The scale doesn't control you. You control yourself. It's ALL in the decisions you make and the direction you take.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Chasing Onderland

Friday, September 05, 2014

A few months ago, Onederland was a fantasy. Something unseen for 20 years. I had stopped dreaming about it. Stopped believing it even existed. I had given it up.

Now, it's a goal -- a few steps away -- a reality growing closer daily.

56 pounds. That's my reality today. It's not a huge number by any means, but not small either. It is... attainable. It's a matter of a few weeks... a few months... a few more steps in the right direction.

Yes, I do dream of Onederland again. I think of it every time I'm confronted with chocolate-frosted sugar bombs. I think of it when I choose the foods I will eat and the hours that I spend swimming and walking.

I can feel it. In my bones... in my heart and soul. It beckons. It's waiting for me. It's the cool, crisp air in October. It's the fragrance of bayberry and pine.

It demands my attention and my dedication. To ignore its call is to deny myself and my strength of will.

It won't happen tomorrow or even days after tomorrow. It will come at its own pace. I will patiently mark the time and tick off the weight.

I will do what is best and right for me. I will ignore persistent whispers of self-doubt. I will shout out that this is MY time. I will not be denied.

I may slip. I may fall. I will find my footing and get up and move forward.

I believe the hardest step is the first one taken. That's the leap of faith -- the walk in the deepest hour of the night when even the stars have stopped twinkling. Each step takes me closer to the light. From here, I can see that first shimmering rays of dawn. The sun is rising and I am so much closer than I was yesterday.

I'll keep walking toward the sun. This time, I won't be blinded by the glare. I know where I am going and why.

I choose to leave the dark night behind me. I choose to dance in the brilliance of the sunshine. 

Friday, August 22, 2014

Is This Really Me?

Is this really me?

Friday, August 22, 2014


The above photo shows 100 pounds of fat. I need to lose 119 pounds of fat. 

That really can't be right, can it? Am I really that many pounds over weight? 


Yes. I am. 

I know from whence it came: Ice cream, pizza, cake, chips, dips, sodas, sugar, salt, cream. 
Jamie Deen once told a group of tourists that his Mom's (Paula Deen) favourite dessert was fried butter with sour cream. I actually thought that sounded pretty tasty. emoticon Y*I*K*E*S. 

Sometimes, it just seems like it's too much to bear (or lose). It isn't. I ate enough to put it on -- I can work enough to take it off. I will succeed. 

"You've done it before and you can do it now. See the positive possibilities. Redirect the substantial energy of your frustration and turn it into positive, effective, unstoppable determination." 
~ Ralph Marston ~ 

I did lose 66 pounds in 2009. I'm almost halfway there now at 32 pounds down. Time is my friend. I refuse to be on a set schedule. I will lose weight and not despair if my body's schedule differs from my desire. 

"Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what! Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.” 
~ Mark Victor Hansen ~ 

I am determined that if life throws obstacles in my path -- then I will consider it an obstacle course and I will climb, drop, roll, crawl, swim, run, and jump until the path is clear and the course is clear. 

I will not be denied. 

"I am the master of my fate, 
I am the captain of my soul." 
~ William Ernest Henley ~

Monday, August 18, 2014

The Cost of Obesity

The cost of obesity.

Monday, August 18, 2014


I'm not just talking about the cost in terms of self-esteem, self-confidence, self-reliance, and self-control. I am talking about the monetary costs. 

The annual cost of being over-weight is $19.39 per pound. For me, at 259 pounds, that is a cost of $2307.41 per year. 

That's the cost of a Gym Membership for my entire family. 21 fill-ups for my SUV. 77 dinners at a nice seafood restaurant. 19 trips to the grocery store for a week's worth of food. 60 visits to the hair salon for a shampoo and trim. 

Of course, there are so many more things that one could count. 

I never really looked at it this way before. I suppose I just thought of the cost to my health. It really is so much more. 

I am ever grateful to see beyond the tree... and see the forest. 

Saturday, August 16, 2014

32 Pounds Gone Forever!

32 pounds gone forever...

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Since I've gained all of this weight, I haven't wanted to be in any photos. 
I'm not going to hide myself away any longer. No, I'm not thin, but I am healthier than before. 

This is the body I made for myself with each mouthful of junk. 


This is me today -- 259 pounds. 32 pounds gone forever. I'm wearing clothes I couldn't wear 4 months ago. 


This is the body I am re-making for myself with healthy, cleaner foods. I am... a life... and body... in progress. 

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"The scale can only give you a numerical reflection of your relationship with gravity. It cannot measure beauty, talent, purpose, life force, possibility, strength, or love. Don’t give the scale more power than it has earned. Take note of the number, then get off the scale and live your life." 
~ Steve Maraboli ~

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Breast Reduction: Surgery Needed

I am trying to save / raise money for a Breast Reduction.  As you will see from the photo below, I am rather desperate. My back and shoulders are in constant pain. No amount of weight loss will fix this issue -- it's a medical issue now.

