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One Year Spark Anniversary

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Well, today was my one year Spark Anniversary, and the whoosh never happened. So I made it to 49 pounds in a year, and not that nice, even, 50 pounds.

I'm not crying about it though! I'm really amazed at how well everything has gone. I don't think I ever really believed I could do it. I'm not sure I really believe that I've done it! pinch me?

I celebrated with a bunless burger and a diet coke!

Just also wanted to recognize so many of my great spark friends that have helped me along the way... inspired me, taught me how to make this a lifestyle change, encouraged me, advised me and kicked me in the a** when I needed it. Extra big hugs for Randy, Rachelle, Holly, Renee, Jackie, Lisa, Maria, Haarajot (wherever you are!) and anyone else I've forgotten. You guys are the best. xoxox

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

JERSEYGIRL24 4/19/2008 9:38AM

    Tess that is amazing!!!! To lose 49 lbs. is NOTHING to sneeze at. You really look great.

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COFFEE_KISS 4/13/2008 9:51PM

    WOO! Congrats woman! 49 pounds is nothing to sneeze at ;-) You should be so proud of yourself and your big accomplishment. Let's see what this next year brings for you !

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JNORMAN1969 4/9/2008 1:44PM

    Tess we are all very proud of you, and 49 pounds is a great number, pat yourself on the back. Just think if it wasn't a loss then it would probably be a gain. You have done great keep it up. Glad we can all be here for each other.

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LILLIAN64 4/9/2008 11:16AM

    Great going. You're an inspiration. You'll get to goal and I'm certain that you can keep it off. A year is a long time. You're so dedicated.

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BABARACUS 4/9/2008 10:37AM

    Congrats. What an accomplishment! You have inspired me today, thank you, Happy Anniversary and stick with it - You look great!

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SPARKNMOM 4/8/2008 11:06PM

    Awww...Tessa...you're the best too!!!! Yes, 49 pounds is AWESOME. I'll be doing the happy dance for ya when you finally get that elusive 50 pounds - and beyond...Happy Sparkiversary!!

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TELANY 4/8/2008 10:51PM

    Wow, Tessa, congrats on your spark anniversary but most of all your progress. Hehe, do you even remember me? I need to be more consistent on Spark!

I love what you said on your page intro that you "found a sense of self, determination, pride and belief that I can accomplish anything I put my mind to." I am finding the exact same thing and it's so amazing.

Keep up the great work, you've inspired me, and I'm sure many others.

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    Happy Anniversary!

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Coming up on 1 year Spark Anniversary

Saturday, March 15, 2008

So my spark anniv. is April 8th, and i REALLY want to hit the 50 pound mark by then. I'm down to 175.0 today, so I only have 1.2 pounds to go until I'm in the 173's (I crop the decimal, so I consider myself at 173 regardless if its 173.8 or 173.0). That leaves me 24 days to lose 1.2 pounds. I think that is defintely do-able. SO CLOSE I CAN TASTE IT!

I already have plans to go out that night and celebrate! Probably with a big steak lol!

I did another virtual model today and put a bikini on her. I had to laugh because I don't think I look nearly as good as my virtual model. She looks great in a bikini. I imagine that I look like a pumpkin. I just don't see it when I look in the mirror. When will my self image catch up with the actual body size? I know I'm wearing 12's right now, but I think my mind still sees me in 16s. WEIRD!

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LISA32989 3/16/2008 1:51PM

    50 lbs! Wow! How great does that feel?

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JNORMAN1969 3/16/2008 9:53AM

    That is great Tess, 50 pounds in a year is wonderful, keep it up

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 3/15/2008 10:07PM

    Tessa, my self image and the real thing aren't in synch, either. Photographs are more helpful to me than the mirror. I don't know why. Congrats on being so close to your goal. You will make it, girl!


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SPARKNMOM 3/15/2008 10:04PM

    Oh...the virtual model. I did one - not in a bikini, but a skirt. Those were definitely NOT my legs LOL!! I'm considering a bikini this summer...I asked hubby expecting eye popping or something, but instead got a "whatever"...oh, well...whatever : ) How awesome that you'll be at the 50 pound lost mark. That's a great accomplishment...so glad to be able to follow your journey here!!

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Ticker moved (and good fat news)

Sunday, March 02, 2008

So my ticker FINALLY moved 1 pound. Thats only 1lb for the ENTIRE month of February. I definitely started to stray from good eating habits. Too many frankenfoods! Too much Dreamfields. After a week of back to basics, I'm down a pound. So easy to stray into that frankenfood territory, but now that I know about my new love for Blue bunny ice cream, Dreamfields and Atkins bars, I know that I have to restrict myself.

Another nice side effect of this past week was a sudden ability / desire to get back to the gym. I had completely lost all motivation. Got to the gym 4 times this week! I don't think thats ever happened! lol

Also, my shnazzy bathroom scale that measures body fat finally has me below 30% (it says I am 29.7%). Still high, but really happy to be below 30%. I looked on wikipedia- one source says 30%+ is obese, and the other source says 32%+ is obese. The recommended range is 20-24%.

