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This is at 10% loss of original body weight, my 2nd mini goal!! Right after 5km run & strength training. It works, one day at a time!!


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I first joined Spark in 2008 and was successful at losing a bit of weight. Unfortunately, I found that weight again and then some. A fairly common story amongst us. Mine is not a unique story.

Since that time I have successfully recovered from several addictions with help from my higher power and a beautiful 12 step recovery program to whom I owe my new life. No joke. Now I continue to trudge along on what I like to call my 'healthy me journey'. This journey is based on my intrinsic desire for a healthy body, mind and spirit. Today I am so much closer than I have ever before been and I feel very blessed to have some insight and awareness into myself.

I am learning to love myself and to accept and appreciate who I am as a person. Such a blessing! This was not an easy task and took me the better part of 40 years. I still forget sometimes and I would definitely not say it's perfect but, it's progress. In December of 2016 I began my journey into the gym life. At that time I was scared and felt like I needed to lose weight to even go to the gym!! I don't feel that way anymore. I have gained so much confidence in myself as I increase the weights and run further and faster with each passing week. I LOVE the gym and I LOVE running!! I love even more putting those numbers into the Fitness tracker. I never thought that would be me. Another blessing!

My struggles with food have been painful and life long. My identity and coping mechanisms began with food when I was a small child. It was through my addictions recovery journey that I was able to apply the 12 steps to my eating and discover another addiction...food. I am blessed to have a beautiful and tremendously supportive sponsor and friend who has gently guided me along my healthy me journey thus far. She has been very patient as I first denied and am now learning to accept my food issues and my powerlessness over them. I have awareness that I desire to self medicate with food when something is emotionally challenging me. I am learning to slow myself down, recognize the feelings and sit with them if I can and use a healthier coping mechanism to deal effectively with them rather than eat them which of course, only leads to self hatred. Again progress, not perfection.

I have purchased and begun using a kitchen scale with which I weigh and measure absolutely everything that goes into my mouth. Those numbers are then inserted into the SP tracker. I always know right where I'm at, which I love. If I fail to track it, I'm only cheating myself and I've lived that insanity already.

I am excited for this leg of my healthy me journey. I owe it to myself and I deserve it! We ALL do!! Healing is beautiful! A dream come true to be sure.

Hugs and Much Love xx




Member Since: 2/25/2008

Fitness Minutes: 5,317

My Goals:
To love myself each and every day.
Face myself and God honestly.
Consume a nutrient rich diet.
Exercise and challenge myself physically.
Be 100% accountable.


My Program:
Connect with my higher power at least twice a day. Love myself with proper nutrition, exercise, connecting with my son, socializing with friends. Expanding my world one day at a time.



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  • v ITHILDRIEL
    Thank you for taking the time to look under the ice cream. Actually my emotions come from needing to stand back and let adults live their own life.
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    Have a great holiday!

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    Welcome to the Dog Lovers Team! We are so glad to have you with us! Feel free to jump in with the team, we can't wait to get to know you!


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