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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Hello Sparkfriends!
Soooo....I had my physical this week...Thursday morning to be exact (my youngest son's birthday). A little background: I've been going to this doctor (and her nurse) for 20 years. (This doctor delivered my youngest son, whose birthday it was that day.) This was the first time I have been super excited to get on the scale at a doctor appointment.

Not only did I meet the goal weight she suggested to me 5 years ago (& that # was still a few pounds overweight according to the BMI chart, but she said given my age and build, it was a good weight for me), but I EXCEEDED that goal...by enough to get me into the "HEALTHY" category according to that stupid chart! (The doctor's scale was 2 lbs lower than my scale at home! Happy surprise!) WOOHOO! I have never been at this weight in my married life, and maybe for a total of two weeks when I was young and single. Not gonna lie, my eyes may have leaked a little...which might have made the nurse's eyes leak a little, too! :)

The last few months have been SO hard, I have been so diligent and it's tough to see no, or minimal progress for weeks on end, but I knew giving up wasn't an option because the only thing that would do is delay the process even more, or move me backwards. I can't express how good it feels to have accomplished this goal. I believe in my core that one can accomplish anything he/she sets his/her mind to. My weight has been the bane of my existence my entire life. I am raising a child with autism, I am the first an only member of my family to earn a masters degree, I know I can do and accomplish things when I am determined. Reaching this weight is one of the most difficult things I have EVER done, and will continue to be a battle my entire life. But it is a battle I must continue to fight. It is too important to give up.

How significant that reaching this goal fell on my son's 18th birthday. He has been the main motivation for my 'get-healthy journey'. It hit like a ton of bricks several years ago that I need to get and stay healthy so that I can be on this planet as long as possible for his care, and so that his care does not fall to his older brother, who is entitled to lead his own independent life (which he has said he would step in in a heartbeat if anything were to happen to me or my husband,God love him, but I want to prevent this as long as I can because he is entitled to his own life!)

So it was a pretty great day...and a pretty great week! I'm still on cloud 9. My oldest is off at college (He went a couple weeks early to train for his RA position) so my youngest and I mini golfed for his birthday, and got ice cream to celebrate...so many things to celebrate! I would still like to lose a little more, but the stress of 'getting there' is gone. The focus is no longer on the #s on the scale, instead maintaining the lifestyle. This is going to be very challenging for me, but it's a challenge I look forward to!

Thanks, Sparkfriends for all of your support on this journey!

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  • RUDITUDI2000
    I've been MIA for awhile so just seeing this. I am so happy for you!! This is very encouraging to me, it's such a battle! Never give up! You got this!
    1379 days ago
    congratulations! You are doing so well on your amazing journey, that is so great you have surpassed your goals. Raising your children is also an amazing achievement :)
    1438 days ago
    So happy for you - your hard work has paid off! Maintenance is a new challenge but it can be done! and YOU can do it!
    1445 days ago
  • _BABE_
    I am so happy for you. I think I have told your before that you really are inspiring. No matter what, you keep steady on course and that is admirable.

    I am feeling sentimental tonight, listening to the Tragically Hip and just want to say that your family pic is picture perfect. All those boys love you and are lucky to have you in their life. emoticon
    1445 days ago
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    It is SO AWESOME that you achieved the goal you set for yourself!!
    I can tell how thrilled you are in your pictures, and you deserve to be proud!!
    1445 days ago
    Happy birthday to your son and a big CONGRATULATIONS to you!! I have no doubt that the moment the scale read that number, you were overwhelmed with joy at what you had accomplished. Bask in it for however long you desire, you have earned it!
    1446 days ago
  • SALAM4545
    YOU ROCK!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
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  • no profile photo KFSTAAB
    Great job! You should be proud of yourself!
    1446 days ago
  • L31424
    Thanks for sharing ur journey and great achievement. U should be so proud of urself. Keep up the great work.
    1446 days ago
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