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Everything happens for a reason right? My ex-boyfriend's new girl-friend (who is now his wife) told me about this site a few years ago (weird, I know.) & I can't imagine my life with out it.

Up until now none of you knew that my maiden name is Sparks & to be honest I was a little sad to see it go back in 2010. It's always been the perfect name for me. Julie Sparks, full of life & love. I am and always have been a firework, I was born on the 5th of July. My mom went into labor ...
Everything happens for a reason right? My ex-boyfriend's new girl-friend (who is now his wife) told me about this site a few years ago (weird, I know.) & I can't imagine my life with out it.

Up until now none of you knew that my maiden name is Sparks & to be honest I was a little sad to see it go back in 2010. It's always been the perfect name for me. Julie Sparks, full of life & love. I am and always have been a firework, I was born on the 5th of July. My mom went into labor watching the fireworks off the coast of the Pacific in San Diego 29 years ago. I was born to sparkle.

After becoming a wife and mom and before finding sparkpeople I lost my spark.. my mom died a slow, heart wrenching death and I got really fat.. I hit a real rough patch. I always was big, but 2011 brought me into the 300s. All that really matters now is that I'm here and I'm back. I sparkle again. I wish she could see me, how beautiful I feel.

Even though I chose to change my last name, my legacy will always live on as Julie Sparks thanks to SP. Although now I live it as a verb instead of a noun. The support I have found through this site has forever changed me and has brought me back to life. There are so many of you who have brought me back to what I used to be. Words can't express how much your support means to me.

Thanks to you I will always be Julie Sparks.
I spread the spark everyday.
I live it and love it.
I spark, therefore I am.

Original: My son was born Feb. 10th, 2011 and I never thought my weight would get as high as it did. My body looks a way that I never would have imagined.. I've been avoiding having my picture taken with him because I don't want to see myself look so big, so different from what I think I look like.

I've been over 200lbs for most of my 20's, but it doesn't have to stay this way. My 27th birthday is about 2 months away and I set a pretty hefty goal for myself to reach by my 28th birthday, it's a big one, but its obtainable.. Others have accomplished it, so why not me?

Update: Since joining SP and writing this intro I GAINED about 40lbs taking my weight higher than it was the day I delivered my son. Nothing like surpassing your full-term prego weight 6 months later.. By my 27th birthday my weight was the highest ever-314! Then I got serious! I have been a member of SP since April of 2011, but didn't really stick to it until after the summer of 2011. Seeing pictures of myself that big blew me away.. In about a month I will be celebrating my 2 year anniversary with SP and I am proud to report that I lost all the baby weight, wearing pre-baby jeans and almost at the same weight I was on my wedding day!!
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Member Since: 4/29/2011

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To live a healthy lifestyle by eating right and adding exercise into my everyday routine. I want to be healthy without even having to think about it.

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Why can't I get the results I am looking for by just paying for a gym membership?? Guess I gotta actually use it and not just pay for it.

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KABMPH
3/4/2014 11:18:20 PM

YAY for Cindy Crawford workout tapes! When I started working out again in 2010 I found it on DVD and still use it! It still kicks butt, after all those years!!



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ROCKCHICK86
2/19/2014 5:48:32 PM

Thanks so much for the support on my blog. I think I will be hitting you up for a walk or whatever in the future! I will definitely keep you posted once I know anything. Hopefully it will be with good news.



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KABMPH
2/18/2014 12:38:26 PM

One of my favorite things in the world is to use something up. Clean a plate, use up the lotion, finish the bottle of dish detergent. I find it so satisfying! My boyfriend never noticed this before meeting me, but now he too enjoys the feeling when he uses something up! Warms my heart. emoticon



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ROCKCHICK86
2/5/2014 3:48:09 PM

Hey, thanks for the suggestion! I looked into agave nectar since it's a pretty hot trend right now as far as natural sweeteners, but after some research, the commercially prepared stuff is actually worse for you than high fructose corn syrup. Truly natural agave nectar is called agave de miel and it's made similar to maple syrup by boiling the sap of the agave plant. Commercially prepared agave nectar that you see in the stores is made through an enzymatic and chemical process that concentrates the starches in the root part of the agave plant rendering the fructose concentrations much higher than that of HFCS. A lot of whole foods sites recommend honey or real maple syrup as truly natural sugar substitutes, so once I get into it more, I think I'm going to give that a try. Both of them have such distinctive flavor profiles though that they may not work for a lot of recipes.

Haha sorry for the spiel, but I was shocked when I found out about agave nectar since it's so widely touted as the best natural sweetener, so I thought I'd share. :)



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FANTASM01
2/2/2014 1:44:32 PM

Thank you for your comment on my blog. We're both amazing women and we're going to get there Julie. Neither of us knows how to quit. YAY US! emoticon emoticon emoticon



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