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My 4th year at Spark--changes and hopes and dreams for my 5th.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Once upon a time there was a woman in her early forties who decided to take her life back one step at a time by dropping diet soda cold turkey--a small step but it was an important one. And though she smiled sometimes it was not a truly happy smile because of the feeling she had for her body and health. Not the least of which when her sister remarked that her rear was so wide it was scaring her.





Yes she tried to look nice and wore makeup to look the best she could but the displeasure of how she felt emotionally and physically after recovering from the accident in 2007 showed plainly.




But trudge on she did. At home with tape and DVDs, then at the gym at work. Low carb was the eating style and it did help with weight loss--ah, the days of steak, butter and heavy cream were weekly preparations.





She discovered a wonderful website called SparkPeople--others like herself who wanted to be healthier as she was trying to do. Learning that it was okay to laugh, to make misteps and to appreciate the journey rather than rush to the destination.






Going from low carb to pescatarian to vegan was also a part of this voyage--and the ability to share it and the visuals made the journey all the happier:




























4 years ago she dreamed of wearing a swimsuit-she reached that goal too:





Four years of Spark have been wonderful..and that woman....me...is so blessed to be here and looking forward to 5 years and more! God bless you all--and remember that weight loss and fitness is not a sprint(even though I LOVE sprinting...and kettlebells, and Zumba, and bench pressing, and Jillian Michaels...it's a marathon.. And one of my goals this year is complete a half marathon-God give me the strength to do so! ~Priscilla emoticon



  
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PLANTAGO 4/8/2014 12:53PM

    Very cool. Thanks for sharing your story.

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    You Rock! Such an inspiration to all. emoticon

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JUSTCHANDA 2/27/2014 8:56AM

    Wow!!!

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NDKARIKARI 2/15/2014 3:23PM

    You are SUCH an inspiration! Good luck with training for the half marathon!

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OVERHAULING-ME 2/14/2014 11:13PM

    emoticon and VERY Inspiring!

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JET150 2/12/2014 8:42PM

    I know it's what everyone says, but you truly are amazing, inspiring, and beautiful, inside and out!

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LUVTOBOWL 2/8/2014 9:47PM

    emoticon on your 4 years with spark emoticon

I know you will keep inspiring me and others in years to come.

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ROYALTY1022 2/8/2014 6:52PM

    Congrats on your progress you look awesome! Stay strong you have great deterination. Keep up the great job that you are doing. When I need motivation to continue I visit your spark page and other Sparkies to give me inspiration to keep pushing forward. Peace & blessings to you... emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LAURENANNE315 2/1/2014 8:22PM

    This is such an amazing post!! You are a great inspiration to me!! Keep up the amazing work emoticon emoticon

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-SHOREIDO- 1/31/2014 2:25PM

    Thanks for sharing your journey!! Remarkable job! Your a true inspiration to anyone who's will to work at ANY challange!!
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SVAN13MARTINS 1/30/2014 8:43PM

  Thank you for this wonderful inspirational piece about your journey. Thanks for the pics which really are motivating. I'm just starting at the gym with a trainer, and I sometimes wonder whether I can get there. You showed us all that this is possible!!!

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HOTTEXAN 1/30/2014 12:18PM

    So happy for your success, which you earned, earned, earned!!!!
I TOTALLY count on your presence here to remind me of what I can do!

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LILMISSRED79 1/30/2014 12:43AM

    I just LOVE that pic of you with your kettlebell! You look so strong, so confident, so happy! You can just see the self love emanating out of you.

Thanks for being such a great example and an inspiration to your fellow Sparkers!

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ANDREAG89 1/25/2014 4:01PM

    I hope you have a REALLY good understanding of how motivational this is to ME, and it absolutely must be to others as well.

After working out this morning, I used my phone to log in and saw my friend feed where your statement about having a popular blog post was on it. So I clicked it to go to your page. This was after I had worked out.

My 8-year-old son was sitting with me. He asked me if I'd lost any weight yet. I told him I had, and told him how much because he asked. When he asked how much, I told him ~8 lbs. Then I showed him your page. I said, "Look at THIS lady." He said, "Wow Mom!" I said, "Yes, she's worked really hard, hasn't she?"

And this blog is a reminder to me that it takes a little bit at a time, a step at a time, and even the "smallest" steps can be of paramount significance. That we shouldn't give up. That every little thing we do to improve will get us to our goals, whatever that might be.

So thank you. I love seeing the pictures, as those really are worth a thousand words.

Thanks for your constant energy and daily status posts. They really are uplifting!

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ARUNNINGKAT 1/25/2014 2:27PM

    You inspire us all! I love to read your enthusiastic status updates about what workout you are about to do or have done! emoticon

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SAPHRAEL 1/25/2014 12:03PM

    Fierce! Love following your progress :)

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    Congratulations on your emoticon ! As always your a true inspiration. You have done a marvelous job on your journey. We will complete our emoticon in 2014. emoticon emoticon

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SWEETLIPS 1/20/2014 8:37PM

    CONGRATULATIONS!

