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Since Nov. 14, 2012 I Am Down 49.4 Pounds!

Sunday, June 30, 2013

I have to be truthful and say I never thought I'd see this day.

That's not to say I didn't think I could lose that much weight...I'd done that part many times before. The difference is the way I lost it, and the fact that I never plan to gain it again!

This time, there's been a change in my way of thinking. This time I lost it slowly and steadily. This time I know I can keep it off, because my outlook on weight loss has made a radical about face.

Almost every time I've lost weight in the past, I did it without doing any exercise. I had seen friends lose weight while exercising, and if they skipped a week of exercise they would gain a lot back, because they still ate the same amount.

In my skewed way of thinking, I blamed the exercise. I figured if I could lose the weight without doing exercise, it should stay off. Of course that didn't happen! It might have taken a little longer to come back on me, but every pound still came back, and brought some friends with it.

Then there was the year I joined a Diet-A-Thon and lost weight to raise money for a charity. Since there was a time limit on that, and I wanted to lose as much as possible, I bought an exercise bike to help...along with cutting my food intake as much as possible. I lost so much weight, I even won a prize. (a one year membership to a gym - which I didn't use)

That time, I actually kept most of the weight off for several years, till I was put on steroids for allergies, and gained 100 pounds in a year. When I complained to the doctor about all the weight I was gaining, his answer was, "Well, would you rather be sick or fat?" Needless to say, I actually didn't want to be either!

Then there was the time I lost weight doing the Weigh Down Workshop. They stress losing weight without doing exercise, so that was right up my alley. The pounds were melting off so fast, I was at the thrift store almost every week buying pants that wouldn't fall off. I can't remember how much I lost, but it was very noticeable. But, once again, I didn't change my way of thinking, and every pound was back within a year or two...with some cousins this time!

I had basically given up on weight loss. I figured I was just meant to be a big woman. (read FAT)

If it hadn't been for my new pain management doctor insisting I lose weight to help my Fibromyalgia pain, I wouldn't be here now. My GP never mentioned my weight, my Cardiologist didn't mention my weight, and my previous pain management doctor hadn't mentioned my weight.

I thank God for my new PM doctor, and I thank God for guiding me to do a web search which brought up SparkPeople.

I now have a completely different attitude concerning exercise. I now know this has to be a new way of living...not a diet. With Gods help, I will one day be at my goal weight, and stay there (within a few pounds) for the rest of my life!
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    1779 days ago
  • JILL313
    Ramona, You are an inspiration for me and many others here. You've done an amazing job of losing weight the healthy way by eating less, exercising more and changing some unhealthy habits for healthy ones. I do love SP as it's become a way of Life for me and I can't imagine not having the encouraged and help from SP friends. It's enriched my life in so many ways and it sounds like it also has yours. I hope in the near future you can post up some before & after pictures of yourself. I am very proud of you. Keep taking really good care of Yourself. So happy you're on the Team with me as I love seeing you around the team. Enjoy another Happy & Healthy new Week & month.

    Hugs & Love,

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    1785 days ago
    I am so glad to hear that you are so close to your goal weight!

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    SUPER JOB! It looks marvelous on you! emoticon
    1785 days ago
    emoticon emoticon emoticon YOU ROCK!!!!!!
    1785 days ago
    Your blog is INCREDIBLY inspiring. I found myself nodding my head in response because while the names were different, the circumstances were pretty much the same. The most impressive thing for me is the IMPROVEMENT in areas of my health that have no apparent connection to weight - my ALLERGIES have improved, my pain level has dropped (not just in my knees, but in my fingers - they weren't really that fat AND they weren't having extra pressure put on them because of my weight). It sounds like you have learned a lot about yourself and about what works for you.
    1786 days ago
    What an awesome job you've done. Keep it up!!
    1786 days ago
    Ramona, What an emoticon Blog I really enjoyed reading it!

    Hugs, Gail
    1786 days ago
    Proud of you! I think some of us can relate to your story...I know I can! I have lost and gained 1000 lbs in the last 40 years!
    But you finally got the spark!....and you're doing wonderful!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1786 days ago
  • GAYLA1271
    Wow...good for you and thanks for inspiring me.

    1786 days ago
    50 pounds lost since November is impressive.
    you are right about the attitude, that is what it takes. emoticon
    1786 days ago
    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I am so very proud of you!!!!!!!!!!!
    1786 days ago
    Love to check in on Spark and right away read such uplifting good news.
    Your years of trying all those diets, the success only to have the weight come back with a vengence, I know that feeling.
    Sometimes we have to hit bottom, I know I did. There is that moment ,that a glimmer of light comes through and we try again, never really giving up, but almost. And it was good news that you too had a carrying Doctor that was there to give you encouragement. I too experienced that.
    But I can say with all honesty I don't know if I would have had my success and be where I am now if not for Spark. The support and motivation, the friends, people, mostly women who are or have been in the same boat, it's been my lifeline.
    I think you might feel that way too.
    Good luck , keep up the good work. For being healthy and fit is work. It just doesn't happen.
    Take care, be strong, stay positive.
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    1786 days ago
    Congrats Ramona - that is wonderful! You are an inspiration - it's taken me a year to lose what you did! Good for you! Sprinkle some of your magic dust this way! LOL Jackie
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    I'm so happy for you. Reading your blog, I had to check and make sure I hadn't written it....REALLY! I've done WW many times, very successfully. I've even done Weigh Down Workshop...lost 52 lbs. I gained from meds, hurt myself at the gym so stopped exercising and gained back...all of it. And I've ALWAYS said that "every pound came back and brought friends with it".

    I guess it just shows how much many of us have in common.

    I wish you all the best in your journey here, sister! With God's help, we can do it.

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