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Continuing the Journey... Week 2 weigh in.

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

I have been on Spark since April 2011. I have had more success using the things I have learned here than I ever thought I would. I am 100 pounds lighter than my heaviest weight and it feels really good. However I am not done yet. The last year I have been pretty stagnant as far as weight loss is concerned. However instead of being down about it I can say I have successfully maintained a 100 pound loss for over a year. I am very proud of that feat. I was never able to keep weight off like I have the last year. When I started this journey I didn't even think I would lose 100 pounds let alone be able to keep it off. So I am very proud I was able to do that.

However I have not reached my goal so with the start of the year I restarted my journey. I made no resolutions but I did make a promise to myself not to quit on this when I started and I am renewing the journey to continue to go down. I have hit 260 lbs twice on this journey but have bounced back above that number I started the year at 279.8 almost 20 pounds from my lowest. While it is discouraging to have to lose the same weight again the damage was done now I am left with what to do about it. I could continue to gain or I can continue to fight I will continue to fight. So I am borrowing my good Spark Friend Ken's style and I am doing weigh ins every Tuesday good or bad. The first was on the first of the year. I will use my highest recorded weight (although I suspect I was larger than this at one time) report the weight change in the week. the total lost from my highest and how many pounds to goal I have. So enough with the talk here are the numbers.

Starting weight 380 lbs
1/1/2013 weight 279.8 lbs
week 2 weight 278.0 lbs
Difference -1.8 lbs
Total weight lost 102.0 lbs
lbs to goal 28.0

So I was able to lose almost 2 pounds this first week. Which isn't great and during the week I weighed in lower but an over indulgent weekend kind of derailed my progress. But if I can maintain this pace I will be at goal weight by my 2nd Spark anniversary! It took me over 17 years to put on this weight if I can take it off in two I think that is quite an accomplishment!
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  • RBOYD41
    emoticon emoticon ...hang in there with me emoticon we all go through the stages and I am telling you WE WILL KEEP ON PUSHING !! emoticon
    2099 days ago
  • GODSCHILD2_2011
    Chris~ I too have gained weight since the holidays and lost a little motivation along with way. 2013 is a new year, a new beginning and an opportunity to have a fresh start.

    If you look at the big picture, though you might have had some TEMPORARY setbacks, you are doing quite well. Congrats on the 100 weigh lost!

    Your determination to keep going and not give up is going to lead you straight to successville if there is such a word. Well, I know it's not really a word but you get my point. emoticon

    Much success to you in 2013!!!

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    2099 days ago
  • BOLEBRON
    You are in the right and remember that some weeks are better than others. emoticon
    2100 days ago
  • THERIN52
    I have to say your enthusiasm, drive and positive outlook is so encouraging, to be able to look at a year and see so much of the silver lining you have achieved is very inspiring!
    2103 days ago
  • GRANDEFILLE
    you have every reason to be proud of yourself! Maintaining a loss is fantastic! I know you will achieve whatever you decide to achieve. You are that type of person.
    Let me tell you one thing :
    I am lucky that I can call you friend!

    keep going!
    2103 days ago
  • PROJECT_SUSAN
    I am so proud of all that you have accomplished. You are truly an inspiration. Not only have you lost 102 pounds but like you said, you have maintained that loss. That is something that most people can't say.

    emoticon I am sure that by that 2nd Sparkversary, you will be at your goal!

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    2103 days ago
  • READY4CHANGE81
    I am so proud of you!! You've been a great example to everyone here!!! I have no doubt you will meet all your goals! love you! I am so blessed to have you by my side through this journey! You make the tough days easier! xoxo
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    2103 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/10/2013 10:11:32 PM
  • TWENKY215
    Mark 9:23
    Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.

    With His help, anything is possible.
    Christine emoticon
    2104 days ago
  • 1FARMER
    You're doing a great job. You can and will succeed. emoticon emoticon
    2104 days ago
  • _BABE_
    One hundred pounds gone is fantastic and you know it has changed your life. Keeping it off is the tough part and you have done that for a year as well...so good on you. If you took a break for any variety of reasons it had to be...sometimes your body needs to adjust and sometimes its your head....2013 is the year you will reach your goal. emoticon
    2104 days ago
  • HHB4181
    Maintenence is hard and 100 lbs is AMAZING! emoticon
    Just keep it up. 2013 is a new year emoticon
    2104 days ago
  • RIBKNIT
    I think you make a lot of sense. Thank you for sharing :)
    2105 days ago
  • CLRWILLIAMS25
    I think a 2 pound loss for the week is great, especially since you had an indulgent weekend. emoticon emoticon
    2105 days ago
  • JULIA_211
    You've come a long way! emoticon emoticon
    For me, the hardest part of weight loss is keeping it off, and you've managed to keep off 100 pounds! That is a heck of an accomplishment! emoticon

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    2105 days ago
  • DOVESEYES
    This blog is so inspirational, thanks for posting, it shows how far you have come and that you are determined to go on.

