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Monday, April 07, 2014

Good Morning Fellow Sparkers,

I wanted to take a momment to announce that after 10 months of exercising, eating right, I am have lost 30 pounds. On June 24, 2013 I made the decision to get in shape after years of living as an overweight, unhappy person who used food as comfort. The turning point for me was the death of James Gandolfini of "The Sopranos"-fame. I knew that if I didn't make a change I was not going to live much longer.
Taking that step to go to the gym and doing intense cardio got my body screaming "No!!" but my mind and my heart said "Don't give up, keep pushing". I knew that I didn't gain the weight overnight so I wan't going to lose the weight overnight. It was going to take time and by the grace of God, I kept track and I am so proud to show my updated progress from June 24, 2014
to April 5, 2014 just 2 days ago:
6/24/2013:174 LBS
7/8/2013:169 LBS
7/24/2013: 166.9 LBS
8/31/2013: 157.2 LBS
11/8/2013: 150 LBS
3/1/2014: 150 LBS
4/5/2014: 144 LBS

I am 19 lbs closer to my goal. I know that I can do it. I believe in myslef and I thank God for giving me the strength not to give up. Being healthy is a lifelong process. I am greatful that in couple of months I will be celebrating my 39th birthday as a strong healthy person.
I can't ever Imagine going back to the person I was 10 months ago. I love myself and my life.

Losing weight is a process. It's step by step. Don't rush because it's a recipe for failure.
Slow and steady equals results and maintaining a healthy weight for the rest of your life .
Continue to exercise, eat to healty, watch your portions and best of all love yourself in your own skin. Have a blessed day!!
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AVANELL 4/8/2014 11:00AM

    emoticon What a great accomplishment! emoticon Keep up the good work!

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RHOOK20047 4/7/2014 10:56AM

    Way to go, you figured it out quickly, where it took me 30 years to realize it! Great work and keep it up! emoticon

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JESS0107 4/7/2014 10:50AM

    You are right, slow and steady wins the race!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Good for you!!

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Spring is finally here and as winter gasping its final breath on for this season, people are going out and the gyms are looking empty as the warm weather comes in. Why is it that when we make a resolution to lose weight starts in January but then we then to give up 2 weeks later?
Because we don't learn until it's too late that losing weight isn't about fitting into a size 4 bikini, it's about making a committment to stay healthy. People who were on blood pressure medications because of excess weight, have managed to stop taking medicine once they a healthy diet/exercise regimen which results in weight loss.
It's a wonderful feeling when you can breathe easily with a healthy body and lifestyle.
Change doesn't occur overnight. It's a process and the first step to being healthy starts with yourself.



Thursday, December 12, 2013

Around the holiday season, particularly Christmas/Hannukah, it's the time to indulge and then when the New Year comes we make resolutions to lose weight. From the first 2 weeks of the New Year we're motivated then by the end of January we quit.
For me the resolution to lose weight did not start in January. I made the decision to get in shape when I had problems sleeping. Every part of my body was hurting especially my knees.
I looked in the mirror and I hated myself. The idea of spending the next 30-40 years of my life like this was too unbearable for me.

For the first time in my life, I feel good about myself. I recently ran a 5k and finished in 35 minutes. That was something that I never thought I could do 6 months ago.

I still indulge when I want but I watch my portions. I plan to reach my goal weight by February
2014 and from there will continue to maintain my weight through healthy eating and exercise.
Living healthy is a permanent lifestyle and those who say that they can't do have already set themselves up for failure.

Each day I remeber that I am strong, beautiful and I accomplish anything I set my mind to.
That's a great way to motivate yourself and keep going.

"Don't let the bastards grind you down"- Bono (U2)

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TWESTEN1 12/12/2013 5:26PM

    Awesome - good for you! Loved your blog :)

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Hi Everyone,

Normally when you make a decision to get in shape and lose weight, you would get support from people you know. Do you ever notice that people start to treat you differently as soon as you lose weight and feel better about yourself .
They act aloof or better yet act smug. My advice is keep moving. People are just jealous that they didn't put forth the effort to exercise and eat right. Don't let the haters derail you from taking care of yourself.

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WARRIORGIRL121 11/27/2013 1:21AM

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EELPIE 10/24/2013 5:15PM

    I noticed my best friend gets kinda pissy if I mention my progress - we are separated by distance for a while, but we talk by phone. I'm proud of myself and want to talk to her about how I feel I'm doing, but I limit what I say now.

She's always going on about how she needs to lose 30 pounds, so I think it's jealousy - and try not to focus on it much. I just do what I need to do for me :)

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NKING1982 10/24/2013 4:31PM

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AVANELL 10/24/2013 4:11PM

    Keep your eyes on the prize. Don't look to the left or the right but focus on the goal ahead of you! This is your own personal journey and no one can take that from you!

Enjoy the journey!


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PICKIE98 10/24/2013 3:59PM

    Actually, it makes me even more motivated to show them that their warped opinion does not matter to me... what matters is MY opinion!!!!!

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    So true - so true! Keep doing what you're doing and let them deal with their issue...because that's just what it is - THEIR issue, not yours.

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Monday, September 23, 2013

Hi Everyone,

It is officially the first day of Fall, which means the temperature will go down to a cooler climate and people are getting ready for the holidays like Halloween and Thanksgiving.
For me and everyone who is trying to lose weight, this could be the deal breaker however you can indulge , just don't overdo it.
This weekend I had pizza and it didn't derail me from my weight loss journey because I learned to control what I eat and how much. My body "tells" me when enough is enough and I
stop. I continue to exercise because it's become a part of my life permanently.

Don't beat yourself up if you deviate from your routine. Just get back up and keep moving
forward. Have a blessed day!! emoticon

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AVANELL 9/23/2013 7:58PM

    It's definitely Fall. I had to dig out a pair of winter tights and a jacket for my walk this morning. I think it was around 54 when I started. But the days are beautiful. I love Autumn!

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CIERAPOET 9/23/2013 2:25PM


You are so right sis! We can indulge with moderation and an attitude that the journey is one of continuation! I don't ban foods at all but find myself avoiding certain ones. I eat a lot of healthy fats and they help to keep me full longer. That was my turning point in 2012. Keeping calm and not stressing out helps us ALL to get where we want to go. Thanks for your words of Wisdom!
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