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5 Year Spark-iversary !PICS!

Saturday, October 18, 2014



Just wanted to pop in and say "Hi"!!!! I hit my 5 year anniversary of my time on SparkPeople last month. I wanted to post a blog back then, but .... well, you know. Life happens! I posted a before picture on Facebook celebrating my 5 years and soaked up all of the positive comments I received as several people were not familiar with my past.

Things, health wise are going great for me. I had a cancer scare last month, but everything appears to be fine for now. Praise God!

Early this summer I was able to finally lose those last 10 lbs I have struggled with for the past 4 years and feel like I am finally at a "goal" weight/size. I am maintaining right around 130#s, +/- 2#s. I am happy with my body, despite the loose skin. I only have one size of clothing! This is a BIG thing for me because the past 4 years I would always keep the next size or two up "just in case" I regained any weight. That is no longer an option for me!!!!! I am not going to regain the weight..... No way!

CrossFit is still my life! I get emotional just thinking how joining my gym has changed me. I feel so fit and strong and healthy--- in my 40's!!!! I met a long term goal of being able to do pull ups! It took me 2 years (when I first started CrossFit, I could only hang onto the bar for a few seconds!), and the sense of accomplishment I feel is priceless. I still have many other goals I am working towards. My husband is also a fanatic and he and I have grown so much closer sharing this passion. (I realize that may sound silly) We are almost empty nesters and it feels great to strengthen our bond as we enter this new phase of life.

Here are a couple of pics of all of the fun I have:




I also must mention how blessed I was to discover SparkPeople 5 years ago. I could NOT have done this without the incredible, amazing support I received here!!! I struggled for 13 years before the light bulb turned on and I was able to succeed! It was SO SO SO hard. But having this website to use as an outlet and as a source of feedback helped me so much. It was the first time I was able to openly and freely communicate with others who TRULY understand the struggle.



I hardly recognize her any more but I will never forget because that is what drives me today.

  
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EFKLUTZ 11/11/2014 10:47AM

    Great to hear from you...I had noticed you were offline for a little while. It happens to me too. You have made great progress! I know those last 10 lbs are hard to lose...l'm still working on my last 10. Keep up the great work and I look forward to hearing your updates. Take Care.

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FITCOFFEEMOM357 10/21/2014 9:56AM

    Helen, you have been one of my biggest inspirations from day one. You have come so far and acheived so much. To read it took you four years to reach goal makes me feel so much better. I have been sitting and slowly moving down and backmup and back down and up again for two years. Like you keeping a pair of one size bigger jeans for my TOM or the weeks I am just too big for my normal jeans.

Thank you for keep on keeping on you are an example of how I want to feel in my 40's.

God bless you and WOOHOO!!!!!!

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FRECKS96 10/20/2014 9:17AM

    Great Job Helen!! It's so great to see you still going strong! Congrats on ALL of your accomplishments and happy Sparkiversary!

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KANSASROSE67 10/20/2014 9:16AM

    I am SO PROUD of you! You look awesome and are such a success story. We've been Spark Friends through a lot of ups and downs (literally!) and it's wonderful to get to the place where it all comes together and you look and feel your best.

I miss you on Spark but I'm so happy you have found your sweet spot. Keep up the great work!

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BANANNA38 10/19/2014 1:50PM

    Super inspiring!!!! Way to go!

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WORTHEYMOM 10/19/2014 12:45PM

    goosebumps!! I love it! Keep up the superb work woman!!

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LORI-K 10/19/2014 10:03AM

    I missed this on Facebook! YAY!!! Happy Sparkversary!! (My 5 year was last month!). You look fabulous, Helen! Congratulations!

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SUNSET09 10/19/2014 1:24AM

  You look great and your determination has paid off, no matter how long it takes. What a great accomplishment and even so that you and your DH are sharing this passion together. It doesn't get any better than that! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon and emoticon

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TEEPHOTO 10/18/2014 11:59PM

    emoticon That is awesome. What a positive change you have made in your life. I really want to try crossfit but I am afraid that I am too fat and out of shape at the moment being over 200 lbs. I don't want to be the only person in the gym who cant do the moves. Every time I pass one of the gyms I look over and see only skiny people so I keep moving along on my way. LOL

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SKFEREBEE 10/18/2014 11:32PM

    Way to go, Helen!

