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  • v 1STMOMMY1991
    thanks for your comment and welcome to Spark People. I bought the Sparkpeople cookbook and they have some great recipes on the site also. It makes it easy to record food intake because the info is right there.
    2661 days ago
    Thanks for taking the time to comment on my blog. Welcome to SP - you will really love it here!
    2661 days ago
    Thanks for your comments! Welcome to Sparkpeople. Living healthy is totally possible, and highly profitable.

    Although I never developed an eating disorder, I recognized a lot of the mentalities in myself, especially in my preoccupation with numbers, size, and willingness to treat myself poorly in order to obtain an unrealistic weight. In fact, I was so afraid of becoming bulimic I never let myself try it when I was tempted because I knew once I found a way to "cheat," I would never go back. I often found myself using negative self talk and using the kind of avoidance strategies which inevitably lead to negative behaviors.

    Part of the journey, for me, has been accepting myself at a realistic weight. There is still a part of me that wants to see how small I can get. That part of me wants to be paper thin- like I could make my physical self disappear! That part of me wants so much to be tall and slender, like a model, very ethereal and otherworldly. But God didn't give me a body like that. He gave me a round, pretty, healthy, solid, and real body. More like the girl next door than a supermodel. And I am increasing in my gratitude for it. I have had to learn to love my own beauty, and be grateful for it, instead of seeking out how to be like everybody else.

    It helps that the one man in the world whose opinion on my physical beauty matters to me (my husband) happens to love how I look and is more interested in my ability to maintain health than in my ability to disappear. It also helps that I can see the beauty in my twin sister and know I am just as pretty as her, so that helps. But as you well know, other people's contributions don't make as big of a difference as my own acceptance. I know I am more than just a body with a brain. I am a child of God. I have a soul, made beautiful by God, that is more important than what I look like. So if I get fat, I may be really unhappy, but I will still be me under it all, and one day this body will be replaced by a better, permanent one. I'm just a traveler, passing through, and this is my car. I need to keep it in good running condition for as long as I need it, but it doesn't define me.

    Whew, I apologize for rambling. I am glad you have joined us. I encourage you to take advantage of everything this site offers. Let me know if you ever need any encouragement or have any questions.

    2673 days ago
    Thank you so much for the words of welcome! I think today is going to be a great day...
    2679 days ago
  • v -SHAWN-
    Hello and Welcome to SparkPeople!

    I started Sparking in June of 2007. By using Spark and some self discovery along the way, I'm down 50 pounds, and am holding steady at a healthy weight. Spark is a massive site, you'll be discovering new and exciting things for months to come!
    Diet is a dirty word, every time I hear it, I wash my mouth out with chocolate emoticon emoticon
    2679 days ago
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