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Friday, November 01, 2013

Because of a few poor food choices made last weekend I was not expecting any weight loss when I jumped on the scale this morning. The old Steve might have even skipped getting on the scale today as I was certain that my weight would go up. Now I'm a part of the Fall 5% Weight Loss Challenge here on Spark, I'm even on a team, a pack, a group for support but the rules say i HAVE to get on the scare and report. So on the scale I went this morning, and was floored, stunned, knocked out. My weight was down 2 pounds, no that can't be right, so I tried again, yup, down 2. I was very happy to say the least, and in the past I might have done a happy dance, but I'm trying not to make everything about my weight number only. I do feel great internal joy as this 2 pound loss put me at having lost 50 pounds since I started on Spark in June of 2012. Perhaps now would be a good time to reflect just a little?

At the urging of a co-worker, I made my Spark account on 6/17/2012 with a starting weight of 388. Yes, that is a whole lotta' Steve, but not actually my high weight number. About 3 years ago I had gone up to 418 pounds, got into the 380s using another program then drifted back into poor food choices. My Spark path started well, and in four months I had gotten down to 345. However, again I slowly but steadily went back to my old ways of food and became a couch potato again. This led me to gain back to 382 on 4/15/13. That was enough, and I got serious about Spark, wrote down some goals, made some new friends here and now I've joined a challenge group. Today with the loss of 2 i'm now at 337.6 pounds.

Think I may celebrate, by going to a store that sells farm animal feeds, and throwing a 50 pound bag of feed over my shoulders and walking around. I'm not going to celebrate with donuts, see my previous blog for that to make sense. I AM going to spend a moment reflecting on some other positives at this milestone in my journey. I can now walk all over my work location and not be out of breath. I can walk up and down the bleachers at a football stadium and not feel like I'm going to die. In fact I can now take the wider steps on the climb one at a time like I did years ago. My Son can now reach around me for a hug, although he is getting "to big" for that stuff now. Can you tell that I'm very happy at this moment?

Please forgive me rambling, as this Blog was more of a journal of what jumps into my mind rather than something I've thought out in advance. If you are reading this then there is a pretty good chance that you have played a role in me getting to the joyful spot I'm at now. Please accept my thanks. Rest assured that I still welcome and even covet your support to get to where I'm going. Where might that be, you may wonder? I'm going to fit into one airplane seat and not make folks next to me feel uncomfortable. I'm going to ride a roller coaster for the first time in my life. I'm going to safely get on a ladder at work and assist in wire pulls. I'm going to fit into a size of jeans that is available in any clothing store and not have to seek out the Big and Tall stores.
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  • NEWSUE45
    Wow...I am so proud of you my friend! That is awesome, thank you for sharing that with us!

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    2634 days ago
    Way to go Steve! So happy for you. Love those nice surprises on the scale. Great job!
    2636 days ago
    PS. But next time don't JUMP on the scale!!! Step onto it gently. Good grief (!) that jumping could have made the scale go bonkers and completely outta whack ... thus making the reading higher than it actually should have been. I mean, this might have been a 2.1 pound loss had it not been for the JUMPING!

    Have a great weekend!
    2637 days ago
    I just knew from your last post (doughnut blog) that you were bound and determined to walk the straight and narrow path to success. And surely every successful step along the way should be acknowledged if not down right celebrated.

    I am celebrating it with ya, buddy! emoticon

    2637 days ago
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    Great job Steve!!!!
    2637 days ago

    This weight loss thing can get very infectious! You are doing great!
    2637 days ago
    I am so proud of you and happy for you!!!
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    2637 days ago
    Way to go you are making steady progress !
    2637 days ago
    WOOOOHOOO GREAT JOB Steve !! I LOVE ur picking up the 50lbsof animal feed. That'll REALLY SHOW YOU how much You've LOST !! WOOHOOO ! SMART THINKING instead of STINKING THINKING and GAINING IT ALL BACK with MORAH !!

    When I first joined Sparks,, I read where it said "You lost 5 lbs" and I blogged,,, someone told me to go the groc store,, pick up a 5lb bag of sugar,, and than HOLD IT OUT at ARM LENGTH (Hey,, asking YOU TO DO THIS as FAR OUT as you can !) and try to hold onto it for 10 seconds,,, that REALLY IMPRESSES On ya, how MUCH you've LOST SO FAR !!!!! And it shows you by holding out ur arms,,, how MUCH HARDER that weight had been ON UR HEART !!! BACK !! Legs !! ETC !!


    2637 days ago
    You're doing an awesome job! The part about your son's hugs was quite touching and you have every right to be as happy as you want :)
    2637 days ago
  • no profile photo CD12398671
    Oh Steve that is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congrats!! emoticon
    2637 days ago
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    2637 days ago
    Just love all of your non scale victories. Don't get me wrong, 2 more pounds gone is great! But Nothing tastes as good as healthy (or a hug) feels! YOU ROCK!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    Woo to the Hoo ~ STEVE!
    2637 days ago
  • MSHEL7
    Love your attitude!! You are going to do all those things, I am sure of it. Wonderful blog, great job on the weight loss. You are doing super!! emoticon
    2637 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    How about using the (No pun intended) DOUGH that you would have spent on doughnuts, on bird feed?? Giving back, feeding those who cannot but their food and lose weight in the whole process?

    I am very proud of you for tossing that two pounds out the window forever! That is two tubs of butter, a few pork chops, a cake!! It is now taking up the space you did!! How nice!!!
    2637 days ago
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