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What a difference 18 months can make!

Monday, April 27, 2009

What a difference 18 months makes!

18 months ago in search of the next wonder weight loss product I found Sparks. What the heck I jumped on board after all I had tried just about everything there was on the market.

Not giving it much thought at first, ok I couldn't give it much thought I could not log back on because I forgot my password, I did how ever start to read the emails that were sent out. After about a mouth of that I decided I needed to take a better look at this, and maybe it would be different.

In the mean time I had developed a roll of film from a friendís party and there it was the picture of my backside that dropped me to me knees. It was the eye opener that I needed to find a way and take control of my life. I can say I didn't know I had gotten that big and truly I didn't know because my scale could not weigh me past 300 pounds.
To see the picture there in front of my face was a feeling to this day that I canít explain. How had I let my life get that out of control that I had done this to myself? None of that mattered anymore what did matter was how was I going to change it.

Once again that Sparks web site that I had found, maybe they would have some suggestions. Oh man did they have suggestions! I found out stuff that at the age of 41 I thought I knew, I was so wrong and so off base. Who knew you could eat food and be on a diet?

The road that I have walked in the past 18 months has not always been an easy one. I have fallen on my face and picked myself back up and when I could not do it on my own, my family and friends here on sparks lent me a helping hand. I fell off the wagon and the wagon ran my butt over. It took me a few months after that one to get back on track again but I did it. One day at a time, one pound at a time is all I can and will ask for.

More than anything my sole and heart has been healed for the first time in my life. I no longer feel numb to society and the world around me. I look at my family and friends with a new found love and inspiration. I have learned that I will always wear my heart on my sleeve, and take what is said to me to heart. That is ok it's the person that I am, but the anger that I once felt has melted away.

On my journey I have been asked if I would have been as successful without Sparks. I would have made it the first few months but never would I have pushed forward and made it over all the bumps, and pot holes to find myself in the position that I am in today. Sparks has given me the tools, support, and most of all the Friends to push myself and do what I thought would always be impossible.

So on the 25 of October 2007 when I was searching for a miracle guess you can say I found it!

So as I continue my journey I embrace the challenges that I my face, and the friends that I will meet along the way
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KATAKITOMOTSIN 3/1/2010 9:53PM

    CONGRATULATIONS! What a fantastic journey you have been on. You have an amazingly strong spirit and great determination. I wish you all the continued success possible on your continued journey.

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LILYGIRL44 2/14/2010 6:14PM

  AMAZING! YOU ARE AMAZING! Congrats on your road to a healthy life...so inspiring! If life were easy what would we learn from it? Well written, a treat to all the rest of us who got to read it. Thank you for sharing!!!

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ABRACADAVER6 12/12/2009 10:25AM

    Congratulations on all that you have accomplished! You should be so proud of yourself as you are an inspiration to us all!

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GETDONE 9/24/2009 11:28PM

    Yes, yes, yes, all are wonderful pictures!! I wanna do it, I wanna look great too. emoticon emoticon Working on it--- emoticon emoticon

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TRUFFLE5 9/22/2009 5:51PM

    Wow!! You look awesome!! You must feel pretty good right about now. emoticon

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MIMULUSBUG 9/22/2009 5:14PM

    Hi, I just happened on your blog via another spark friend's site; of course your pic grabbed my eye & had to read your blog about it. Thanks for taking the time to post the pic & the blog. :-)

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DANCEFORHIM 8/8/2009 5:09AM

    WOW! You look fantastic. I hope I can do the same thing. Congratulations on your success and may you continue to be successful with your healthy lifestyle.
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ARINDANA 7/17/2009 9:15AM

    Wow. Those pictures are amazing! Congratulations!

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LAPETA53 6/18/2009 10:29AM

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You sound like my husband. Earlier this year he was mall walking, and one day he started looking into the windows and saw his reflection. I don't know if you guys know the comedian Bruce-Bruce. He's a really big guy with a huge belly. Well that's who he said he looked like.

