Shared Fitness Tracker
I started this healthy path in September 2007. I have lost about 40 lbs so far* and I am really happy to have found this page. It is exactly what I needed and sooo much more! And it is free!!! I cant wait to start "spreading the spark" with friends and family in the same situation. I work from home in a "virtual call center" and i know a lot of people that could benefit from a page like this!
*that was on February, 24th 2008 when I started SparkPages
Update on 01/06/13 (previous updates are below but I decided to put this one on top anyway): Yes, I've lost a bunch of weight and, for the most part it wasnt counting calories or obsessing about what I eat... I do follow a food plan and weight and measure my food for the most part, I do what works for me... I dont recommend or endorse anything but if you want to know what worked for me send me a message...
October 2007: 324 lbs
02/24/08: 285lbs (starting my Spark People Sucessful Journey!!!)
03/04/08: 280 lbs
03/12/08: 278 lbs
03/20/08: 276.6 lbs
03/27/08: 275.4 lbs (great considering Easter weekend...)
04/02/08: 272.6 lbs (More than 50 lbs!!! WooooHoooo!!!)
04/09/08: 271.4 lbs
04/16/08: 266.6 lbs (WooHoo!!!)
04/30/08: 265 lbs (lost fat but gained water...)
06/19/08: 256.6 (And I am officially back!!!)
01/06/13: 190 lbs (yes, I went back up after 2008, look at the pics on the left anyway)
Look at my first 5k pics: they are very funny!!!
(just copy and paste into your browser)
Update (04/04/08): I used to feel I had a worm inside. I used to feel so ugly, so guilty (for the things that were my fault and for the ones that were not too). I tried to hide that worm that I felt was living in my body and in my soul smiling and joking all the time on the outside. I was so scared people could see the worm. Even I was scared to see the worm, I was trying to find the reasons I couldnt stop eating but every time I tried to talk with my "fat self" I felt a deep sadness, an unbereable pain and a horrible fear. If somebody came to close I would run as fast as I could in the opposite direction.
I started being isolated, I stayed home and the fat was the perfect excuse ("I cant wear anything, I am too fat" or "I dont want people to see me like this"). The real reason: I didnt want people to discover the real me: the worm. And I was more and more sad, I didnt care about life, I didnt care about anybody. My life was dark, I was scared of people but I was also scared of being alone.
And I got closer to God but I couldnt understand His love, I couldnt understand how He could know me, the real worm and love me in despite of that. I couldnt understand how my husband loved the worm, I thought there was something wrong with him. At one point, not sure when or how I allowed myself to be sad, I allowed myself to be scared and I was brave and I looked inside. And I saw the worm and I discovered she wasnt an ugly creature. She was just scared, she was just afraid. She didnt know what to expect. And I started loving my worm, I tried to protect her and to make her understand she was ok. It wasnt her fault, and even if it was, it was ok to forgive and let go. To forgive herself and other people that made her who she was.
And so something miraculous happened, the worm wasnt a worm, she was a larva, and she started to change. She started the metamorphosis to become a butterfly. It is a painful but wonderful process. I never realized I had to embrace my larva to become a butterfly... So that is me now, I am not hiding anymore, I am just changing but I know that with God's help there will be a new me: a beautiful winged creature, a butterfly.
Update 04/24/08: "An addict is someone who uses their body to tell society that something is wrong." --Stella Adler (1901-1992)
Found this in DDorn page and I think it is soo right. He also gave me an article about it, check it out:
I want to be a personal trainer and a Zumba instructor to help other people after I lose all the weight that I know I will.
Update: I certified as a Zumba instructor in 2011 but I never really taught... maybe some day...
Ask me in private, it is complicated but very simple at the same time... One day at a time!
I was born and raised in Argentina but I live in South Florida (Hallandale Beach). I have been married for 14 years, no kids. I love rock music and going to the beach. My favorite place on earth is Disneyworld.
| Pounds lost: 134.5
greetings fellow HERO... I loved reading your life-story... you are one wise person.. and thanks for sharing the book by Anita Johnston.. I am going to check that out... I love reading... I saw that you have a bike... I love riding my mountian bike.. BUT had to stop 3 years ago when I crushed my foot... BUT the doctors have said that I can ride again NOW... I am excited BUT it is hot in the afternoon here in texas... hope that you are making progress... I so love your analogy of the worm... I would love to re-read and re-read your story.... it is impressive... blessings
2906 days ago
Hello, I'm on the HEROES team and I've just called in to say hello and check up on how you are getting on, if looks like you are doing well with your weight loss, congratulations! Keep up the good work and if you need help you know where we are, just waiting to help and support you. How are you getting on with that bike?
2917 days ago
I am Scottieluvr (Pamela) from HEROES, just dropping in to introduce myself and say “hi”…
Hi *waving frantically*!
So how goes it? Are you getting around the HEROES board okay, need help with anything? Have you joined some of the challenges, which are weekly, monthly, or even daily. The people are really interesting and fun to be around. *S*
I mean look at me!!
If you just want to chat visit my page or drop me a line on email me – anytime! I love to chat. I look forward to getting to know you better…
Hope you have a great weekend too!!!
2917 days ago
Hi i am sarahsmith5 and i would liket o introduce myself to you and hope all i swell wiht you and look forward to getting to know you on the boards ok?
2917 days ago
hi ceci, i haven't seen you at HEROES recently. just want to check in and make sure you're ok. come on back for a visit. we haven't even begun to get to know you....theresa
2917 days ago