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Sometimes A Small Change Can Make ALL the Difference

Monday, October 07, 2013

I always hear about people having an "ah ha!" moment. And that's their turning point in their lives to make things better, to do things right and to make themselves proud. But not everyone has that moment. Sometimes it's a series of events that leads us to a conclusion. Sometimes it's just that moment where you say, "I've had enough!" Then you formulate a plan of attack.

I've never had that "ah ha!" moment. BUT i have had some amazing encouragement along the way. Sometimes just hearing a, "Go get'em" or "make me/you proud" or "You've got this" can continue to spark that drive to keep going.

I can see changes in me. I can see where my hard work is starting to pay off. It's just so hard sometimes to acknowledge it. It's as if I think that if I start to notice it, things will fall apart on me. The truth is, i'm working hard...harder then i'm used to working.

You've seen this picture before:

I was somewhere between 302-320+ pounds. I guess because i'm not positive of my weight then. I mean really, who wants to know their weight when you know it's just gonna make you cry and feel ashamed?

Now, here's where i start to notice changes. Here's a picture from this weekend:

I'm right around 258lbs.

Here's the other view:

(I needed a full length mirror so i sat it in my bathroom)

So i can see the changes happening.

What did it take?


It simply took some believing.

I can have others encourage me all day long, BUT until i started to believe in myself i was just playing a game. Now i'm in it to win my life back.

Here's another thing. All i'm really doing is walking. I started to run a little, but not enough to amount to anything heroic. I place one foot in front of the other and I keep on going.

This past weekend our training for the Susan G Komen, 3 day, 60 Mile Breast Cancer Walk called for 18 miles on Saturday and 15 miles on Sunday. This would DEFINITELY have been my longest distance to date.


On Saturday we completed 18.49 miles:

And on Sunday we ended the day with 15.76 miles:

This kind of training does NOT come without it's fair share of pain:

So now i'm babying my feet because this upcoming weekend is a 10/8 mile weekend. But i've had some amazing encouragement, loving and caring people in my life that are helping to move me forward.

Until next time...

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    Wow! Your pictures really show how hard you've been working! Awesome!!!
    And you're right: we just have to keep walking!
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    2021 days ago
  • SUGAR0814
    O wow! That's a lot of running! emoticon emoticon
    2022 days ago
    Oh gosh you are AMAZING!!! Congratulations on all your success. Keep up the awesome work.

    I live now where you once were. People encouraging me, doing challenges here and there but nothing works. Nothing motivates me enough to get my behind in gear. At the end of the day I have to be responsible for myself and not count on others, because when it really comes down to it... I'm the only one that can change anything.

    Thanks for the wonderful reminder... emoticon

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    2022 days ago
    I'm so proud of you! I can really see a difference in your progress pics.
    2022 days ago
    WOW! you can definitely see the difference! Good job!!
    2022 days ago
    I am SUPER Proud of you! 18 miles is INSANE but YOU DID IT!! You don't have to be a runner to be a success. Running helps the weight come off at a faster rate but becuase it is all cardio, you also burn some muscle along with the fat. That is why many times you will see runners who are slim but still look loose. Walking is a fat burner and muscle builder. You do lose the weight more slowly but you tone up. And by the way, you have made HUGE progress. emoticon
    2022 days ago
    Wow. You are amazing, just amazing!

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    Your courage to overcome your fears, to look at yourself exactly where you are and to overcome your fears and negative thoughts and to BELIEVE in yourself inspired me and made me cry. Thank you for that gift.

    AND, as you said, the key is to believe in your heart that you are worth it and that emoticon .

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    I believe after what you've achieved that you can do anything you set your mind and heart to doing. emoticon

    That last picture of you is WONDERFUL! You look radiant!!!

    2022 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/7/2013 1:08:07 PM
  • KROLES55
    You are doing an amazing job and making great progress...
    2022 days ago
    Amazing Vicky! You really motivate me to get moving!! emoticon emoticon
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    emoticon both to your weight lose and doing the 3Day !!!!! And thank you for doing the walk- I am a breast cancer survivor emoticon emoticon
    2022 days ago
  • TIAXANA go! It sounds like you're making terrific progress and your walking is wonderful! Take care of your sweet feet, I bet that they were calling out after your big weekend. Best wishes to you for your continued success :)
    2022 days ago
    Very inspiring! emoticon
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  • no profile photo ALICEART2010
    You look great!
    2022 days ago
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