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89 lbs lost so far & my Mini challenge completed! Some thoughts...

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

December 26th already. Happy Wednesday everyone!

I completed the mini-challenge I created for myself over the Christmas break. Even though there were a lot of snacks, I watched what I ate. I did my best to make sure I had as many normal meals as I could. Spark gave me my 1,000 fitness minutes trophy for December, hooray! I am still at 161 exactly! I am still surprised, but I am glad. I tried my best to have healthy breakfasts over the weekend. I had egg whites two days & also had some total cereal with leftover berries. I laughed because I had so many more berries than shown on the box. It was delicious though!

I finished working on my Christmas gifts over the weekend. I finished the hot chocolate project & made two more gift baskets. No more Christmas gift projects now! I was sitting around wondering what I will do after work now…. What will I do now that Christmas is over? Well, I will focus more on my exercise until tax seasons starts. Then I will barely have any free time at nights! At least I will be getting paid overtime.

Christmas was wonderful. I got a few pairs of pants that size 10. They all fit. It was nice to replace the 14s and 12s from my drawer. Who would have thought I would be so happy to get long sleeve workout shirts & workout fleeces as gifts?! There were 21 of us at my parent’s house for dinner. I always help prep & then cook. We had a lot to do, but everything came out on time which is great. I had some leftover grilled chicken with black beans and tomatoes. I also made myself a plain sweet potato. The only thing I had from the normal Christmas dinner I added to my plate was some fresh cranberry sauce & salad. I stayed in the kitchen & did the dishes after putting out dessert. Some of them looked so good, and I didn’t want anyone asking me if I wanted this pie or that cake or a cookie. After everyone left, we finished cleaning up. It was so quiet in the house with the dogs still being in the kennel.

When I started Spark in August 2011, I weighed 250 lbs. I am now at 161. 2012 has had many ups and downs in my life outside of the scale. Besides losing 89 pounds so far, I have gained a lot of confidence in myself. Even though I still feel fat most of the time, I also have times where I feel normal. By normal - I mean I don't feel like the big girl everyone is making fun of in their heads. There are times where I still feel negative, but I still try my best to keep pushing forward. I don't forget about my past, but I can't let it hold me back. When I started Spark, I barely ever had a positive attitude especially about myself. I put everyone in front of myself on the priority list. After all I have achieved now, I believe in me & I still try to help out everyone I can!

My big weight loss goal is to be at 155 by March 1, 2013. Although I don't full believe in the BMI scale, I am using it as my big weight loss goal. For my height, 127-155 is the Healthy Weight Range. Once I get to 155, I will not stop tracking. I won't give up on exercise or running 5K. The 155 is my goal to be healthy, but I still need to keep pushing forward. I will probably make future goals for myself, but I may not be able to reach all of them. I don't want to say "I want to be 130" and then be disappointed for the rest of my life if I cannot get that low. The last time I was 155 pounds was in 2003. It will be nice to get back to that weight even though I know I will be able to lose more. Being healthier is super important to me! Less weight means less strain on my body!

Start Date: August 17, 2011
Current Date: December 26, 2012

Start Weight: 250
Current Weight: 161
Healthy Goal Weight: 155

Start Pant Size: 22-24
Current Size: 10

Start Shirt Size: 2X-3X
Current Size: M-L

I don't have any specific resolutions or goals for 2013 yet. If I get the time, I will try to think of some. Basically, I think I want to keep going with my monthly goals! I need to add in yoga again & maybe start going back to zumba if my schedule allows it. I try to take everything day by day now instead of jumping ahead too much. Long-term goals are nice, but small steps are very important too.

Hopefully everyone had a wonderful holiday. 2012 is almost over & 2013 is approaching TOO fast! I know I can reach my goals as long as I make them realistic! I know my Sparkfriends can reach their goals too as long as you all keep pushing! Reward yourself for putting in the time to make yourself a better you! Even a pat on the back or a moment to pause and say "you are worth it" really does make a difference! You are in control of you!

I will try to get some more progress picture updates once I get to 90 lbs lost.

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  • no profile photo CD12910802

    I wanted to see where you came from to bring you to the point you are at now. Your journey is really encouraging to me. We seem to have some same issues that I relate to and that is why I friended you. What a job you have done. You streched it out long enough to make it a lasting change as I am trying to do. Because as my body is going through changes my heart and mind are also going through changes and it is bringing me to the place I need to be to keep this journey of healthy living going for life. Thanky you for sharing your journey. Now I am going to read from here to now.
    3061 days ago
    Good job, Kimpy! I am so very proud of you! I know how hard you have been working!


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    3093 days ago
  • HHB4181
    The BMI says I should be like 117, which sound very unhealthy to me. Congrats on the 89 lbs, you're almost to your goal!!
    3093 days ago
  • BISCO_
    W-O-W!!!! emoticon
    3095 days ago
    You've done a great job. It's very impressive that you have persevered and worked toward your goal for so long. Hopefully, your readers will take your "small steps" philosophy to heart and see you as a slow and steady success story to emulate.

