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Taking stock

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

We'll probably be thinking about the good things in our lives and our loved ones. But, we should take a moment to consider how lucky ew are to be here in the first place. In the 21st century, we can experience more in a month than most people throughout history did in a lifetime. Instead of appreciating that fact, we usually just end up wanting to do and have more. We look at what's wrong rather than what's right. This is a perfect time to take a look at our lives and priorities again. We've been given the gift of a lifetime of moments. Accept the gift and prove ourselves worthy.

It's often difficult to realize this, but it's certainly worth contemplating. Just a few short years ago, this site wasn't even available to us, and now, what would we do without it? I often look at my family, and my life, and realize that I wouldn't change a thing, given the opportunity, the result of all my past, the good and bad, are right here to prove that what's past makes what's in the present, worth living for....

My workouts so far this week have been fabulous and encouraging me to get up each morning and do it again. Not sure how things will unfold next week when I have my grandson to babysit on Thursday and Friday, but I'll have to find a way to keep my gym appointments set in stone....

Here's hoping that 2010 is the best year yet!

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WHOAMOMMA 12/30/2009 7:53PM

    You are so right!!! We take things for granted, grumble about inconvenice of something no working when that thing didn't exist a few years ago.

Have fun with your grandson.

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Impending milestone

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

January 2, 2010 will mark my 4 year anniversary of eating healthy and exercising daily. If someone had asked me in 2006 if I would still be living this healthy lifestyle after 4 years, I probably would have laughed, or at the very least been skeptical of answering yes. Because there was nothing in my past attempts do so, that would lend itself to a belief that I could continue to maintain the efforts needed to stay fit and thin.

I know for certain that of all the tools I utilized to achieve my current state, SP was most important. It amazes me that more people don't jump on the Spark bandwagon because there really isn't a better way of losing weight, and you certainly can't beat the price...

While I have not been as active on the site, I still see myself as a SP member and will continue to remain such forever. I will be making a regular visit to my page daily and follow the methodology more closely as the holidays are now past.

Your smallest actions add up to something big

Everything you do makes a difference. By setting a goal of daily log-ins, I will be able to continue my healthy lifestyle.

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LWINTER 12/29/2009 3:19PM

Your story was one of my biggest inspirations when I started with SP over 2 years ago! You are my hero!

After more than 2 years of my own odyssey, I admire your dedication to your health even more--with the knowledge of how hard it is to apply myself every day.

Kudos to you, and many more years of health!


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Important milestone approaching

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

It's hard to believe that in 30 some days I will be celebrating 4 years of healthy living! While I think I can always do better, I'm very happy with the life I'm living today. The things I do now I only "wished" to do back then. I would sit around lamenting the sad and pathetic life I was living and hope for some miracle that would see me lose the weight and get healthy. I was paralyzed with fear that I would always be obese, but unwilling to take action and have a plan of attack for how I could reach that goal. Throwing away all the "thin" clothes seem to lift the burden of "fitting into them again" off my shoulders and I felt I had made peace with my size. But thankfully, I found reasons to change that and in the process begin life anew. My kids still tease me about skinny mom vs fat mom and basically fat mom didn't care enough about anything to have rules so she just rolled with the punches....however, skinny mom knows how she wants things done and speaks up when it doesn't get done her way...but really it's all in fun and they couldn't be prouder of me. I'm also proud of the fact that I have set an example and raised the bar for all my family to improve upon their diets/exercise.

Life after obesity is far better and I know I can and will do whatever is needed to keep this new life!

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SNAZZYPS 12/2/2009 11:59PM

    It's good to know it's all worth it in the end - that all of our hard work really does pay off - you inspire me to keep going and don't give up!!!

Thank you

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FRIDAYSCHILD2 12/2/2009 9:38PM

    emoticon You are truly an inspiration. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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TERRI289 12/2/2009 9:33PM

    Good to know that life AFTER is so much better!! Congrats on four years of healthy living!!

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Things change

Monday, November 30, 2009

My biggest fear over the past three years was what would happen if things got in the way of my rigid schedule, and I now know that I can still continue my healthy lifestyle even with a blip here and there. My recent fall (thanks to my stupid cat) on the stairs has caused me to miss cardio (aka spin class) for over 3 weeks now. I was able to continue to lift weights and that kept me sane, and I walked after a week combined with a little running as well. I'm finally heading back to spin tomorrow, but now I'm beginning a new schedule as I'm babysitting my new grandson two days a week and I'll need to adjust my schedule. But, I now know, that I'm able to keep up with my healthy habits even when things change. I know I won't be derailed and that gives me a great deal of comfort and confidence as I move forward towards my 4th year anniversary....

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LISA01605 11/30/2009 7:59PM

    Congrats on approaching your 4th anniversary!! You have definitely learned how to make being a healthy into a lifestyle! You are a role model for me!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

As I'm sitting here on Thanksgiving eve, I realize how very far I've come in what will soon be 4 years. Life is such an exciting and wonderful thing or me right now and I'm so very grateful for all I have and all I've become. Though I've not been as visible here on SP lately, I have remained true to my SP lessons and continue to live and eat healthy. I've had a few events, good and bad, occur over recent months and realize that no matter what life throws at me, I'm able to handle and grow from all of it and see the strength that I've gained, both physically and mentally during this time.

Though it's not always easy, and I expect it never will be, it continues to be worth every ounce of effort it requires to live a healthy life.

So on this eve of Thanksgiving I thank all at SP who have given all of us in need such a wonderful tool to take us to our goals. I am also unbelievably thankful for all my blessings, the most recent being my 2 month old grandson, Jackson Dylan!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

LWINTER 11/29/2009 12:01PM

Glad to hear you're doing fine. Same here, keeping on with keeping on! Hope you have some happy holidays!


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GDY2SHUZ 11/25/2009 11:04PM

    Blessings on you and your family.

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