On June 15, 2010 I joined SP at 307 pounds determined to change my life. On June 15, 2010 I joined SP at 307 pounds determined to change my life. On June 15, 2010 I joined SP at 307 pounds determined to change my life.
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  Week of 11/17/2011 - Featured Blog Post

My Journey to ONEderland in 16 Months and 2 Days
HOLLYS-DOIN-IT



I finally made it - 198.5, WOOHOO!!!



On June 15, 2010 I joined SP at 307 pounds determined to change my life.



I started by using the food and fitness trackers and logged everything. I simply used portion control (I still ate whatever I wanted) and started walking around the block (that's all I could do). It may not seem like much, but it was a start.



I lost 74 pounds in the first 6 months and then reality set in. When you have large amounts of weight to lose, the first 50, 60, 70 seem to melt off and then you hit a wall, or at least I did. On 1/3/2011, I had my first gain. For the next several months it was gain, lose, gain, lose. It was VERY hard to stay motivated. There were lots of tears and lots of doubt, but I NEVER gave up. Even when people would say to me, "Well, you must be doing something wrong. Not exercising or eating too much junk food." REALLY?!? Do you want to see my food and fitness logs? Or do you want to spend all day Sunday preparing and menu planning for the week. How about an hour with me sweating and grunting trying to go just another 1/2 mile? UGH!!!

I continued to struggle, most of it being mental. I had some very long talks with myself and re-evaluated my goals and what I was doing. I didn't need to make things easier, just more realistic. I was going to make it this time, no matter what. I'm not perfect (shocking, I know) and it doesn't matter how long this was going to take, I just need to do it. For me AND my family.



Every day I measure and weigh my food. Every day, I step on the scale. 4 days a week I do cardio and 3 days a week I lift weights. WHY? Because...



This has been my mantra from the beginning. Last year, fruits and veggies weren't a part of my daily intake, now they’re on my menu every day. Last year, I could hardly walk around the block, this year I'll be running a 5K. A lot can change in a year, if you let it.



The best part of this journey is knowing that I'm not alone. I'm so thankful to Chris Downie and everyone at SparkPeople for this FREE website. However, I'm MOST thankful for the friends I've made. I know that ultimately, this is my journey and no one can do it for me, but I couldn't have done this without your support.




16 months, 2 days and 108.5 pounds.



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