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Okie Dokie, Let's Spill The Beans!

Friday, October 24, 2014

So I mentioned before that I was quite embarrassed because I felt like I was always coming up with these new ideas and plans, getting super excited about it, telling all of you, and then finding out it wasn't for me a few short days or a week later. You were all so supportive (as always), and said that there was nothing to be embarrassed about. I am just trying to figure out how to lose the rest of this weight... and while I wanted to stick to what has got me this far (calorie counting/portions/healthy lifestyle), I felt like I really needed to be held accountable.

Spark people is great for support and accountability, and I never want to leave here (and don't intend to), but I felt like I really needed some face to face accountability. I have tried everything in the past (Nutrisystem, Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig)... and didn't stick with any of them. But I didn't want to follow something that gave me the food... I have learned how to eat, I know what to do, I'm just not always doing it. I figured Weight Watchers was the closest to what I'm doing, only difference being they count points instead of calories. I found a deal where I could have 3 months at 50% off, and I figured what the heck! So I signed up, I went last Thursday for my initial weigh in and meeting. I really enjoyed the leader... she is kind of a no nonsense lady, and she is supportive but will also ask you the tough questions if you aren't seeing the results you "should" be getting. I liked her so much, it made me want to work the program and come back and show her that I know how to do it.

I told them my history, how much weight I had lost, how I've essentially maintained the last year but that I was ready to lose this last 30ish pounds. My exact words were "I know how to do this, but clearly I'm NOT doing it" LOL. They liked my honesty and were super supportive.

So today I went back for my first week weigh in and for their records I lost 5.6 pounds! Of course this is water weight, and bloat especially since I was off track for the week prior, but who doesn't like to lose the bloat? emoticon I have enjoyed learning about their points system, and it has actually gotten me to eat more fruits and veggies so that is a plus.

I think knowing that someone will be weighing me in at the end of the week helped remind me to make good decisions. So this week I got a bookmark with a 5 pound sticker, they celebrate every 5 pounds.

This is my sticker, the weekly pamphlet they give you, and a necklace I bought myself as a treat.



I didn't buy myself the necklace as a reward for losing 5 pounds, I bought it for not giving up on myself. I have been at this over 2 1/2 years and not given up. They had 3 that I really liked, one said "Believe" and one said "Fearless", I thought those both were awesome. I feel kind of fearless lately and I am finally starting to believe I can do this. But the one I ultimately chose said "Dream". No matter where we are at, we can always continue to dream... plus I love Cinderella so that was a plus! emoticon

I kind of feel like this is a shiny new extension of my journey. Yes I have lost 80ish pounds, and yes I am proud of that and will always be... but that is kind of old news at this point. The new news is that I need to lose this last 30-35 pounds and get to goal so I can learn the art of maintenance. So that is how I'm looking at this Weight Watchers journey. I am still proud of myself for what I've accomplished, and will never forget how far I've come, but now is time to focus on what I am going to achieve now!

In other news I took a tumble last night walking Sparky. My biggest concern was that Sparky was going to get away from me! I dropped the leash when I fell and I think I grabbed it back right away, but I frantically called him back. He ran right to me. We were on a main street, and he goes crazy when people on a bike go by, and scarily enough a guy came along on a bike AFTER I had Sparky close to me. Had he gone by when I lost control of the leash who knows what could have happened. Aside from that, I managed to hurt both wrists, both knees, my shoulder and hit my head on the cement. Okay, that sounds awful, but the good news is I'm okay. I called my mom, she came and got me. I've been icing my knees and I'm so thankful I didn't break anything. It was a hard and fast fall... where you didn't even have time to realize you were falling, eek! emoticon I really want to go to Knott's Scary Farm Friday night, and I'm not sure if I'll be able to, but I'm hoping for the best. But I won't push my luck!

I've been calling it my baby zombie bite, it sounds way cooler! emoticon

  
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BAHAMAMARG 10/25/2014 10:29AM

    Wow. - don't know what happened - I lost you off my Blog feed!!

Good luck with the WW. Face to face support and accountability works well for some people and this might just be it for you. I admire your honesty too and your determination not to give up!! emoticon

Glad you did not hurt yourself too much. Having a 195lb Mastiff - I can totally relate to the fear of them going at someone.



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JANISMKW 10/24/2014 11:08PM

    Sounds like WW is working for you, so best of luck! I lost weight there but plateaued when I got RA so turned to SP. The in-person support is one thing that SP can't provide.

Hope your injuries are healing. If you have any symptoms from the head injury, don't hesitate to get it checked out.

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KOHINOOR2 10/24/2014 10:19PM

    I'm sorry about your fall. Hope you heal soon and are able to go on your plan trip. emoticon emoticon Thanks for sharing.

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SUSIEMT 10/24/2014 7:23PM

    Stephanie I am so proud of you! There are lots of Weight Watchers at sparkpeople. Congrats on the weight loss. I don't care if it is water weight! It still counts! I hope you were or are able to go to Knott's Friday. Woo Hoo you!

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SEATTLE58 10/24/2014 6:56PM

    Ya, we love losing the water weight so emoticon on that and you've got an awesome start at WW! So sorry for your hard fall! BooHoo and that means tears for you because it's not just a Boo for this time of the year! I'm sure that you're a good healer, so one can be thankful for that. Such a good Sparky too! Good doggy! emoticon emoticon emoticon And I hope you can go to Knott's tonight! I was to Knott's Berry Farm when I was a kid and I'll never forget it! emoticon

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MOMTO6CUTIES 10/24/2014 6:09PM

    girl I'm so super proud of you!!! :) You got this I KNOW you do!

I've also been struggling going up and down the past few months. I know we can both reach our goals!!!