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Anyone wanna be Facebook friends?

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Hey SparkFriends! I am finding I am having less and less time to spend on SparkPeople and I guess I may be outgrowing it a little bit???? I don't know.... But anyways, I find most of my extra time that I have to spend on the computer is spent on Facebook. I have it on my phone and it is easy to check when I am waiting in line at the store or in the Dr's office, etc....

I use it a lot for motivation for fitness and nutrition. I have a lot of my gym-mates on there and we all share our trials and accomplishments. I LOVE reading about and seeing others working out, running races, losing weight, cooking healthy dinners etc... It really motivates me! I also enjoy seeing what others are up to.... And of course I use FB to brag about my kiddos. :) I don't flood it though with excessive posts (at least I don't think I do, LOL).

SparkPeople has been great too.... but Facebook seems more convenient. I will still be around SparkPeople... I'm just not on as much as I used to be.

Anyways, feel free to send me a friend request!

Helen Farson--- my profile pic is one of me and my hubby in our swimsuits (the same one in my last blog). And maybe mention you are from SparkPeople????

  
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FRECKS96 10/20/2014 9:19AM

    I just sent you a friend request!

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TKAYSMILES 6/24/2014 4:17PM

    I would love to be friends...but warning I can be obnoxious. Yep when I am bored at work I post a lot. I have a mixture of fitness stuff, politics, and just life stuff. I'm always up for new friends though!!

My name is Terri Martin in Texas. RIght now my profile pic is me hanging on a bar!!

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LORI-K 6/22/2014 8:52AM

    I'll send a request !

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WORTHEYMOM 6/21/2014 3:57PM

    me me me!! LOL - I totally hear ya - I try to hop on SP while I'm at work and check in. But getting busier and busier these days. somehow I always find time for FB though LOL. Sent you a friend request! =)

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KANSASROSE67 6/21/2014 1:58PM

    I have been spending less time on Spark, too. I do check Facebook every day but my group of friends, sadly, don't post about health and fitness so I don't either. I'm glad you've got a group of people around you who are supportive of a healthy lifestyle.

Since you were my very first Spark Friend, and I so appreciated you reaching out to me, I would love to be Facebook friends, too. I'll send you a request. It will be fun to see what you and your family are up to!

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My amazing husband! (pic)

Sunday, June 15, 2014



I could not do this without my husband. I am realizing more and more what a blessing it is to have a husband, life partner, who is willing to make this lifestyle change with me. I hear all to often from friends, acquaintances, co-workers that they "can't" lose weight or change their lifestyle because their spouse is not on board.

He is the one who got me into CrossFit, even though I REALLY did not want to in the beginning. What an amazing thing it has done for both of us! He is 46 yrs old and I think he looks amazing! His body has really changed and I LOVE it! I LOVE that we have this passion in common. It has really brought us closer together. We watch CrossFit videos on YouTube all of the time, LOL! We work with each other on form and technique.

When I decided I wanted to start gravitating towards a Paleo diet, he was totally on board. He doesn't need bread or anything high in carbs. He is not as strict as I am, but he totally respects it when I make dinner and there is no bread, rice, pasta as a side. He is good with the meat and veggies.

As my kids get older (almost 16 and 18 yrs old now) and are out living their own lives and becoming independent... getting girlfriends, getting jobs, etc.... I am so blessed to be married to someone I LIKE being around. In the picture, he and I bought season passes just for us to the local waterpark. We offered it to the kids, but they said they didn't want to come. Fine with us! LOL!

I have still put my scale up and am waiting for July 1st to roll around. My clothes are feeling bigger and my stomach is looking better. And I am feeling pretty awesome. So no matter what the scale says on July 1st, I will still feel pretty victorious.

  
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FITCOFFEEMOM357 10/21/2014 9:59AM

    You two look AMAZING!!!!

