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Sparked away 135lbs in my first year

Friday, July 01, 2011

Yesterday was my "official" 1 year Spark-a-versary emoticon
emoticon I'm almost embarrased to say that my actual Spark account was made in 2006 but like many people I made it and then......NADA.

I have no idea just exactly what I was waiting on and looking back I still can't really put my finger on anything specific...
All I knew for sure was that if I didn't make a radical change I would die, my lack of eating had depleted my immune system and had caused me to be succeptible to numerous infections and each bout of "whatever" left me sicker, weaker and more hopless about ever getting better.

So I logged back into my Spark account and tried to figure out what to do.... emoticon

emoticon I weighed in at 345 lbs.....Yes....THREE HUNDRED and FOURTY FIVE POUNDS, not the heaviest person in the world (true) but a hefty load for sure. emoticon

My measurements at that time were mind boggling... emoticon
waist 60 in
hips 62 in
calfs 22 in
thighs 33 in
upper arms 21 in
neck 17 in
Amazingly, I never ever looked in the mirror and saw any of it. I just looked like me and I thought I was alright, now looking back.....WHEW !!!
I looked pretty awful.....

As of right now I weigh 209.8
waist 42 in
hips 46 in
calfs 17.5 in
thighs 24.5 in
upper arms 17 in
neck 14.25 in

That is a total of 135.2 lbs and 53.75 inches lost, that's almost 4 and a half feet of body that's no longer with me.... WHOA!!!

I have to admit it hasn't always been easy or without frustrations but in the last year I have learned sooooo much not only about eating and my health but also about myself, and to me those lessons about me have been the most surprising.
A year ago my wardrobe consisted of jogging pants and T-shirts. I had a few pair of size 28 jeans but they wouldn't zip for anything in this world.
Not anymore.....EVER.....a year later I don't own any jogging pants at all and my jeans are all 14/16's and I will confess I have become a clothes junkie, my closet is full (to full)...

Most importantly though I have learned that I am strong inside, I can push myself just a little bit harder a little bit longer and get a little bit farther and I won't break...
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And I am definitly healthier I have been infection free for 5 months in a row and I am very excited about finally being able to have my belly button peirced.......

I am looking forward to this second year....hopefully my waist keeps getting smaller while my muscles keep getting bigger, I hope to reach my final goal and maybe even go beyond that and I hope to participate in my first 5k race before I turn 50 at the beginning of 2013.....
This is an amazing place and the people here are wonderfully kind, supportive, encouraging and motivating.... I have always said I would have never come this far without my Sparkfriends especially those of whom I talk to daily either here or by IM or on the phone.... I Thank each of you from the bottom of my heart, for everything you have done for me and taught me and for the times you've listened to me ramble on.....YOU ALL ROCK.
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  • no profile photo CD12396460
    Thank you for your story. You are sooooo motivating! These past four months I can't seem to reach any goal I set, but as you say, "I would not have come (even) this far without my Sparksfriends." I'm starting to reinvigorate myself to keep on going, and in the past I've seen that reading stories like your's are a must. Good luck and thank you for your candor and inspiration.
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  • WHEREIS170
    You are one super person. I wished we lived in the same town, lol, but in different countries, I have to settle for the spark pages. Sheryl, you have motivated me more than you will ever know. Yes, I am going thru a spell on no big losses, but you are someone I can go to to speal off and confide in. You should be so proud of you efforts as you more than deserve them with all the ups and downs you yourself have had to go thru. YOU GO GIRL! Hope your feeling better. Lori :)
    3430 days ago
    I can't believe I'm JUST reading this. You have done such an amazing job! You're such an inspiration and a great support. YOU are proof that I can do this! Thanks for sharing :D emoticon
    3523 days ago
    Congratulations on your sparkversary Sheryl! Sorry I missed it, but Adrian was ill. Well done on your amazing weight loss. You look fantastic! Hope your challenge is going well. Didn't get to join it this time. Hope to next time. Think I have put on 3 lb.
    Hugs from Ellen
    3580 days ago
    Such a great story and wonderful motivation. Congratulations on sticking with it, you look terrific. emoticon
    3595 days ago
    I can feel your joy my dear and want you to know that I am sooooooooo happy for you! You look awesome and so happy. Congrats on coming back and working yourself to good health!

    Take care of you,

    3595 days ago
    Wow 135lbs. So happy for you. Please share your secret!!
    3595 days ago
    Way to go! I love the belts. emoticon
    3631 days ago
    You have done an amazing job! Keep up the great work!
    3631 days ago
    Awesome. Congratulations. Thanks for the great blog.