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WALNUTT1961 10/24/2014 3:41PM

    Hope you heal up soon! I hate to fall - it really hurts! I was on WW years ago and made it to goal. I still have their books - a good program!
My DD is thinking about WW to get her motivated again.

You can do it, girl! emoticon

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SUBMOM2 10/24/2014 3:10PM

    emoticon on losing 5 pounds. So glad that WW is a good fit for you. Keep up the good work and look out for those biting zombies!!

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1CRAZYDOG 10/24/2014 2:01PM

    Gooooooood job, Miss Steph! I am proud that you sought WW because you want that face-to-face accountability to enhance your success. Good for you.

LOVE the necklace! Beautiful, and more beautiful because of the reason you got it.

AS for the knees and wrists . . . uh oh! So glad you weren't hurt worse!

Take care.

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HOPEFULHIPPO 10/24/2014 1:22PM

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NETGYRL 10/24/2014 1:20PM

    I think joining WW is great! It sounds like its just the kind of "in your face" motivation you need right now. Way to get off to a bang up start!

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NIMIRRA137 10/24/2014 12:12PM

    Congrats on the loss! I've heard great things about Weight Watchers.

I hope you're feeling okay after your fall! Good job hanging onto your dog. Glad he didn't get away from you.

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CHICAT63 10/24/2014 10:31AM

    Woohoo congrats on your 5.6 pounds that is terrific !!!! Heal quickly, love your baby zombie bite....

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MARITIMER3 10/24/2014 10:09AM

    Oh dear...glad you're okay, and hope you are able to go to the Scary Farm Night, and glad that Sparky came back to you when you fell.

Congratulations on figuring out that you needed a new incentive/accountability push to lose your last 30 lbs. WW is a good program, and you will be incorporating all the skills you've learned from SP to get you there even faster.

I'm glad you like the leader, because I think that's a big part of succeeding.

I'll be interested in following you on this part of your journey.

Hugs, Gail

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BEATLETOT 10/24/2014 10:09AM

    Sorry about your tumble, but glad you weren't hurt badly. Congrats on 5 pounds lost!!!

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VERSESTHATHURT 10/24/2014 9:50AM

    Oh no! I hope you're not hurting too bad this morning. I'm extremely klutzy and don't even require dog involvement for a bad fall, so don't feel bad.

I can relate to the follow-through problem. I get really excited about things like a new exercise plan, or a crafty project, or like now a vegetable garden. The problem is I have a super short attention span, so before I have the time to follow through with one idea my brain has already fixated on the NEXT GREAT IDEA.

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KANOE10 10/24/2014 9:37AM

    I sorry about your fall. I hope you feel better. I also had trouble with last 30 pounds and joined a y boot camp. Ww is a great program. I know you will do well.

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LOVINSHERRY78 10/24/2014 9:30AM

    baby zombie bite...lmao!!!

great job with the weight watchers. sounds like a good idea to mix things up a bit and having that face to face accountability makes a huge difference. :) u got this!!

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FINCHFEEDER80 10/24/2014 9:12AM

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PEGGY11 10/24/2014 9:03AM

    I think we all do better with a little face to face accountability. Mine is TOPS. After 27 years away I went back because it worked for me then and is working for me now. Last June I tripped and smacked my face on a car bumper and banged my knee. No where near as bad as your fall though. Maybe our body balance shifts as we lose weight, do you think.

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DAVIS_6311 10/24/2014 8:55AM

    Great Job! I wish you much success with these last few pesky pounds! emoticon emoticon

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AMARILYNH 10/24/2014 8:42AM

    Whatever that 5.6 pounds was, I'll bet its making your tummy area feel a lot better! I know when I put on 3 pounds of water weight then lose it mine sure does!!

GOOD FOR YOU trying something new! As I've said before, most of us try a number of different things on this journey - whether to shake it up or to break out of a plateau or whatever, its often necessary!! emoticon emoticon

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WORKNPROGRESS49 10/24/2014 8:35AM

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MISSUSRIVERRAT 10/24/2014 7:55AM

    I can see how Weight Watchers would be a good fit for you for all the right reasons ! So sorry about your fall !

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BBEAGAN 10/24/2014 7:53AM

    Good luck with WW! Added accountability can only help, right? At work everyone has signed up for a website where you track your steps (or equivalent of steps for non-walking exercise). It's a team competition for a month... and some of us have gotten into a little competition within the team... And despite the fact that I post my fitness stuff on SP daily, which holds me accountable to me, I do find also posting it as steps on this site where people who know me in person will see it does up the ante! Another level of accountability. (and competition!) I hope you can make it to Knotts tonight!

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FEEDTHEHUNGER 10/24/2014 6:48AM

    Without losing the 80 pounds first (LOL), I did the exact same thing and joined WW on their 50% off 3 months deal last June. I just needed something a little extra to motivate me into a healthier lifestyle. I knew that WW would allow me to slowly lose weight while incorporating better habits (I can't say learning them because I've known for a long time what I "should" be doing).

Congratulations on your first week -- that is an awesome result.

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LOSINGIT26104 10/24/2014 6:28AM

    Hope your wounds are healing. Good luck on your WW program. I think it's wonderful that you've found something that is giving you new motivation. As long as we're still trying, we're still succeeding. You're going to get to your goal...I know it.
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Spark Friends Are Great For...

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Giving you new perspective! My awesome Spark Friend Marilyn (AMarilynH) had brought something to my attention. She asked me to take one of my before and after collages, and add a 3rd picture to it. The thing of it is, the 2nd and 3rd pictures are a year apart... but I am pretty much the exact same weight. But she asked me to do it because she said I look a lot smaller... I couldn't really understand how that would be possible, given that they were at the same weight.

So here are the 3 photos...


