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Mom & Daughters Lose 165 Pounds

Friday, May 09, 2008

A Mother's Day Success Story
At SparkPeople, we've seen countless success stories come from our Community of amazing members. One theme that is present in many of our favorite stories is members are not only improving their own health, but the health of the people around them too. This perspective is one of many ways that SparkPeople is different from traditional weight loss programs that are often isolating and difficult to stick with. Just in time for Mother's Day, we wanted to share the story of three SparkPeople members--a mom and her two daughters--who worked together to lose over 165 pounds combined.

It Starts With One
When Vivian Bedoya (BEMORESTUBBORN) decided to lose weight in June 2004 to prepare for her eldest daughter's upcoming wedding, she knew it wouldn't be easy. She had spent years as a busy wife and mother of two, but didn't make time for exercise and had never tried to eat healthy. Fortunately for Vivian, the same stubbornness that enabled her to maintain her unhealthy habits all those years also gave her the strength to stick with to her new program.

That summer, Vivian began to exercise regularly and pay close attention to what she was eating, but she kept her goals to herself. Even without significant weight loss to start, Vivian remembers seeing early results. "Once I began making progress," she said, "I was pleased to discover that my health issues were alleviated. As a bonus, I discovered that I love running - something I NEVER dreamed I would enjoy." At five feet tall, Vivian was able to transform her self-proclaimed "rotund" body (starting at over 150 pounds) to a svelte 108 pounds by her daughter's wedding day in October 2005.

Like Mother, Like Daughter
But this story does not end with the fabulous mother of the bride. A few months after Vivian began her journey, she debated with herself on how to help her youngest daughter, Lisette (LISETTE44), take control of her health and weight as well. Lisette was Vivian's "mini-me." The duo had been partners-in-crime for many nights of take-out and desserts. Although Vivian knew her daughter was unhappy about being overweight, she was still reluctant to interfere with her daughter's choices. After one of the most difficult conversations the two had ever had, Vivian and Lisette agreed that after Lisette graduated from college, she would start taking control of her health.

In May 2005, with the help and inspiration of her mother, Lisette began her own weight loss journey. Through consistent exercise and portion control, she has lost an amazing 75 pounds over the last three years.

Spreading the Spark
Inspired by the amazing lifestyle change her mom and sister experienced, Vivian's eldest daughter Jessica (JYBEDOYA) reached out over email for advice from her mom. Eager to see her daughter achieve the same life-changing results, Vivian responded almost immediately with, as Jessica describes, "wonderful advice, a workout schedule, and of course,"

In the year and a half since that fateful email, Jessica says that she "took advantage of just about every feature that SparkPeople has to offer." This dedication coupled with the support and motivation from her mom and sister, enabled her to reach her goal and lose over 45 pounds.

Reflecting On Their Changes
Listen to what each of these remarkable women has to say now.
"As glad as I am about my success, it is the success of my daughters that makes me happiest. That I motivated them through my example is wonderful; that they took that example and through their actions, commitment and discipline created their own success - that is a priceless legacy!”- Vivian

"Unlike the old days, when the family task was deciding which Uno's deep dish toppings we wanted, talk around the family dinner table is now geared towards the run one of us went on or what new exercise someone is doing. Keeping up is motivation in itself!" - Lisette“

"Nothing on a plate tastes as sweet as being healthy. Nothing is worth the feeling I have when I look in the mirror and love the reflection of the new me and I'm sure we all feel that way."- Jessica

Have a Happy and Healthy Mother's Day from everyone here at SparkPeople!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
JANETWO 11/1/2009 5:32PM

  I am so proud of Vivian and her commitment to helping her family get healthy and fit. I recently saw Vivian's before and after photos in our community newsletter. Her success with this program is the inspiration I needed to get myself started.

Thank you Vivian, you are going to see a new me.


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GINGER67 7/30/2008 9:49AM

    Awesome that great.... emoticon

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LROD1999 5/30/2008 1:57PM

    Such a great motivational story...and you can totally feel this family's love for each!

