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My sister is the one on the left, can't you tell? Christmas 2007

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Me and my hubby in Maui in 2001 BEFORE kids!!

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Okay here goes... I have never put myself on the internet before (I have a deep-seeded fear of Facebook) but I have been so thrilled and encouraged by other peoples pages that I am trusting to put myself out there.

Hi everyone, I'm Belinda.

I have, as of today (April 19, 2009) lost 75 lbs. I'm not done yet, 55 more to go but for the first time in my entire life I can say that I am going to do it. I am not dieting, I am changing my life. For good.

Over the years I have tried every "secret", every "short-cut", every "diet". I have spent THOUSANDS of dollars trying to take the easy way out.

I have been 300 +/- 20 lbs for over 10 years now. I was 40 lbs overweight when I got married 14 years ago and it only built from there.

I now have 2 kids, a girl 6 and a boy 3, and I want to be the best role model I can be. I never want them to go through the shame, insecurity and embarassment of being overweight. They deserve to live life to the fullest and I want to show them how!

People keep asking me how I've done it, what my secret is. Here's the secret...Diet and Exercize (I know, all you who are just starting are groaning). Oh, and being ready. I have been nagged, guilted, bribed, threatened and yet I failed over and over. You can't do it for anyone else, it needs to be deep in your soul, you need to be ready to change.

A few months before starting this I wept with my husband telling him my bone deep fear of failing again. I knew that my self esteem couldn't take another failure.

However, my longtime friend ended up being my inspiration and now my accomplice. She started "doing it". After years of us both being fat and complaining about it, she was doing it.

Watching her change, her lightening both physically and emotionally I was inspired, and jealous. And after 4 months of watching from the sidelines, and a lot of thought and prayer, I was ready. Deep in my soul (man that sounds corny, but it's true).

Now, 10 months later we are BOTH still going. She is over 100 lbs lighter and my greatest inspiration. We join together with 2 other longtime heavy friends once a week and instead of getting together and complaining about our weight (or eating, our usual plan) we workout. And while we sweat we rejoice/complain (whatever the week produces), encourage and support and it has changed us all! Even though we all stumble at times, we don't let each other go and we are changing!

My now thin friend also introduced me to sparkpeople and it has been such a great help. It taught me what I was eating (I am a mom and therefore I picker and grazer), how to eat right, gave me workouts I can do from home, and when I am down or frustrated is a great encouragement (I love to search the sparkpages for inspiration, thank you all for sharing).

(Deep breath)

Okay, that's it. I'm done.

Thank you and together we can do this!! I look forward to reaching my goals along side all of you!

Member Since: 9/2/2008

Fitness Minutes: 39,793

My Goals:
Main Goal:

To be 180 lbs by June 2, 2010 (my 2 year anniversary from when I started my life change).

Short-term Goal:

- May 2, 2009- 11 months - 230 lbs **reached May 7/09,

- June 2, 2009 - 1 year-226 lbs - NO LONGER OBESE!! Go shopping! **reached May 19/09!! Need to find time to shop now!

-July 20/09 (end of 8 week challenge) 210 lbs - 100 lbs lost and buy new bras
** reached July 17/09!! -

- At 100 lbs lost- start jogging to get a jump start on the last 30 without blowing my knees!! **Started running early around 90 lbs lost**

My Program:
-Pre-planned meals
-Gym 3 days/week with strength training & cardio
-DVD's or treadmill other days with 1 day of rest
-Girls workout Mondays
-Eat cravings on Family Fridays
-1000 minutes of exercize per month
-record all food & exercize on Sparkpeople

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    What an achievement .you have done amazing fitness minutes please do share with me the way you do it.
    2382 days ago
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    It's spring and I'm thinking of you! Stop and smell the lilacs! :o)
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    2967 days ago
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    CONGRATS on your 4 lbs!!! WOO HOO!

    Guess you faced down that scale and showed it who's boss!

