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Funky Picture!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

I'm starting to like my upside-down profile picture!

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TIRED49 6/11/2012 12:28AM

    Thanks for giving me a smile! emoticon

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Here I Am!

Saturday, June 09, 2012

A student stole the SD card from my phone a couple of months ago. My boyfriend scolded me for lending out such a personal and expensive item so often that I couldn't track the culprit. He's right, darn it. Anyhow, I finally replaced it last weekend and was able to snap a picture to add to my sparkpage as a profile picture. Fun! As it turns out, though, I'm technically challenged. I failed to edit the picture before uploading it, so, unfortunately and appropriately, your first look at my face is upside-down! emoticon

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KATHYBERKLEY 6/9/2012 11:36PM

  You look very different from this angle. I had to turn my computer upsidedown to see if it was REALLY you.

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What is Sparkpeople, anyway?!?

Thursday, June 07, 2012

On February first of this year, I dove into Sparkpeople. My nurse had recommended it as a resource for meal plans and tracking calories, but I've used it for so much more than that!

Yes, I used the calorie tracker, and still use it religiously. I love that Sparkpeople took my weight-loss goal and translated it into my caloric-intake goal. The first couple of weeks, I lied on my tracker, however. How silly is that?! Even if it was just rearanging when I ate things to seem more socially acceptable, what good did it do? I'm the only one who holds me accountable. Seeing the numbers and reports laid out in black and white, though, did teach me how to make better choices on most days.

At first, I scoffed at Sparkpoints. Who in their right mind would care about something so nebulous and silly? It turns out that I do! After about a month into the program, I found out that I was ranked 4th in my spark class; out of the over 15,000 people who joined spark the same week I did, I wasranked number 4 in Sparkpoints! Holy hamburger! I made it a goal to reach number 1, and I have since achieved that goal. :)

The biggest gifts that Sparkpeople has given me, however, are difficult to measure. I've made Sparkfriends who check in on me and support my efforts. I've gained an incredible amount of self-esteem and self-knowledge, first through reaching my fast break goals, and then by blogging and self-reflection. I've gained information on health and nutrition, the journey toward healthy living, and overall wellness from articles and blogs. Frankly, Sparkpeople has changed my life, and I can't wait to see what's around the next corner. THANK YOU SPARKPEOPLE AND SPARKFRIENDS!

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KAI_ZEN 6/7/2012 4:27PM

    "I'm the only one who holds me accountable." That is a HUGE statement, and so true! Good for you!

Thanks for such an enthusiastic blog. I found it very encouraging.


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Tuesday, June 05, 2012

We're so close to being on summer break, that I can smell it and taste it!


To Do Tomorrow...

Monday, June 04, 2012

Although the list is intimidating, I WILL dig in and get a ton of stuff done tomorrow!

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ARNETTELEE 6/4/2012 12:12AM

  Yay....good for you. I'd do the same too.

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2ABBYNORMAL 6/4/2012 12:10AM

    I love this. It's my point of view.

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