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Celebrating 1/2 the person I once was but living my life to the fullest!!!!! Right now, I am 147 lbs and I am smiling and shining on the inside and outside!!!

Hello ONEderland!! 199.9 lbs!!! Super proud of myself!!


Lost But Found - A 6 Month Celebration !~!~!~!

I think the connotations associated with the concept of 'lost and found' perfectly describes my 6 month journey of self-discovery. My recent (ongoing) life journey - a case of lost and found.

Five or six years ago marked a time when several changes occurred in my life and thus, started my process of getting lost. I found myself ¡¥letting myself go¡¦ from the stress of a move and living in an unfamiliar environment. I became negative. I isolated myself and began to indulge too much in comfort foods. I took the back seat approach to life - always promising myself that tomorrow was a fresh start. It's sad that all those tomorrows added up to nearly five years of self-neglect, self-sabotage, and basically just existing. I was on auto-pilot! I lost my inner drive! I lost my determination! I lost myself!!

5 years of self-denial and neglect added up to 145 lbs being packed onto my once 150 lb body. 5 years of just existing and the only thing I had to show for it was a weight gain of 145 lbs - yes, six months ago, I weighed 295 lbs!!!

On September 19, 2011, the journey of finding myself commenced. I wanted to find that beautiful person who I knew existed within me and wanted to let her live again. To do this, I needed to make the commitment to shave threw the layers of my outer-self and expose the confident, positive, happy, and beautiful person that was dying to come out and shine again. That person was suffocating but was still alive inside. I knew that with lots of effort on my part, with a plan, with the dedication and determination, and with the end of the road as my goal, I would be found - I would find myself again!!

I took a take-charge attitude towards my life. I started exercising daily, taking baby steps by working out 10 minutes at a time. I started eating healthy - limiting my calorie intake to the recommended daily requirement. I started to eliminate unhealthy foods from my diet - I said good-bye to diet coke, chips, chocolate, fried chicken, hamburgers, etc. and replaced them with green veggies and a variety of other healthy options. I found the respect I had for my body so many years before. I still allow myself one treat a week - a special meal or a treat - but exercise self-control to ensure I don't over-indulge.

Fast track 6 months later and I have all the confidence in the world now. I found my love for life again and live each and every day to the fullest. I found that approaching every situation with a positive attitude and self-confidence equips you with the ability to accomplish anything. I found my 'JUST DO IT' mantra again deep within and it's funny - it was always there - it was just lost within the mix of self-doubt. I found my happy go lucky attitude again in that I don't take other opinions and actions too seriously. I now consider myself in tune with myself - I know me, I love me. I found my inner beauty and I channel it to the outside world.

I find it ironic I found myself half way around the world in an unfamiliar territory. It is also ironic that I lost over 60 lbs and found myself while loosing the weight. Little did I know that the power of self-acceptance and self-forgiveness would enable me to be the best person I could be. I have become a confident individual again and now feel good about myself again. Now, I embrace life, I make lots of great memories now, I am focused. I have reach my ultimate self. I lost myself but I have found myself.

Over the past six months, I have developed a positive aura. People sense my confidence and positive self-concept. No one can knock me down. I am at my prime!! I feel beautiful on the outside and the inside. I smile on the inside and people see me smile on the outside.
I could go on and on but the main message of this entry is....

I am found!!

And in the process, I have found some amazing spark friends, some amazing sparkgroups, and Sparkpeople - an awesome website with all the tools needed for me to remain found!!! And I have found a special spark with my husband - we exercise together, plan meals together, and share so many special moments together!!!
Day 1...The Journey Begins!!
Today is the day!! Mark it on your calendars!! Today is the day I prepare to take control of my life. Today is the day I toast away my bad habits & pinky swear at midnight that I will do everything in my power to be the person I want to be. I will begin to mold and shape the life I want to lead & watch it take form. The time to take the right path is now. I will follow the right path this time. I will cross the finish line! I will claim the prize: ultimate happiness & liberation! I will set free my bad habits, unhealthy lifestyle, & my negative thoughts and emotions. The time of self-confidence, happiness, fulfillment, determination, and ultimate realization has come. It has come knocking on my door & it is time for me to embark on this journey. No longer will I feel powerless and defected. From this moment on, I will eat, breathe, and live empowerment & accomplishment.

According to wiki.com, the word TENACITY means to stick with something even when the going gets tough. Never give up. Never surrender! This word sums up the journey I am about the start & the 918 part will serve as a constant remindar of my beginning date!!

Let the journey begin!!!

Member Since: 9/18/2011

Fitness Minutes: 24,385

My Goals:
Weight Loss Goals:
~~loose 37 lbs (295 to 258 lbs) by Christmas/New Years. DONE!!

~~Loose 50 lbs by my birthday (2/14 a.k.a. Valentine's Day) DONE!

~~Loose 100 lbs & be in 'Onederland' by my MONTH LONG VACATION in July 2012(295 lbs to 195 lbs) DONE!!!


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~~cardio kickboxing

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  • v KIKSTAR1
    Thanks for your comment on my page! I'm excited to be in this community and feel like the support we give and get here is going to be a HUGE part of our success! Good luck today! emoticon
    3556 days ago
    Breathe deep this excitement, your determination!! Document it, as you did in your blog - keep doing it. Because one day, you may need it. And even if you never ever do, someone else might! :D

    I'm thrilled that you're having such a fun time exploring Spark. Thanks for letting me know that I had some part of your experience, that was really sweet!

    All the best on your goals, and the discovery yet to come!
    3557 days ago
    emoticon Greetings and emoticon

    Congrats on taking the next step to reaching a healthier you by getting active with SparkPeople - it's a great community, wonderful resources and fantastic support- it's also lots of fun and easy to make friends because we're all in this together.
    I like the way a HEALTHY LIFESTYLE is emphasized here instead of a 'quick fix wonder diet' so it's good for people wanting to lose weight, but also to maintain a previous loss, get healthier, improve fitness and many other goals including gaining weight or saving money - it's about waaaaaay more than 'just' losing weight so you have definitely come to the right place! You're off to a great start already, just by posting here and I think you'll be at your goal before you know it!
    Another nice thing about SparkPeople is that we have permission to be human - we don't have to change everything at once or be in a hurry to reach our goals. Take a few baby steps and then a few more and before you know it, you'll have completed a long journey - I hope you enjoy this community as much as I have - it teaches us how to make positive lifetime changes because that's the only thing that will work over time!
    Please check out SparkTeams - you can choose them by age group, lifestyle or interests, geographic location or several other ways. I'd like to invite you to join the Virtual Walk/Run/Cycle Thru the US @ exercise.lbl.gov SparkTeam - it's a really fun way to track your walking while you travel 'virtually' across America from Virginia to Oregon. Go to the SparkTeam page at www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
    ndividual.asp?gid=19805 for more information.
    Some of the other teams that are good for beginners include the Official 10-minute Daily Exercise Streak Challenge, Starting Over Weekly Mini-Challenge Team, 10k Steps A Day and Motivation & Positive Attitude Plan - but there are so many to choose from, you can have a great time looking for the ones that seem to fit you best! In fact, I suggest joining more than one group, post your intro there and write blogs as often as you can - you will find tons of friends and support that way, I promise!!
    If you ever need any help using features of the site, there are tutorial videos under the HELP section that can show you how to use the features of the site. You can also find them on the START page and several other places on the site. It takes awhile to get the hang of the site but you can earn SparkPoints and Trophies while you explore and learn!
    I wish you the best on your journey!!!

    3559 days ago
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