2 Years

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2 years ago today, I made the decision to turn my life (and my health) around.

I weighed in at 332 pounds.

I had just lost my Mother to cancer.

I felt horrible.

I looked horrible.

It was a dark time in my life.

I put on a smile for my husband and kids,

but in reality,

I was falling apart inside.

On a whim, I started counting my calories

and exercising.

I never thought that I’d stick with it.

In a year, I lost 90 pounds.

90lbs

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Year two was not as easy as year one.

My weight loss really slowed down.

It’s frustrating, but I’m hanging in there.

I’ve come too far to quit now.

I lost 20 pounds in year two,

bringing my total lost to 110 pounds.

I may not have lost a lot in the last year,

but that doesn’t make me any less proud of where I am now.

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Two years ago I was wearing: 26/28 jeans, 4x/5x shirts and 26/28 dresses.

Today I wear: 16/18 jeans, 1x/2x shirts and 16/18 dresses.

Fun fact:  I wore a size 18 dress to my senior prom 16 years ago.

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The bottom pair of pants are what I wearing in the above photo. 

They are a size 26.

The pair on top is a 16!

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My wedding ring is 2 sizes too big!

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I was really hoping to have a better loss for this year,

but I’m really not complaining.

I know what I am capable of and it can

only get better.

I ran a half marathon less than 2 weeks ago.

I couldn’t have done that last year.

I feel so good about how I look and how I feel. 

My confidence has increased 10 fold.

I love shopping for clothes!

I don’t have to search for the biggest sizes any more! 

I’m really looking forward to the next year and what it has in store. 

Whether it be another 20 pound loss, or only 5.

I will never go back, only forward. 

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Mother’s Day 2014

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On Mother’s Day of 2012, I had my husband take a photo of the kids and me together.  It was that photo, along with the recent passing of my Mom, that sparked my journey to a healthier life.

Now the photos are a tradition, one that I look forward to every year.  I never miss an opportunity to get in photos with my children any more. 

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Not only am I changing, but my kids are, too!  I can’t believe how grown up they look…especially my son! 

I had a great Mother’s Day.  We spent our first weekend at our seasonal camping spot.  I got to open my gifts from the kids on the deck with a view of the lake. Warm air and sunshine were plenty.  I was definitely feeling the love.  We had dinner with my mother in law, brother in law, sister in law, her mother and my brother.  Lots of fun and laughs were had. 

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Mother’s Day is a hard one for me still.  This was the third one since my Mom passed. 

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This is one of my favorite photos of my Mom.  She loved riding her motorcycle.  We had beautiful weather yesterday and I know she would have been out riding if she were still here.  I miss her tremendously.

Half Marathon…Check

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Yesterday was the big day! 

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The day I had been training for for almost 7 months…the Borgess Run for the Health of It Half Marathon!

It was cool and sunny, perfect for running.  I had my running buddy, Reita with me.  We started this journey together and we were going to finish it together, too.

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Ready to run!

 

13 miles is a LONG run! Previous to this race, 10.25 miles was my longest run.  I kept saying to myself going into this “If you can do 10, you can do 13”. Easier said than done that’s for sure!  The last 3 miles were the most difficult and I found that I struggled the most through mile 12.  

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At mile 9.

My official time was 2:53:56.  That time included 2 bathroom stops.  My total running time minus bathroom breaks was 2:47:59.  I was figuring I’d go at least 2:45, so I am very happy with my time. I just wanted to finish in under 3 hours.

Here are some more photos!

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With some friends before the race.

 

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The home stretch!

 

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Almost there!

 

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Crossing the finish line!

 

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After the race.

 

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Woo hoo!  We finished!

 

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Check out our hardware!

 

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This is definitely an experience I’ll remember forever!

 

I’m feeling pretty good today, I was pretty sore this morning until I started moving around and such.  I did aggravate an old ankle injury, so I have a little bit of swelling in my right ankle.  I’m sure that with ice and rest, it’ll be fine in a couple of days.

Overall it was an amazing experience!  One that I will definitely repeat at some point, I’m just not sure when!  =)

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T-Minus 10 Days!

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So yeah, I promised to blog more in the months leading up to the half marathon.  I didn’t. Sorry.

