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This was me at 130 lbs, back when I was in college.





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A Year Goes By Fast But A Lot Can Happen In A Year!

A lot of progress can be made in a year. If you knew what you could accomplish in a year, would you wish you had started a year ago? And that you would be there now?! That was the thought I held on to when I started this weight loss journey: a year from now, I would wish I had done this. So I did! It's been a year now and I am very happy with the progress I have made. And I am looking forward to what this new year will bring. I am pushing toward my goals.
This journey is not as ...
A lot of progress can be made in a year. If you knew what you could accomplish in a year, would you wish you had started a year ago? And that you would be there now?! That was the thought I held on to when I started this weight loss journey: a year from now, I would wish I had done this. So I did! It's been a year now and I am very happy with the progress I have made. And I am looking forward to what this new year will bring. I am pushing toward my goals.
This journey is not as simple as I thought it would be. It hasn't been easy. But it has been totally worth it. I am learning so much about myself and how to tap into my inner strengths when I need it. I am learning that I have more self-control than I thought possible. I am learning how to stick with something because it is completely worthwhile. I am learning how to go the distance. I've come too far to quit now.
I am not superhuman. I have lots of slip-ups. But I get right back on track. To anyone reading this, you have what it takes and just have to stay with it.
I was so miserable when I was fat and I didn't have any hope or think I could lose that much weight. I was so sad. But now I don't think of myself as fat, just a little overweight, and I'm running! That's something that I never would have thought possible. But I love to run now! And I'm getting faster, but I had to start out very slow and make myself keep going. I started running by jogging laps in my living room around the sofa before I ever went out on the road or to the track. You always have to start somewhere. Give yourself tiny goals and take baby steps toward those goals.
I still have a long way to go on the weight loss but I know I will get there one day. It won't be August 2014 like I hoped but that is okay. When I started out, I had to believe it would be that quick because I didn't think I could go the distance. Now I know better: I know I will do this for the rest of my life. There is no finish line and there is no going back.
I believe in myself again! I am enjoying the journey!
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Member Since: 9/27/2013

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My Goals:
To lose 100 pounds.
To be healthier and more active.
To have greater self-mastery and self-confidence.
To get a finisher medal at a marathon.
To run a ten-minute mile.

My Program:
I eat daily 1200 calories of whole grains, eggs, fish and chicken, fruits, vegetables, limited dairy, limited oils. I work out five to seven times a week. This is a lifestyle change for the rest of my life. My favorite saying, "If not now, when?"

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I live in Texas, married and work in insurance. My email is april.russell2@yahoo.com
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My hobbies are cooking, gardening, crafts and reading. I obtained my BS at Sam Houston State University in 2010.


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TWESTEN1
10/29/2014 3:11:59 PM

Okay - ratty cat wailing in the shower... that is strange!!! But I do love that they are inseparable again. It's amazing how many animals have that sixth sense about them.

p.s. Great job getting that weight off again - knew you could do it!



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TWESTEN1
10/26/2014 11:10:05 AM

Ah sweet gal - well said (tell the critic inside to be quiet!!!). I love that. Truly that was the turn around for me to start losing weight - by learning to love myself... and it's so hard, but it shouldn't be! I'm glad your mom has come around and is now a supporter and help. That is awesome. And yeah, gaining some weight with what you've been going thru is quite understandable!!! But I love that you're not letting it get you down. It will come off quickly, b/c you have such motivation and determination in you. I'm so very happy to have you as a friend.



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10/18/2014 3:55:05 PM

Have a great Half Marathon today! You can do it and your husband will be proud of you!
GOOOOO!!!!!!
Hoping he will be better soon and you get some good news for his health!
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LSIG14
10/14/2014 1:41:32 PM

Thanks again for your encouragement on my blog - I'm really trying! I am thinking of you and sending hugs and prayers for your hubby. Hope he is on the mend and that you are managing to get some rest!

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TWESTEN1
10/5/2014 7:38:11 PM

Amen sister! Focusing on being happy & healthy - that should be the goal for all of us :)



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