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BILL60 Posts: 365,615
4/5/13 9:51 A

Welcome to SP. I wish you the very best on your journey.

STHAX10 SparkPoints: (38,640)
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4/5/13 8:51 A

Welcome to the best motivational community there is... I hope that you can meet your goals with the help of people here with the same goals! There is a multitude of information available here to learn what you need to complete your journey. Congrats on deciding to live a healthier life!!! emoticon emoticon

CHRISTYBTHEPOET Posts: 116
4/5/13 8:26 A

@fit4mein2013, thank you and congrats on all your progress.

CHRISTYBTHEPOET Posts: 116
4/5/13 8:23 A

i lost the weight by making sacrifices...i suppose. i cut out sugar, traded white for wheat and didn't eat things as treats unless i absolutely wanted them and couldn't convince myself otherwise. i stopped drinking soda but would allow myself no more than one cup of diet soda or diet rite (which is made with splenda) on rare occasion. i viewed eating as a means of survival. my problem was that i never really "loved" food the way some people do. i loved chocolate and carbs and refined sugars. i allowed myself one square of 70% or higher cocoa when i truly felt that i needed chocolate. so instead of 250+ calories on a full sized hershy bar, i was getting my fix with one piece of dark chocolate and feeling satisfied with that. it was like i had flipped a mental switch. i became more active and as the weight began to fall off, that became easier. it felt really good to have my clothes literally falling off because they were too big. that was reward enough. i allowed other rewards too without feeling guilty about it.

CHRISTYBTHEPOET Posts: 116
4/5/13 8:14 A

thank you


NGCHILD SparkPoints: (102,611)
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4/4/13 10:45 A

Welcome to Spark Christy! Sounds like you are well on your way to a new you!! Enjoy your journey with Spark!

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__AMY__ Posts: 1,180
4/4/13 10:35 A

@Fit4mein2013

How did you loose the weight? Just with Spark? I have been on WW's for years, but I'm not good at always following the rules.

__AMY__ Posts: 1,180
4/4/13 10:32 A

Welcome to Spark People. Have you ever been to this community? There is ton's on stuff here. I have been off and on for years and keep discovering new cool things. Holler and there will be alot of support for you.

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FIT4MEIN2013 SparkPoints: (120,190)
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4/4/13 10:27 A

Hi, Christy! What a great sense of humor you have! I started the journey at 273, so I know where you are coming from! My knees hurt so bad that I could hardly walk and was facing surgery. Amazingly, after losing 90# I no longer have knee pain!

You can do this, too. Spark people is a great site. Check out the Spark teams and join one that 'Sparks' your interest.

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BILL60 Posts: 365,615
4/4/13 8:59 A

Welcome to SP. Enjoy your journey.

CHRISTYBTHEPOET Posts: 116
4/4/13 7:32 A

about three years ago, i lost 66 pounds. i went from 265 down to 199 and it felt so good to get out of the 200's. I got pregnant and had a baby and gained 30 lbs. soon after the birth of my son, i lost 10 of that. but by the time he turned 2, i was back up to 240. there was no consolation in the fact that i wasn't back at 265. i am stripping myself of excuses of why i can't be active. sure there are some things (like lunges) i can't do right now, but in a couple dozen pounds from now, my knees will be able to handle more. at 265, i can remember avoiding being in public too often. i joked with my uncle one day, "I wore my hair down so everyone who saw me would say, 'wow, look at all that hair!' instead of 'look at that fat lady.' then i thought, what if they say, "wow! look at all the hair on that fat lady!" emoticon emoticon of course it was a funny joke but my health is no laughing matter. there are things i know i can not eat on a daily basis and be healthy. there are other things i am learning to enjoy as an occasional treat in moderation. i am not the fat lady with all the hair, i am the woman who is taking charge of her health and habits. emoticon

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