54 lbs Lighter, 1 year later
35.5 lbs Lighter/ June 2007
November 2006, Prior to SP, with my SWEET Mother-in-law!
January 23, 2007 I decided to change my life and joined Spark People. Yesterday was my one year anniversary and I cannot believe the time just flew by.
I was able to drop fifty four pounds in that year, I eat better than I used to and I know my calorie count in everything I eat which is really something new for me. I exercise to the best of my ability (as I am currently preparing for back surgery but look forward to the time when I can get back to exercising daily), and I drink my water!!!
These things have all contributed to my successes this past year but, having friends to help me along the way has really been the key for me. I have always eaten the right things (just too much of them and I was never aware of the calorie count), but having friends that are working just as hard at trying to reach their goals as I am and communicating with them on a daily basis is the thing I look forward to, EVERY DAY!!!!
I could be having a bad day, not feeling too good, feeling lazy, pain, depressed or just feeling alone in this and then I post and WOW! It is my saving grace! Someone always picks me up and many times I have found that someone is feeling a lot worse than I am and I can pick them up instead. That turns my whold day around and puts me back on track. Having Spark friends is my favorite part of this site.
Enjoying the tools SP has to offer has taught me a lot about the way our bodies work and I am grateful that no matter how old we get, it still works the same.
I am looking forward to another successful year with SP and then another and another and another............
Thirty eight more pounds to go to reach my calculated goal, but I may even get to feeling "just right" before then. Who knows? All I do know is that losing weight is no longer an impossible feat, I am proving that to myself everyday. Staying healthy is now the challenge at hand for me. I know I can do that too........
Drink PLENTY of water!
Eat PLENTY of fresh fruits and vegetables!
Don't overlook my need for fiber!
Go easy on the high calorie foods.
I want to be able to have a "bit" of everything. In sensable portions, so that I do not feel deprived. Especially because I do not want to be on a diet anymore! Instead, from now on I want to enjoy a healthy LIFESTYLE....
Tracking everything is still vital to me. I have seen what "KNOWING" the daily numbers can do so it is still the first thing I do in the morning and the last thing I do at night!
I try to stay on the low side of my calorie allowance, the high side of my fittness workouts and everyday I try to drink more water than I did the day before.
I am also enjoying the motivation I receive from my spark friends. I look forward to hearing from them everyday and I am always happy to make new ones.
I am from California. Married to the most awesome husband I could have ever dreamed of, for the past 22 years. I am the mother of three grown children. Two sons and a daughter. They are the light of my life. I am grandmother to 3 boys. One from each child. Ages, 19, 10 and 3. And thanks to Spark People, I think I have figured out a way to enjoy a longer, healthier and active life with everyone I love!
Gardening,Cooking, Bird Watching, Sketching, Everything related to Scottie Dogs, Friends and Music are some of my passions.
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| Pounds lost: 12.5
Just saying hi to an old friend :) :) Do you remember me? Its been years since I've been on here and done anything. Odd though, h ow I never forget the ones who motivated me from the start :)
1927 days ago
Hello, old friend... thanks for trying to keep in touch with me... I was off SP for the longest time. I went through a bad time of stress, (over a year and a half), and it's just taking me such a long time to come back from that. But I'm getting there. :-)
"It is what it is" -- my new favorite saying
2252 days ago
Hi Sylvia! Are you still around? :o) Miss you!
2420 days ago
I re-joined our Class of Jan team. Gracie and I are checking in with each other each day. Hope to see you once in awhile!
2724 days ago
You are looking fabulous! You left me in the dust long ago. I've had a real struggle, but never NEVER give up.
Hope you and the dogs are doing well. My boys don't get enough walks these days, but really enjoy it when we do.
2896 days ago