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  Week of 5/13/2010 - Featured Board Post

I Can!

A year ago I was overweight, my heart was failing and I could literally feel everything I had worked for slipping away. I am only 26. Due to my heart condition, I could barely stay awake and put on at least 50lbs. Something had to be done. I would not let this beat me.

I scheduled my surgery and came through it with flying colors. As I got stronger, I decided I wanted to take control of my life again. I had just come through my 5th open heart surgery. I felt like I could do anything. I started small. I drank more water, took the stairs, parked farther away and decided on a diet plan with my doctor. I joined SparkPeople and began experimenting with all the delicious recipes. I read inspirational stories and wondered if I could one day be an inspiration to others. Pretty soon I was so motivated that I found myself doing more and more.

Here it is a year later and I have taken off 40 pounds! I feel better than I did when I was a teenager. For everyone out there who has struggled with their health and their weight, just keep telling yourself "I can." When you are tempted to grab that piece of cake, or late night snack, or the cookie in the office lounge that no one will know about....stop and think NO! I cannot be beaten, I can do this diet thing. I can change my life. I CAN!!

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