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DESYACV2 1/20/2014 3:32AM

    way to go, congratulations and thank you for being an inspiration.

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LISASGONNADOIT 1/19/2014 11:39PM

    Amazing! Your hard work and dedication has paid off. You look amazing and are an inspiration to me. Great job!!! Proud of you! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LUVGOODMUZIK 1/19/2014 5:20PM

    Everytime I decide to "get serious" again and log onto Spark, your pic is one of the few I see on my status feed on a consistent basis. You are definitely the epitome of hardwork and dedication. You look great and I could imagine feel great as well. Hats off to you my dear. emoticon

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    Congrats on this incredible journey. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    You are truly an inspiration! emoticon emoticon

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MAMAJAHMAI 1/18/2014 10:19PM

    Just Amazing!! You are a warrior and champion! thanks for sharing ((hugs))

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CMRAND54 1/18/2014 9:02PM

    You are an inspiration to us all!

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You look so beautiful and firmed and toned up! That's what I need to do! Congratulations on the hard work you have put in and the change in your attitude about yourself. I'm so excited for you and motivated even more as I continue to lean up my body and maintain this lifestyle change. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful journey with us. Keep going strong after all of your goals whatever they may be! You are a WINNER!
God Bless You!
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VEROISME 1/18/2014 7:11PM

    You look fabulous and sounds like you feel just as great!

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KELLIEBEAN 1/18/2014 6:25PM

    What an amazing transformation! Your determination shows. You made great things happen!

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JENNYMARIEC 1/18/2014 4:54PM

    Wow! Congrats on your fabulous journey!

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ADVENTURESEEKER 1/18/2014 3:34PM

    Enjoy the journey!!

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Conquering my final fear at the gym one row at a time.

Friday, December 13, 2013

I like being challenged at the gym-lifting heavier weights thrills me, sprinting at higher speeds-without damaging major body parts is cathartic! Yes I like to live on the edge so to speak especially being 44 now-but age is just a number! Yet...

The rowing machine. I admit to shuddering at it all these years as I walked by them. Who in their right mind found that medieval device fulfilling to exercise on? Nevermind that the people that were on it were extremely fit and enjoyed it from what I could see while I was over in the weight section or treadmilling my heart out. No, no, those insanely fit people didn't have my weak wrists so they could do it so effortlessly. I had an excuse to keep away!

But thinking back to the earlier part of my fitness journey I remembered how I'd never thought I could learn to lift heavy weights with my carpal tunnel braced wrists-but I did. It took determination and building up to it but I did do it-so how was this different? Could I let my own cowardice keep me from trying something new? The answer is finally NO.

So the past couple weeks I have been doing short sessions on the rowing machine--no longer than 5 minutes with plenty of breaks and praying and water and gasping for air --but I am doing it. The final frontier is still a bit away for me-but I am adding this to my goals. Fear (and carpal tunnel)will NOT keep this dream from coming to fruition!

  
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FITWITHIN 12/15/2013 11:29AM

    That's great! Our gym had recently purchased a couple of row machines, and till this day I've done the same thing. Just walk by and look at them. I haven't mustard the courage to get on one of them, but thanks to you will make sure that I try something new this week. You have done an amazing job on your journey. I'm so proud of you and hope to been in the best shape of my life come 2014.

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NDKARIKARI 12/14/2013 11:44PM

    great job!

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K-GETTING-FIT 12/14/2013 7:55AM

    I am so proud of you! It is amazing and beautiful that you conquered that fear. Yes, you conquerED it! I was just thinking about something similar. Running (or waddling in my case) is my nemesis and then combine it with doing it in front of people in a race is terrifying to me. I am not good at it, my body doesn't particularly like it, but I continue. Crazy really, but there is something very cool about the act of plugging along and continuing to try. Someone asked me why I would continue to do it and I pretty much said that all the reasons why I shouldn't do it are exactly the reasons why I want to conquer it (may mean my idea of "conquering" is different than others. lol). It is wonderful when we do something that "tests" us, be it emotionally or physically.

No doubt in my mind that you are going to be a PRO rower! Can't even imagine what that already awesome back of yours is going to look like:)
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YOURRIDICULOUS 12/14/2013 3:50AM

  Keep it up. You can do it!

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FANGFACEKITTY 12/14/2013 3:47AM

    emoticon The rowing machine won't know what hit it when you are done with it!

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NESHAMA123 12/13/2013 11:36PM

    The rowing machine is one of the few I really like. It is great you are giving it a try.

