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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 ›
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 ›
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Forget about talk radio, research labs, late night TV, or a magazine rack full of scantily clad cover models. Everything you need to know about fitness and nutrition, you can learn from your kids.
Here are 11 things children can teach you about healthy living:
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I can't tell you how many opportunities I've passed up because I've beaten myself down before I've even had a chance to go for the brass ring. In the past, instead of losing weight, I resigned myself to failure almost every time. I could not believe in myself or be brave enough to face the obstacles on the long road ahead.
I remember my first act of bravery. I went outside for a walk and passed a car wash, where all of the guys laughed and yelled. I was in tears. Didn't they know how much bravery it took for me to go out in the first place? I turned around and was headed home, when I decided that they could not determine my fate. I walked back to the gas station, tears in my eyes and told them exactly how I felt. It wasn't nice of them to make fun of me and make me cry when I was only trying to improve myself. They apologized. I went home and cried and quit walking. It was brave to confront them and I needed to do that in order to secure my place in the world, mentally. Read More ›
I get asked all the time: ''How did you do it? How did you lose the weight?''
If you know me by now, you know that I’m perfectly willing to share my story with anyone who will listen. I share my story with the hope of inspiring others. One of the things that I always try to share is that there is no quick fix. Let me rephrase that: There is no healthy quick fix for weight loss. It took me time and effort--yes, effort--to put the weight on. The best way to lose that weight was with time and effort.
Now, it’s time for some confessions. How many of you have ever purchased ''how-to'' weight-loss books or the latest fad fitness equipment? I’ll admit that I have bought some fad equipment in the past that promised abs of steel. Wasted that money, right? How many of us have ever decided to do what a friend did to lose 20 pounds, only to falter and not lose any in the long run? Have you ever found a nutritional plan that worked for your favorite celebrity, only to find that it didn’t work for you?
We all do it. We may not admit it at first, but we do it. We follow the latest trends with all the hope in the world that it will work for us. Read More ›
When you were a kid, what was one of your favorite things to do?
For me and the kids in my neighborhood it was DREAMING. We used to pretend or dream about what we wanted to do when we grew up. We had big dreams back then, that’s certain. Some of the dreams included things like:
I want to travel the world
I want to be a doctor
I want to work at Sea World
I want to travel in outer space
And my personal favorite was: I want to be in a rock band.
Oh, the dreams we had a kids. Yes, I wanted to be in a rock band (going to space was a close second though). I even remember myself and three of my friends in my small town dressing up like KISS. It wasn’t Halloween. It was a DREAM and we were doing what we could to following that dream. We had costumes, make-up, pretend microphones, wigs, everything. There are pictures, somewhere. It was SO easy to dream as a child, right? There was no hesitation in our ambitions. We just went for it. Whether it was jumping a ramp on my bike with 15 bricks stacked high or pretending to be Ace Freely. Read More ›
It's often said that winning isn't what defines us, but having the courage to push ourselves past the obstacles in our life that does. And Alison Delgado will be doing just that when she participates in the 2012 Flying Pig Marathon this coming Sunday in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Alison's story is featured in the June 2012 issue of Runner's World and chronicles her amazing journey from winning the 2005 Flying Pig Marathon to overcoming a traumatic head injury she suffered in a cycling accident back in October 2010 to finding herself toeing the starting line at the event she claimed to fame just seven years earlier. This weekend Alison, along with runners from across the country, will take part in the 2012 Flying Pig Marathon, her first marathon since that eventful day just 18 month earlier.
According to the article, Alison was allowed to return to running in March of 2011 and she has not stopped since. Putting in the same effort and diligence to her training that she did when she ran her first marathon in 2005 she will go show Cincinnati and the rest of the world that obstacles do not have to take us off course in our lives. Read More ›
I went shopping for some new yoga pants the other day. When I go shopping, I go with my old 460-pound Beth mentality, trying on sizes larger than I need. The other day in the dressing room, a clerk brought me a 3x and a 4x, so which should I try first? I looked at myself in the mirror and asked if I believed in myself enough to try the smaller ones on first. That's how I came to buy my first 3x pants in over 20 years (I used to wear a 7/8x).
Having learned from that experience, I've been trying on 2x clothing and buying it. 3X clothing still fits, depending on the cut. I was brazen enough to order clothes in a size 2x from a catalog and they FIT!!! The moral of the story is to believe in yourself and always give yourself the credit you deserve.
When I originally set my goal, I was so scared that I wouldn't even be able to lose 50 pounds and maintain it. Now I've lost 200 and my goal of 250 seems only like a resting point before bigger and better things. It's still a little scary, but I'm up for the task. That would be 260 pounds lost total. When I get there, that might seem like a resting point. Read More ›