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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:
ERNAWIMMER 5/11/2008 11:12AM

  you certainly showed love & caring for your family!! you all look great!! YOU HAVE A GREAT MOM INDEED & LET HER CELEBRATE MOTHER'S DAY IN STYLE WITH LOVING THANKFUL HUG'S ,DINNER,GIFT'S & KISSES!! "C O G R A T U L A T I O N TO A L L O F Y O U !!

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ISAWAPUTTYTAT 5/11/2008 10:48AM

    A wonderful inspiring story this has helped me i have low self esteem this week this picks it up thanks for the story.

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MODUPSIE 5/11/2008 10:34AM

    This story is so inspiring. Actaully lifted my spirits as I hae been low lately. Wonderful mother's day pep up story.

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KATHY4869 5/11/2008 10:25AM

    What a inspirational and motivational story! All I can say is congratulations to you and your daughters,

Have a fantastic Mother's Day!

Take care, hugs, Kathy

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BOSSMOM63 5/11/2008 9:54AM

    Very inspiring....I have 2 sons who are not weight problems and a skinny husband...but I am trying to share my struggles and successes with them. I'm so glad for the three of youto have found new life in yourselves.
Congratulations on the best gifts you could give each, support, and health.

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MONIQUITA 5/11/2008 9:31AM

    Thank you for sharing.Thanks for the inspiration to keep going.
Happy motherr's day!

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DUCKIE1960 5/11/2008 9:21AM

  Happy Mothers day, what a wonderful story, I have just found spark people and I love it! I also have a daughter who needs to make some health changes and this story have given me hope that as spark helps me I can help my daughter emoticon

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    I am working on inspiring one daughter. My eldest daughter has inspired me. She is working on losing baby weight gained with Marley.

Both work in retail, and find it hard to get all that is necessary in time for themselves. I know the work ethic is strong in our family, as we all work overtime.

Like daughter, like mother is our motto!

So, off to the gm!

Linda emoticon

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SWEETCRYSTAL200 5/11/2008 7:49AM

    This is truly inspiring!! Congrats to you all and Happy Mothers day!!

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NM_JAN 5/11/2008 7:45AM

    What a fabulous Mother's Day success story!

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BUTTERFLY262 5/11/2008 1:14AM

    Love your story, Happy mothers day!

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CHARCAR1 5/10/2008 11:59PM

  Congratulations on an awesome job! Happy Mother's Day

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    That is incredible! It's all in your family support system. My mother-in-law actually turned me onto SparkPeople, and I in-turn turned my mom onto it. Together we've lost about 65 pounds so far. Happy Mothers Day all!

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CATMORAN 5/10/2008 11:45PM

    Happy Mother's Day!

what a story.

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DCMUM61 5/10/2008 11:18PM

    Awesome, very inspiring! Congratulations!

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GABELA 5/10/2008 11:07PM

  Beautiful success story! Love reading it. Job well done.

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KIMBERLY50 5/10/2008 11:05PM

  I am just starting with spark people and this is a great personal story ! I am getting more encouraged by the minute. Than you to all

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KRISTIEESKEW 5/10/2008 10:29PM

    Very Inspiring Story, It is awesome what you three have done for each other. Keep up the good work.

Happy Mother's Day

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GECKO140 5/10/2008 10:29PM

    Great story of success, and a perfect one for Mother's Day. Congratulations to the 3 of you. I do find that spreading the Spark comes easy. It is such a great place and something we do want to share.

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JIBBIE49 5/10/2008 8:49PM

    Happy MOTHER'S DAY! emoticon

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ANNAGM1 5/10/2008 8:27PM

    This is impressive! I am truly inspired. You girls are truly a great team. Anna emoticon

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GOANNA2 5/10/2008 8:09PM

    Thank you for the wonderful story and happy Mother's Day and I'm so happy to have joined the Spark teams. emoticon

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DAVENPLK 5/10/2008 8:02PM

    You are another great example of why Spark is so great!!!

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SASSY_QUEEN 5/10/2008 7:13PM

    Well I think I have just been Sparked! Thanks for sharing!

