One Year - Size 18 to 8

Saturday, November 14, 2009

NOV 15 -1 Year Sparkversary

I remember dieting all my life and within two weeks going OFF the diet. This road has been different. I can’t explain why, except that logging what I eat every day keeps me on track. My main concern when I started this new lifestyle was to be healthy and not become diabetic which runs in my family When I first started with Spark, I logged everything BEFORE I ate it and knew how many calories I had left or was over, and could adjust before the day ended. As I started losing weight it was exciting to see how much each week I could lose and then that kept me going.

As I surfed through the Spark pages I found and joined Sparks Biggest Loser winter challenge (Cranberry Team – love them) and my competitiveness kicked in and I won the 10 week challenge with a weight loss of 20 pounds. I joined the same team for Spring BL losing 16.4 pounds and then Summer BL losing 8 pounds each in a 10 week period.

I took one day at a time. I knew the days seem to fly by so I told myself if I can just make it through TODAY. Some days I went to bed early just so I wouldn’t eat any more but it worked. In three months I wasn’t obese anymore. In 5 month I reached the goal I had set of losing 55 pounds but realized that according to my BMI I was still overweight and needed to lose 8 more pounds. I have now lost 65 pounds and have been in my healthy BMI since July 21st.

Maintenance is not easy! There have been days that I just had cake for supper and days that I still eat a box of cookies at one sitting, but I know that if that happens I just have to say “tomorrow will be a better day” and stick to it. I make sure I always have carrots, celery, cucs, fruit, and any healthy foods to snack on. I also have to remove all sweets because that is my downfall.

I have to say, healthy was my main objective but fitting in a size 8 and looking nice in your clothes is such a great feeling. Before losing weight I never wanted to go anywhere with my friends when I was asked because I didn’t look good in anything I put on. Now I dress up every day, and love it.

I have also realized a lot of things I am able to do now that I have lost weight

• I can cross my legs (this was the main reason I wanted to lose weight)
• I can do 45 min on treadmill 4.0 speed and 15 incline
• I don’t snore (as loud) (as much)
• I can wear pants without elastic in waist
• I love being in pictures
• I will go anywhere when someone asks
• I like looking in the mirror now
• I can grab my foot in back of me doing stretches without the use of a chair or wall
• I like ironing my clothes so they look crisp (I haven’t ironed in years)
• I can give myself a pedicure without my stomach in the way
• I can prepare meals and put them on the table without eating half of it before sitting down.
• I can say “No chips please” when we go to a Mexican restaurant.

The most important thing I realized after losing weight and showing my closest friends and the people that loved me, my before and after photos..... They all said they didn't remember me EVER looking like that. People see the person you are INSIDE not outside. They love you for who you ARE and not the person YOU see in the mirror. I wanted to lose weight to be healthy and feel more confident in clothes that fit me better. With that done, it made ME feel better. I really don't think anybody cared if I lost the weight. I think they are happy ONLY because now I am a happier person…. And I am REALLY happy.

When I first started with Spark I was so inspired by all the people who lost weight and showed their before and after photos never thinking I would be one of those people one day. On Aug, 18, 2009 you all voted to make me a Spark People motivator and that has made me more aware and focused to maintain my healthy weight. I have welcomed hundreds of people since and realize that they need to see it CAN be done if you just want it bad enough.

Thank you SPARKPEOPLE and all my spark friends and supporters!
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    I'm betting you've done well on maintenance after you were able to lose the weight you wanted to lose.
    1710 days ago
    3109 days ago
    "I have to say, healthy was my main objective but fitting in a size 8 and looking nice in your clothes is such a great feeling." I agree. And it's hard to share that with someone who doesn't know the feeling without sounding rude. I want to be healthy but seeing my body in the best shape it's ever been in and being able to wear NICE clothes instead of plus sizes is possibly the best feeling in the world. And I agree, people tell me they don't remember me being big too.
    3937 days ago
    This is such a great blog. The photo's look like 2 totally different people. You must feel wonderful. I loved you saying you do not snore as loudly or as often. I am a snorer, and can't wait not to be. I would say you have always been a happy person, but now your happiness must be a joy to behold. Your story will change the lives of many. Keep up the good work. emoticon
    4141 days ago
    emoticon You're really a motivator!!
    4178 days ago
    "Some days I went to bed early just so I wouldn’t eat any more but it worked"....been there enjoyed your blog!
    4181 days ago
    You are so inspiring. I started as a size 18W and after 4 months I am a size 14W. My next step is into the ladies sizes instead of the women's sizes. Maybe someday I'll even be a size 8 like you! I've lost 24 pounds and already improved my cholesterol and blood sugar levels significantly.
    4236 days ago
    Hey Girlfriend! Your blog really is motivational. I can't believe that I am having such a difficult time getting started. My liver is messed up and the doctor said I must loose the weight. I'm going to try and follow your lead.
    4261 days ago
    WOW!! Even Lucy must be proud! Congratulations -- I am proud to have been a part of your journey!
    4268 days ago
    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!! This is an extremely motivating SparkBlog - you have really kicked some butt and made major life changes. Good for you, and thanks for sharing it with those of us that need the extra little push to keep with it. You ARE a motivator, for sure!
    4269 days ago

    Thanks for sharing your story ... it's quite inspiring.
    4270 days ago
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    all i can say is WOW! You look wonderful! You are such an inspiration! My 1 year anniversary will be Aug of 2010 and I truly hope I can have a story like yours!

    4270 days ago
    What an inspiration you are. Job well done. You look wonderful and much younger and happier. PJ emoticon emoticon
    4270 days ago
    You have a wonderful attitude, thanks for sharing!

    4270 days ago
    Your success story is very motivational and inspiring. Thank you for sharing it with us. I noticed that for the first time in a while the scale has moved back down for me. You did a great job and maintenace might be difficult now but I am sure you will be fine.

    4270 days ago
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    Wow, you look about 15 years younger. You are an inspiration! You have shown me that it can be done. Congratulations!
    4270 days ago
    wow!!! this is very motivatiional... it can be done!!
    4270 days ago
    Thank you for sharing your journey and you wonderful success. I'm making progress and your story helps to motivate me. Thanks
    4270 days ago
    How great you look!! You look like a completely different person. Congrats on changing your life so dramatically.
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    Congratulations! You are an inspiration. emoticon emoticon emoticon
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    Wow! Well done from another November class graduate.
    4270 days ago
  • JODI912
    Happy Anniversary! You look fantastic! emoticon
    4270 days ago

    Now that is will power!

    I haven't gotten lower than a size 16. I seem content at that weight for now. I have lost 75 pounds and I do try to go lower, but food and not exercise gets in my way.

    Keep track of yourself and stay at your goal.
    4270 days ago
    Thank you for sharing. I am just getting started and have been told that I am pre diabetic. My overall goal is to become healthier. i also have found that logging my food each day takes time but it also alters my eating habit. It is nice to read success stories like yours. emoticon
    4270 days ago
    I think that is WONDERFUL Marlene!!! I didn't realize you came so far!!
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    YOU DID IT!!!!!
    4270 days ago
    Yeah! Good for you. Maintainance is hard. There will always be days that are a struggle but you are making it.
    4270 days ago
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