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The Best Birthday present ever

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Saturday, November 14, 2009

Today I reflect back to 2005, I weighed 347, maybe more.
I was having trouble doing my everyday things, work was getting near impossible to keep up with. Walking to my car each day was a struggle. I had to sit for a few minutes to catch my breathe. I told myself it was my age, oh ya I knew I was over weight but would not go there in my thoughts, I said to myself you are just going to be fat , your body wants to be heavy so accept it. So much had happen in the last few years, i did not have the energy to work on my body or so I thought. In Dec. of 2005 I finally had it with my stressful job and after a crazy day I laid down my pager on my desk , picked up my jacket and walked out the door of a state job I worked at for nearly 28 years. I was just exhausted, emotionally and physically.....I got home and called my supervisor and told her, I went home and not coming back, she said take some time off and let us know how your doing......I went to the doctor and told him how I was feeling , he said maybe I need some medication to help me over this rough spot in my life....
I decided then in there if I need medication to get myself to work, I did not need to be at work.
(I was a mental health worker).. so for the next year and half I got in touch with my self, then in April of 2006 I found a very small article about spark people...I read some of the stuff there offered and thought what do I have to loose....nearly 200 pounds....and thought if I could just loose 20 pounds that would be great....thinking of loosing 200 pounds was over whelming.
Well having lots of time on my hands, I dove in to SparkPeople. I started with the stages, some of it seem silly but on I made a commitment to myself and Gary that I would give this program the best I had to offer, I talked with Gary about what we would be eating, and he agreed to do what ever I needed to do to get healthy...it was slow going, but I followed each stage , I read all the articles, I started to exercise, just walking at first, I had a hard time getting to the mail box but each day i walked there and back, then I started to do 5 minutes of weight training, I always was a water drinker but started to drink more water, little by little I got a plan of what I could do to feel better and look better....as the months and the years passed I felt better and better....so today 2009 and my 57th birthday I am no longer that sad over whelmed women.
I am not healthy and strong, not only did I loose an amazing 190.5 so far I am running, I do cardio 6 days a week but exercise 7 days, I try to rest but just can't seem too, my pedometer says nearly 20k steps a day... I feel like a whole new women and I am one....

so as a million others have said if I can do it so can you......
make small changes, drink more water, rid your home of the temptations that keep you in your unhealthy place, find other healthy foods to replace them.....get up an move 5 minutes this week 6 next then 7 where ever you are just start and never give up....
march in place if you have too, the amazing part is the more you move the move you CAN move...I never thought I would be starting a running program, not even last year, but what the heck do I have to loose...I don't plan to be come a marathon runner but who knows unless I try.....small steps, new adventures are out there each day , we just have to get up and start moving.

well it is nearly 4.30am and time for me to get started on my next year of healthy living and healthy eating .....wonder what wonderful things I can accomplish this year.....

I went from this.........to this.....opps I am 146.5 as of yesterday...I have 1.5 pounds to go to reach my goal weight

Have a healthy day

Kitt
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  • KITT52
    thank you all for your wonderful comment
    we are in this together


    Kitt
    3640 days ago
  • SPARKPIXIE
    Kitt, I just have to say that you are one of my biggest motivations here on Sparks and I am so happy to be your friend!
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    3640 days ago
  • AHEALTHIERME9
    First of all, HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY!!! From reading this, I just know you had such a wonderful birthday!

    Secondly, today is my birthday and I can relate completely. I wrote a blog this morning about how I feel that today is my second birthday and my first birthday was the day I joined SP.

    Thank you for writing this and thank you for being my inspiration today. Your before-and-after pictures are just unbelievably inspiring!

    I don't know you, but I can tell you that I am so proud of what you have accomplished and I'm so proud of you!

    So Happy Birthday to us!!! emoticon
    3640 days ago
  • KRZYKAT3
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    Awesome you are a real inspirtation.
    3651 days ago
  • LEAVNTHEW8BHIND
    AWESOME, AWESOME STORY! Keep up the good work.
    3654 days ago
  • TRAINER_T
    Wow thats a great story, accomplishment and inspiration!
    I am very happy you found Sparks and you were supposed to, yes change your life just like you did.

    Keep going, because I know you could do whatever you want. Marathon or not, your still a winner!
    Congrats!
    3654 days ago
  • TRECECOOKS
    Look at you go!! Only 1.5 to goal!! And so affirming to read your story, again. Thanks!
    3654 days ago
  • QUEENANNE1953
    Thanks so much for sharing your incredible story Kitt. Your friend Mary has kept us posted on your journey for quite some time now. You are such an inspiration. I am so happy and excited for you. You have done an amazing job and have earned the rest of your life.

    Good luck and God Bless.

    Regards
    Anne
    3654 days ago
  • TRAILWALKERJO54
    wow fantastic.. you are a great motivator..
    thanks for sharing your story from start to well till now.. lol-
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    3654 days ago
  • PATTIDGN
    mary marked your blog...congrats on a job well done!!! You go girl!!!!

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    Patti
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    3654 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/15/2009 8:37:44 PM
  • SOCKITTOME
    No kidding...this was absolutely the best birthday present you could have ever given yourself. Totally awesome, totally. I'm so thankful we met here, and hope we meet in person some day!

