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What Two Years With Sparkpeople Helped Me Accomplish

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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Wow, I can't believe I've been on this journey for 2 years. When I started I was going to get to my goal in 18 months, because how hard could it be, right?!? Boy was I in for a surprise! Two years, of exercising, eating right, and believing that my goal IS attainable, and I still have 32 pounds to go, lol. Who knew! I've been going back and forth as to what I should write about. We all know how hard this is, we all know how to do this, we all know this journey takes you on this intense roller coaster of a ride, so WHAT do I write about for my 2 year anniversary?

I decided just to state the facts:
Starting weight 307

Current weight 172

I went from a BMI of 60 to 33.6

I've lost 135 pounds, that's about as much as both of my kids together!

88.5 pounds the first year and 46.5 the second. It averages out to about 1.3 pounds per week. Some weeks I lost more, some weeks I gained, but if I can average 1.3 pound for the next 26 weeks, it will put me at my goal weight by my birthday this year.

I've lost a total of 84.5 inches over my entire body.

In inches, my waist has gone from 59 to 34, my hips from 59 to 42, each thigh from 34 to 23, each calf from 19 to 15.5, each arm from 20 to 15, and my neck went from 16 to 12.5.

I've gone from a size 28 jeans to a 14 or 16, depending on the brand

And from a 4X shirt to a M or L, again depending on the brand

Over the last 2 years, I've finally started living my life. I've gone to the beach, the water park, and amusement park, camping, hiking, completed 10 5K's, taken up biking, Zumba, kick boxing, gotten the kids interested in being healthy, gotten my dad involved, and hopefully inspired others to change their lives.

For the remainder of this year, I have a few things planned. There are a few more 5K's I'll be doing, including RUNNING the Turkey Trot at Thanksgiving. In September, for my husband's birthday, we're going to bike around the peninsula which is 13 miles. I have promised myself that I will get serious about ST and get it done at least 2 times a week. And my biggest goal is to get to my goal weight by the end of this year.

I've also been thinking about what has helped me the most over these last 2 years, and it really comes down to just a few key things for me...

CONSISTENCY... when I'm consistent, I see much better progress, on the scale as well as emotionally. SUSTAINABILITY... I decided when I started this, that I wasn't going to do anything that I couldn't do for the rest of my life. I won't work out 2 hours a day when I'm 60, so I'm not doing it now. 30-45 minutes 4-6 days a week is all I'm willing to do. That's also why I will never cut anything out of my diet. I may not eat a lot of the same foods that I used to, but nothing is off limits. If I want it, I'll eat it. And the MOST important thing, DO NOT GIVE UP! If I gave up every time the scale went up, every time I ate over calories, every time I didn't get a workout in, I'd still be over 300 pounds. YES, I've had bad days, but I NEVER gave up.

What has two years with spark helped me accomplish...

Hmmm, I'd say quit a bit!
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  • BROWNIE223
    Awesome post!
    2189 days ago
    Congrats and with your commitment I know you will succeed and reach your goal. Thanks for your awesome blog:)
    2189 days ago
    Oh my thank you for sharing your story. You are so inspiring and you look amazing. Congrats! Now kick those last 34 pounds in the hiney!! You will absolutely do it! emoticon
    2189 days ago
    What a great blog........... emoticon on all you have accomplished and I wish you the best throughout the remainder of your journey.
    emoticon for being such a wonderful inspiration.
    2189 days ago
    Congratulations on your accomplishments!
    Your smile tells the story!
    I wish you well as you continue the journey!!