    Keep up the great work emoticon
    2105 days ago
  • ADVENTURESEEKER
    WOOOHOOO on this super awesome accomplishment!! You rock!
    2105 days ago
  • DIANER2014
    Congratulations on your weight loss and maintaining for a year! You have done an amazing job! You are such an inspiration! Good luck on reaching your goal weight! emoticon emoticon
    2105 days ago
  • CINNAMARIE
    You just ROCK! Pure and simple! 100 lbs down! And you WILL keep on! Excuse me... 102 lbs DOWN! LOL I mistyped!

    You will DO THIS! You have done it. Oh... too soon? ;-) just kidding!

    Show us how it's done! I'm waiting to see you do this!
    2105 days ago
  • KING_SLAYER
    Chris, every family has it's little traditions, the special little things that may mean nothing to everyone else, but mean something special to those family members. In my family when someone does something good, out of their way good or just nails something they've been working on, my dad gives them an "atta boy!". Just two simple words to acknowledge what you've done, seems like nothing, but it is special here.

    I want to give you a big "Atta Boy!" Your perseverance and determination are like a beacon from a lighthouse clouded in fog. You give so many people the motivation to keep pushing, myself being one of them.

    As you know I have crossed the 100 lbs lost barrier twice (soon to be three times lol) and it does get old losing the same weight over and over again. But it's better than the alternative, gaining some back and then gaining more!

    Keep up the good fight Chris, as I know you will. I am proud to call you my brother!
    2105 days ago
  • RUSSELL_40
    This is no different than 300 lb barrier. Once you break through 260, you can forget about it. For me, it is 215 right now. I was down there last spring, after being 280 on New Year's, and this year I stayed between 215-230. They are just mental barriers. At 215 I felt good, and relaxed. You probably feel the same. Once it creeps back up to 280, you say whoa, but at 260, you feel great, and life happens.

    Aim for 250, and I'll aim for 200. Kind of like karate. Think through the board..lol. I keep aiming for 215, and bouncing back. I am aiming for 200, but in the back of my mind I will note when I hit 214.

    You are a tall guy, so you probably are pretty healthy at 250-260, so now, you are kind of doing it for looks. As someone who was always overweight, I hope to one day be in GREAT shape, even if it is just vanity..lol.

    Keep fighting. It will happen.
    2105 days ago
  • AUSFAM
    Holy cow--you maintained a 100# loss for a year!!!! That is something to be proud of! Maintenance scares the crap out of me, but you are an inspiration that it can be done--and done well--thank you for posting this blog. It's an encouragement for me!
    2105 days ago
  • LIVINGFREE19
    This is just amazing how you have lost so much weight!
    100 pounds is no small feat for sure!
    You are very inspiring to us all!

    2105 days ago
  • HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE
    Maintaining the 100 pound loss is WAY more important than the 20 you have to re-lose. My first weigh in of the year will be this Friday and I have NO doubt that I will be re-losing as well. You've done a great job Chris, you should be very proud of yourself.
    2105 days ago
  • AHTRAP
    You need a title for this show. How about, "Phase II - No trouble in Paradise"?

    Ok, ok, too cheesy...just get it done...here's to shedding new weight!
    2105 days ago
  • TEACHFIRST268
    WOW! Yes, losing and maintaining your loss is just as much a success! A fellow sparker sent me a link to an article a while back, noting the benefits of maintaining a loss during the weight loss process. It claimed that these folks tend to be more successful once goal weight is achieved. So - there's another positive for you!

    Keep up the amazing work. And no turning your nose up at a two pound loss, mister!! That is AWESOME and 2 less pounds you need to lose!

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    2105 days ago
  • MSROZZIE
    emoticon on losing 100 lbs and continuing your fitness and weight management journey. Good Luck! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2105 days ago
  • EFFIEANNIE
    Sounds like a great plan. Good luck to you on your remaining loss. Congratulations on achieving and maintaining a 100 pound loss!! emoticon emoticon
    2105 days ago
  • MARJIMAC63
    You're absolutely right--maintaining a 100lb weight loss IS a feat. Really, it's more difficult because it's less glamorous than losing weight. No one but you may notice that you are still actively working hard at practicing healthy behaviors.

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    2105 days ago
  • FITWITHIN
    Stay strong and continue to be positive during your journey. You will achieve each goal that you have set for yourself. Congrats on being able to keep 100 lbs. off that's an amazing accomplishment and my hat is off to you my emoticon . I know how you feel about keep losing the same pounds. I going to change that this year. Keep up the good work and emoticon . emoticon
    2105 days ago
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