    3654 days ago
  • RAINBOWMF
    I am late, what's with that?

    Happy Birthday Kitt!!!!!!!!!!

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    This was a blog that said sooooooo much, you are special Girl and don't ever forget it.

    Love to you! Many more happy birthdays to come!!!!!

    Hugs Mary
    3654 days ago
  • POSITIVELY_EB
    You may not think so, Kitt, but you are an amazing lady! Thank you for sharing your weightloss experience with us and encouraging others to do the same!

    Love ya!

    Beverly

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    Happy Birthday!!!
    3655 days ago
  • BYHISSPIRIT
    Dear Kitt,
    How can we all express how much you have meant and continue to mean to each and every one of us on Sparkpeople. I am honored to call you my friend, and I wish you so much joy and happiness on this very special birthday. Kitt, your perseverence through what are life's ups and downs has inspired me so much! I got to witness you lose almost 100 of the 190.5 lbs. I pray that many, many people on this site will take the advice you have given us above, and take it as a gift with them each and every day. I know I will!

    God bless you and what you are doing to support and encourage each and every one of us!
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    3656 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/14/2009 4:45:07 PM
  • BARBARAROSE54
    Happy birthday to you ! And thanks for sharing your story with us, you are such an inspiration.
    3656 days ago
  • LAINIESNEWLIFE
    emoticon emoticon HAPPY BIRTHDAY, KITT!!! emoticon emoticon

    You have definitely come a long way. You are my inspiration. Keep up the great work!! You'll be at goal before you know it.

    Hope you have an awesome day today!!! Take care and enjoy!

    Hugs,

    Lainie
    3656 days ago
  • FORMYDARLINGS
    Happy Birthday Kitt. You just continue to amaze me. I am proud to call you my friend,

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    3656 days ago
  • KOKO48
    Kitt, I've been with you through almost all your journey. As I've said, you are an amazing woman and an inspiration to all of us. While I struggle I think of you and know that I've made many changes because of your inspiration to me. Hope this is the happiest birthday ever. You deserve it!

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    3656 days ago
  • SECRETMUSIC
    Happy Birthday, and Happy Life! I hope you keep posting as you get in maintenance, because I follow your blogs, knowing that if I follow the advice of those who have succeeded, I will be able to make it to my goal, as well. Thank you so much!
    3656 days ago
  • JCORYCMA
    Kitt -- This is an amazing blog about an amazing woman!!! So inspiring to all of us. Not just for the pounds lost which in itself is phenomenal, but how you conquered the emotional exhaustion as well as the physical! When it comes to running, I don't set a bunch of goals for myself. I just want to enjoy it and keep it fun. So I don't know if races will ever become a certain part of my future, but then again, like you I love an adventure! Keep up the excellent work and thank you so much for sharing your story and friendship here in our Spark world!
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    3656 days ago
  • HAPPYSOUL91
    Kitt - you asked how to send me a private email...go to your spark mail box and there you can compose a new email...Happysoul 91

    Happy birthday to you and what a change has occured in your life. You amaze me with your determination and stick-to-ness on your health. A thousand congratulations and may this coming year bring much joy and contentment to you

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    3656 days ago
  • BEBRENDA
    Kitt, emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon You have done it! You truely inspire me! Happy Birthday! Take care! :) Bren emoticon emoticon
    3656 days ago
  • ~LESLIE~
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    3656 days ago
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    Kitt, your brought tears to my eyes this morning. I hope you have the best birthday ever, my friend. emoticon
    3656 days ago
  • CALLOWAY1970
    I'm just starting here on spark, and I just have to say ... YOU are an inspiration!
    happy happy birthday!!! emoticon
    3656 days ago
  • CALLOWAY1970
    I'm just starting here on spark, and I just have to say ... YOU are an inspiration!
    happy happy birthday!!! emoticon
    3656 days ago
  • CALLOWAY1970
    I'm just starting here on spark, and I just have to say ... YOU are an inspiration!
    happy happy birthday!!! emoticon
    3656 days ago
  • CALLOWAY1970
    I'm just starting here on spark, and I just have to say ... YOU are an inspiration!
    happy happy birthday!!! emoticon
    3656 days ago
  • HAPPYWALKER
    Kudos to you for leaving a stressful job that was killing your health and your spirit. I did the same thing and took early retirement after 31 years in the same type job.

    Losing 190 lbs. is such an accomplishment!!! Sticking with it for that many years is not only a great achievement, but assures you will never go back to old habits and regain.

    I just turned 58 on October 25 this year and want to give myself a present in 2010 of better health by losing 40-50 pounds. You have inspired me that it can be done and I will do it.

    Happy birthday! emoticon
    3656 days ago
  • RENA1965
    Wahoo you rock lady! Respect where it is due Kitt, fabulous job!
    3656 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/14/2009 6:44:10 AM
  • ELLENIRENE
    Happy Birthday and Congratulations on taking your "health" into your own hands. You have done awesome.
    3656 days ago
  • GREENEMERALDGRL
    You are an inspiration and proof that hard work does pay off. Keep it up!
    3656 days ago
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