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RENEEHUMP 5/21/2008 8:20PM

    This blog is such an encouragement. Thank you for sharing your story and I wish the three of you the best life has to offer!

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ANITABOS 5/21/2008 1:48PM

  This is wonderful and motivational. Congratulations to all three. It shows how simple changes coupled with stubborness or committment can help. I am 5'6" 257 pounds. I started Sparks in January 2008 at 264 so it's a slow, long process for me. However I find when I exercise consistently I have better successes - I may never take up or like running but can definitely do walking. Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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BSHOWELL 5/14/2008 10:37AM

    Congrats on these great achievements!

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LINBUTLER 5/14/2008 8:59AM

    Great achievement for all three. You should be proud of yourselves. Congratulations!

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DJINNI 5/13/2008 11:21AM

  I love this story. My 13 year old daughter suffers from body image issues, and will not even wear shorts because she hates her legs. She did sign up on the teen page, but I am having a hard time getting her plugged into the community. I am a newbie here and hope that by being involved I can get her excited to start building her up to be more confident and strong. I am going to share this story with her.

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MOMOFTIM 5/12/2008 9:46PM

  I think I will share this with my mother. Thanks for the inspiration. emoticon

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NORWALK 5/12/2008 2:36PM

    I am very happy about your success keep up the good work. I know how hard it is to do it by yourself and that's why this time I am doing it with my sister age 30, my niece age 10 and my nephew age 11 we give each other support. I AM PROUD THAT ALL THREE OF YOU DID IT, KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.
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ITHINKICAN4 5/12/2008 1:51PM

  emoticon on your success. This was so inspiring to me. Keep up the good work. emoticon

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CHIPPIE1996 5/12/2008 8:46AM

    I love how one beautiful event helped to turn your heath around! What an inspiring story. It goes to show that it is not always about the bride but those who love the bride. What a great story. emoticon

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CHANTELMARIE 5/12/2008 8:44AM

  Great inspirational story ! Keep up the good work. God Bless

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LWLAR7 5/12/2008 3:47AM

  emoticon emoticon emoticon Way to go

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PINKY68 5/12/2008 12:08AM

    Great Story, very motivating... emoticon emoticon

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KIMMAX2 5/11/2008 11:55PM

  This article was very inspiring. Keep up the good work. Like you say nothing tastes as good as thin feels when you look in the mirror and see a healthy reflection staring back at you. Today I was down having dinner with Family for Mothers Day and was looking at pictures taken a year ago. I have since lost 54 lbs. Needless to say i was really happy that the reflection I see in the mirror now is much different and a lot healthier. emoticon

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SHIRLANDCLIF 5/11/2008 11:48PM

    Inspiration was all around you. How wonderful,to have the girls share in your great journey!! My youngest daughter sent me a e-mail almost a year ago, for me to look at spark. I slowly started on Spark, and now I have lost 20 lbs. over this year. My two daughters are both on Spark, and we love talking and giving new ideals to each other. We all love Spark, and we are all doing great on eating healthy. My two daughters have inspired me, and during my hard times, they kept me going!! emoticon

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CIN1971 5/11/2008 11:41PM

    This article gives me hope! Luckily, my daughter hasn't developed any of my bad eating habits and she stays slim because she runs non-stop. Both of my boys are skinny from sports and the general hyperness of boys. And they all seem to have their dad's metabolism. But I'm lucky to have their support as I make this change.

Great article!


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FABGRAMMA 5/11/2008 10:58PM

    Way to go mom and daughters, I to am trying to get my daughter to change her and her children's lifestyle eating habits, it's a long journey but one to not give up on emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ARADAMS 5/11/2008 10:13PM

  Way to go! My mom and sister are taking water aerobics and watching their food and have lost 45 pounds together. I'm really proud of them and want to follow their example - but I'm trying to finish off some really big things - graduating from grad school and hosting a conference this summer . . . I like that the younger daughter waited until she had a fresh start in life to embrace her change - that makes sense to me.

