confidence increase. ALOT! Great job!
    2511 days ago
    You have done the do!! I am awe struck!! Their is hope for me!!!
    2519 days ago
    This is wonderful! So happy for you!
    2536 days ago
    Wow! Very impressive! You inspire me big time! Keep it up! The results really show and IMO you are totally worth it! Lots of love and big hug!
    2545 days ago
    Oh Chris, how very, very far you have come!! Im so proud of YOU and so happy for the whole world!! Your love, joy and inspiration ripple out from one person to another till they cover the whole planet!! Your heart has grown to the size you used to be!! Im honored and estatic to be your spark friend and spark start date buddy!! April 12th, 2011. I will always remember it and you when I count my many, many blessings.
    I love you and affirm the best and highest for you always!
    2551 days ago
    emoticon Way to go! You look amazing!
    2552 days ago
    It's not about how fast you get there - just that you get there! And no matter what the scale says, you ARE there because you have changed your life. You have also changed other peoples' lives. You are an inspiration and a wonderful example of one of my favorite quotes from Ralph Waldo Emerson: "Do the thing and you will have the power." You are doing the thing and look at what power it has given you over your life and choices. Thank you for a wonderful blog and here's to another great year!
    2554 days ago
    What an amazing transformation! This is really inspirational.

    2555 days ago
    Well said, and well done! Thanks for the wonderful blog. The pictures only scratch the surface of the person you are!
    2559 days ago
    What an awesome testimony to what perseverance can accomplish! Your journey is an inspiration and I thank you for sharing and letting us join in your celebration!
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    2559 days ago
    There are not enough words for me to express how PROUD of you I am!!! Your drive, dedication, and motivation continue to inspire me daily. You have accomplished so much in the last year and I KNOW you will reach each and every one of your goals!!! Keep up the great work baby! You're an amazing person inside & out!

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    2562 days ago
  • RUSSELL_40
    Happy Sparkversary. Hope during this next year, you can enjoy the weight loss of the last year, by doing so much more physically, and add to it, with continued success.
    2562 days ago
    You've come such a long way, man. Meeting you here, and having you to share information, resources, and inspirations with has made a huge difference for me and helped to keep me on the proverbial straight and narrow. You're an absolutely amazing person, and we're just as blessed to have you in our corners as we are privileged to stand in yours. Thanks for the shoutout. :) Here's to another awesome Sparkiversary!
    2562 days ago
    Wow, good for you. Keep up the good work.
    2562 days ago
    emoticon you rock.
    2563 days ago
  • no profile photo FITKAT62
    Love the photo with both your legs in one pant leg!
    2563 days ago
    You have done SO well and you should be SO proud of what you've accomplished!!! When there are goals I don't meet, i know it's simply because I'm living my life, and it didn't happen to fit into my schedule at THAT time = ) I know I'll get there eventually, and so will you! You're awesome Chris, congratulations on all of your accomplishments, I'm glad to be on this journey with you!
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    2563 days ago
    Congratulations!! You have worked so hard and deserve every bit of your success and then some! emoticon emoticon
    2563 days ago
    The photo of "all" of you in one leg of your jeans is very inspirational. Thank you for sharing.
    2563 days ago
    Good job Chris. You should be very proud of yourself!
    2563 days ago
    Look at you all handsome and more fit! Smaller! Woohoo! What a great set of accomplishments! Keep up the hard work!
    2563 days ago
    You've done so well! What a difference from picture #1 to the last one! Keep up the great work!
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    2563 days ago
  • -RUBIES-
    This is a great blog! I love the list of accomplishments. Keep pushing forward. Keep making it happen.
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    2563 days ago
    Chris you are such an amazing man! You did all that and will continue to do more.
    Congratulations on all that you have done for yourself!
    2563 days ago
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