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I am half the girl I used to be! (less then)

I have quit smoking, started running and lost enough weight to feel amazing and feel the best I have ever felt in my life!

My top weight was 330 pounds when I started losing weight in 2004, but was around 300 most of my adult life.

I dropped from 330 to 200 in about 3 years from doing exercise and cutting back. Back then I was just doing it all on my own, not really eating healthy but better.
Then I moved from the US to the UK in 2007 and didn't do much to keep ...
I have quit smoking, started running and lost enough weight to feel amazing and feel the best I have ever felt in my life!

My top weight was 330 pounds when I started losing weight in 2004, but was around 300 most of my adult life.

I dropped from 330 to 200 in about 3 years from doing exercise and cutting back. Back then I was just doing it all on my own, not really eating healthy but better.
Then I moved from the US to the UK in 2007 and didn't do much to keep going. I never gained more then 10 pounds during that time, but was stuck between 195-205 for about 2 years.

In April of 2010 I quit smoking and gained 5 pounds and it scared me so I started walking everyday and doing exercise at home via internet videos and Wii, P90X, etc.
I then started adding a little running to my walks. I never ran a day in my life until the age of 41 (in fact, most of my life I struggled to run a bath!). I found the C25K website and within 3 months I ran my first 5K!

During my quit I found a smoking cessation forum on about.com, which eventually led me to the about.com calorie counting website, which led me here!

I started accounting for all the food I put in my mouth through calorie counting and joined the gym, and have since dropped the remaining weight I had been holding onto and am maintaining a weight between 145-150.

Everyday is amazing for me now. My life has always been good, but I now feel good about myself and I just can't describe the change in me. Its made life simple. There is nothing thrown at me that I can't handle!

My main regret is that I didn't 'get it' before I was 40+ and the damage to my physical appearance has been done, with nothing to do about that (except surgery). I regret it, but still so grateful.

The most important thing to remember when you start your journey, is its a life change. You can't lose the weight you want, then go back to the life you lead before. The sooner you realize this, the easier it will be.

LIFE IS GOOD and life is so worth it!

'There are only two options regarding commitment. You're either IN or you're OUT. There's no such thing as life in-between.'
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ELLEKTRA
12/3/2014 4:41:45 AM

Thank you all for your comments! :)



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TORTISE110
12/2/2014 7:25:30 AM

Your story is so heartening and inspiring. You show the best of Spark--slow steady change and progress along with success. Remarkable!

Congratulations.



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TINAJANE76
12/1/2014 6:39:29 PM

Many congratulations on your maintenance anniversary. Here's to getting it done!



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PATRICIA-CR
12/1/2014 2:58:16 PM

Congratulations!! You are a role model to follow!

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12/1/2014 12:41:30 PM

emoticon emoticon Job on maintaining!!!!!



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