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These 3 Simple Changes Helped Diane Lose 128 Pounds

By , SparkPeople Blogger
In 2010, Diane (DIANEDOESSMILES) weighed 288 pounds and was confined to her power chair 97 percent of the time. She had depression and an infection in her big toe that led to a diabetes diagnosis. When she went to the doctor seeking help for back issues, he told her that the pain was because she was fat. "I hated him for saying it, but that got my attention," Diane recalls. "What was I doing to myself?"

Because of her health issues, Diane was encouraged to enter an assisted living facility. When she learned she couldn't take her cat with her, though, she decided it was time to start making changes on her own. She tried another online program but had trouble understanding their system. Diane says she was "hit and miss, but mostly miss" with exercise because her pain level was so high. Although Diane went from 288 to 256 pounds, eventually she found herself on a four-month plateau. Feeling like her weight loss shouldn't have stalled already, she decided it was time to reach out for help and joined SparkPeople.

Breaking Out of the Diet Mentality


Even though she joined SparkPeople, Diane didn't initially follow the program. She was eating below her recommended calorie and nutrient ranges and deprived herself of many of the foods she loved. Despite getting down to 174 pounds, Diane was not happy. "Ever notice the first three letters of the word DIEting? I can't help but to think that was on purpose," she jokes.

Diane used quick-fix strategies instead of permanent, sustainable lifestyle changes, so, even though she was still consistently logging into SparkPeople, she quickly gained the weight back. Diane was very discouraged when she found herself over 200 pounds again.

Determined to turn things around, Diane started blogging on her SparkPage. "This is an amazing tool that many people don't use because they think what they say isn't worthy or important to write about. I felt the same way, but eventually, I found it to be a useful tool," she says. "Over time, more people started to read my blogs. It's not about followers, [though,] It's about me getting healthier- physically, mentally and emotionally. I love blogging now."

Diane's 3 Secrets to Success



Over the past six months, Diane has maintained a 128-pound weight loss. She credits her success to three things:
  1. Tracking food and exercise daily. "I eat within the guidelines SparkPeople has set for me," Diane explains. "I am in the diabetes program and know that I need to keep tracking in order to be successful, staying [within] my calorie, protein, fat and carb ranges." Diane also keeps a close eye on her fiber intake, since that helps with her feelings of fullness and satisfaction.
  2. An attitude of "progress, not perfection." "I learned from others who post that phrase in the Community Goal Feed that I don't have to be perfect in order to be successful," Diane says. "I even painted a rock that says 'progress, not perfection' and keep it on my kitchen counter so I see it often." By focusing more on what she has accomplished and what she's capable of achieving, Diane gives herself permission to make mistakes, learn from them and move forward.
  3. The 5% SparkTeam Challenge. "When I joined SparkPeople, somehow I met a most wonderful Sparker (HEALTHYGRAMMY49) who invited me to join the 5% 2011 Winter Challenge," Diane recalls. Since then, Diane has participated in all of the seasonal 5% Challenges, being a "motivational leader" in the challenge for many years. She says the challenge helps her stay on track and holds her accountable to her goals. As a participant in these challenges, Diane started drinking more water, learned to tolerate more fruits and vegetables, and began exercising more. "I am a competitive person who wasn't going to let my team down, [and] that meant I had to exercise," says Diane. "At first, I could only do 10 minutes, three times a week. With help from my teammates, I came up with a plan to do chair exercises and it worked! Now I'm stronger than ever."
Diane even met one of her best friends, MARYANNGI, in the challenge and they were able to meet in person. She encourages others to find SparkTeams that motivate them and give them the support they need.

Setbacks Will Never Stop Her


Throughout her journey to health, Diane has faced health challenges that she continues to overcome. Three years ago she had a bone infection that resulted in a toe amputation. "Despite the hurdles, I know I'm in the driver's seat," she proudly states. "It didn't discourage me because I was finally walking without any aids. Last year, I gave away my power chair and now I can walk more than three miles a day!"
 
Diane has learned to look for the silver lining on a rainy day. "I had surgery for a brain aneurysm that was found accidentally. It has affected my left eye and I stand a good chance of losing partial sight, but at least I still have the right eye," she says. "Life is always going to throw nasty health issues at me. One thing I've learned from SparkPeople members and content is this quote from Charles R. Swindoll: 'Life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you react to it.'"

Diane's advice to other members is to take advantage of everything SparkPeople has to offer. "Read the articles, use the SparkCoach planner on your Start page, join some SparkTeams and SparkChallenges, blog on your SparkPage and check out the Community Goal Feed." She likes to help new members whenever she can, saying that helping those who are just starting the journey reminds her of where she started and how far she's come.

"I'm doing this!" she declares. "I'm maintaining my weight within a five-pound range. I'm happy, joyful and positive. Who knew life could be like this again?"

How do you deal with setbacks? Share in the comments below and congratulate Diane on her amazing journey to better health!