Quite honestly, my weight loss is stagnant and has been for a couple of months.  I’m not gaining…I’m hovering in the 222 – 225 range. 

I was really hoping to be at or under 200 by race day and that’s not going to happen unless I lose a limb. 

I’m ok with it though.  I’d rather be stuck here than ballooning up in to the 230’s, 40’s or higher!

Even though I’m not losing poundage, I’m still losing inches!  I just moved down to a 16 jean and XL shirt!. 

That means I’m down 4 shirt sizes and 6 jean sizes!  Nothing wrong with that! 

Also, I’m in a 16 dress (I was a 28).  My senior prom dress was an 18! 

I put a #ThrowBackThursday post on my facebook today that’s pretty awesome.

The throwback photo was from the summer of 2011, about 9 months before I started losing weight.

The other photo is from today.

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I feel amazing!

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The half marathon I’m running is next weekend.

I am excited.  And nervous.

I can’t decide which is dominating at the moment.

I am more than confident that I will be able to finish it.

I just know that it will not be a fast run.

That’s ok.  This first one is about running it and finishing. 

Next one will be more about time.

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The race is 3 days after the 2nd anniversary of the passing of my Mom.

I so wish that she could be there.  She’d be my biggest fan. 

I’m dedicating my run to her memory. 

I miss her tremendously.

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I’ll try to write again before the race…I still have photos from the Color Run I did a few weeks ago!

 

 

 

 

Progress Photos!

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Yesterday, I reached 110 pounds lost!

As promised, new progress photos!

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I know that my face photo is from a couple weeks ago, but not much has changed!

 

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A friend sent me the photo from 2009…I was around 315-320lbs. I think.  It’s a great photo to do a side view comparison with because, not surprisingly, I do not really have a ton of photos like this of me.  The photo on the right was taken this morning prior to my workout.

 

If you would like to see all my progress photos, you can check them out here.

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Did you know that this blog has a Facebook page?

Go have a look around!

 

Chantelle

Weigh Day

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Previous weight: 226.4

Current weight: 222.8

Difference: –3.6

Total loss: 109.2 pounds

I did not realize that the last time I did a weigh in on my blog was back in NOVEMBER! Whoops!  Sorry about that!

So! I am almost at 110 pounds lost! Finally!  I’m dying to do another photo update! I will be doing one at 110!

I am officially signed up for my first half marathon!  It’s now less than 3 months away.  I’m still a little nervous…mostly because I haven’t been running a lot this winter.  We have had so much snow!.  I seriously have 2 feet of snow in the yard right now.  Plus piles from plowing that are about 4.5 feet high!  It’s been super cold here, too.  Call me wimpy, but I just don’t like running in the super cold.  Give me upper 30’s to low 50’s and I’ll be a happy runner.  Other than the cold, I don’t like running in the snow because of my ankles.  4 years ago, I fell and sprained both of my ankles.  I don’t have much pain now, but the thought of slipping in the ice and snow and hurting myself again is not very appealing.  I have a hard enough time walking in it!  I do know that they make running gear for snow/ice, but the risk just isn’t worth it to me.  I’m hoping that March will start to thaw us out so I can get back out there!

I’ve got to get back to weekly weigh in’s!  That should be my goal between now and race day…a weigh day every week.  I think I can do it!

 

Chantelle 

The Holidays are Over…Thankfully

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I am so glad that it’s January!  The holidays are the worst for me.  The temptation to eat badly always gets me.  I give in and then I pay for it. 

I gained some weight over Christmas and New Years.  About 8 pounds.  I think a couple pounds of it was water though, thanks to the arrival of my TOM just before Christmas.  I have to admit that I didn’t exercise much while the kids were on Christmas break.  I really just took some time to sleep in and be lazy.  Although, I have to admit that it got old after awhile.

I’m back at it though and things are going great.  I’ve lost all but 0.4 of the weight I gained.  I am so ready to see some new numbers!  My lowest weight is 224.6 (107.4 loss) and I’m sitting at 225 now.  I would love to see the teens here soon!

I have some photos to share. 

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I’m going to start posting regularly again.  I really miss posting and doing weigh days. 

I’m so excited for what 2014 holds!

 

Chantelle