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This was me at 245 lbs.





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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Fitness Minutes: 14,541

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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NHES220
11/25/2014 2:06:15 PM

Well, I sure hope it works for you! It usually works for me. I have been avoiding red wine this week trying to get off this plateau. But I'm going to a party tomorrow and will have a glass or two - not too much since I have my 5k on Thursday. I hope I have provided some useful advice!
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TWESTEN1
11/25/2014 10:53:10 AM

YAY! I love all the snowflakes - thanks for joining in!!! I'm getting excited about the first big snowfall of the year... it will get old quickly though!



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11/24/2014 1:51:46 PM

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TERI-RIFIC
11/22/2014 8:25:28 PM

There are different ways to make "fauxtatoes" I use a head of cauliflower cooked and put it in the food processor with 2 tablespoons of low fat sour cream and 2 tablespoons of skim milk. I think some recipes use milk and a little butter- some use plain yogurt. I think there are some on SP. I make this a lot. My other favorite is spaghetti squash instead of pasta. Good luck.



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CFMOSS
11/22/2014 7:46:39 AM

A reminder you have indeed had a great year....this coming 12 months whether from today or from Jan 1 will be full of new opportunities for you as well. Keep up the good work for you. It's always a balance, the location of which sometimes is challenging. Keep on going.



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