I've set up a GoFundMe account: Terri

I appreciate any and all help.

Thank you!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Watching in secret... and glancing blows.

2008 -- 300 pounds

2009 -- 259

2014 -- 262 and losing fast.

We all do it. At the mall, the park, grocery store, church, and even watching on TV. 

We watch other overweight people. And we ask ourselves: "Am I REALLY that big?" We judge ourselves against all others. I think it's just human nature. We don't want to be as *insert favourite overweight-descriptive term here* as the next guy. 

Did you say fat? Obese? Chunky? Fluffy? Chubby? 

We want to be *insert favourite perfect-weight descriptive term here*. 

Did you say thin? Skinny? Boney? "Small-boned?" 

We all wait and watch. Someone much bigger than us will walk by and we begin the examination. I do it, too. I shake my head and try to remember, I have no right to judge. 

The person I am watching -- she knows already that people stare. She doesn't know that I have been where she's been (and may be there still). She just sees me avert my eyes. Her face turns red. 

She's hurt. I've hurt her. 

I know. I am, still, the recipient of those same glances. 

"How did she let herself go like that?" The unspoken question that rings loud and clear in my mind, if not my ears. 

Oh friend, you do not have enough time for me to explain it. The question now is how am I changing it? But that's not the question that you'll ask of me -- and not the question I am comfortable enough to ask you. 

So we avert our eyes and go our own way -- both of us more the miserable for it. 

It's sad, isn't it, that we aren't able to just accept ourselves and others for what we are inside. That fragile outer shell has come to have more value. So much so, that we are afraid to approach those whose outer shell isn't "perfect". 

I've noticed that often a group of girlfriends will often have ONE "fat friend". The person to finish off the appetizers... eat the rest of the entree or dessert. The friend who laughs at the fat jokes... and watches her skinny pals dance with the cute guys as she watches the handbags and drinks. 

I've been that fat friend. 

We watch on television, too. It's all set up for us. #My600PoundLife, Heavy, Biggest Loser, My Weight is Killing Me. There are even more. Some are designed to make us believe that the ONLY way to lose is surgery. Some make us believe that we've got to deprive ourselves of family, friends, and home to be successful. 

We watch and think "I'm glad that not's me". Even if it is. 

I was watching #My600PoundLife just 107 days ago. (Yes, I know EXACTLY which day). I said, "I can't imagine what that must be like". 
My darling Mike replied, "I don't know why not. You're halfway there.". 

*stunned silence* 

It hit me so hard. He was right. I was halfway to 600 pounds. I was eating myself into an early grave. High Blood Pressure, Pre-Diabetes, High Cholesterol, stress, fat, migraines, sleep apnea. 

What didn't I have? My health. 

I came back to Spark People the VERY next day. 

Yet... I'm still watching these shows. Well, except for Biggest Loser -- that's the WORST show for the overweight on television. 

I suppose I watch because it motivates me to keep putting one foot in front of another. It makes me know that I CAN lose this weight. Even though I have not gone the surgery path, I know that those who do must keep moving, eating properly, and changing their lives from the inside out. I do, too. 

Even so, I still cast those sideways glances. I wonder... what are you doing for yourself? I want to tell them my story -- let them know that they, too, can get healthy. I don't say anything, however, because I don't KNOW what they are doing. They may be 100 pounds less than before. 

We don't talk about it. 

I still receive those same glances from others. They, too, must wonder what I'm doing to myself. They have no way of knowing that I've lost 31 pounds or that I swim 3 times a week. 

These glancing blows... the near-misses... they are all part of a larger struggle. The struggle to accept ourselves and others without questions. I still struggle daily. 

I have not accepted the fact that I am morbidly obese -- even though I say it -- I still cannot believe it. 

When you see me... at the park or mall or swimming pool... just know that I am not looking down on you, either. Like you, I just want to make a better me. 

It's not pity that you see in my eyes, it's admiration. You're out there and you're living your life. I think you are awesome. 

Friday, August 8, 2014



The longer I am on this journey, the more I believe that you must talk it out. 
By that, I mean that you must share your experiences. Write it down, journal it, blog it... talk about it with friends, relatives, anyone who will lend an ear. 

This is not something easily done alone. We need support. We need encouragement. We need feedback and advice. Yes, we even need constructive criticism. 

It's the hiding away that's caused many of us to gain this weight. We stopped talking about it. We stopped doing anything about it. We shut down and tried to hide from it. 

Those days must come to a stop. We have to learn to admit it, confront it, fight it, and beat it. 

Do you read a lot of weight loss / healthy lifestyle blogs? Do you comment on them? Do you offer your support and advice? 

Has it helped you to lose weight? Has it motivated and inspired you? 