    2189 days ago
    I must say you ARE BEAUTIFUL!! (I got tears reading and when I saw your children) Your success, I am sure has added years of happiness and health to your life and enjoyment w/ your kids! ....... How fantastic you have found all those fun ways to exercise ...... and thanks for sharing w/ all of us! Truly reading your story is a blessing and I hope you will share again. (I am sure you have many wise nuggets) ....... emoticon (btw: I think your hairdo is really cute on you) 2B/ jan
    2189 days ago
    What an inspiring blog!!!! It proves to me that with determination & being consistant I can.....WILL get to my goal. Granted it will not be in 2 years but I will get there. emoticon
    2189 days ago
    Thank you for not giving up. I agree with all the reason you were successful. I follow the same plan. So far from 208 to 170. Its the forever plan that is doable that works.
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  • SUSANK16
    Great pics - you look beautiful

    2189 days ago
    Wow!! That's AMAZING!! emoticon and emoticon for sharing your story -- truly inspiring!
    2190 days ago
    More than FANTASTIC!!! Accomplishment stories are so inspiring!!
    I LOVE to hear the tenacity and 'stick-with-it' attitude!!
    Love seeing the pictures, you have LOTS to be proud of! emoticon
    2190 days ago
  • JIBBIE49
    emoticon Wonderful to see your blog featured in the Spark Mail. What an honor. emoticon Amazing how in your Before pictures you look like you have to be your MOTHER. What a difference in how much younger you look now. emoticon
    2190 days ago
    Wow, what an encouraging and inspiring blog. Congratulations seems like a tame expression for such success. Good luck and future successes. Thanks so much for you honesty and pictures are so amazing at telling a story.
    2190 days ago
    You are beautiful and you have accomplished so much! You will reach your goal...I belileve that with all my heart!


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  • GUNTHER110
    You look fantastic!
    2190 days ago
    You look AMAZING! Great job! Keep it up! You are an inspiration!!! emoticon
    2190 days ago
    You look amazing well done keep it up. I want to be sharing my story one day to, and I will get there. I am in no hurry. Just want to be healthy emoticon
    2190 days ago
    Amazing! Thanks so much for sharing your 2 years' success with us.
    2190 days ago
    you look great!!! congrats on losing 135, wow!!!

    2190 days ago
    Congratulations!!!! You look great and I know that you must feel great, too. I look forward to hearing about your continued progress. It really is inspirational.
    2190 days ago
  • RYSA38692
    Wow, what a difference!! Very motivating! I hope I am as successful as you after 2 years.
    2190 days ago
    I've been doing SP for about 2 and half years now.
    Same as you, not doing things that don't fit into my lifestyle, not giving up foods, not doing exercise I don't like or can't continue with.
    Consistency is defiantly the key!
    Its slow going sometimes but as long as I'm not gaining, I'm happy! 42 pounds down, I have another 45 pounds to reach my goal of 140. Its great to actually lose it, be healthy and not suffer while doing it!

    2190 days ago
    I am so impressed. Seeing is believing and I believe that you are inspiring!!!
    2190 days ago
    So inspiring emoticon
    2190 days ago
    how great thou art!! emoticon
    2190 days ago
    Congrats on all your progress! It's very exciting that you have come so far and being so close to your goal. Keep up the hardwork, your story is a great inspiration.
    2190 days ago
    Thank you for sharing your story. I am new to SparkPeople and you have given me the motivation and inspiration to really tackle the extra weight I have been carrying for years now. Well done on your achievements. Best wishes, A
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    Wow! 2 years have transformed you! way to go, girl. you look beautiful and healthy.
    I added a second 1 or 2 mile walk later in the day a few days a week to my morning 4 mile walk - and it helped me to move on toward goal. maybe try that until your birthday and see what happens! your story and especially your pictures with your kids in the old pants, and YOU with your arms in there and room to spare are so dramatic and motivating. emoticon
    2190 days ago
    You look wonderful! You have accomplished so much. I love your advice. No food is off limit...you're only willing to work out a certain amount that is sustainable longterm. Very good points!

