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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:
READY4MO 5/10/2008 11:12AM

    Love it! Great story!

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ZSAZSAJANNY 5/10/2008 11:10AM

    Thank you for your story. Oh, and thank you for NOT keeping it 'in the family' but for sharing it with us, too!

You are an inspiration for many other families across the continent! emoticon You can wear your crown proudly, Mom!!

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AFERRARI 5/10/2008 11:01AM

    wow what a great story. Congratulations and Happy Mothers day to you as well.

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033109 5/10/2008 11:00AM

  congratulations, you are inspiration to others emoticon

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NO-PAIN-NO-GAIN 5/10/2008 10:52AM

    Your story not only gave me chills, it brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for being such a great role model to your daughters. My sister and my mom are both losing weight by methods I don't recommend as an Exercise Specialist. Restrictive and fad diets only lead to frustration in the long run but boy did you do it right. I hope that I can be that kind of example to my own family. Thank you so much for sharing! emoticon

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DSDONEBTFG 5/10/2008 10:47AM

    Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful story with us. I'm so proud of all three of you.

Happy Mothers Day!!

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JOYSTER912 5/10/2008 10:28AM

    Congratulations to all of you!
Happy Mother's Day, Vivian!
I was able to get my mom into eating healthy :) With my dad's recently diagnosed severe hypertension by his doctor, I really talked to my mom (since she's mostly the cook in the house) to change their eating habits especially their sodium intake. I bought them a book, a weighing scale, and some measuring cups and spoons and shipped it to them since I lived so far away. So far, they are making progress.
Thanks for your help. emoticon emoticon

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FEFIFO 5/10/2008 10:23AM

    One of my goals was to be an example for my daughters who also have some weight to lose. Good for her that she knew she had to change her life style if she wanted her daughters to make some changes. Congratulations!!!!!! emoticon

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NEWMEINMAD 5/10/2008 10:11AM

    What I like most about this story is that each one of the people joined SP when THEY were ready. It might have taken time, but eventually all of them came to the realization that THEY wanted to have a healthier lifestyle. No high pressure from the one who had already done it. . .

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CAROLJ35 5/10/2008 10:01AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon What more can I add!!! Congratulations to all of you!!! You are a true inspiration to all of us!!!

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SISBECKI 5/10/2008 10:00AM

    Amazing! How I wish my Mom could use SP. She doesn't have Internet access and she and I live on opposite coastlines of USA. I want her to be healthier so someday when we have the $$ I can visit her and bring my granddaughter (her great granddaughter), whom she's not yet met. Happy Mother's Day everyone!

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GIRLTHING 5/10/2008 9:58AM

  This is so beautiful!

I think I need to go have a heart to heart with my Mini Me :-) Thanks for such a great story. I have chills.


Happy Mother's day!!

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BETTA13 5/10/2008 9:55AM

    Thank you for sharing this very inspirational story. Being stubborn can be used for positive results too, yippee. Who is more stubborn, you or your nemesis (whatever food is your weakness?)
I want to lead my 5 children by example too. Right now they are all skinny (like I was once) but they are seeing that wrong lifestyle choices changed my body and it will theirs too if they choose the same path. As I shrink, they notice, and ask questions more. My hope is that they will start their adulthood with the right tools to stay healthy and I hope I am leading by example.
Thanks Sparkpeople!

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KRAUTIE 5/10/2008 9:42AM

  A real inspiration!
Happy Mother's Day to one and all... emoticon

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CHARMS113 5/10/2008 9:40AM

  I enjoyed your story very much. It is truly inspirational. Thank you for sharing.

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BELTONWALKER67 5/10/2008 9:35AM

    This is a wonderful story and such an inspiration. Happy Mother's Day!

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BUGMAMA42 5/10/2008 9:31AM

    Happy Mother's Day to the three of you! This is a wonderful story! Thank you for sharing your success with all of us.
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P.S. My mom is on SP too!

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SWIFTJRMOMMA 5/10/2008 9:12AM


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MYRA34 5/10/2008 9:12AM

    Congrats-- great story!!

My mom and I also recently joined SP. She's been here about 3 weeks and I've been here about 5. So far the two of us have lost 15 pounds total. It's fun to be here together and support each other's progress

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FABIO1 5/10/2008 8:55AM

    Wow talk about inspiration!!!!!!

