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175 pounds down!!! woo hoo!!! but still working hard!

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May 2011, I'm loving shopping for new clothes now!!! Everything's different when they actually fit!

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November 16, 2013. ♥ 176 pounds gone.


SMARTLADY66 is a SparkPeople Motivator!

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After a lifetime of obesity, I finally made up my mind...I'd had ENOUGH! I had to make a change and THIS TIME was going to be different. I could feel it!

I've been dieting for 5 years. I've lost 176 pounds, around 80 inches and I'm down about 10 sizes from a 30/32 to a size 12/14 and a few 8/10's in my workout clothes. I have lost HALF my entire body weight!!! In one year, I lost 131 pounds and in the following year, I lost 45 more. Since then, I have been maintaining my weight (within a 5 - 10 pound range) but I want to lose a little more. I'm still working EVERYDAY to reach my goal weight.

Thank you to all of you who share your stories! Your comments, motivation and inspiring stories and photos have given me courage and hope along my journey. You people are awesome! Keep posting those before and after pics. Those are the BEST!!!

A special shout out to my dear Sparkfriends Bill60, Toothful99 and of course my sis Classicalshelly. You guys help get me through each week and you motivate the heck out of me. Hugs!

Good luck to all of you. If I can answer any questions or share my experience further, just let me know. If I can help even one person, it's a blessing. I know what it is to battle with weight since I have fought it and been defeated by it my entire life...UNTIL NOW THAT IS!!!!!!

Member Since: 9/7/2009

Fitness Minutes: 1,835

My Goals:
It wasn't a goal but I did my first 10K in April 2010!!! Ha, who knew I could do that?

My 2nd 10K, April 2011! woohoo!

Completed a HALF MARATHON, March 2012! That's 13.1 miles!

My 3rd 10K, April 2012!

1. My first goal is to lose my excess weight...ALL of it... permanently! That's probably 180-200 lbs! YIKES! But I'm taking it in 10lb increments. Small steps to the finish line.

2. My second goal is to create a healthier body by exercising (which I do not enjoy- but I am doing it anyway).

My Program:
What I've done is pretty straightforward - no tricks, no drugs- just hard work. Basically, I count calories and exercise. I started at my heaviest weight of 351.5 pounds eating 1500 calories a day. I now eat 1300-1400 a day. I've turned my life around and do everything differently than I've done before.

I try to workout 5 - 6 days a week alternating exercises to not get bored.
I joined a gym and workout at least 4 times a week there. I love doing the circuit of weight machines and I'm enjoying seeing my muscles develop! When not at the gym, I do 3-4 mi. (more if I'm feeling ambitious!) of walk/jog intervals at least twice a wk.

Elliptical and Treadmill!!! (Truly it's a LOVE/HATE relationship!) I do 60 minutes at a time and burn a bunch of calories, like 800-1000, depending on incline and speed!

Biggest Loser Last Chance workout DVD and Bob's Bootcamp DVD.

I just keep active and moving!

Personal Information:
I'm a southern girl, 47 years old and getting stronger everyday. I'm a mother of 5 - (3 boys and 2 girls). I have a great family - and some very special friends...they're my support system!

My sister is also on Spark People...look her up, she's Classicalshelly. We have taken this journey together and she's lost 182 pounds! Congrats to her on being named a Sparkpeople MOTIVATOR. I am so proud of her.

Other Information:
"Life is an ever-changing process, and nothing is final. Therefore, each moment and every day is a chance to begin anew."

“Being defeated is often temporary, giving up makes it permanent.”

“Hard work spotlights the character of people; some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don’t turn up at all.”

“The true measure of an individual is how he treats a person who can do him absolutely no good.”

“Things don't go wrong and break your heart so you can become bitter and give up. They happen to break you down and build you up so you can be all that you were intended to be.”

“Conscience is the inner voice that warns us that someone might be looking.”

“People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing -- that's why we recommend it daily.”

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    The victory is yours, if only you choose, to do what is right, so that you can lose!