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    WOW, very inspiring. a wonderful Mother's Day. My daughter doesn't have a weight problem she works out all the time, and she encourages me to stick with all the time. Every time she come home we workout together. emoticon

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JG_TANCCAZ 5/11/2008 9:39PM

    Very inspiring. Thank you.

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MOJO4635 5/11/2008 9:13PM

  How Inspiring, My daughter is trying to lose weight for her wedding and doing better than her Dear MOM. This inspires me to keep trying. I am not much of a one for exercising or eating right either, and I only have until June 14th- Jamaica her I come :O) MJ emoticon emoticon

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MAMA23BEANS 5/11/2008 9:09PM

    Yes, yes, yes!!!! You are all amazing!!!

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MEGLIZZY 5/11/2008 8:43PM

    Nice way to go girls and hope you both had a wonderful mothers day

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KYOUNGMAINE 5/11/2008 8:26PM

    This is a wonderful praise report! Happy Mothers Day! emoticon

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PMELLOTT 5/11/2008 7:07PM

    definitely an inspirational story!!! thanks for your kind words, and congratulations!! emoticon

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PEPCEA 5/11/2008 6:40PM

    Wow, you all look fabulous! Congratulations!


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JUNEGIRL2 5/11/2008 6:36PM

    What a wonderful story. Just another way the bond between Mother and daughters have proven to be strong.

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BELIEVE101 5/11/2008 5:02PM

    Wow - thanks for the added boost! Just what I needed on this Mother's Day.
Have a Wonderful Mother's Day! emoticon

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AUNTDOIRTY 5/11/2008 4:58PM

    What a great gift to give each other. WTG. And thanks for the words of inspiration emoticon

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NORPRINT 5/11/2008 4:57PM

    Happy Mothers day!

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WATASH43 5/11/2008 4:39PM

    way to go ladies, emoticon keep up the good work.

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NATURALSTYLE 5/11/2008 4:27PM

    Good Job Ladies, thank you for the inspiration emoticon

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ALREADYTHERE1 5/11/2008 3:59PM

  emoticon ...I joined Spark hopes that I can achieve what you three have....congrats!!!! emoticon

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NELIDA38 5/11/2008 3:55PM

    What a wonderful story! Congratulations.

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HEADRICK 5/11/2008 3:54PM

    You all look lovely. God bless you on this Mother's Day.


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ALISAWUVSTIM 5/11/2008 3:47PM

    Congrats!! Yall are awesome....:)

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BHLOVESTHIN 5/11/2008 2:38PM

    Wow, that's beyond incredible. I have managed to let my sister who lives on LI know about Spark and she joined and is doing better than I am. Maybe if she lived here I would be doing better like you all did. Thanks for the inspirational message--I won't give up!!!

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MAMABAHAMA 5/11/2008 2:27PM

    How awesomely inspiring you all are. This mothers day, you have given your family the wonderful gift of great health. This is one of the greatest gifts of all. I am so inspired, I will be going on a 10000 step walk in your honor today. Thanks for the inspiration, its got me moving again.

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NEPTUNE42 5/11/2008 1:18PM

    Great work ladies!

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NEPTUNE42 5/11/2008 1:18PM

    Great work ladies!

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LOTUS08 5/11/2008 1:17PM

  Congratulations! What an inspiration your story is! emoticon
Keep up the good work...

Happy Mother's Day!

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JADECAN 5/11/2008 12:55PM

  congratulations, this is so great. Hope I can use this to get motivated again

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MEMILLER1 5/11/2008 12:48PM

  You guys are awesome and so inspiring! My two daughters and I are on a similar journey. Congratulations and well done. emoticon

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MSLADYBUG46 5/11/2008 11:47AM

    What a swesome story. I hope I can do even half of what she has done, and also help my daughter in the process. emoticon

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TEACHTLC 5/11/2008 11:41AM

    What a great story! Thank you for sharing with everyone. My story is the exact opposite. I have inspired my mom to make healthy changes in her life. She has seen me get to the weight I was when I went away to college--14 years ago! It is possible with support of those who love us. Keep up the great work!

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