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Met my yearly fitness minute goals early! And progress pics and Tabata sprints :)

Thursday, October 31, 2013

I'd set my goal for this year at 35, 000 fitness minutes--and saw the other day that I'd gone past them-last year had been 30, 000 so I ambitiously set it at the 35k for 2013--how cool is that! And two months to go--so I still have some Zumbaing, walking and sprinting (and my beloved heavy weightlifting)to go! emoticon emoticon

And something else this week that made me geek out--it was today actually--when I was doing those evil Tabata sprints with sideways, incline and backwards treadmill when the woman next to me who was doing incline treadmill told me that I was the only person besides her who did Tabata sprints and she was a bodybuilder training for shows--I told her that I'd been unfit for a long time and showed her my pics and she congratulated me--what a happy HAPPY thing to hear! emoticon emoticon


And to show that the muscle building is happening--these pics are almost a year apart as you can see by the Christmas tree, and on today--long live sprints heavy weights and healthy(vegan)eating! Stay blessed Sparkfriends!!

  
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NALAYB 12/13/2013 11:16PM

    WOW!

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STSCOTT11 11/21/2013 2:45PM

    You look good...and gooder.
Keep up the good work.
The biggest thing is never letting it creep back EVER again...the rest is all gravy baby.
Okay...perhaps not gravy literally but you knwo what I mean.

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LYNN-LOVESLIFE7 11/16/2013 11:26PM

    WOW! You are emoticon and I think sparks need to put a emoticon for amazing (okay) this is my emoticon for amazing okay.... emoticon You been kicking (ass) I hope you don't mind me saying that on your page, but you have been doing it and I am so proud of you. You are my inspiration Shero... emoticon! emoticon For the push, and the inspiration to emoticon emoticon

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LUVTOBOWL 11/12/2013 12:56PM

    You look great!

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JET150 11/2/2013 8:09AM

    I am pretty sure you must never sit down! You are definitely an inspiration. My goal this year was 21,000, and I will meet it. So I'll set it higher for next year, but probably not 35,000!
Congratulations!

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K-GETTING-FIT 11/1/2013 9:01AM

    Yep, what they said...you are AWESOME! I am so proud of you and continue to be inspired and motivated by your progress and continuous spirit!!!
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KARRENLYNN 10/31/2013 11:13PM

    Congratulations on all of your accomplishments! You look great! May the remainder of this year and next year be full of blessings and accomplishments for you!

Karen

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Non scale victories--loving the latest one :)

Saturday, October 26, 2013

I do have to say that my quest to gain muscle is going well--of course my lower half is still my (not!)favorite part but I have been faithfully doing my squats and sprints. (And sideways treadmill which is still fun!!!!) But a longtime friend and coworker who came back to work with us this week gave me the happiest compliment (after saying how good my chili smelled and begged for the recipe) when I was standing at our desk: "Look at those leg muscles! You are doing great!" I was wearing my jeans and could not stop smiling after--I was the woman who was very very unhealthy when I had last seen her (five years ago, way too long)and to get such support meant the world to me!

So all of the weighted squats...sideways treadmill..sprints...and vegan diet is still doing this almost 44 year old good! Life is beautiful!!

  
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K-GETTING-FIT 10/27/2013 9:10AM

    Life IS beautiful! WOOHOO on the compliment! You have worked your butt off for those gams. Happy for you:)

Now, as for the sideways treadmill, I DID try it and sheesh, was it ever a sad sight. I even tried it out on the trails yesterday while we were taking "goofy" shots. :P
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JIMSBABY 10/27/2013 6:32AM

    I'm assuming those are your kids on your background, they are just beautiful!!

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LJCANNON 10/27/2013 12:06AM

    emoticon It is WONDERFUL when we run in to Old Friends and Co-Workers!! I can just imagine your Smile!! That was a wonderful Compliment!!
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NDKARIKARI 10/26/2013 10:41PM

    wonderful blog!

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NPDSLEUTH 10/26/2013 4:52PM

    I am so proud of you! It has been wonderful to watch you from the beginning! Much love and good karma sent your way!

Your "Old" friend, Nikki

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DANCINCAJUN1 10/26/2013 3:33PM

    compliments are just the greatest motivators for sure .... you do look totally FAB !! Roc
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KARRENLYNN 10/26/2013 3:20PM

    NSV's are awesome, aren't they!

Karen

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I've gained weight!! Yay me!! No really...it's a good thing.

Saturday, October 12, 2013


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LUVTOBOWL 11/12/2013 12:52PM

    Glad you're in a happy place my friend.

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    emoticon Great You Look Fabulous..

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    emoticon That is Completely Awesome!! Congratulations on the Muscles AND on the Healthy Cholesterol!!!

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NPDSLEUTH 10/13/2013 5:51PM

    You are so cool girlfriend! I continue to be so proud and amazed by you!

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    Congratulations on your success! And happy is a great thing!

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