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Most of the time, I’m running around like a crazy lady all day long. I’ve got work to do, errands to run, kids to take care of, chores at home, etc. I’m sure a lot (if not most) of you can relate. I bring a lot of it on myself because I’m the type of person who likes to get everything done -- right now. For a long time, I considered my busy routine to be a drag. I was easily overwhelmed, stressed out, and felt like I never had time for me. And to be quite honest, those feelings made me sad.
More recently, I’ve taken a step back to look at my life from a different perspective. Instead of getting so bogged down in all of the day-to-day details, I’m trying to adapt to the chaos and appreciate all of the good things in my life. I’m trying to see my life for what it is so that I can start taking small steps to make it better. Instead of wishing things were different, I’m putting together a plan for change. Read More ›
Meet Joyce (username GATORJOY), a SparkPeople member who has lost 60 pounds! Learn how she did it, and see how she continues to keep the weight off!
What is your age?: I am 60 years old.
How long have you been a SparkPeople member? How did you find SparkPeople?: I have been a SparkPeople member since July of 2010.
What is your favorite feature on SparkPeople?: The Nutrition Tracker.
How much weight have you lost?: Between 55 and 60 pounds.
How long did it take to lose the weight?: It took me 9 months.
What was your light bulb moment that made you decide to lose weight?: I saw a picture of myself that showed me how big I had become. Read More ›
So, it's mid-January, and you've got your exciting New Year's Resolutions all planned out and ready to go. But are you still unsure of where to begin your journey—or how to keep the momentum going? Take your next steps with these tips from successful SparkPeople members who have stuck with their own goals for the long haul! Read More ›
Every day at SparkPeople, we hear amazing stories of our members' successes, both in weight loss and in life! Today, we have some especially exciting news: Katie (SLIMKATIE) and Carly (CARLYOLEO41) were featured on the ''Today'' show this morning to talk about their amazing experience participating in the Ragnar Relay Race in Key West, Florida. Although they were not featured on the show, John (SANDIEGOJOHN), Jennifer (PRETTYGIRL812), Linda (LINDAK1971), Lealah (JUSTLEALAH) and Allison (LYSSAYN) were also members of the team. This group of SparkPeople members ran the Ragnar Relay together as a part of the documentary From Fat to Finish Line, which ''will document the journey of 12 people who share the common bond of losing 100 pounds.'' Check out the ''Today'' show video clip below! Read More ›
Meet Jennifer Schmidt (username OAKBORN), a SparkPeople member who lost 60 pounds--and got fit enough to join the Army! Read on for more about her inspiring journey.
What is your age? I am currently 47 years old.
How long have you been a SparkPeople member? How did you find SparkPeople? I have been a SparkPeople member since January of 2008, but didn't really start using the site until April of 2008. I was using a couple of other sites, but they didn't fit my needs as well as SparkPeople does.
I think I found SparkPeople through a web search, and it was also recommended to me by a friend. I kept coming back to it, and the more I saw, the more I found that the site really fulfilled my needs.
What is your favorite feature on SparkPeople? I love the SparkTeams, the Nutrition and Fitness Trackers, the blogging, etc. I use them all. I made a great friend in one of the groups, and we hit goal together and have remained friends. I plan to meet face-to-face with her someday. (I hope sooner than later!!)
I guess if I had to choose one thing, it would be the support of people just like me, going through the same ups and downs... and the wisdom that we share. I also love the solid science behind everything SparkPeople has to offer, rather than the sensational ''eat 42 grapefruit a day and lose 30 pounds this week'' diets.
How much weight have you lost? I lost a total of 60 pounds. My joining weight was about 205, and I got down to 145. I hang around 150 now, give or take 2-3 pounds.
How long did it take to lose the weight? Read More ›
This contest is officially closed! The winners are:
If you've been hanging around SparkPeople for a while, you know that we believe small changes can make a big difference when it comes to healthy living. So it should be no surprise that we love the Fitbit! It's a convenient and discreet device that really motivates you to move more during the day. Many of us on staff have been faithfully wearing it for months now, logging steps and calories while seeing a drastic increase in our daily movement over time. We're so impressed with our own results that we've decided to share the wealth--by giving away a Fitbit One (provided by Fitbit) to FIVE lucky dailySpark readers!
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Meet Carley Cooper (username SPARKYCARLEY), a SparkPeople member who pledged to heal her body so she could heal her mind. Read on to learn about her inspirational journey!
What is your age?: 46
How long have you been a SparkPeople member? How did you find SparkPeople?: I have been a SparkPeople member since October of 2008. I was referred by another SparkPeople member who I had met on a support website.
What is your favorite feature on SparkPeople?: My favorite features are the Nutrition and Fitness Trackers, as well as the support from other members. I could not have done this journey without their support.
How much weight have you lost?: I originally lost 75 pounds, which put me at my goal weight. I gained back a little and I'm now at a loss of 62 pounds. I've reset my new goal to be a total of 85 pounds lost.
How long did it take to lose the weight?: It took me about one year.
What was your light bulb moment that made you decide to lose weight?: Read More ›
Editor's Note (Nicole Nichols): When I learned my friend Susie was going to run a 50-mile ultramarathon, I was in shock and awe. Reading the recap of her race on her blog, which we're now sharing with you here, brought tears to my eyes. Her vivid, emotional and insightful journey from mile 1 to 50 is one that every person can learn from and relate to, even if you've never run a single mile.
After Saturday, September 15, 2012, I will never hear the words "50 miles" again and think about them in the same way. There are so many things, beyond the measure of mileage, that now describe 50 miles. Doubt, perseverance, deep friendship, dirt, overwhelming support, darkness, mental toughness, pain, family, hills, belief, tears, natural beauty, blisters, selflessness, labor, and VICTORY. Each one of these things played an important role in making my first official ultra-marathon a truly memorable, rewarding, yet unmistakably arduous day. Read More ›
Meet Diane Wilson, a SparkPeople.com member (username WILSOD1) who lost 75 pounds! Here, Diane shares what has worked for her in her journey so far--and how she plans to lose the baby weight from her recent pregnancy.
What is your age? 28
How long have you been a SparkPeople member? How did you find SparkPeople? I joined SparkPeople in November of 2009. I had started trying to lose weight, but no matter what I did, it didn't work--I was always hungry! My friend suggested I check out SparkPeople.com, and I fell in love with the site. I had found a "pot of gold" to the rainbow of my life! I now had the tools to help me with my weight-loss journey.
What is your favorite feature on SparkPeople? My favorite feature is the Nutrition Tracker. It allows me to see exactly what I'm eating and how much I'm eating. I've learned that carbohydrates are in everything, and that I don't need to eat bread/pasta/rice to get enough carbohydrates in my diet. I also learned I was eating way too much sodium. No wonder I couldn't lose weight; too many carbs paired with too much sodium equaled me carrying extra water weight and being hungry (eating carbs, but not fiber-filled carbs).
How much weight have you lost? I have lost 75 pounds. Read More ›