All in all, a great week. Feel like I am back in the groove!

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JNORMAN1969 3/3/2008 8:08AM

    great job Tess, I like the scale that is pretty cool that it measures fat as well.

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SPARKNMOM 3/2/2008 9:22PM

    So glad for your lost pound - it definitely helps motivate. Also...good for you for looking at possible problematic foods and taking action. Now...if I could just find some of that exercise mojo that you've found : )

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    Congrats on your loss, Tessa! Even bigger praise goes to you for working out four days this week. Awesome!


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DEBBEV 3/2/2008 1:07PM

    Only one Pound

Only One Pound!
Hello, do you know me?
If you don't, you should.
I'm a pound of fat,
And I'm the HAPPIEST
pound of fat that you would ever want to meet.
Want to know why?
It's because no one ever wants to lose me;
I'm ONLY ONE POUND, just a pound!
Everyone wants to lose three pounds,
five pounds, or fifteen pounds, but never only one.
So I just stick around and happily keep you fat.
Then I add to myself, ever so slyly,
so that you never seem to notice it.
That is, until I've grown to ten, twenty, thirty or
even more pounds in weight.
Yes, it's fun being ONLY ONE POUND OF FAT,
left to do as I please.
So, when you weigh in keep right on saying,
"Oh, I only lost one pound." (As if that were
such a terrible thing.)
For you see, if you do this,
you'll encourage others to keep me around because
they'll think I'm not worth losing.
And, I love being around you -
your arms, your legs,
your chin, your hips and
every part of you.
Happy Days!!!
After all, I'm

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SHELLSLYN 3/2/2008 11:37AM

    Woohoo, again, Tess!! LOL Another mile stone with lowering the body fat percentage. Great job. Oh yeah...your fat looks great!!

Comment edited on: 3/2/2008 12:34:26 PM

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Weight log

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Based on my August Blog Method, I have made the following preditions:

Sept 1: 192 - (Actual = 193)
Oct 1: 187 - (Actual = 188)
Nov 1: 182 - (Actual = 185)
Dec 1: 180 (Actual = 183)
Jan 1: 176 (Actual = 179)
Feb 1: 175 (Actual = 177)
Mar 1: 173 (Actual - 176)

Time to recalculate! I now seem to be averaging 3 pounds a month...

New Predictions:
Apr 1: 173 (this would put me at 50 pounds on my one year SP anniversary!)
May 1: 170
June 1: 167
July 1: 164
August 1: 161
September : Goal weight or below.

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 1/28/2008 12:19PM

    Tessa, your weight loss is inspiring. I'll be back to low-carbing starting tomorrow. I had to fall off the wagon due to budgets; higher carb staples from the pantry had to be eaten, but payday is here so I'm back! I'm going to look at your trackers to see what you are doing and what I'm not. Thanks for sharing. It really helps me when I struggle. ...Pam

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SPARKNMOM 1/27/2008 9:16PM

    I love how you lay it out like this. You're weight loss so far is WONDERFUL!!! How exciting will it be to be under 160 for summer!! You can do it : )

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Back home and under the weather

Saturday, January 19, 2008

I'm finally home (after 2 weeks away on business and vacation), and I have tummy issues. Making myself some chicken soup.... with my shiratake noodles! :-) So good to be able to COOK for MYSELF!!!

Weighed in this morning, and I'm up a pound. Haven't updated my ticker in the hopes that its just water and TOM. I can't complain though!! 2 weeks of no tracking and travelling was a big challenge and I feel like I know how to live my life / follow my WOE indefinitely. Yes I had a few drinks and desserts while travelling, but in general I was able to eat low carb the whole time! What a confidence booster to know that I can do this, long term, without tracking, without SP (not that I want to ever leave SP!!!), and NOT go completely off the diet / gain tons. WooHoo :-))

and my SP bumper sticker came ! lol

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LISA32989 1/20/2008 2:20PM

    Glad you're back! A 1 lb change can just be a normal fluctuation so in my mind you MAINTAINED on vacation. Good for you!

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JNORMAN1969 1/20/2008 10:26AM

    Glad to have you back, and you have definetly made this your way of life, considering you have been gone for 2 weeks, and only gained a pound, give yourself a pat on the back you deserve it.

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OHANAMAMA 1/19/2008 10:59PM

    Wow, Tessa, that's great! You did it! Just one pound is amazing. I can gain that just thinking about a vacation... we'll see how that goes some spring break when we go camping the week before Easter... I hope I do as well as you. I know you had a great time. I'm sorry you got a little sick, but I hope you're doing much better now. I know that soup will help. Welcome home :) ~Renee'

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SPARKNMOM 1/19/2008 9:39PM

    Super job, Tessa. And glad you're back : )

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    Only one pound?! I'd definitely say that you have a new lifestyle. Congrats, Tessa. ...Pam

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