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VEGEBET 5/10/2008 8:30AM

    Great story! I like that you included the length of time the changes took to happen. Sometimes I get impatient and it helps to see that others have worked hard over a long time to achieve success.

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VHASKEW36 5/10/2008 8:22AM

    Congratulations. Me and my 2 girls and granddaughter are all working to lose weight. Wish we could join in and say we've lost what you have. We've all just sarted working serious on it (together that is). Keep it moving. God bless, Happy Mothers Day, Ginny

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MANDYLOU1006 5/10/2008 8:19AM

    This is very inspiring. Congratulations!!

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TESSA_NJ 5/10/2008 8:07AM

    Happy Mothers Day! THanks for sharing a wonderful motivatinal story!

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BEAUTIFUL_LIFE 5/10/2008 7:55AM

    Wonderful job. Thanks ladies!!!


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TWINKISSES4ME 5/10/2008 7:51AM

    What a great story..congrats on your success..thank you for sharing.

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JODIII 5/10/2008 7:44AM

    wow truly awsum! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CRICKETRO 5/10/2008 7:40AM

    it worked the "other way around" for me. after losing 40 lbs i finally made my mom "click". she's not a member b/c she's not speaking English but she's asking me for advice :) hubby is a member though although he's always been stick thin!:) kudos to Spark for inspiring all of us!

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HAVANESE1 5/10/2008 7:33AM

    Great Story!! In Jan. 2005 I started losing wt for the upcoming marriages of my 2 sons,which were going to be 11 mos. apart. By Sept. of 05 I was in a size 12 and looked fabulous. However, I then found out some upsetting news and I went to into the emotional eating again. When my 2nd son got married in 2006 I was back up to my original wt. Plus I gained more. I had knee replacement surgery last aug. and became a grandma 3 times over so here I am again on the wt loss journey. I'm down 35 lbs. as of today but more determined than ever to keep it off this time. Thanks for a truly inspirational story.

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SIRENA3 5/10/2008 7:29AM

    Awesome!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DJMAUND 5/10/2008 7:24AM rock!!! DJMAUND from Iraq emoticon

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SUMMER65 5/10/2008 7:18AM

    Beautiful and inspiring story. emoticon

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    What a great story and an inspiration to all of us out there trying to do the same thing. I really appreciate your story.

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PHEONA3 5/10/2008 7:03AM

  Amazing; your family of women is motivational not only to me but millions of other women who struggle with obesity

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NELSO52 5/10/2008 6:37AM

    This is a very inspiring story. I continue to talk to my daughters about, hoping we can have the same great results

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SPARKNMOM 5/10/2008 6:34AM

    So glad to see your story're quite inspirational!

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BDHEISLER 5/10/2008 5:59AM

  I'm so pleased for all of you. You've done a great job of getting healthy and helping each other.

Happy Mother's Day!!!!

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MINDY_SUE 5/10/2008 5:32AM

    I should have grabbed the tissues! Truly amazing! emoticon

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MARPLA 5/10/2008 5:15AM

    great. I hope that I can do that good this next year and have that wonderful Mother's Day story next year.

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JANMHOLLAND 5/10/2008 4:33AM

  emoticon What a team effort. That's all it takes is one to begin.

Happy Mothers Day!!!!!

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CORINACHAVEZ 5/10/2008 3:05AM

    Great Story, I just joined in march of this year and have introduce the website to my mom who has a thyroid problem and has a hard time losing weight, I glad this site is here to help achieve our goals.

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LAURAKOHORST 5/10/2008 1:38AM

    Way to go! Keep up the good work.

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PIRATEKING 5/10/2008 12:46AM

    Great story!

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TAKINGMEBACK 5/10/2008 12:25AM

    This is a beautiful story. Way to go.

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    very cool

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IRISH_EYES_66 5/9/2008 11:30PM

    Ladies, you look great!!

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LWILKINS67 5/9/2008 9:26PM

    This is a very special story.

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OI8AFLY 5/9/2008 8:45PM

    I loved reading this. It is so wonderful that you could all do this together. I sent my sister an invitation to the Spark. I hope to see our success story here as well.

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    cool story.

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