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THINSIN2010 5/10/2008 6:57PM

    Since the day I started with SparkPeople, these three women have inspired me. Vivian is even on my inspirational collage. I often refer to them when I need a lift. They are really motivational to a lot of people. Truly their 15 minutes of fame will have a lasting effect on many. That's WONDERFUL! I just think it's so cool that they can go through life knowing that they have helped people that they will probably never meet. That has to give them a warm feeling inside. They all should be proud!

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DUBP228 5/10/2008 6:04PM

    Great story!!!! Congratulations

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SPIRITUALONE 5/10/2008 5:50PM

  Wonderful! Lots of motivation here.

LOSINIT50, I too find many sites are for Americans only including the ads for coupons and freebies. I do like your attitude.

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MAGIC10FINGERS 5/10/2008 5:42PM

    Very inspirational story, congrats to all 3 of U. emoticon Thanks for sharing your story.

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MIKEBESURFING 5/10/2008 5:25PM

    Congrats :):):) emoticon

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LOSELOADS 5/10/2008 5:17PM

    Congratulations!!!!!! Absolutely awesome and so inspirational for me. Thank you.

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MONNADAE 5/10/2008 5:02PM

    What an inspiring story .I too, have enlisted my daughter ,daughter in law and sister on a weight loss journey. We have just discovered SP so I'm sure we'll do a lot better now .My daughter in law the has done the better of all 4 of us with a loss of over 50 lbs. We are really looking forward now to reaching our goals with SP. It is so much easier when you can see the calories you eat thru the day. No wonder I weigh what I weigh!!!!! emoticon

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KAMBER_3680 5/10/2008 4:45PM

    what a great story,,you have motivated me to try to help my own Daughter, I have lost 30 lbs with sp and I still have more to lose but now I will try even harder so she sees the results of my work,,thanks for for the inspiration, you girls are TERRIFIC!!!

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JOANNAGLOWS 5/10/2008 4:35PM

    Congratulations to all parents we must never underestimate the power of the choices we make in the lives of our children. Way to go!! emoticon emoticon

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ROBYNEGG 5/10/2008 4:24PM

    That is an awesome story, congratulations!!!

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PEDERSENLL 5/10/2008 4:01PM

  Congratulations! What an inspiring story of people promoting each other's success...It proves that anything can be done, especially when you surround yourself with a support group!

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RAGGEDY729 5/10/2008 4:00PM

    This is a great inspiring story, thank you for sharing. Happy Mother's day!!

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    This is wonderful a team of three means each can give the other support as well as encouragement.

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ROZOZ68 5/10/2008 3:51PM

    You are all now a picture of health!!


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JOANJELEE 5/10/2008 3:48PM

    That is Awsome....... emoticon
Happy Mother's Day.

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NITABEAN82 5/10/2008 3:33PM

    That is so emoticon !!!

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ANNARUTH2 5/10/2008 3:15PM

    Great Story! You gals are looking good! emoticon

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    Congrats and Happy Mother's Day

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    Awesome story... Congrats to the family and Happy Mother's Day!!!

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G-G-MA 5/10/2008 1:43PM

    What a wonderful heart-warming story! 3 of my daughters and I have just begun this journey together. This gives me incentive to continue. Thanks.

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PATRICIAAK 5/10/2008 1:35PM

    Congrats to all 3.

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JOYLIV 5/10/2008 1:27PM

    I love this story!

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ROSE90909 5/10/2008 12:57PM


Happy Mother's day!


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ELLAMENNO 5/10/2008 12:41PM

    Great story! Thanks for sharing it with us.

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JARVISTN 5/10/2008 11:38AM

    Oh wonderful for the three of you...I wish I could inspire/motivate my mom to lose weight....she tries diets, WW, Jenny Craig, Physicians Weight Loss (years ago), LA Weight Loss, I think the last one was 6-week makeover, all of these have worked for her, but she is an emotional eater, and after just a few weeks, she goes back to eating, she has a number of health related issues now and the scale keeps climbing...the only thing I know to do is keep praying for her and show her by my own weight loss that it can be is a struggle for me, but I will do it!!!!!..............

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WOODLANDMYST 5/10/2008 11:19AM

    Congratulations! My daughter and I are in the process of writing our own success story ~ Cyndy

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