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    3633 days ago
    Just hit the "like" button :)
    3633 days ago
    WOW Sheryl ! I had nooo idea you've come along so far ! I am amazed and so HAPPY to see and read this ! Believe me I am going to hit the "like" button ! This SHOULD be read by MANY others ! WOWZERS hon ! OUTSTANDING ! I am so PROUD of you !!! You inspire many of us from day to day, and I personally want to thank you for all the help you give to me along the way. You are a terrific person !

    I sure do HOPE like mad, you have rejoined the Spirited Under Dogs (I keep forgotting who has/n't). Last I checked we were up to 47 ! Cool huh? We might now be up more, it's been a couple of days since I've checked and the knowledge you have collected/learned would help us ALL out so much. A friend, who thinks the world of you ! Diane
    3633 days ago
    You look stupendous! I wonder why some of us don't see ourselves as we really are until something "snaps". My longtime PCP moved to a new practice that I wasn't able to go to (seeing elderly people coming out of the hospital - don't quite qualify for elderly yet!). I tried a couple of new ones and finally found an NP who told me I needed to lose weight; even recommended a book for me to use. I finally GOT IT! I was obese! I have been working very hard, exercising, eating healthy, tracking my food, etc. I am now 8# from being normal weight, but still almost 20# from goal.

    I NEVER saw myself when looking in a mirror, unless I was in a dressing room, trying on yet another piece of clothing that didn't fit.

    Keep up the good work. You are doing emoticon
    3633 days ago
    Wonderful, inspiring to me. You have accomplished so much in one year. Next year will be even better as you reach your goal. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3634 days ago
    Yes, many of us joined only to disappear - thankfully you too came back and worked the program!

    You look fantastic!

    3634 days ago
    You look amazing. What an inspirational story. Thank you so much for sharing it. Happy Sparkanniversary. You have lost an incredible amount of weight. Woohoo! You go girl! emoticon
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  • no profile photo CD2244005
    Congrats and Happy Sparkversary! You've come a long way baby! Keep up the great work! emoticon
    3634 days ago
    You look great!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
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  • no profile photo CD8095520
    Awesome, phenomenal, terrific, outstanding, great, incredible...those are just a few adjectives to describe how well you have done. You my dear are a inspiration!!
    I'm so happy for you Sheryl!!
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  • 0309COOKIE
    Congratulations on your anniversary and your weight loss success Sheryl. You look fantastic! Every time I go on my friend feed I see that you have dropped a few more pounds. Good for you! I am so happy for you. Keep up the good work.

    3634 days ago
  • JUDITH316
    emoticon emoticon emoticon Sheryl on a fantastic year, good job, you look fabulous, I'm so proud of you, I'll continue to cheer you on and keep you in my prayers, keep up the great work, I love your photo collage, thanks for sharing. Congrats on your emoticon , I celebrate mine on July 9th. neat eh. God's Blessings & Hugs. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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    Comment edited on: 7/1/2011 5:56:35 PM
  • no profile photo CD5645667
    Congratulations Sheryl ..... You have had a long journey . a amazing journey . and all in one year....
    You are looking fabulous .. 10 years younger and so fit !!
    much Love and Hugs Susie
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    Comment edited on: 7/1/2011 5:31:54 PM
    You are such an inspiration, Sheryl!!!!
    3634 days ago
    Wow you are so emoticon you look great!!!! Keep it up!!!
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    You've worked so hard! emoticon emoticon
    3634 days ago
    Congrats! I love the belly button piercing... I don't care what anyone says! emoticon
    I've had mine since I was 16 and kept it through two pregnancies and all the ups and downs while trying to lose the baby weight...

    You look great!!!
    3634 days ago
    Awesome job!!! emoticon
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  • no profile photo CD9136158
    Amazing Work and amazing peircings!
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  • no profile photo CD8497118
    You look absolutely amazing! Congrats!
    3634 days ago
    AMAZING! That was not small success. Keep it up!
    3634 days ago
    Wow. You look amazing. You are an inspiration to me for sure. Keep up the amazing work and thanks for sharing.
    3634 days ago
    Wow!!!! Congratulations... You are doing great! You have worked so hard... you should be very proud of yourself. You are an inspiration! emoticon emoticon

    3634 days ago
    AMAZING JOB!!! You are such an inspiration! Keep it up!
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  • no profile photo CD8830405
    Wow! Good for you! Awesome awesome awesome!
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