And here's a bigger version of the 2 photos that are a year apart...


I will say that part of it may be that I was wearing stretchy pants and in the newer ones wearing jeans... but I can actually see quite a difference in my face. My face has definitely slimmed down in the past year. So I weigh about the same, but I can do so much more. I also can't help but say that some of it has to be my loose skin, because I do have that on my tummy for sure... I am also hoping that somewhere along the way I've built some muscle (from all the walking) so just maybe that has helped.

The biggest change of course is the smile and I really feel like I have more confidence now. I am happier than ever and I think that shows through. I also have to say, after Universal last year, my knees were swollen and I was in pain for over a week. This time I am doing multiple trips to places where I am walking 7-10 miles and heading back the very next week to do it again. I could have never done that at this time last year, and for that I am grateful.

The scale is moving back down, and I plan to get to my goals, but big thanks to Marilyn for having me look at things in a new light. Instead of thinking "Gosh, I'm STILL where I was this time last year", I am looking at the positive and the facts that I've come a long way in the last year, even if the scale isn't so sure.



  
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WALNUTT1961 10/23/2014 5:18PM

    Yes! You look great! All of that toning does help. I will keep at it! emoticon

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APED7969 10/22/2014 8:56PM

    I did this recently with photos and measurements and it's amazing the difference muscle tone makes. I think the most important change in your photos is the smile :-)

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ERABEL 10/22/2014 6:21PM

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TOSHIKO120 10/22/2014 2:59PM

    1st, there IS a significant difference and it's FANTASTIC that you're still going strong! I 2nd that Marilyn is totally emoticon like that and more! I'm glad you posted this! emoticon You're looking emoticon and I continue to cheer you on! Definitely inspiring! Keep it up! emoticon

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STEPHM-ARATHON 10/22/2014 9:31AM

    The biggest change is definitely the smile. Just look at you! You look so happy. Huge change.

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AMARILYNH 10/22/2014 9:13AM

    Oh Steph if only you could see the BIG smile on my face looking at this! You look amazing - you ARE amazing! As for the physical changes you mentioned - PRICELESS! The scales are just one part of this journey - the most important part is HEALTH and FITNESS! You are gaining more of both - and inspiring a LOT of SparkPeople along the way!! Hugs!!

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BLUEJAY1969 10/22/2014 8:23AM

    I can tell the difference and you look so much happier and you are standing taller and prouder now! I am so happy for you!
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MISSUSRIVERRAT 10/22/2014 8:16AM

    I agree. Yes, slimmer. You are definitely stronger physically and have much more endurance. Your muscles must be in much better condition and more toned. Your body composition must be changing.

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WISHICOULDFLY 10/22/2014 6:22AM

    The scale is not the only measure of health! emoticon

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LOSINGIT26104 10/22/2014 5:27AM

    The smile on your face says it all.
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WEBEZE 10/22/2014 2:05AM

    Love the new perspective.

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WENDYANNE61 10/22/2014 1:02AM

    Yes, you have firmed up a lot, your arms and legs look slimmer, you face is now a beautiful oval shape and the light of your smile brings it all together! You are doing fine and as you say, your Sparkfriend is a winner too! Hugs!

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KIM22211 10/21/2014 11:09PM

    I wish I could say the same! lol

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CHOCOHOLIC2276 10/21/2014 10:24PM

    What a great spark friend- she is right! You look slimmer:) So it is worth keeping on- you may not see the progress but it doesn't mean there isn't one:) emoticon

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FEEDTHEHUNGER 10/21/2014 10:02PM

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MARITIMER3 10/21/2014 9:45PM

    Absolutely... the scale is only one tool that we have in our tool box... or one weapon in our arsenal... all the walking that you have been doing is definitely firming up your muscles, which may not show on the scale, but is showing in your pictures.

Keep up the great work!

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BEATLETOT 10/21/2014 9:31PM

    What a great idea! You look great!

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ICECUB 10/21/2014 9:28PM

    emoticon YOU LOOK TERRIFIC.

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SUSIEMT 10/21/2014 9:24PM

    I am so happy that your spark friend was able to offer that suggestion to you. You look so happy in your Disney Universal photos! Yea you girl!

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BIKINIBOD4ME 10/21/2014 9:17PM

    Awesome! I can totally see it too! Exercise really does change the way we look and a SMILE always helps!
I can see you are a fellow Disney fan! :)

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1CRAZYDOG 10/21/2014 9:06PM

    She was very wise to suggest that, because even though you may weight the same, you absolutely have a more slender appearance. Your whole body looks sleeker.

Muscle . . . takes less room than fat!

Good job! HUGS

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Why I've Been So Quiet...

Monday, October 20, 2014

No, no big news, there are no life changing events going on. Nothing super awesome or super bad has happened, so I guess that's a good thing... although super awesome sounds like it could be fun... maybe someday! I was in quite a little rut with my eating, it was like I could have 2 or 3 good days and then have 3 or 4 bad days... I was just feeling so blah. Today is officially 2 years and 7 months on this journey. Through all the ups and downs, I have been here on Spark, and I have never hid any weight gain or struggles. But with all the ups and downs I really had to step back and try to refocus. It is really hard to constantly keep yourself upbeat on this battle. I know life isn't meant to be ALL emoticon's and emoticon's, but sometimes this journey can get boring, tedious and down right hard. I thought after all this time it would be a walk in the park, but some days I feel like it's harder now than it was when I started. That seems so backwards to me... I feel like it should only be easier, but sometimes I feel like it's so daunting and overwhelming.

