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Where I was, where I'm at and where I'm going

Monday, March 26, 2012

In March of last year, I had a sick cat that was quickly dropping weight. I needed to weigh him so I could tell the vet what was going on. I got on the scales and didn't know what to say, what to think, how to react. It said 312 pounds. I was shocked. Totally numb. The picture above isn't exactly at my highest, but pretty close.

After a few days of enjoying a pity party, I googled Joanna Lund recipes. Sparkpeople popped up. It was like a gift! I immediately signed up. March 27th was my first actual day on the site. I loved that I could track my food and fitness, set ATTAINABLE goals, and find groups that where bursting at the seams with people who knew exactly what I was going through!

By the beginning of April, I was down to 300 pounds. I knew it was coming off quickly because of water weight, and just plain shock to the system. It hadn't had nutritious food or exercise in a very long time. I knew to expect a slow down in the coming months. Even knowing doesn't completely keep the blues away, but for the most part, it went pretty smoothly.

By July 4th last year, I'd made it to 262 pounds. Just over 3 months and I not only weighed less, I felt WONDERFUL! I was moving and shaking more than I could remember. 50 pounds, even starting at 312, makes all the difference in the world. And if anyone would have told me I could have lost 50 pounds in 3 months, I would have told them there was no way, short of surgery.

It wasn't even just the weight either. Clothes were falling off, I had energy coming out the wazoo, and the muscles! I had them again!!!

At the beginning of August, I weighed 254 pounds. My son is going to be 14 in May and at my 6 week checkup after having him was the last time I'd weighed 254 pounds. It was exhilarating! I'd hit a milestone. I'd turned back the calendar on my weight, and felt even better than I did 14 years ago.

On Halloween, I was 239 pounds! Just 2 pounds from the weight I was at over 15 years ago! I just can't even believe it now, as I type this. Such an accomplishment.

Then I got lazy! :P I told myself I would not be so strict over the winter months. I didn't want to have to forgo holiday goodies. Which would have been okay, had I continued with my workout regimen. Or, oh I don't know, STAYED OUT OF THE DRIVE-THRU!!! Last time I checked, McDonald's wasn't categorized as "holiday goodies". lol Needless to say, my weight did NOT stay at 239.

Once I jumped off the lazy wagon with both feet at the beginning of January, I was back up to 252. That's not just a stumble, that's a full on header down a very steep slope!

By February, I got back on track and back down to 235. Phew! That was a close one! Yes, I'd lost a lot of momentum and had a pretty bad backslide, but it wasn't the end of the world. I was out of shape and feeling a little crappy, but the knowledge that I had it in me to do it kept me going. I mean of course I could! I already did!

I'm skipping ahead here just a bit. To today. Today, I weighed in at 227 pounds. Exactly 85 pounds GONE!!!! I feel great, I've got energy and strength. I have the power to make my fitness and health dreams come true. I'm not saying its easy. Far from it! Some days, I'd much rather curl up in bed and just stay there all day. I don't WANT to work out. But I do. Not because I have to. Okay, partially because I have to. lol But because I WANT to. I want to live a healthy life. I want to be around for my kids' graduations and weddings. I want to spoil my future grandkids rotten. I want to see what the future holds for my children and for myself! I want to LIVE!!!

This is me now, as of the 19th. I can't believe the difference. So much has changed in my life and I LOVE it!!!

But I'm not done! Oh no! I've got so much more to accomplish. And I will. I know I can do it, because I already am! And it feels FABULOUS!!!

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    Great job! I so want to be where you are a year from now...
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    you look wonderful!! you are doing awesome

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  • KIKI0531
    WOW ... what a huge accomplishment !! You got this and I have no doubt that you will continue to lose and become more and more active. My family is also one of the main reasons I started losing a year ago. I am only at 73 lbs off -- but I plan on catching up to you !! emoticon
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  • no profile photo CD12057789
    What an amazing year !!!!! Congrats on jumping back in there when things got dicey. I know that's not always easy.

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    A truly incredible year it's been for you!! CONGRATS!! =)
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  • BRDGT262
    I LOVE this blog! I tell you all the time and i will tell you time and time again that I am sooo proud of you! You have made all these changes in your life, you have pushed through the hard times and have gotten back up when you fell! But mostly I want to thank you for pulling me back up with you. I went through my own lazy spell and you texting me telling me to get back on spark helped more than you will ever know! I am so thankful to be back on track, working out again, and losing more weight! IT's the best feeling ever for sure! Thank you for pushing me and being such an inspiration to everyone! Keep up the hard work! You are doing such an amazing job! I just love the difference in your pics. I finally got mine posted last Friday! Anyway, I can tell such a difference in you! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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    You are doing fantastically, girl. Really, just stellar!
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    You should be grinning from ear to ear! I won't catch a backslide until it smacks me in the face so I"m very glad that you figured out what to do again! Good for you!!!

    I'm so excited for you!

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  • no profile photo CD10464769
    The smile on your face says a lot. You look happier and healthier too!

    You look so good, keep up the good work!
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    You've done an amazing job! Keep it up!
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    You are an inspiration. It's hard to get back on track. For me, once I start sliding it turns into an out of control spiral! You look great and I wish you success! Keep up the good work. emoticon
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    What an inspiration you are!! You are doing such a great job on this journey! Keep it up!
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    Truly, the most striking difference is in your face - in your eyes. You have so much more life and enthusiasm sparking inside of you, now! I'm so proud of you for what you have accomplished, and I hope that you are as well! Way to go!
    3308 days ago
    Hi Amy! I found your post close to mine and just "liked" your blog! You are doing so well! Your journey sounds like mine! I find you very inspiring. I don't even recognize you in your before photo, you have made such an awesome transformation--one day at a time! So empowering! Keep up the great work! I'm adding you as a Sparkfriend, because I like your attitude! emoticon emoticon
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  • MCJEN2010
    Incredible, Amy! You look BEAUTIFUL and you deserve to be so proud of yourself! I am happy to have met you through SparkPeople - you are inspiring to me! :) Keep it up, lady! (I know you will!) :)
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    This is fantastic. Keep it up. emoticon
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    What a great journey! I backslid last year and was feeling down, so it's wonderful to hear that you can recover from that and go on to see great results. Thanks for the inspiration!!
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