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One year, 62 lbs, and 413 miles later...

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Today is my one year Sparkversary!


I've come a very long way, and I've learned so very much. I started out around 285 lbs - I say around, because I wasn't brave enough to step on the scale when I first started. I may have lost some amount prior to first stepping on the scale.

I'm happy to say that I've released 62 lbs as of this morning.

Some of you who read my previous blog took my words to mean that I wasn't proud of myself, or of my accomplishments. Nothing could be further from the truth!


That was taken this morning, before leaving for work. Since I've given myself permission to focus on fitness, I've eaten more, and released almost 2.5 lbs since Saturday. C'mon, it IS my anniversary, so I had to weigh myself to have an official entry! Otherwise, I'm breaking the chains of slavery to the scale (thank you, Gayle) and I'm charging full steam ahead with my fitness endeavors.

Speaking of which.. 413 miles baby!

That's right, 413 total miles, walking, biking, and running combined, since May 5, 2010. The more exciting thing for me, though, is the fact that 220.58 of those miles have been logged since Jan. 1, 2011! More than half my total mileage in just 5 months, mostly running!
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All that effort has helped whittle me down to the shape and size I am today.

Again, taken this morning. What you may or may not realize is that I am wearing my husband's old jeans. Size 38 x 32. Yes, the length matters, because remember, I've shrunk an inch or two somehow LOL

It's not necessarily a pretty picture there, with my stomach flap/gut showing so much - I do not show that part of me to anyone at all if I can help it. I LOVE THIS PICTURE! That flap/apron/gut is HUGELY smaller than it used to be. It will continue to shrink.

All of me will continue to shrink. I can see skinny me underneath the layer of fat that is covering my body. I can see a strong sleek thigh, with attached fat and skin. I can see growing muscles and more-defined tendons and veins in my arms and hands and wrists, aside from the extra padding. I have a dimple in my left cheek! My face cheek, yes! It wasn't there before, because my chubby cheeks were too full. Now, it's there, and it's cute! I can see a smaller more shapely torso, carrying the extra weight that is nearly separable - I can lift it, I can push it aside, I can see what I will look like one day without that extra fat and baggage hanging off me. I like what I'm seeing and feeling.

Don't you feel yourself up more often now that you're releasing, toning, getting in shape, getting fit? If not, I highly recommend it! Get a good grope on when you're in the shower. Appreciate your body, and the changes it's going through, thanks to your efforts, mentally and physically.

You guys, I am not quitting. I am not defeated. I am winning! I am charging ahead! I am kicking *ss and not even bothering to take names - I'm too busy running ahead to my next challenge!

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Thank you, Sparkguy. Thank you SP coaches. Thank you Spark friends and family. Thank you for being a part of my efforts to change my life. I am succeeding, and I will not be stopped.
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  • LISA01605
    Congrats on all your accomplishments! You do RAWK! I love your positive attitude most of all!
    3700 days ago
    Congratulations! All your hard work is definitely paying off! WTG on the 400+ miles, that's fantastic!! Keep up the great work!
    3701 days ago
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    3701 days ago
    You do rock! Totally. What an accomplishment! emoticon emoticon
    3702 days ago
    You are emoticon emoticon on how far you have come! and 220 miles this year already???? wow!

    3702 days ago
    emoticon Congrats on all your accomplishments this year!! That mileage number blows me away - awesome!!!!
    3702 days ago
    emoticon You have had an amazing year and us on Sparks are so lucky to have met someone so awesome. Congrats on all your success and thank you for sharing with all of us.
    3702 days ago
    And that sounds more like my Candy! Welcome back!

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    3702 days ago
    emoticon !!!!!
    emoticon for posting your wonderful progress pictures and your accomplishment!!! You look as wonderful as you feel and it shows.
    Hope you spend your anniversary kicking more a** and this time take the names-gotta know your adversaries ( laziness, apathy and the dreaded "I just don't feel like it")
    Happy anniversary my Sparkfriend!!
    3702 days ago
    Congrats you are doing some awesome stuff.
    3702 days ago
    Congrats! You've done an amazing job, and no doubt inspired many people other than me. I love 2011's mileage. Something to be very proud of! I wonder what you will finish the year with? Oh yeah and I'm totally with you on appreciating the body underneath the fat. I'm starting to see muscle refinement as well and it is fascinating!
    3702 days ago
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    Awww Candy! SO very proud of you. You look marvelous and you can see in your face how very happy you are!

    Can you believe we've been doing this for a year? And I feel like we're all (you-me-gayle) still going strong which tells me we have long since crossed that line in our minds eye and this IS our new life!

    The fact that you logged over HALF your miles this year speaks volumes of your commitment. You truly are a more fit, healthy and stronger person than you were last year and I am so proud and so glad to be on this journey with you!

    3702 days ago
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    You have done fabulous this year! Your fitness is incredible, your weight loss is consistent (and a heck of a lot more than I'll have on my one year coming up shortly!). Most of all, you are a terrific cheerleader!
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    3702 days ago
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    Wonderful Blog!! You are so amazing!! I am so proud of all the sparkers but especially you. emoticon
    3702 days ago
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    That is an awesome blog post! I love it! How amazing, 62 lbs.! I have fully committed myself to be saying the same thing soon. You're awesome and I am happy and proud to say you are my friend. Continued success to you! You rock!
    3702 days ago
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    3702 days ago
    Happy Anniversary Candy! You are such an inspiration.
    3702 days ago
    emoticon my friend. Happy Anniversary. See there is a beautiful swan in there. emoticon

    Thanks for all your support you are emoticon .

    Hugs and here's to the future. emoticon emoticon

    3702 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/5/2011 3:54:08 PM
    Thank you so much for posting this... and I confess, I'm a shower groper! LOL... it's true.. I first started when I noticed I could see my toes again when I looked down in the shower.. I started grabbing that apron.. and checking my progress.. Happy to say it's shrinking, just like the rest of me.

    WELL DONE - you are an inspiration. My anniversary will be next January.. and I am looking forward to it. My "finish date" is set for Feb 9th 2012...

    Here's to all of us meeting our goals...

    ~Irish (aka The Incredible Shrinking Mom)
    3702 days ago

    Awesome blog, my friend! Happy Sparkversary! Can I just say, you look FABULOUS! Love the pics from this morning. The dimple is pretty cute too! LOL!

    You're such an inspiration for me! I can hardly wait to get to my 1 year anniversary. We're so gonna rock the rest of this month and then some!


    PS - I'll remember to grope a little next time I'm in the shower! LOL!
    3702 days ago
  • GAYLEP67
    And thank YOU Candy for being such a huge source of support and inspiration to so many of US! You look absolutely AMAZING. You were beautiful at the beginning of your journey and you're absolutely radiant now.

    Don't you just love the reports that you can run on SP? I do!! It's so motivating to see how far you've come and the progress that you're making day to day/week to week/month to month. Of course, feeling yourself up appears to be a good measure of success too (I love you!)!

    Happy emoticon , my friend. Rock on!!

    3702 days ago
    Way to go! You are such a motivation!!!!!
    3702 days ago
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