    How great that you have gotten your kids and dad involved in fitness! You're doing races...biking...Zumba...your life sounds active, fun, and you are full of energy! You look beautiful and happy! So glad for what you've achieved. A very full, active life and inspiring those around you! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2190 days ago
    Congratulations on your new life! I know your kids are too young to appreciate the gift you have given them by losing this weight, but someday they will realize it. You will help them to stay fit and active, healthier, and live better lives, along with all the things it has done for you! You ROCK!!!
    2190 days ago
    Congratulations! What an inspiration.
    2190 days ago
    Thank you for inspiring me. I just started the journey this week. Consistency and persistence are what I need most.
    2190 days ago
  • SENIOR62
    Just wanted to say you look great. What an accomplishment. Wish I had your stamina. Keep up the good work. It's really paying off in a big way.
    2190 days ago
    I like how you said that over the past two years, "I finally started living my life.". I'm always surprised at how much more vital I feel living a healthy lifestyle.
    2190 days ago
  • BIBS4664
    Congratulations. You look awesome. Thanks for sharing.
    2190 days ago
    This was encouraging..I lost 10 pounds the first two weeks I started in March and then another 2 pounds along the way....Then nothing............I started to weaken from discouragement...Didn't eat ''crazy''' just didn't count calories...Here I am ...I have gained back 6 pounds over the last month..I was discouraged about the weight gain until I read this...I think I can now ''start over''...continue on and I know in time I will have the results I am looking for...
    2190 days ago
  • SUNNY332
    AWESOME! Love your hair - looks like my new cut.

    Nice to meet you and here is a emoticon to continue success.

    2190 days ago
  • BOOKMOM101
    This is exactly what I needed to hear. I have come to point of being right where you are with your philosophy: I need it to make sense with my life if it's going to be a lifestyle change. No more diets, I can't do two hour workouts everyday. I want to model healthy choices to my daughter. I have just not felt confident that making those small changes will matter because the effects are so slow. So I get discouraged and fall back into bad habits. But you're right. With anything in life it is the consistency of doing it over time. Whether it's learning to play an instrument, disciplining my child, keeping my house clean, finishing a book, studying my bible, working on relationships . . . or losing weight and getting healthy. Consistent steps over time.

    Thank you! You are the inspiration that I needed!
    2190 days ago
    Thanks so much for posting! Such an inspiration, I am constantly inspired here on Sparkpeople and it gives me hope and encouragement that I too can get to my goal weight. That it is possible and that people are doing it using the same techniques that I am and not with some magic pill or formula that I can't get my hands on. :) Thanks so much, you look beautiful and super fit. Congrats on everything and I pray you get to your goal weight by the end of this year like you want.
    2190 days ago
    Wow! You look amazing!

    You give everyone inspiration that if we just keep going we WILL get there. It's like you said, it's just going to take longer than we think, but so what. It will happen.

    Thanks for sharing! What cute kids!

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  • BRIAN36
    Your comment about sustainability is dead on. Making changes that you know you can do for the rest of your life is the foundation. I think we need to think outside the box once in awhile to keep looking for different things that we might like, but if you can't see yourself doing it years from now then it isn't something you're going to stick with. I'm coming up on 5 years since I lost that first pound. I can't stress enough how important that sustainability is.
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    Good for you!!! What an awesome story. :)
    2190 days ago
  • JILL313
    You are so beautiful. . .what a positive difference in your life. You can now better enjoy life and being active with your family. You give really good advice and I will take it to heart. Thank you for your inspiring words. . .
    2190 days ago
    emoticon You are amazing!

    My goal is to be able to write these same words in my future. Two years is nothing if we consider how long it took us to actually gain all the weight we are trying to lose.

    I love the picture of your two children with your jeans! What a great visual testimonial to your success!

    Thank you so much for sharing your Spark journey with us.
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  • JESSICA_956
    amazing transformation! such an inspiring weight loss and to see how much you are LIVING now, actually living by doing the 5ks and all the other fun things most of us miss out on because of our weight. I am soo happy for you and hope to one day be able to say that I too am living my life to the fullest emoticon
    2190 days ago
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