Okay, so this post has just been me rambling, and it has come off way more negative than I wanted it to. With all of that "doom and gloom" stuff said, I reevaluated things and I have something new going on to get me going again. To get me excited about things... The reason I haven't shared the details is simple: I have posted soooooooo many ideas over the years that haven't quite panned out. emoticon I get excited about something, I share it with all of you, I do it for a little bit, then I either decide it isn't for me or not sustainable and I end up quitting. Not only do I feel that personal defeat but I also feel like I come back, embarrassed, with my tail between my legs letting you all know that I am no longer doing what I said I was going to do. I have done that countless times even just in the past few months, and that is why I have been keeping this underwraps. I am so excited about it now, but it has only been a few days and I guess part of me doesn't want to "jinx" myself. emoticon So at the very least , I wanted to have 2 solid weeks under my belt before I went ahead with sharing. I will say this, it's not something new or innovative that is going to knock your socks off... it is a very commercialized plan and in itself not that exciting LOL. But I just want to be able to say: "This is what I'm doing, I've been doing it for 2 weeks, and I've lost X pounds so far". Instead of saying "I'm going to TRY this..." and then posting 2 weeks later that I quit on day 3.

But I am still here, happy, enjoying life, having a great time, and I am hoping this is just what I needed to get things going in the right direction.

Here are my latest Knott's Scary Farm pics, proof that I'm out having a blast. emoticon






  
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C8TSON 10/21/2014 11:46AM

    You have to do what is best for you! I don't think anyone here judges you for changing plans along the way. What matters is that you are doing something great for your body! Spark is just here for that added support and encouragement, so no need for having your tail between your legs about anything at all! You are a wonderful inspiration! But, share your new plan when you are ready. Just know that everyone out here is rooting for you! emoticon

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JADED_CHICK19 10/21/2014 11:24AM

    Looks like you had a fun time! I love that you share your pictures with us! Also, don't ever feel embarrassed because something new you tried didn't pan out..THAT"S OK!! Everyone is different and the only way we can accomplish anything is trying new things until we find what works best. You got this lady!

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BLUEJAY1969 10/21/2014 8:17AM

    I don't think you have a thing to be embarrassed about my dear! We all try new things and not all of them work out long term! You just happen to have the courage to write it all down! I read your blogs because of that very fact! You write about the good, the bad and the ugly! No matter what you are brutally honest about your journey and that is so encouraging to folks who are also struggling. We see that you have struggled and made it through to such a success and yet you aren't yet giving up or giving in until you get right where you want to be! That is what it's all about! So thank you and you have me sooo curious!
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VEG954 10/20/2014 9:04PM

  Love your blog!

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SUBMOM2 10/20/2014 8:13PM

    Please don't ever feel embarrassed!

So many of us can relate to your blog posts because we've all been there! You have the courage to try new things, and write about it, so maybe we'll learn a thing or two, also. You've had some struggles, but when you write about it, it still reads as motivating and inspiring.

You let us know that it's ok to fall down as long as you get back up. Don't ever stop trying new things because eventually you will find out what works for you.

And in the meantime, keep on doing all the fun stuff you are doing. You deserve to enjoy life!


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WALNUTT1961 10/20/2014 5:31PM

    You should not feel embarrassed about anything. You have accomplished so much. I check in with you because you inspire this old gal to keep at it! (and, of course, I love the Disney pictures!!) You are a beautiful young lady inside and out! You have to try different things to see what works for you.
Thanks for all the inspiration!

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1CRAZYDOG 10/20/2014 3:18PM

    What you're going thru is called life. I am so glad you felt comfortable and blogged. You're so right. Life isn't all about emoticon and emoticon . . . it's about hills and valleys. The good, the bad and the ugly. But together the whole package . . . that's life and you're living it to the fullest! YES! That's the way to do it!

HUGS and thank you dear Steph for sharing.

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BBEAGAN 10/20/2014 1:10PM

    I love your posts about what you are going to try next... and the ones about "Well, that didn't work, now I am going to try this". They give me lots of ideas about ways I might mix things up along the road. Knowing things I try may or may not work for me either...

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WENDYANNE61 10/20/2014 11:27AM

    Steph, we really love you the way you are and I think you are amazing!

If you bought bags of flour or sugar weighing as much as you have lost, stacked them up in a kind of flat pyramid in front of yourself - well - you would be nearly hidden behind them - that is the great amount you have lost! That is a big accomplishment!
Try as many things as possible to keep yourself excited and motivated - the weight will continue to disappear and we are all cheering you on and on!

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BARBARAJ73 10/20/2014 11:07AM

    My "take aways" from today's blog: you keep trying and are having a blast! Both are emoticon
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SUSIEMT 10/20/2014 10:03AM

    Stephanie! What Maritimer3 said! DITTO DITTO DITTO!!! Wow she is good!

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MARITIMER3 10/20/2014 9:49AM

    Please don't ever feel discouraged when you tell us you're going to try something, only to say later that it didn't work... that's what life is all about! Trial and error. We're all different, some things will work for you but not for me, and vice versa.

I think you're missing something really important here... you've been here almost 2 years and 7 months... That says it's working, or you wouldn't still be here. You are an honest blogger (I'm sure you know that not everyone is). You've lost a LOT of weight. You look great. You're getting out and having fun... those are huge successes.

I'll tell you something about me... I'm 10 lbs. From my goal, and I'm SCARED! I've lost weight lots of times, but I've never been able to keep it off. What if I go up again... Higher than when I started SP? I will be so embarrassed! But this time, it's NOT GOING TO HAPPEN! I know that I have to keep sparking for the rest of my life. I've learned a lot about shopping, cooking and eating correctly, and that balancing my carbs, fats and protein is at least as important as keeping the calories within the correct range. I've learned that unless I exercise a minimum of one hour, four days a week, I will gain. I've learned how proud I am of my flatter stomach and (even at 71!) dare I say firmer butt. I'm excited about the compliments I'm getting. Darn it, I've earned them!