Do you send links to your blog to your friends and family and invite them to cheer you on? 

This can be such a lonely undertaking -- losing weight. While people who have never experienced being overweight cannot understand the struggle, they CAN participate in the journey -- if we let them. 

I hope that I am supportive of others on this journey. I hope that my comments are seen as positive, productive, and caring. 

We can share the joys and triumphs... offer a shoulder... shed a sympathetic tear. Together, we can succeed. 

I wish you all the very best of success on your journey.
If you would like to join me at Spark People, just click this link and we WILL succeed together!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014


100 Days of Spark People!

Wednesday, August 06, 2014


"Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin." 
~ Blessed Mother Teresa ~ 

Today marks my 100th day back at Spark People. 

I have made a few... changes... emoticon 

Starting Weight: 291 
Current Weight: 261 
1st Goal Weight: 250 
Mid-Term Goal: 199 (*ONE*derland) 
Final Goal Weight: 140 

WEIGHT LOST: 30 pounds 


1.5 Thighs 
2.75 Biceps 
5 Bust 
4.75 Waist 
3 Hips 
1.5 Neck 
3.5 Upper Arm 
.3 Waist to Hip Ratio 


I'm getting at least 3 fruits / veggies per day. I'm exercising at least 3X per week! Tracking weight, nutrition, food, and water daily. 

Drinking water -- at least 80 ounces per day. 

100 Days without sodas, teas, coffee, or carbonated beverages. 

100 Days of no candy, cookies, cake, pie. 

100 Days of feeling re-energized, calm, happy, motivated, determined, strong, and empowered. 

100 Days of compassion, support, advice, and friendship from Spark People members, for which I am forever grateful.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Swimming -- My HAPPY Time!

Swimming -- my happy time!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The man who is swimming against the stream knows the strength of it. 
~ Woodrow Wilson ~ 

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I spent three hours in the pool yesterday. I was loathe to get out! I managed a couple of achievements, too. 

Swam 6 laps (Breast Stroke) without the noodle. I did cheat and use my arms, though... emoticon 

Did a lot of water-walking / marching and arm exercises with the foam barbell.

No weight loss -- but I really feel the toning and strengthening. 




Sunday, July 27, 2014

My accomplishments after 90 days at Spark People!

I was FREEZING when I hopped out of the pool this afternoon!

I am at 90 days back at Spark People! emoticon 

My accomplishments to date: 

1. 30 pounds down 
2. Down one pants size (3X to 2X) And maybe even two... 
3. Exercising / swimming 3X per week 
4. Lost 4 1/2 inches 
5. Blood Pressure is low enough that Doctor has halved my dosages 
6. Energy levels are high 
7. No soda / tea / coffee for 90 days 
8. No longer considered "pre-diabetic" 
9. Preparing to walk in a 5K in October 

Last but more importantly, I AM HAPPY! emoticon 

Spark People, Friends, I LOVE YOU! emoticon 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014



Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Never go backward. Attempt, and do it with all your might. Determination is power. 
~ Charles Simmons ~ 

The following video is about a program (in France) to stop wasting produce. I LOVE it and hope that US food stores will follow suit! 

The Color Vibe is a 5K Run / Walk. emoticon It will be in Savannah in October and I AM going to walk!!! emoticon I KNOW that I can do it! emoticon I WANT to do it!emoticon I WILL do it! 

Check their website -- -- and see if there is one near you! 

I am hoping to get some pool time tonight. I swam for 90 minutes last night. It really relaxes me and I sleep so well afterwards. emoticon 


I can honestly FEEL myself toning up. My size 3X pants are so loose they are falling off. emoticon That's a lovely feeling. I'll be buying new pants soon... maybe... a size 1X this time? emoticon 

In the meantime, I'm using my barbells for strengthening / toning my arms.emoticon Progress is slow, but I persist! emoticon 

Chasing *ONE*derland is quite the adventure. I can see it getting ever closer. Sometimes, it's faster and farther ahead, but it never goes out of my sight. 

I'm making up ground... and it is not so elusive as it was a few months ago.emoticon 

Intermarché - "Inglorious Fruits and Vegetables"

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Non-Scales Victories (mid-July)

Non-Scale Victories!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

So, my darn scale is being a witch. That's okay, I'm steady exercising and losing INCHES! Yes, that's right! emoticon I've lost a total of 4 1/2 inches since July 3rd! 

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I am learning that after you begin an exercise program, you will likely gain a few pounds due to water retention. Your muscles are storing and burning fat for fuel. After 4 to 6 weeks, there is a breakthrough, and the scale will begin to move downward once again. 

I can live with that! emoticon 

I am so enjoying this... the swimming... the workouts... the sheer joy of being alive and moving. 

Why did I wait so darn long? 

These are the bracelets on my right wrist. They used to be quite tight. Not anymore!