    Just keep moving ahead, doing things to keep you fit, not allowing distractions to keep you from it.

    Don't focus on things, that will hold you back, just shove them aside, to keep you on track!

    If you look back, and see what brought you down, you will find what it is, that can turn around!

    Keep your heart, and mind focused on to your goal, there is plenty of stuff, that is good for your soul!

    Be happy with the steps, that you take every day; don't get stuck in the traps, that will pull you down out and away!

    I thank you for your encouragement, it means much to me! Keep moving forward, and soon you will be free!

    2941 days ago
  • v NUMD97
    Love your new profile pic! I hope one day to have one plastered like that one all over my house.

    Keep up the good work, you'll get there, just look at how far you've come.

    What an inspiration you are!

    2942 days ago
  • v JIBBIE49
    emoticon Happy BELATED Birthday, DONE GIRL emoticon

    The Aquarian child is some how an isolated only child when growing up and therefore gets lots of attention from adults. She becomes a "free thinker" and is very smart. She really isn't made to be a "stay-at-home-mom" as she has so much to give to the world. She makes a good teacher, scientist, or designer as she has new ideas. She loves people and can move from place to place with ease and make new "best friends forever." She gets along with Sagittarius, Libra, Aries, Leo and Gemini. She wouldn't do well with controlling Scorpio as she MUST have her freedom. Her weak areas are the ankles. She isn't cut out to be obese as she needs to move about freely. Denise Austin is a wonderful example of an Aquarian woman. She is turning 56 and still very "young". She's 5'4" and 112# but very strong.

    In Aquarius the Sun is eccentric and original. You're apt to be a superb thinker, and your ideas are frequently advanced, no matter what field of profession you select. Often, your unique approaches to problem solving are viewed as too radical and unworkable, but you prefer to think of them as advanced and progressive instead. Unconventional and outspoken, you see your role as the rebel and the person who rejects worn out traditions and old ways of operating. You like to be with those ushering in the new order and fostering advanced thinking.
    Paradoxically, you're a good team player, but one who must have personal freedom. You don't like to feel fenced in. While you're headstrong and inflexible in your ways, you can work very effectively within a large group. You have complete respect for the sound ideas put forward by others. You are aloof and detached, and your concerns are directed toward society rather than to the problems of any one person. You are somewhat impersonal most of the time. You're more emotionally involved with your work than you are with people. You can be highly critical and demanding in a position of authority. Nonetheless, you are a strong leader and organizer. You have a deep understanding of human nature, but often you lack sensitivity to the emotional content of many situations.
    You thrive on change and managing the unexpected. Always ahead of your time, you are viewed by everyone as being different and unusual, labels you don't mind accepting. You pride yourself on your ability to find a better way of doing the job. Sometimes you lack follow through, and you always dislike routine. You like to take chances and keep everything stirred up. Occasionally, you enjoy antagonizing people in positions of authority, and stimulating a good argument now and then. You don't mind that you are seen as a bit unusual, in fact, you may encourage this image.
    Equality, freedom and fairness are all important issues for you. You strongly subscribe to the doctrine that all people are created equal and should have the same rights and opportunities. In this regard, you are likely to be classified as a progressive and often associated with humanitarian issues and causes. Though you are very involved with such matters, your approach is always somewhat in the abstract, with ideological concepts, the sort that don't usually stem from true emotions. Your approach is often very impersonal and detached.
    Friendly and sociable, you may have a wide circle of acquaintances. Friends are very important to you. Intellectually oriented, you are happiest with friends that share common ideas and interests. Strangely, you find it more difficult to cultivate a truly satisfying intimate relationship. This aloofness exists because feelings are rarely expressed outwardly, and you usually seem distant. You resist anything or anyone threatening your independence.
    2977 days ago
    you are a great inspiration!!
    2981 days ago
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    Belated Happy Birthday wishes to you. Hope the celebration was DONE just right!
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    2982 days ago
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