But I know it will be a struggle some days. I know there are some foods I shouldn't have in the house... not because they're BAD foods, but because I haven't learned how to control my portion sizes. Potato chips and individually-packaged ice cream treats fall into that category.

I'm getting a little off track. What I want you to know is that you are a success. I'm proud to have you as a Spark Friend... not because of your weight loss, but because of your openness and determination.

Hugs, Gail



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ASCHU2 10/20/2014 9:05AM

    I'm right there with you. I started spark two years and 10 months ago. I just celebrated my two-year anniversary of losing my original goal of 50 lbs, which I've kept off, but I am struggling with losing the last 10 lbs of my 15-18 lb. regain from my high end of maintenance of 70-80 lbs lost. I can't seem to keep my weekends tight like I did during my original losing. I don't know why I'm not motivated to lose this ten when I know I can! Our journey is just starting, because it's going to be for a life of healthfulness, and your experiments are totally appropriate in that journey.

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ICECUB 10/20/2014 8:12AM

    YOU DO LOOK GOOD IN YOUR PICTURES. GLAD YOU HAD SUCH A GOOD TIME. THANK YOU FOR SHARING.

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TERI-RIFIC 10/20/2014 7:31AM

    You look really good and fit in your pictures.

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FEEDTHEHUNGER 10/20/2014 7:24AM

    People who try various things to lose weight without success are NORMAL. There is so much going on with weight loss in terms of the physical and emotional systems in the body -- everything from neural wiring to stomach sense memory, not to mention psychic associations and public pressure (both to eat and not to eat) that the extraordinary thing is how much success any of us ever have. I could beat myself up all day long because a few months in I'm only down 14 pounds, but then I think, I'm down 14 pounds!!! It's a lot harder than I ever think it will be, but the persistence and willingness to keep trying that you have shown is the only way. I think your determination is impressive regardless of the results.

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AMARILYNH 10/20/2014 7:16AM

    Steph, what you don't seem to realize is that is EXACTLY why we all love you so much and are rooting for you so vocally! You are REAL - because that is what a REAL weight loss journey is all about! I guess there are people who choose one plan and stick to it and are still using the same plan to maintain their weight 5 years later but I haven't personally met any of them. For most of us it is trial and error, trying this with success for a while, then that, then the new one.

I think this happens because our bodies adapt and need a bit of a shake up and also because as we near our goal weight (or get to it) our bodies fight harder to maintain the status quo. That's why I'm SO GRATEFUL for SparkPeople - without it (especially the 'At Goal & Maintaining + Transition to Maintenance' team) I'm not sure I'd not have given up. Its FRUSTRATING when what used to work doesn't work now. But when we look at the big picture it is SO worth the struggle!! Hugs!! emoticon emoticon

ETA - I LOVE what FELINEBETTER said - she is exactly right!! You are a super hero - don't forget that!! And YES you are looking great!! If you doubt it just go compare these pictures of a happy girl to your before picture. That girl looked sad - you are NOT her any longer!!

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FELINEBETTER 10/20/2014 7:13AM

    My Dear Steph!
You are staying quiet because you feel that you have posted so many things that didn't pan out for you...Well you know what that says to me -- you never quit! You keep trying and trying and persistence is the name of the game!!! You're warrior-woman and you're spanking yourself for it! Every time you make an attempt to the better -- you are proving that you are still in the game! There are many things that will work for awhile or even just under different circumstances but it all still adds up to your making an effort. This is one game in life where whether you win or lose -- you definitely gets points for just "showing up!" YOU GO GIRL!! emoticon emoticon

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LOSINGIT26104 10/20/2014 7:11AM

    Let's think about these things as false starts instead of failures. This weight loss journey takes a lot longer than we'd like and it requires lots of modifications along the way. We need to keep posting things we try because even if they don't work out for us, maybe they will work out for someone else.
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WISHICOULDFLY 10/20/2014 6:34AM

    There is never any need to feel embarrassed about what you are doing or not doing with your Spark Friends. Trust me. No one here is ever going to judge you (and if they DO, just delete their comment and forget them). We are all rooting for each other! I had to chuckle at your remark about not wanting to "jinx' yourself. I made a remark about jinxing myself on one of my blogs too. emoticon

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I Never Thought Of It That Way...

Sunday, October 12, 2014


emoticon Has someone ever said something to you and you stopped and went "Wow, I never thought of it that way!" I have talked a lot about how we are so much harder on ourselves than we are on others, so it's no surprise some outside perspective can really make us see things in a different light.

When my uncle and I were on the way home from Disneyland we were talking about lots of stuff, weight loss, health related stuff. I told him that I was kind of annoyed with myself, because I weigh about the same as I did at this time last year. But I did say on the flip side of that, I've kept 80ish pounds off, so that is better than gaining some back. That is when he tossed me this little gem...

"Keeping off the weight is the hard part. Anyone can lose weight, but most people can't KEEP the weight off. Even if you had to lose 5 pounds a year for the next few years all while keeping off the rest of the weight, you would be doing awesome!"

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With that said, I am really working to lose the last 30 pounds in the next 6 or so months... But I have to remind myself that the bigger picture is keep the weight off. Everyone can be good for a week and lose 2-5 pounds... in fact I often joke I've lost 4,000 pounds, it was just the same 5 pounds a bunch of times! Keeping it off and getting healthier and feeling better is really where the magic happens! So just remember to look at the big picture and be proud of what you've accomplished, no matter how big or small that achievement may feel... because not everyone can do what you are doing, and being here trying to get healthier is an achievement in itself!! emoticon emoticon emoticon


  
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WALNUTT1961 10/19/2014 11:47AM

    I hadn't looked at it that way! Great Advice!

