Dream A Better Dream

By , SparkPeople Blogger
When I was contacted by SparkPeople and asked to write about the trials and tribulations of weight loss maintenance, I immediately wrote back and asked Stepfanie how she knew that I had three teenagers in high school?  Tool number 1 for keeping off the weight – a good sense of humor helps!

I’d like to start out by telling you some of my weight loss history and talking to you about your dreams for yours. 

I realized one day at work when I had trouble walking up three flights of stairs after a fire drill that I was in terrible shape.  That same week I was approached by four brave souls who asked me to join a "Biggest Loser" contest.  At first I was stunned, but I now look back in extreme gratitude that friends would step out in intervention to help me.

My dream at that time was just to lose 20 pounds.  I never dreamed I’d lose 95 pounds and keep it off.  My dream was small, but I was committed to it.  I wrote on the memo of my check for the competition “The Winner.”  I was so confident that I could lose that 20 pounds, and I did--and I won.  The second time around I wasn’t such a good dreamer.  I entered but didn’t believe I could win, and I didn’t.  But the good news was that I continued to lose and workout.

Fast forward to a new job, where they were starting a 90 Day Wellness Challenge, and you have the happy ending to my story.  I was introduced to SparkPeople as a part of that challenge and I have never looked back.  I dreamed big that day and wanted to win the challenge for the prize of a complete Wii Fit system right before Christmas.  I won and just kept on dreaming after that.

I read a blog by Coach Nicole in 2009 about her first 5k and thought why not run in my own 5k? I started running then.  In 2010, my best friend and I did three 5ks and improved our speed and weight loss together.  I use the term speed loosely, of course, because it wasn’t fast, and maybe wasn’t even pretty, but we did it.  I celebrated my one year SparkPeople anniversary  and had even bigger dreams.

I remember the day we were leaving a sporting goods store after picking up some new gear.  I asked Susie how many races she wanted to run in 2011 and she didn’t even hesitate – let’s do 12, she said!  We’ve had some crazy races through our journey.  My biggest dream was to run in and finish my first half marathon this year and I did that in March and that’s when I thought, "I’ve been hanging around Coach Nancy too long!"

Just joking Nancy – you’re one of my inspirations!  I’ve also had the joy of running with my daughter (in a tutu no less)! I’ve also struggled through some difficult races and times too. I’ve celebrated (my second SparkPeople anniversary and love this site and this community more every day.

So looking back now, it’s easy to see the scope of the dream I could have started out with.  How about you?  Do you believe in your ability to win this race toward a healthy lifestyle?  Do you have a big dream or a little one?  Can you imagine going from this:


to this AFTER:

If we can do this, then so can you.  Will you join in the dream with us? What questions do you have about losing 95 pounds--and keeping it off?

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Love it! You both look fabulous and it's great that you're doing this together. Thanks for sharing your journey! Report
Not sure which lady you are in the pic, but both of you look great! Report
Congratulations to the both of you on all of your accomplishments and being a great inspiration to all of us. Both of you look great. God Bless You and Have a Wongerful Week. Report
This is amazing story and loved it. My dream is one day get a wii fit but most of all to lose 100lbs. Thank you. Report
You are awesome! Congrats! Report
You are doing soooo good. Report
You two look wonderful. The hard work is keeping it off, so I know you won't go back to eating sugars/starches that increase INSULIN and then the stomach pumps out GHERLIN, the Hunger Hormone, & we don't need that. Report
Wow you two look terrific! Did you ever plateau and how did you bust through? I've been plateaued for a while now and I'm trying really hard to make it past. Report
You two look MAH-VA-LOUS!!! Good for you!!!!! Report
Wow! You ladies look great. Good job! Report
You guys look great and such an inspiration! Thanks for sharing with us! Report
You look absolutely wonderful WELL DONE Report
Congratulations! You are both beautiful and an inspiration. It seems like tools were there when you were ready, doesn't it?? Thank you! Report
You both look incredible! Report
You guys looks AMAZING!!! Congratulations on your success and thanks for sharing your story :) Report
You both look so fit !! Way to go :) Report
Wow, you both look amazing! Congratulations to you both, and thank you for sharing! Motivation from a friend is awesome. Thank you for sharing your fantastic story. Keep it up! Report
Keep on dreaming! Report
Looking wonderful ladies!! Report
You both look wonderful! I can hardly believe that you are the same people. Report
WAY TO GO! You ladies look great! What great accomplishments and having each other to stay motivated!! Report
Your story reminds me of me and my sister-in-law. We started out 85-90 pounds to loose Jan 2010 - May of that year we took up couch to 5K and ran our 1st 5K that Oct. We both reached our goal Spring of 2011 and have ran several 5K's, 8K's and one 20K. Our speed has increased and we've kept the weight off for 9 months now.

Congrats to you and your friend! It's nice to have someone to motivate you!! Report
Wow! It's hard to believe it's the same two people in the photographs. You must feel like totally new people. Your story is keeping me motivated to work on running a 5K myself. I've put it off way too long and need to get serious. Thank you for the inspiring story. Report
Wow! Now I feel that maybe I can do a 5 km run.... I think I can, I think I can, I think I can!! Report
Way to go and you girls are looking good! Keep up the good work and stay motivated and you motivate others, whoo, hoo! Report