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Me, December 30, 2014

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Hello, my name is Amy. I've been Sparking since January 2014. It has been an incredible journey. While my weight loss has not always been what I had hoped, it has been what I need at the time. I learned a lot about myself; lessons I needed to learn before I could make any permanent changes to my body. As they say in the Tortoise and the Hare, slow and steady wins the race! That extends to weight loss as well, I guess.

The first thing for me to remember is that I am not alone. Anything I could experience has been experienced by someone on this site before. So, I might as well decide I am going to be accountable for my actions. No one is going to judge me for a diet slip and slide more negatively than I judge myself; actually, I have had such positive reinforcement that I am finally learning to forgive myself and let go of shame and doubt. I will have slips: I am still human. But I will come back from those slips a little wiser (I hope).

Also, no one can return to old habits and hope to maintain a weight loss. I know that sounds obvious, but having gained back the weight I lost + a few pounds really brought it home.

Another thing I had to face is that I stress eat. I don't even know I'm doing it. I think I am taking a few bites and BAM! the whole thing is gone. Not a big deal when it's a whole apple, but a very big deal when it's a whole large pizza! I also self sabotage. It's a very old habit. Putting that out there to my Sparkteams has helped me to recognize when I am falling into that trap.

I encourage anyone trying to Spark to join several teams, make many friends, and take advantage of the support available. Because the most important thing I have learned in a year is this...One Spark can make you burn with the fire of possibilities!

Member Since: 1/10/2014

Fitness Minutes: 11,922

My Goals:
Biggest goals:
Reach 163 ...someday. Without putting the pressure of a time limit on it.

Teach my children to be healthy by giving a good example.

Smaller goals: Lose an average of 1 lb. per week.

Drink 8 glasses of water daily.

Get some form of exercise for 30 minutes a day, minimum 5 days per week.

My Program:

199 lbs... New Athletic shoes and an e-book. Check.

193 lbs... (20 lbs gone) pedicure & new workout pants. Check.

188 lbs...(25 lbs gone!) New kitchen appliance (A juicer, maybe?)

183 lbs...(30 lbs gone) New fitness shoes and family fun day.

178 lbs...New Haircut.

173 lbs...(40 lbs gone) New outfit and facial, and a weekend adventure with my kids.

168 lbs...New outfit & set new rewards based on new lifestyle!

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I live in West Sacramento CA. I'm a Preschool teacher. I'm 46, a single mother of 2 girls ages 10 & 8, and 2 fur-people.

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Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.
Harriet Tubman

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