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KIM22211 10/18/2014 3:38AM

    had you not been keeping aware you and I both know it would have been a gain over the year. I agree, same weight is a victory really!

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BESSHAILE 10/17/2014 7:12AM

    You got it girlfriend

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MALAMI518 10/14/2014 4:21PM

    emoticon I really needed this today!

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SPARKFRAN514 10/14/2014 1:59PM

    I love hearing about your adventures and sharing pictures of trip its like being there with you. emoticon on your NSV of lab reports and keping your weight off that is hard a friend shared with me that I should think of the scales staying put as early lessons staying at my goal weight. tou can now walk longer with out getting tired. may still get blisters emoticon continue to share your travels emoticon Keep remembering what your uncle told you look at much weight you have lost and your lab results keep reminding yourself the scales are not the sign of results. you have learned how to eat healthy being active and enjoying your self along the way and not waiting for that magic number to roll up on the scalers to enjoy your self .

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TRUNKJUNK 10/13/2014 6:10PM

    You can do it.

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ZELLAZM 10/13/2014 4:44AM

    WTG to your uncle for pointing out that major truth!

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AAHMED61 10/13/2014 3:23AM

    Yes its true reducing weight is big thing but the real challenge is maintaining your goal weight through your life ;) emoticon

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SLLYONS51 10/12/2014 11:36PM

  Your Uncle is very wise. I have lost the same 50 lbs over and over only to gain it back. I also think the hardest part of weight loss is maintaining. Every time I get to goal eventually I have slowly started to eat the same way that I did when I gained the weight and of course the exercise stops also. Kudos to you for being able to maintain.

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JADED_CHICK19 10/12/2014 10:18PM

    Your uncle is so right. You kept off 80 pounds..not alot of ppl including myself can say they kept off the weight they have lost. Embrace the wins in your life!

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JAMER123 10/12/2014 10:05PM

    That has always been my "figure of speech". We have lost the weigh and we need to keep telling ourselves to be proud of what we have done. WE hope to continue to lose until we get to our goal and we CAN be a turtle. The bigger thought to keep in mind is not regaining as you said!! We learn lots in this program!!
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DOVESEYES 10/12/2014 8:53PM

    Your uncle is a GREAT man thanks for sharing it so we all remember...

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DSHONEYC 10/12/2014 8:00PM

    You got it down, Sister! emoticon

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POSITIVEHOPE 10/12/2014 7:44PM

    Many maintainers tell me that have a goal range of +/- 5 pounds. The are forever gaining and loosing those same 5 pounds. See how good you will be at it!

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1STBUCKETITEM 10/12/2014 5:42PM

  emoticon Uncle! Good perspective to latch on to and don't let go. Especially enjoy your last quote: "I'm not losing weight. I'm getting RID of it. I have no intention of finding it again." I'm going to put it on my fridge right now! emoticon

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JOJOSLIVIN 10/12/2014 4:12PM

    Thanks for sharing the words of wisdom. Your uncle is correct. That is why many of us have lost the same 30-40lbs several times in our lifetime. Keeping it off is the part but we often forget that. Thanks for he reminder.

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SUBMOM2 10/12/2014 3:59PM

    So true!! Your uncle is a smart guy!!

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LINDAK25 10/12/2014 3:36PM

    Oh, I love it! I've never looked at it that way, either. Kudos to your uncle.

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CHARTHESTAR 10/12/2014 2:19PM

    smart man your uncle.

keepng the weight off when there is all this stuff around you just saying EAT ME. is huge!

I try not to worrk about 5 pounds but after that.... I am not going to let it become perminate.

Yea! to disney land and all it represents to you!

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VEG954 10/12/2014 1:38PM

  Great blog again.

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1CRAZYDOG 10/12/2014 12:49PM

    Yes indeed, the release of weight takes time and effort, but maintaining is a true test of whether (or not) you've really used all the tools you've gathered along the way! Takes time, patience, practice . . . and you are in it for the long haul, so that's 3/4 of the battle.

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SUSIEMT 10/12/2014 12:47PM

    You have a wise uncle! Right now my motto is "Maintain not gain!" You can do it Stephanie I have no doubts about that!

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LACY77 10/12/2014 12:13PM

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Slow and steady wins the race! Even when your weight loss slows down, if you keep your commitment to living healthy, you are still going down the right path! :)

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BAHAMAMARG 10/12/2014 11:09AM

    Absolutely!!

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WENDYANNE61 10/12/2014 10:41AM

    It is a bit like walking up a mountain trail - at some stage we feel out of breath, have sore hamstrings and feel a bit cheesed off because we still can´t see the summit. But if we pause for a moment and turn around, we are amazed at the fact that we have climbed so high and gaze down at the diminutive, winding path below us in awe! You have walked a long way up that trail and the top of the mountain will soon reveal itself to you - keep on moving step for step, Stephanie!

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WISHICOULDFLY 10/12/2014 10:38AM

    You uncle is a smart man. emoticon

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KANOE10 10/12/2014 10:20AM

    I don't want to find those pounds again either. Good blog.

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NASFKAB 10/12/2014 10:19AM

  thanks for sharing

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KATESCAPE 10/12/2014 10:16AM

    I love when our eyes have opened to a new understanding/view/light. Look at you growing in a healthy way! Thank for sharing Steph-knee emoticon

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HOLLYM48 10/12/2014 10:12AM

    I totally agree with your uncle! Keeping the weight off is really hard because once you reach your goal, you have to keep up the exercise and the weighing and measuring but there is not the prize of the scale going down any longer, it is the scaled staying the same and your clothes fitting you the same. Once we are done losing weight, you feel like oh good, that is over, but it is never over. One day at a time, that is all we can do. Live in the moment and be proud of yourself every single day for what you have accomplished. 80 lbs is really an awesome thing to lose and keep off all year! Keep up the great job!