    I appreciate your effort to be supportive and encouraging to others while you are on your own weight loss journey. Keep up the good work! I look forward to reading about your progress in the new year!
    3095 days ago
    emoticon That is emoticon that you have accomplished so much in a little over a year. I can't wait to be there too. I bet it's nice being able to wear smaller clothes, but like you said after goal weight it's important to maintain that healthy weight. Good for you. Keep up the good work. emoticon

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    You sure are a motivator. Happy New Year.
    3097 days ago
  • no profile photo CD13099273
    Way to go - you Rock - ! Miss you ! Will email you ! Hugs k
    3097 days ago
    WOOOHOOOO! Congrats, girl!

    Keep pushing, because you already know YOU CAN DO IT! So proud of you!
    3097 days ago
    Look at how many people you're inspiring!!!! Yea for you!! I want to be there some day. Just keep Sparkin'!!!
    3097 days ago
  • no profile photo CD13285479
    That is so amazing to read. You have done so well. You are right it is up and down and never a smooth road but the most important thing is you keep going forward. Blessings to you in your next year goals!!
    3098 days ago
    Totally emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon You are an inspiration!

    Golden Phoenix ROCK!
    3098 days ago
    Way to go, you have obviously made a complete personal transformation! You weigh about a pound less than me right now, and I'd love to be at 155 by March as well.
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    3098 days ago
    You have done an awesome job! Congratulations on your many successes! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3098 days ago
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    3098 days ago
    WOW - that is awesome!!!! And congrats for the self discipline during the holiday - it's so tough but you stuck to it!
    3098 days ago
    You are so amazing and I am so happy about your achievement !! Congratulations !! You deserve all the compliment. Keep up with your good work. Your are so inspiring to all of us hear in Spark community.

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    3098 days ago
    You are doing totally awesome! Congrats on such a huge weight loss! You should be very proud of yourself. I am sure your family was impressed.

    PS. I love the goodies you made!
    3098 days ago
    Congratulations on your restraint during the Christmas holiday. Your are doing great!

    And, thanks for commenting on my blog today about older marathon runners.
    3098 days ago
    You're doing great and you look great!
    3098 days ago
  • no profile photo CD12744659
    First of all - 89 pounds?! THAT'S AMAZING!!! What an awesome achievement! I'm so proud of you!

    And your attitude is fantastic, it's wonderful to read that you've come so far for yourself and gaining so much self acceptance and confidence. I don't believe in the BMI at all, but it sounds like your association with those numbers to your body is very healthy, and you are using it as a guideline and that you're not setting yourself up for failure by committing to a specific number. That's great!

    And your gift baskets look amazing! It sounds like your Christmas was full of family and togetherness, and to me that sounds like the best way to celebrate the holiday! I hope it was wonderful for you (woohoo for managing to eat right the whole time!)!

    Here's to the onset of a great year with great results! I know you can meet your goals!
    3098 days ago
    You truly are an inspriation! What an amazing job you did restraining yourself over the goodies ... Youve come so far! I started where you started so you are such an inspiration to me :)

    Great job!
    3098 days ago
  • no profile photo CD12380606
    TOTAL(-y berries!) lol looks tasty! It sounds like you did great over the holidays! I went a little overboard, but it's inspirational to read about the ways other people have made it through big family meals without depriving themselves OR overdoing it!

    You know, I've been following your blog for a while now, and I never realized that you and I started at the same starting weight! I look up to you, because you are further ahead of me, but I will still work hard to catch up! I am not THAT far behind! :D

    Thank you for sharing the holiday photos! I loved looking at your handmade gifts and baskets. Handmade gifts are the best!
    3098 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/26/2012 1:26:09 PM
    What an awesome year you've had - you should be SO PROUD of yourself! Nice job and keep pushing - 2013 is bound to be great!
    3098 days ago
    Woo hoo!! That is awesome!
    3098 days ago
    Extremely well done!!! Kimpy you stuck to you plans which impresses me so much. I had plans but....the last few days I ignored them completely. I know it's taking determination, dedication, and commitment to putting yourself that has helped you succeed over the holidays. Not only does this inspire me but your journey from 250 to 161 is also so inspirational to me and without a doubt to many others. It's a journey that's real and close to my own goals. Knowing you are doing it helps me stay on track and moving forward. I am leaving behind the mistakes of the holidays and getting back on the wagon. That in itself is such a change for me when before I would just have left it all behind and gone back to my old unhealthy habits. I am committed to the healthy lifestyle for the long haul so the little bumps don't completely derail me.
    Glad you had such a great holiday....You sounds so happy....You are so positive...
    Thanks for sharing.
    3098 days ago
  • AEROGIRL1594
    Congrats on your weight loss! That is awesome! I know that you will be even more successful in the new year!
    3098 days ago
  • -VIXEN-
    Amazing. Simply amazing. My heart is flooded with admiration and inspiration after reading this blog. You confirm for me that baby steps and persistence pays off in a big way, a really big way. Thank you for sharing about it here. This is a blog I will not forget. :) emoticon
    3098 days ago
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