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Bonnie snapped this during my half marathon - West End Bridge with the city in the background





Waiting for Buffalo Creek Half Marathon to start - 10.15.11 - HM#3





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New year - time to update my page.

2012 was a hard year - one filled with not great choices and after loosing and keeping weight off from 2008-2011 - I gained about half back. I know how to lose and maintain - just need to put it into daily practice. Spark has ways of reminding me to be good to myself and achieve my goals. I'm thankful, still after 5 years, for Spark, its resources and its community.

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New year - time to update my page.

2012 was a hard year - one filled with not great choices and after loosing and keeping weight off from 2008-2011 - I gained about half back. I know how to lose and maintain - just need to put it into daily practice. Spark has ways of reminding me to be good to myself and achieve my goals. I'm thankful, still after 5 years, for Spark, its resources and its community.

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2011 Page
I'm close to three years on Spark - what a great 3 years it's been. I started my journey at 222 pounds, size 16W, 1X or 2X shirts. I decided to change my ticker to my 2011 weight because I'm not the same person I was 3 years ago. Time to have a reflection of who I am today - not 60 pounds ago.

2010 showed some weight loss (about 20 pounds) but I had non-scale victories that were significant. I became a runner. I ran a couple of 5Ks but also a 10K. That's big for me. I always wanted to say I was a runner - now I can. What went along with this was setting a goal, coming up with a plan, and seeing it through. It may have been the first time that I did something so concrete! I loved it. Definitely a time that the journey was as exciting as the destination.

I also added SparkFriends to my life in 2010. Anyone who is new to Spark and reading my page - my advice, add SparkFriends. I spent a lot of time on message boards before thinking that's where my community was - well, they help. SparkFriends, though, are a continual support we all need. Thanks to my SparkFriends who continue to inspire me with their actions!

I'm determined to make 2011 even better than years before. I will make my goal weight, I plan on running a half marathon (maybe 2) and continue to discover things about myself that I didn't know were there. That's what this is all about. Becoming the person I was meant to be.

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2010 Activitiy Feed.

I am going to be 40 this year - that kind of hit me the other day. What better way to turn 40 than to be a healthier version of my 39-year-old self!! 2009 was a year that I lost a little focus on myself (and moved closer to a candy jar at work - control is not something I have with candy) but I know I have the foundational skills to help me moving forward on my journey. I know it's as simple as calories in and calories out - I have to keep that in the forefront of my mind.

Being overweight had just been something I always was. It never really bothered me until I saw some pictures from the holidays in 2007. I was BIG. My click moment was when I didn't get a job I knew I was qualified for. My "impact" was lacking the reason I was given as to why I didn't get it. That experience and the pictures triggered me to do something. I started Spark thinking I would have a way to track my food and see where it goes. I never knew that it would turn out to be a major part of my life. It has a been a tool for weight loss and for becoming a better me. I've lost a good amount of weight (and gained some back) but I can't forget the other accomplishements I've had. I've run a couple of 5Ks. I ended up getting the job that I was passed over for the first time. I have gained more confidence than I could imagine.

Spark and its wonderful member have helped me realize that I am able to accomplish so much more than I would ever thought. I look forward to 2010 and what it brings for me and my health.


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Member Since: 1/5/2008

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My Goals:
2011 Goals -

Reach my goal weight.

Run a half marathon - GOAL MET ... Pittsburgh Half Marathon, May 15, 2011

Write one blog a week.

Strength train at least twice a week.

Read 10 books this year (last year I had "more" which I probably did - now I want an actual number. 10 isn't a lot but it's something).

My Program:
Make choices that I'll be happy about the next day.

It's all about keeping calories in a decent range. Exercise sure helps - but more with health and mental well being than weight-loss. So I am going to try and do both.

Personal Information:
I am 42 years old, living in Pittsburgh, PA with my partner, Bonnie.

We have no kids but now 2 dogs and a cat. We moved to a new house with a good sized yard so the dogs have a lot more fun now.

We also have 10 nieces and nephews who keep us busy! 6 of them live out of town, so I can't enjoy them as much. It's fun watching 10 distinct personalities change and grow. They are a constant reminder that we're all lovable and wonderful not by our actions or how much we weigh but rather just because we were born !

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KGLOVER71
1/3/2013 12:45:11 PM

Thanks so much for the goodie.

I am humbly restarting after gaining quite a bit. I've been pretty active, but I guess my food intake is out of control. I just keep telling myself that I'd be HUGE by now if I hadn't been at least fighting the good fight some of the time. emoticon

I'm really excited for the new year and to start seeing some change that will stick. I wish you the best. I SOOOOOO love seeing you sparking again. It gives me courage to keep on keeping on. emoticon



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Happy New Year ~ let's make 2013 our best year yet!




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12/13/2012 7:05:30 PM

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KGLOVER71
10/4/2012 10:36:12 AM

It's so good to hear from you. It sounds like you've had a crazy life for a bit.

I have come to the conclusion that the victory doesn't happen once ("I lost 80 pounds!") but it comes every time you get back on the horse and decide to keep going. Or start again. I've been struggling too. But I keep telling myself that if I had thrown in the towel completely I would be 250 pounds right now. All of these little starts and stops and baby steps actually add up to something good. Not perfection, but something good. Yes, I've gained weight. NO, I'm not in the shape I was before. But the victory is that I'm still here, going for it.

I'm "running" a half marathon in two weeks and I'm really not ready for it AT ALL. But I'm determined to do it (there aren't many local races around here, and I just need to make it something I always do or I'm afraid I will quit). So I'm terrified and I keep trying to compare myself now to my speeds 2 years ago. But my victory with this one will be just crawling over that finish line. :)

I'm determined to lose some of this weight, but I'm not looking at the scale at all right now and it is really, really nice. I'm focusing on tracking food, doing the water thing, and exercise. I'm celebrating the daily victories that have nothing to do with the scale.

My Morgan had a fabulous time in Belgium, and she grew up so much. Thanks for asking. She is home now, attending her freshman year of college. I love having her here.

This turned out long! Don't beat yourself up. We're all in the same boat and I think it's inspiring to see people just keep on keeping on. I'm so happy to hear from you. emoticon



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