    I have LOTS to say about your "Back in the saddle" blog, but not the time. Until I do, let me just say this, "I hear ya sister!" I'm still adjusting to the school routine and my new "stay-at-home w/o kids" status. You'd think it'd be easy to get to the gym, but it hasn't been. I HAVE been walking the kids to school! That's something, right?!?
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    3193 days ago
    Thanks for taking the time to comment on my SparkFeed comments. :o) I really appreciate you. I really truly do.

    The POWER OUTAGE was a trip and all I can say is..."I'll get by with a little help from my friends"...do you know this song? My neighbors are amazing! We suffered through together and even managed to have FUN. The night of the event, Friday (6/29) evening, we gathered 3 doors down for drinks and merriment after surveying the wreckage left by the derecho - now there's a new one for you! It took down MANY trees in our well-established (circa 1920s) wooded urban neighborhood including a HUGE ASH in my immediate neighbor's yard. Thankfully, their wonderful tree house was spared. Saturday, my friend let us take advantage of their RV "The Chateau" which is parked for the summer at an RV campground. Not only does their RV have A/C, the campground has a beautiful POOL. Day #1 of the 2012 POWER OUTAGE, we were feeling no pain at The Chateau. We had our most perishable items in coolers and were hanging out poolside. Sunday it was Dads to the rescue. My neighbor's Dad drove up from Cincinnati, Ohio to bring her a generator and my Dad brought us a generator too. My Dad's the best Boy Scout ever - ALWAYS PREPARED! Thank goodness! Well, the generator worked great at first. We used it to power our frig, basement freezer and some fans, but as the week wore on, it decided to sputter, cough and backfire completely stressing my husband out. Not good. Stress + HEAT = one cranky husband. That and losing the man -vs- machine battle. Yep, on the 4th of July, we totally succumbed to the POWER OUTAGE. We turned off the generator and COMPLETELY unloaded the frig and freezer - mind you this is after we were feeling good about the generator and had just restocked the frig. Aack! Fortunately, my hubby's co-worker and friend had just bought an upright freezer and invited us to house our frozen (slightly thawed) items at his house. Our refrigerator items were swiftly stashed in coolers until our neighbors offered to plug in their extra basement frig into their generator. I'm tellin' ya great people live on my street. In addition to storing our perishables, they also invited us to stay in their newly finished basement. We spent two nights at their house. On the 4th, most of our neighbors power was restored. Not ours. :o( It was okay though because they offered us the use of their generator. Thursday, through good fan/blind management, I was able to keep our house a balmy 85 while it was 103 outside. I have a picture to prove it. I'll have to post it in a blog. Don't under estimate the value of extension cords! Things to be grateful for during a POWER OUTAGE during a HEAT WAVE (multiple days in the 90s-100+) - ICE (a precious commodity), SHADE, GAS STOVE, GAS GRILL, RUNNING WATER, SPRINKLERS, SQUIRT GUNS, WATER BALLOONS, HAND-HELD MISTERS, FLASHLIGHTS with GOOD BATTERIES, a RADIO, CELL PHONES, the A/C in your car...what else? AIR MATTRESSES for sleeping on the 1st floor of a two story house. FINISHED BASEMENTS (we don't have one, but our neighbors do). GATORADE. JAR CANDLES (I keep one in every room of the house). Our block even managed a 4th of the July Potluck and backyard Pyrofest. ;o) Thursday, HOPE turned into POSSIBILITY as chainsaws were heard and bucket trucks were seen over the fence (the BIG ASH that fell in our neighbor's yard). Chainsaws were music to my ears and men wearing hard hats with reflective vests from KY were looking downright sexy! ;o) By 5:11pm, we were reconnected to the grid. At 6:04pm, the A/C was ON!

    And, that my friend is how I survived the POWER OUTAGE. Did I mention I'm a CAMPER? :o) Camping at home is pretty luxurious. :o)
    3272 days ago
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    Wow, Great job. I lost about 35 pounds with this program also. You look great, keep up the good work.
    3375 days ago
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