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Comments

EVIE4NOW 2/18/2019
thanks Report
PERRYBABE 2/13/2019
Congratulations! Way to go!! I'm having heart surgery on the 22nd, and I know what you mean about life throwing curveballs. I choose to look at this as a challenge and opportunity. Report
TOMORROW-C 2/13/2019
Thanks for this, I may start blogging myself! Report
IOLITE7 2/13/2019
Well done & thanks for the reality check. Keep loving and taking good care of yourself. Report
KATIE4040 2/13/2019
Inspiring...yep I never like the die ...ting word either LOL

keep focused you sound like you have got this!!!
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SUMMER33 2/13/2019
I too stay in the challenges to stay on track...in the 5 percent winter challenge now..then to spring summer etc. You should be so proud of all your success Report
KAREN_EDMONDS 2/13/2019
Wow! Way to go girl! I so believe that a healthy and fit lifestyle lasts so much longer than a "diet"! Report
KVD08844 2/13/2019
Thanks for this, I may start blogging myself! At a minimum, it's a good way of journalizing!
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ESMITH65 2/13/2019
You look fantastic, and are doing a beautiful job taking care of yourself. What an inspiration to me and others! You go, girl! I'm excited to see what my journey will be like! Report
HRTBRKR2013 2/10/2019
You are definitely a inspiration. Thanks for sharing and God Bless you. Report
MNABOY 2/2/2019
Thanks for sharing Report
MNABOY 2/2/2019
Thanks for sharing Report
ANHELIC 2/2/2019
Thank you for sharing and great information. Report
MNEME2 1/31/2019
Awesome! Thanks for sharing your story. It is truly inspirational. Report
ANNSTEBBING 1/19/2019
This was very encouraging. Thanks for sharing your story. Report
PELESJEWEL 1/18/2019
Awesome Journey! Report
SISTER1940 1/13/2019
Thanks for sharing your journey with us,it gives me hope.You are a very courageous person. Report
DWROBERGE 1/10/2019
GREAT! Report
WHITEANGEL4 1/8/2019
Thanks for sharing your journey. Awesome job Report
BABY_GIRL69 1/8/2019
Good info Report
BIKE4HEALTH 1/8/2019
Thanks....many of us think we have serous issues until we read what others have to challenge themselves with. Thanks for your sharing Report
IOWAGRAMMA 1/8/2019
Well done, Diane!! I love that you shared your story with so many people! Report
CURVESONE 1/8/2019
Thank you for sharing your story! What an inspiration you are! I love your motto "Progress not perfection". Report
BESSHAILE 1/8/2019
Thanks, Diane - for sharing your story. So so inspiring. Report
VFAITHFUL1 1/8/2019
Way to go! Report
NYLAURA1 1/7/2019
I hope everyone reads this article. So many of us are struggling with an all or none mentality and quick fix diets. This article was very inspiring Report
NANCYPAT1 1/7/2019
Way to go! Report
NANCYPAT1 1/7/2019
Way to go! Report
CHERIRIDDELL 1/6/2019
Awesome Diane Report
LIZZIE138 1/5/2019
You are so inspirational! Thank you for that. Report
FOXYRED05 1/5/2019
Great blog keep up the good work,You are doing great. Report
LESLIELENORE 1/4/2019
Hey Diane, you are an inspiration. When my medical issues get me down I think of you and a couple of others on our team, and it jolts me out of my self pity! I know we shouldn’t compare... but I ask myself what Diane say about XYZ... and what would her attitude be? And often the answer is “the opposite of what I am doing!” So I stop what I am doing, and change my attitude... and things usually improve (or at least my perception or reactions improve)... great job Diane! Report
KATIE5668 1/4/2019
Hey gal..what a great story. Your tale should be an inspiration to all that read it. Never give up is your theme song. Thank you for sharing your experience with us all. So glad to be on a team with you🤗 Report
CJC2550 1/4/2019
That is an inspirational story. Thank you for sharing it. Report
DBEAU57 1/4/2019
Girl, you've been an inspiration to me ever since I first joined SparkPeople! I'm so glad to see you get the recognition you deserve after all the work you've done! Report
KAYAKKIM 1/4/2019
Keep up the good work! You are truly an inspiration! Report
KAIMAGUS22 1/4/2019
Wonderful job! And thank you so much for sharing! I needed to read this today! Report
PLADAMS321 1/4/2019
This is my first SparkPeople comment since I joined a few days ago. Your post is very encouraging, maybe because your story sounds so much like mine... without the awesome weight loss! I weigh 270, have lost and gained about 28 pounds a few times, and though I just lost that pernicious 28 pounds again, it is all so discouraging. I have so many health problems, I am also diabetic, and I’m in so much pain every day that I am desperate to lose weight and start to regain my health...NOT my weight! I am working on my first challenge. I am starting to believe I can change my habits...and my life! So thanks for the encouraging words! Report
SHIFFERTSD 1/4/2019
This is just what I needed to read today. You said exactly what I needed to be motivated and start "one more time." I stepped on the scale this morning and couldn't believe how much weight I have gained. Thank you for your inspiring words. You are such an inspiration. Report
EO4WELLNESS 1/4/2019
Congrats! That's awesome. Thanks for sharing. Report
TARAHA 1/4/2019
Diane is a ROCK STAR!!!! She is such a motivator! I am so grateful for people like her on this site! A true inspiration! Report
LIS193 1/4/2019
Great! Report
CECTARR 1/4/2019
Thanks Report
BELASARIA 1/4/2019
Impactful story and sensible doable strategies. Thank you for the inspiration Report
NEQUILTER 1/4/2019
Wow!! You are an inspiration for all of us with health issues. Report
AUNTIEPETS 1/4/2019
I enjoyed your inspiring article! I am going to hang those words of wisdom "Progress, not perfection" in a few different places to remind me...we aren't perfect and expecting to be perfect all the time only will set me up for failure! Report
WISDOM73 1/4/2019
Great article. Thank you so much for sharing your journey Diane. Congratulations!! Report
MONIBELLY 1/4/2019
Diane... what an incredible story!!! You really are an inspiration to all of us here at Spark, especially to those of us in the kennel!!! Report
AQUAGIRL08 1/4/2019
Thank you for sharing your story! You are an inspiration to all of us! Report
DESKJOCKEY925 1/4/2019
Diane, you are amazing!!
Glad to see everyone else knows now too! Report
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