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MSBBYTHEBAY 10/12/2014 9:50AM

    Thanks for the thought to ponder, this beautiful Sunday morning.

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BLAZINGSWORD 10/12/2014 9:32AM

    Yes, I agree with Time-4-Tina! Well said Tina!

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TIME-4-TINA 10/12/2014 9:16AM

    Yep! That is definitely something for us to be proud of. Like you, I've been the same for the past year. I've been within a 2 lb. range since last Sept. Yes, I'm frustrated that I'm having trouble getting beyond that. But I know I can maintain now. I'm a lot older than you so, consequently, I've dieted more than you. I've always been able to lose weight. I've lost 30 lbs. 4 times before. But ever time I gained it back within a year or two. This time I've lost 50 lbs. and I've maintained for over a year. It's a big deal. We definitely have to both celebrate this, Stephanie.

My wish for you little girl is that this will be the last time you have to diet in your life. In 20 yrs, when you are my age, I hope that you will have had 20 yrs of maintenance.
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TEXASFILLY 10/12/2014 8:45AM

    emoticon You've got a wise uncle. Glad he helped you gain a new POV. emoticon BB~ emoticon

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DREAMSEEKER9 10/12/2014 8:17AM

    Right on! I've lost weight and then have gained it back, it feels awful. I'm also ready to get rid of it for good! It's hard work to maintain and to lose both! Great lesson! emoticon emoticon

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REALITYCHECK86 10/12/2014 7:16AM

    Your uncle has some good insight. That's a great way to think about it whenever you feel frustrated, and he is totally right! It's much harder to keep weight off then it is to lose it, at least for most of us!
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AMARILYNH 10/12/2014 7:13AM

    I do believe you have just learned the secret of the weight loss universe - and so WHAT if you lost 5 pounds a year? OK I really understand about the tummy tuck, but give yourself the credit you deserve for that KEEPING IT OFF PART!!

MUCH MUCH MUCH more important is the part where you are getting out, having fun, walking miles and miles around parks with no hardship - that's called functional fitness and its WAY more important than having a model's figure! As is that bloodwork you were telling us about - that made me SOOOOO happy!

So I say go talk to that doctor (which I think you are planning anyway at the beginning of the year?) to learn the details about the tummy tuck then just do what you are planning - count the calories, do the fitness, LIVE your life!! And if you doubt just how awesome you are? Just ask US - we'll remind you!! Hugs!!

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MARITIMER3 10/12/2014 6:26AM

    Your uncle is a very wise man. Most of us have lost weight over and over again. Keeping it off is the real challenge.

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FEEDTHEHUNGER 10/12/2014 5:52AM

    It is too easy to dismiss what we have achieved in favor of what we haven't. I'm with your uncle on this one!

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Best Day Ever... Again!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Okay, okay... so since September I've now been to Disneyland 3 times, Knott's Scary Farm once and Universal Hollywood Horror Nights once... I know that no one really cares. Okay, well actually you are all incredibly sweet and supportive people that always give me the KINDEST words... but I guess I can't help but share my joy and excitement, even if it's old news. emoticon emoticon Every time I have gone to one of these events, I have declared it was "the best day ever"... and to be honest with you, I can't think of very many "best days ever" I had when I was obese. Now don't get me wrong, there were lots of happy times. I am sure there were great and even amazing days... I went to Disneyland 5 years ago, and do you know what I remember? Being tired, achy and getting a blister. Were there fun times at Disneyland that day? There must've been, but the memory 5 years later is of all the bad outweighing the good. They were overshadowed by my weight issue and the physical and mental toll that it took on me.

But with that weight lifted... literally, I have been so free and so comfortable with who I am. I am still overweight? You betcha! But I just got my annual blood work back and I am healthy as a horse! Cholesterol is great, in fact my "good cholesterol" is outstanding which makes my overall ratio great. My A1C and fasting glucose are GREAT and that is important considering diabetes runs in my immediate family. Does that mean I don't want to lose the rest of this unhealthy weight just because I am considered healthy on paper? Not at all. I want to achieve my goals and work on being the best version of myself that I can possibly be! That also means being the happiest I could possibly be!

So here's some photographic evidence of that happiness... and evidence to document the newest Best Day Ever! (Until next Friday when we go back to Knott's Scary Farm!)














  
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WRITERWANNAB 10/21/2014 12:32AM

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MALAMI518 10/14/2014 4:23PM

    I LOVE the photos! Not only because I live vicariously through you whenever you post Disney photos, but because I can see the happiness in you! Keep having those "best days ever" because it never gets old reading about them. Thanks for the lift that I needed today!

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SPARKFRAN514 10/14/2014 1:51PM

    "Thanks for sharing i always enjoying hearing about your adventures and the NSV you are finding along the way they are as important as seeing the numbers roll down ward .


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MRSRIGS1 10/13/2014 8:25PM

    I'm so happy you are having a great time! Your pictures are GREAT and you look BEAUTIFUL!! P.S. Makes me realize I need to plan a trip soon...it's been 6 years since I've been to Disney!

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ZELLAZM 10/13/2014 4:46AM

    Giant Mickey winking pumpkin!

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REALITYCHECK86 10/12/2014 7:09AM

    It looks like you've had some good times! I'm glad you are at a good place and that you can see your hard work through more than just the scale! Yay for non-scale victories! I love the pictures! Keep movin' forward!
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CICELY360 10/12/2014 1:26AM

  good blog

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JIBBIE49 10/11/2014 9:09PM

    hugs

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HMBROWN1 10/11/2014 7:33PM

    You look great!