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JO88BAKO 6/17/2014 11:50PM

    Awesome

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TKAYSMILES 6/17/2014 3:20PM

    It really does help to have a supportive partner who is in the journey with you!! You all look GREAT!!! Keep up the awesome work!!

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KANSASROSE67 6/16/2014 9:53PM

    What a blessing to share your health and fitness goals with your husband. I keep hoping that will happen for us. We have a lot of interests in common but so far that is not one of them!

You both look great! And you're right about spending time together as the kids get older. It can be a lot of fun!

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WORTHEYMOM 6/15/2014 8:36PM

    love this! You guys look great! Have the same goals and common interests are the best!

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HOLLYM48 6/15/2014 8:52AM

    Congrats to you and your hubby! You both look awesome in this pic! It is the best thing in the world to be married to your best friend for life! I am glad you have cross fit in common and you are able to spend time together doing the things you love!

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BERGBA7 6/15/2014 8:51AM

    Great that you are on the same page! This makes it a lot easier! You both look good and if you feel better then the scale should not be a problem!
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Me??? "Small"????

Thursday, June 05, 2014

So it's happened twice this past week. I was referred to as "small".

At CrossFit when we were doing box jumps one of the screws popped out, but it looked like I jumped on it too hard and "broke it". When I showed it to the trainer, I apologized and was told "you're too small to have done that".

Then at the Dr's office today I was in the exam room waiting for the nurse to bring back my prescription. I heard her talking to the Dr about the dosage and he said "she's pretty small, so let's go light".

Those two comments just tickled me! I'm getting used to not being overweight, but being called "small" is not something I am used to!

  
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JOYFULMOMTO5 6/13/2014 4:43PM

    love it! Must be an AWESOME feeling! :) Glad all your hard work is being noticed!

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TKAYSMILES 6/12/2014 4:17PM

    woo hoo!! How much fun is that!!

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EFKLUTZ 6/6/2014 10:46AM

    I love it! I know how you feel....though I haven't been referred to as small, I've had people comment on how strong or fit or I look or how nice my arms look. A friend at work calls me "muscles" and it just makes me wonder and think about how I look to other people....then I also think "wow, I wonder how I looked like to them when I was 30lbs heavier, yikes!" Use those comments to fuel your motivation. Remember them at those times when you feel yucky (usually around that time of the month). Keep up the good work.

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WORTHEYMOM 6/6/2014 9:26AM

    very awesome! hehe - love those giggles!

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KANSASROSE67 6/5/2014 11:46PM

    emoticon I would say, small but mighty!

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SPERRIN2012 6/5/2014 9:53PM

    Cool, I too wouldn't mind getting smaller.

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A week feels like forever!

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Ever feel this way? Today will mark one full week where I have been on track. Last week at this time, my weight was up to 142- a high for me, clothes felt tight, I was bloated, not eating right, feeling fat, feeling ugly, etc....

I got frustrated and put my scale up so I could just concentrate and focus on my eating habits. This week has gone amazingly well. I have done 2 a day workouts, I have tracked my food and nailed my nutrition and I am feeling better.

But right now I have to train my mind to remember that it has ONLY been a week. I should NOT expect to be down a pant size or down 10 lbs on the scale or for my belly fat to have disappeared. It has ONLY BEEN A WEEK! It takes longer than that to see significant changes. I know this.... but the childish side of me wants it NOW!

The scale is put up and my next weigh in will be July 1st. We are not planning any vacations this month nor are they any celebrations, so I know I can stick to it. I've got a week under my belt, I got this! My goal for July 1st is 134lbs!

Happy June everyone!

  
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TKAYSMILES 6/12/2014 4:18PM

    I check the scale more then I should but can really tell just by paying attention to my body where I am at. The whole ring twirl thing is a big indicator if I am gaining or not. Good luck on your goals!! You can do it!!

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HOLLYM48 6/1/2014 10:06AM

    Best of luck to you! Hang in there. Each week will get easier and you are already a pro at this! You are doing awesome!

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