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One year Sparkversary! 73.4 lbs lost so far! Pics & some personal motivation..

Friday, August 17, 2012


I put some pics at the bottom - I don't have a full body shot of my current weight yet.

Today is my one year Sparkversary. I really can't believe it has been a year since I joined this site. Later today I want to read over my old blogs to see how I was feeling this past year. I have had ups & downs - not UP in weight, but in the struggle to stay down!

I lost 73.4 pounds so far! I started at 250 - I still don't know how I let myself get to that weight. Instead of looking back, I keep looking forward at what I want to achieve & what I will do! I am glad I opened up my eyes to see how unhealthy I really was. I had terrible high blood pressure & actually felt super unhealthy. Besides feeling a bit skinnier now - my body feels healthier. I enjoy jumping around and walking more. I am more flexible, and I enjoy being alive a lot more than I used to!

Here are some things I have learned about myself in the past year:

-It is hard to say NO to food - but it is worth it instead of feeling guilty later

-If I feel hungry, I drink water first. Sometimes that really does fix my "problem"

-Spark is amazing. When people ask how I lost all of this weight, the first thing I tell them is "I use Sparkpeople online". I get funny looks - but then I explain how great this site really is. I love every aspect of this site even if I don't use all of it - I know other people do use it, which really inspires me to keep going!

-Don't give up - it is ok to feel sad or mad or lost sometimes. I look back at my old pictures and see how upset THAT makes me. I look at myself now & I know I am doing such a great job. I know I can't give up!

-Be happy! I try to cheer myself up as much as I can. A smile on my face actually does make me feel better! Then I keep going from there and try to get out of that funk!

-I try to fit in as much exercise as I can - I take the stairs, park further away, offer to go get something from someone in another room, etc. I know I am still having a hard time with the daily workout routine, so I am trying to make up for it a bit in other ways!

-I CAN do it! and I have been! I just have to make myself do it! I am starting Zumba & Yoga next week. I am so excited about it. I hope it jump starts me to finally work out more often!

-Rewards are great for me! I realize now there are many types of rewards! Not just "bad" food or $$ items. Sometimes I tell myself... if I walk for 30 minutes today, I can put off doing laundry until tomorrow. It may sound silly, but sometimes that extra relaxation really helps!

-Mini-goals are great! and I don't worry anymore if I miss a goal - I know I am being healthier overall and that is most important

For my current Mini goal - 1.6 pounds more to lose to get to 75 pounds LOST! I am super excited. I want to get there by Sept 1st. I know I can do it!

Hopefully everyone has a great weekend! and hopefully you all keep sparking! Don't give up!

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    WOW!!!!!!! you look so nice
    2905 days ago
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    2911 days ago
    Way to go girl!! You have done an amazing job!
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    2911 days ago
    You are doing awesome!! You look so happy. Great job!!!!!
    2912 days ago
    Congratulations on 1 year and all that weight lost!

    Your posts really do help me to stay motivated!

    I hope you enjoy Zumba - I love my classes!!!
    2912 days ago
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    You are amazing!!!
    2912 days ago
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    You look SO AMAZING! What a transformation. Very happy for you..thanks for sharing your recipe for success.
    2912 days ago
    Congrats, you look amazing! You must be so proud of yourself. Keep it up, we're all in this together!
    2912 days ago
    First of all emoticon on your Spark anniversary. To hang around here for a whole year is quite an accomplishment.

    Second of all, you look emoticon . You have inspired me, today, emoticon I fell off the wagon last night and had a pretty good pity party. I knew I needed to get back on track today, and after reading your blog, I know I will.

    I have mentioned Spark People to others but it doesn't seem to register. I have even told some doctors about it, hoping that perhaps they will recommend it to their patients. Of course I have no idea whether or not they have.

    If you don't lose the 1.6 lbs. by September 1, don't get discouraged. It gets harder to lose weight as you get thinner. Also, if it takes a wee bit longer to get there, it doesn't matter in the long run. The goal does sound doable, though.

    Enjoy the day!! You've earned it!!! emoticon
    2912 days ago
    emoticon You look terrific by the way..and you can keep on..one step at a time.. emoticon
    2912 days ago
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