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I'm number 11! - I'm number 11! - and it only took 8 years!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Tomorrow, January 1, 2017 is my Spark Anniversary. It was 8 years ago, New Year's Day 2009, that I joined Spark. I made up some meaningless username to get started. I only intended to use the trackers not get involved in anything else.

By summer I was halfway to my goal and I was getting daily email with links to resources and blogs. I began to read them, learn and secretly connect with others. I was aware of them. They did not know that I, a "stealth sparker" was following their journey. I became familiar with their unique user names and decided to reinvent myself. I became "Brooklyn_Born." So my "official" Spark date is listed as August 2009. I don't even remember my old name.

I joined a few teams so I could silently follow those sparkers who inspired me.

I reached my goal weight on Thanksgiving Day 2009. How ironic is that? I reached goal on a day when all of the USA celebrates by eating lots of food.

I had already learned that no one is immune to regain and reaching goal was not the end of the journey.

So I followed another sparker to a new team - At Goal & Maintaining + Transition to Maintenance.

Now 7 years of maintenance later, I am sure of one thing. I may have lost the weight as a spark hermit, but I never could have maintained the loss without Spark, the maintenance team and the support of friends

Now as for the title of this blog. No, it's not a typo. I'm not number 1 as the football fans regularly chant and actually I'm tied for #11 with 6 others.

I'm talking about Spark Trivia leader board for December. Trivia is the first thing I do after spinning the login wheel to document that I've been here, ready to start my day of making healthy choices and seeking the motivation to do exactly that. Somehow I always find it, in an article, a blog or even just a status post.

I began my spark life carrying extra weight for 25 years.

I began my trivia life way down the list, pages and pages down the list. 60% correct was a GOOD score for me.

I've learned a lot along the way.

Happy New Year to all my fellow Sparkers.
May 2017 be a successful year for all of us.

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