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A day of Never woulda thunk its lol....

Friday, June 22, 2012

Today has been a rather awesome day! I woke up half awake and jumped on the scale as is customary... Yes I am one of those people that weigh daily... It just keeps calling me.. anyway lol It said 262 today. That is a significant number for me because I haven't been that weight in oh 17 years and it marks 80 pounds lost while being a member of spark!!! I was super excited to hit that mile stone. It also means I am only 3-4 pounds from breaking into the 250's (less than 10 pounds to my first goal weight at that point) and losing 120 pounds total!! It feels so good to see the scale moving again after months of it staying the same!!!

The second huge accomplishment was my personal trainer asked me to accompany her to an event she was asked to speak at. At first I was shocked she had even asked me. I mean I don't see myself as a success story. Honestly the last few months I have felt like anything but one. She asked me to simply share my story and she has done so much for me over the past year there is no way I could turn her down.

So today was the day I was nervous. We were first to speak at the Luncheon. It was a luncheon of patient advocates at local hospitals and they wanted my trainer to speak on how being healthy could better serve them in their jobs. It was a little difficult to get up in a room full of strangers and tell them how bad you let your health get. How you dug your self in a 130+ # hole and at the time didn't see your self getting out of it. I just let them know that you can do it. and sometimes the greatest way to help others is to invest in yourself. I hope I did a good enough job. My trainer did excellent at following up that message on how health really can effect everything in our life and how being healthy enables us to do things we otherwise wouldn't be able to do.

Never would I have thunk it 14 months ago I would have assisted in giving a presentation on health and fitness. I didn't think I would be one of those people who could lose over 10o pounds..

Also on a lighter note I never thought I would wear a pink shirt. So in honor of doing other things I have never done I decided to wear one lol. Korina picked it out for me and I think I even like it lol.

This was just last feb.

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    "I just let them know that you can do it. and sometimes the greatest way to help others is to invest in yourself."

    2319 days ago
    Way to go!!! Looking sharp! The hard work does pay off.

    2336 days ago
    WOW! Great blog and SO SO SO SO SO HAPPY for you!!!!!!! Congratulations!!!
    2337 days ago
    You should be sooo proud! this is awsome! You are a great success but mostly, you are a great person.

    Thanks for all your help!
    2338 days ago

    You look awesome!! wohoo!! So, go ahead .. go go go!!1

    2340 days ago
    Chris, you ARE a success story!!! That's such a fantastic opportunity, congratulations, she definitely chose the right person!!! Whenever I see you're "before" I can't believe it's you.... and you look great in that pink shirt = )
    ps: thanks for the goodie, I really appreciate it = )
    2341 days ago
  • RUSSELL_40
    There is never a point where you think you are a success that should be pointed out, and admired. Even after 140 lbs, I just think of it as what I did to stay alive, and I am still 220-230, so not skinny.

    Not ready for pink yet, but it is a goal of mine. I have switched from black and white T'shirts to lime greens, and sky blue's. I no longer have to worry about looking like a bus if I wear It feels great , huh?

    I wore a pink shirt with light gray slacks in '93 when I weighed 183, and I looked pretty good. Always helps if you're girlfriend says it looks great. No one else's opinion matters.

    You get out of the Big & Tall stores yet? Amazing how cheap you can get colthes at Target, or JC Penney's. No more $80

    Anyways, back to being an inspiration. All you need to be is farther along to be an inspiration. Most people never get past 30-40 lbs lost, so 80 is a huge accomplishment, and you are in rare company, so embrace it. If sports stars can be role models, so can you.
    2342 days ago
    2342 days ago
    WOW! I came back to spark people hoping to find some positive inspiration - and here it is! Good for you! Success breeds success - doesn't it? Keep going!!!!

    (And according to my teenage is cool!)

    2342 days ago
    There's nothing wrong with pink shirts. Congratulations on such a great weight loss. I'm sure you did a great job on the presentation. You are looking great. Now you are inspiring even more people to get healthy and lose weight. Great!
    2342 days ago
    Just fantastic stuff! Congrats!!
    2342 days ago
    You look great in pink!! Your weight loss is inspiration!! Keep telling your story!!
    2342 days ago
    You *are* a success story. Yours is an inspiring story. You lead by example. You keep your eyes focused on your goals, and you never hesitate to help others along the way. You're a constant source of inspiration and motivation to me - and to countless others.

    So, go ahead. Let that sink in. And be prepared to share your story again and again, my friend. People need to know what they are capable of, if they get out of their own way and just try to make their dreams a reality.

    2342 days ago
    You are AWESOME!
    2342 days ago
    That's my friend! you ARE a success story. One that makes me do things I never did before. One that forces me to not quit.


    By the way the shirt looks real good on you...
    2342 days ago
    emoticon you are doing soooooooooooooo well.

    2342 days ago
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    2342 days ago
    Wow brother, now you're a bonafide motivational speaker!!! Time to start charging for big empowering, you can do it speeches! Public speaking can be nerve wracking, especially when you feel that you aren't an expert on the topic. But despite what you may feel, you are an expert at this. YOU have done the work, YOU have chosen the right foods to eat, YOU motivate yourself to get up and get in the gym, YOU motivate myself and many others to do those same things everyday. In my book, that makes you an expert in fitness and healthy living.
    God bless you brother!
    2342 days ago
    I am so proud of all your hard work baby!! You are an inspiration to sooo many including me!! Every min, mile, step, calorie counted, water bottle consumed, and molecule of sweat has been worth it!!! I have no doubt in my mind that you will continue to become a better you an influence others around you!!! I am proud to be with you and that you even have your family on the right track! Teenagers aren't easy to persuade, but your awesome example is enough to change most!! Keep up the great work baby! I am excited to continue on this journey with you! xoxo

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    2342 days ago
    The pink shirt is awesome!!!! and Congrats on your accomplishments. You're an inspiration!
    2342 days ago
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