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September 26, 2012 8:10 AM
This is my first post on the boards but I thought I'd share a victory and a success story as well as some photos. Last year in September I went for an annual doctors visit and got the very scary news that my blood sugar was borderline pre-diabetic, that my cholesterol was high at around 223 and that my blood pressure wasn't great. I was around 292 pounds at that point. I didn't realize how awful I felt or how badly I had been treating myself. It's so easy to just get used to the body you're in.

I was so mad at myself for so many reasons that all of you I am sure are familiar with yourselves. We've all been there and I don't need to say those things again. I have been heavy all my life, have so many bad feelings and memories associated with it and have struggled with weight even as a college athlete. When I was upset about these results and talking to a friend she said to me "You have always your whole life done your best work when backed up against a wall. This is no different. Take the passion you put into your career and your independence and channel it, for once, into your health." It was right around that moment that I resolved myself and took my first walk. I struggled just to walk 20 minutes and a half mile a year ago.

So that brings me to today. I just got my results back from the doctor. This year, I've run (RUN!) six 5Ks (albeit very slowly), learned to love exercising, lost 65 pounds, visiting a trainer regularly and pushed myself as hard I could... and that's all been wonderful and I feel triumphant but it was really these doctor results that I was focused on. Health, not weight.

So my doctor called and the results are in: My cholesterol is a healthy 187, my sugar is back in completely normal range and my blood pressure is totally normal. I have been able to in a year turn it all around and I could not be happier about those results. I've gone from a size 22/24 to a 16. I can borrow my friends cloths. I feel antsy when I don't work out. I choose me.

I have a long way to go. Another 50 pounds at least if not more, but I keep reminding myself this is a marathon, not a race. And if it takes me another year then so be it. I'd like to run a 10k this year. I'd like to get under 200 pounds, but most of all I'd like to continue to be healthy.


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Edited by lrazzo On September 26, 2012 8:20 AM
September 26, 2012 8:14 AM
Hmm...not seeing the pics...

FANTASTIC job! You've worked hard, and it shows in your health. Congratulations on your achievements, and keep up the great work!
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September 26, 2012 8:15 AM
Trying to upload pics now but code isn't working?
hmmmm. Will keep trying.
September 26, 2012 8:15 AM
happy happy happy happy happy happy
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September 26, 2012 8:17 AM
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Way to go!
September 26, 2012 8:20 AM
Thanks for the assist! Now my pics are working! :)
September 26, 2012 8:25 AM
You look AMAZING! Congrats on your new found health and all the hard work that you put in!
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September 26, 2012 8:36 AM
Fabulous job!! It is amazing what we can do when we put our minds to it. It was a doctors appointment that got me started on this journey as well. Some how I have never had any issues with blood pressure, sugar or cholesterol but I still know the weight I started at was not healthy. I am glad you had a great appointment and have been able to achieve so much.
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September 26, 2012 8:39 AM
huge accomplishment! way to go!! you look great ;)
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September 26, 2012 8:40 AM
Thanks! Funny thing is I don't even have any "official" before pics because I have never in my life believed this was an achievable goal. It's been a revelation to be able to make these changes over a year and stick with it. I feel like I'm past the halfway point and I know this is going to get harder as I go but there's something about having gotten this far that now I believe I can do it.

Thanks for the kudos. Maybe in a year I'll post again with my goal pictures? I hope so. But either way, I am so glad to be healthy. So glad to have proven myself wrong.
Edited by lrazzo On September 26, 2012 8:41 AM
September 26, 2012 8:41 AM
That is an awesome achievement and thanks for sharing your success!
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September 26, 2012 8:45 AM
You look great!
Keep up the good work... I just started but I´ll post picutres once I reach my first goal.
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September 26, 2012 8:56 AM
Great job!! I too have been driving my pre-diabetic number back!! It can be done. Good for you.
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September 26, 2012 8:56 AM
Great Job so far, keep on track.
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September 26, 2012 9:36 AM
Amazing job! What great health results and you look pretty good too!
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September 26, 2012 9:39 AM
Great job getting healthy! Thank you for sharing.
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September 26, 2012 9:41 AM
whay to go girl. Keep up the hard work. You are so worth it. Hugsdrinker
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September 26, 2012 9:43 AM
Phenomenal pictures! Congrats to you. I appreciate your sharing...gives me inspiration.
September 26, 2012 12:09 PM
You are a great inspiration, thanks for sharing your story. :)
September 26, 2012 12:11 PM
I have so much respect for you girl. Good for you! NEVER give up.
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September 26, 2012 12:16 PM
wow..!!
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September 26, 2012 12:19 PM
An amazing transformation! You look great!
  1332583
September 26, 2012 1:49 PM
Oh these replies are so awesome! Thanks for the kind words and congrats. Its a long road. I've got so far to go, but I feel like its in my sights now so much more than before.
September 26, 2012 1:56 PM
YOU GO GIRL! YOU LOOK GREAT....KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK
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September 26, 2012 4:02 PM
you look great smile
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