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MOONGLOWSNANA 10/11/2014 6:08PM

  I haven't been to Disney World for a long time, and I know my knees couldn't handle it now. But we took our kids a few times when they were little and we went on a cruise on the Big Red Boat, the first of the Disney cruises. It was so much fun for all of us. It's a truly happy place. We got to try snorkling on the island where Gilligan's Island was filmed during the cruise which was a new experience for us, and quite enjoyable as well as educational. We saw an octopus and lots of different fish and corals. We have both pictures and fond memories which help us remember all the good times. emoticon



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NONNAOF2 10/11/2014 5:55PM

  I love Best Days Ever and it sounds as if you're have a ball doing it!! :-)

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POSITIVEHOPE 10/11/2014 5:06PM

    To have Best Days Ever, is exactly why we are on this journey. I call it Physical Freedom.

Go and have a blast. Taste the sweetness of your experiences and let them fill you up.

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SHERYLP461 10/11/2014 3:28PM

    So happy for you! Keep on going!

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JSEATTLE 10/11/2014 2:26PM

  Your story reminds me of all the good things about Groundhog Day. Definitely keep this good thing going!

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WENDYANNE61 10/11/2014 1:59PM

    So glad you had another very happy day with no blisters or exhaustion at the end of it! You are glowing in the pics and look lovely in your shorts too!

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LIVELYGIRL2 10/11/2014 12:30PM

  well it makes me smile to see someone else having fun. It also tells us on Spark and beyond, that people have a quality life by improving and taking care of oneself.

This is one of the main reasons I'm here. Encouragement and taking action, instead of sitting on ones tush.

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ARTSYGIRL5 10/11/2014 12:11PM

    Funny you should think no one cares about your Disney adventures. I always read the featured blogs every day, and now I want to go to Disney on our way to Florida this winter. It will be our 35th. wedding anniversary and I can't thing of a better place to stay. I love it there.





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DIANNEMT 10/11/2014 12:10PM

    So very glad you are getting to go!! Enjoy it!!

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BOB5148 10/11/2014 10:24AM

  I would go everyday if I could to Disney World. Great blog emoticon

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CATGIRL97 10/11/2014 9:46AM

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PATRICIAANN46 10/11/2014 9:33AM

  All I have to do is look at that Beautiful Smile, and I know that you are in the Best Place Ever in your life right now............until the NEXT one happens. emoticon

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AMARILYNH 10/11/2014 9:28AM

    OMG I must have been dropped from getting notifications of your blogs so I've been missing them - I'm SO glad I ran across this one!! It just made my day - the health part is AWESOME but what really does it for me is seeing your GLOW! This tells the story of what a weight journey REALLY achieves - and its about SO MUCH more than how you look (though as I've been telling you for ages you look awesome!) PENOWOK said it WAY better than I can - and that SMILE says it BEST!! Hugs, Marilyn

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SUEARNOLD1 10/11/2014 7:57AM

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PENOWOK 10/11/2014 7:48AM

    What a wonderful transformation you have made in your physical presence and your emotional presence! How great that you have documented those feelings so week in your photos!

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TRYINGHARD54 10/11/2014 7:39AM

    Id love to go there someday.... looks like so much fun...

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LEANJEAN6 10/11/2014 6:31AM

    It looks like fun-Lynda

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BESSHAILE 10/11/2014 6:24AM

    Like Claire said - you look so happy. I think you've lost pounds and gained wattage = your smile absolutely beams!

And you are making so many good choices - I'm so happy for you.

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CLAIREINPARIS 10/11/2014 6:03AM

    You look so happy on these pictures! emoticon emoticon

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MARYJOANNA 10/11/2014 5:27AM

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CATNURSE1 10/11/2014 3:46AM

    Great news on the bloodwork! My dad just told me that my uncle (his little brother) was happy that his triglycerides were down to 300. WOW! That man needs to change his ways (but won't). That would be enough to scare me. You look very happy in your pictures (my favorite from D-land were the pralines. I love those things -- very dangerous).

Hope to hear more happy stories!

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DEBSZOO74 10/11/2014 2:31AM

    These are great pictures, Stephanie! Your new Mickey ears are so cute! I look forward to you sharing more of your "best days ever" with us! emoticon

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1STBUCKETITEM 10/11/2014 2:08AM

  emoticon Good news on the blood tests. Great pictures... like the Mickey Mouse pumpkin lantern the best. Have a fun weekend!

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ANGELBELIEVER 10/11/2014 1:06AM

    Loved all your pictures. You look great and extremely happy my friend. Stay that way as you continue to work towards your goals. emoticon emoticon

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SLLYONS51 10/11/2014 12:05AM

  Some of my favorite memories are of Disney. Pictures are great!

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MCJULIEO 10/10/2014 11:17PM

    What a fun time!

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JAMER123 10/10/2014 10:26PM

    Never fear, we are always here!!
We are cheering you on even when you're at the berry farm!!
Supportive we are and never too far,
Enjoying your stories of all of your big glories!
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JCMSMILE 10/10/2014 9:49PM

    You look great, but more importantly, I can tell you feel great. Keep the happiness going!!

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JUNEAU2010 10/10/2014 9:42PM

    emoticon I love the picture of you in front of the castle!!!!!!!!!!1

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SUSAN-FIT-N-FAB 10/10/2014 8:18PM

    I love the smiles in your pictures my dear and the numbers that REALLY count to give you your best LIFE ever are all in the perfect ranges!

Way to go!

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TRUNKJUNK 10/10/2014 7:57PM

    Steph,
Of course I miss you but I'm glad to see you're doing so well.

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DOVESEYES 10/10/2014 7:45PM

    Great !!!

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