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What a difference two years can make!

Saturday, January 07, 2012

Two years ago today, at 271 lbs, I was preparing to begin on a new diet. I had been told a few weeks before that I was an "early diagnosed" diabetic. I had taken the classes but had not seen much change in my dieting attempts over the last 30 or so years of being overweight and trying, then failing at losing weight. My doctor had talked about medicine....I asked if I could have some more time to do it on my own....I was frightened and looking at my own mortality at 61 years old. My husband has always been active, and I was wondering if I would always be heavy, afraid to try anything because of my weight, and ruin my health. I got online and started looking....I found the Prevention magazine Dtour diet....but what happened over the next 14 months has proven to be one of the biggest keys to my weight loss....I changed it from a DIET into a LIFESTYLE!! Duh...finally found out that it wasn't a case of going on a diet, losing weight, then going back to eating the way I did before!

I have also realized that something I did differently was doing things more slowly....not starting an eating plan, exercise, water drinking, etc., etc., all at once. I concentrated on my eating for at least 2-3 months before I started exercising, then added on other things at a slower pace.

Then there is exercise...I am exercising more now at 63 than I have for YEARS...I amaze myself regular!! :) I started exercising (the WOW walking program and riding my recumbent trike). I still exercise 5-6 days a week. My husband and I do more together - even went sea kayaking this year!! (would have never even tried before)

Somewhere along the way, I found SparkPeople...what a wonderful key to losing weight and keeping it off!! More knowledge than I can take in and a wonderful group of friends who know EXACTLY what is going on with me!!! Been there, done that!!!

I lost 121 lbs in 14 months and have kept it off for 10 months next week! My eating IS a lifestyle....I can have pizza occassionally, for example, just much less.... I eat breakfast every day....NEVER ate it in the past. I still walk those 5-6 days a week. I am working on getting more sleep...gotta have a challenge, I guess! I am off my blood pressure meds, my blood work is great, and my diabetes doesn't show up in my blood work!! My doctor tells me that I don't have to gain back 100 lbs to have the diabetes kick in....just 20 lbs could do it, so I am determined to be diligent!!!

I look at this picture of Christmas two years ago, me colapsed in that chair,

and remember how exhausted and hopeless I felt....gosh.....just TWO years!

Thanks to God, my family, and my friends, and, let's be honest here, to my hard work and determination....if WE aren't proud of ourselves, who will be?! I know I must be vigilent and continue the work....for those of you who are just beginning, DON'T GIVE UP!! If I can do this, YOU can! Just look at what just two years can do!!!
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    You have inspired me! I love your determination and believe it or not you are a lot of help to others trying to do the same thing. I know this is a lifestyle change and that it does not happen overnight.You indeed have found the right way to go and stay fit. So proud of you. emoticon emoticon for sharing.
    3203 days ago
    You know, this is such a happy moment for me. I went to read your new entry from today which, I agree, Coach Nicole makes it seem doable... but then read your entry from last month... WOW! I am so super proud of you and intensely motivated. I turned 60 in December and have lost 50 pounds of the last year. I'd never been able to do that before and had carried that extra weight for over 20 years. Well true to form, I went off of my DIET in October and in this 4 months have gained 20 of it back. Your words below remind me that the next step is LIFESTYLE not DIET! I start tomorrow... and now am really excited! Smile. Thank you so much for your sharing! maykat
    3228 days ago
    I love reading success stories like yours! You are truly awesome and an inspiration. May your life be full of activity and good health!
    3253 days ago
    emoticon Janet you've done and awesome job of changing your life around, such an inspiration! emoticon
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    What a great job you have done in losing and maintaining your weight. And like you said, it has to be a lifestyle. We may grow older, but we don't have to grow sicker because of it. Way to go! emoticon
    3253 days ago
    It takes hard work, determination, and a commitment to yourself...and you did it! Congrats for losing it and keeping it off. You're right, it IS a lifestyle and you are an inspiration for those of us who continue on our journey. emoticon
    3253 days ago
    What an inspiration you are!!! emoticon
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  • GATOR12
    Janet, to me the biggie is maintaining that weight loss for "almost" 10 months. I'm sure like me you have yo yoed with lossing some and regaining it plus more. This health scare and your determination was pivotal, it sounds. SparkPeople are great is so many ways. I'm proud to count you as an inspirational friend, friend!! To success, health & moving!!
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    Your story was the first one that inspired me to continue going on Spark. I feel so lucky to have come across you so early in my Spark life. Thank you so much. emoticon emoticon
    3253 days ago
    You are an amazing woman and a great example of what it takes to succeed... learning, all our lives long! And following up with changing how we live. Congratulations on finding the magic formula to LIVE WELL!

    Spark on, my friend! emoticon emoticon emoticon
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  • JBRIDGES1031
    All I can say is wow! Thank you for posting this itjavascript:void(0); really is inspirational!
    3253 days ago
    Great blog! Definitely has my vote! You are an inspiration Janet and I have no doubt this is a forever lifestyle for you! How great that you were able to do it in 2 years; it took me much longer. You should be proud of yourself! I know it's not easy but boy is it ever worth it! Congratulations!
    3253 days ago
    Congratulations! Very inspirational blog! God bless you, YOU HAVE DONE GREAT!
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