So he stopped mall walking and joined my gym. In five months he has lost 40 pounds, he no longer wears 2 - 3 XX's. He's able to get into some of his old clothes that he has not gotten into in years. He's feeling better about his self. Even though I miss his playground, he does look better with it gone. emoticon

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AWILLIAM1 6/17/2009 10:47AM

    I am so happy for you emoticon I am trying to move on to the journey with you!!!

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GINGER67 6/12/2009 12:45AM

    Wow, congratulations. Continue on your journey. you are doing GREAT!!!! emoticon

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JULIA75 6/10/2009 12:56PM

    This is a very inspiring entry, thank you! A lot of it sounds familiar, like the shock of seeing pictures of oneself. By the way: I would imagine that it took some nerve to post the pictures, but the difference is really astonishing and it's very encouraging to me that it's possible to make a change like that in a mere 1 1/2 years - a short time compared to how long I (and a lot of others here) kept gaining weight. Thanks again!

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RETRACMJ 6/6/2009 7:56PM

    You look MAHVELOUS DARLINK!

You are doing great!

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JAMIELYNN125 6/6/2009 9:06AM

    You are beautiful, inside AND out! emoticon

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BRENDA091 6/4/2009 1:31PM

  emoticon you are looking good...keep it up...I want to be like you...I have a lot of now pictures and I am shocked to see the whole me....so I am striving to like methank you for your honesty. Spark people are a great support system

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NETADARLING 6/3/2009 6:07PM

  Hey! You have done your good deed for today. Your story has motivated me to get back with the program in the middle of a day of letting that wagon run over me....
I had a fall almost 6 weeks ago and it pretty much disabled me as far as exercise, but if I am honest, there were times that I could have done better with my eating. Just plain old weak and discouraged. Your story fixed that. Thank You. Edna emoticon emoticon

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LAWGIRL01 6/3/2009 3:55PM

  WOW!!!! Congratulations on your journey. Best wishes emoticon

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BELLACHIMERA 6/1/2009 3:25PM

    i really admire you. you have worked so hard and it has paid off. i can only hope for the same success for me.
it helps to hear that you fell off the wagon and got back on. its easy to mention the success but sometimes you dont get to hear that it was a struggle and sometimes you mess up. i know i do!
you are doing great and are truly inspirational to me.
thanks so much for sharing your journey so far.

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TAMMIEANN717 5/31/2009 7:50PM

    Way to go!!! Keep up the great work!

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HEADRICK 5/27/2009 2:56PM

    Lady, you look great! This is a wonderful blog. Thanks for sharing. Congratulations on your weight loss success.

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SYNCHRODAD 5/27/2009 12:52AM

    Motivator du jour and there is good, no great! justification for the selection. You've been walking the path 18 months, and know what you are talking about. 18 months ago could the word "triathlon" and you even be in the same thought? This is so cool. Congrats and thanks for the inspiration!

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BEAME1 5/26/2009 6:40PM

    MrsMelvin - you are an ispiration. I know that I can do this. THanks for posting that blog

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ROBINZNEST 5/26/2009 8:56AM

    WOW! You look amazing! Keep up the good work!!

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DIZZYFROG22 5/25/2009 4:21PM

    I loved this blog! Your story is a great inspiration and motivation for me. I haven't been on spark very long but I feel like I can really relate. I had my moment like that recently when helping my soon to be sister in law shop for a wedding dress (lots of mirrors nuff said)
Thanks for sharing your journey and I wish you lots of success on your continued journey. emoticon

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DARWIN93 5/24/2009 7:20PM

  great job, your story is very inspirational!!

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LORNE67 5/24/2009 12:33AM

    Good job!! Keep it up. I had my own similar scary experience within the last 5 weeks. I found I needed to an unreal size of jeans. That got me started here and going to Curves 3x per week. emoticon

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YARNBALL3 5/23/2009 10:09AM

  You go, girlllllllllllll! I know you'll keep it up because we never want to let go of the new life!

You are going to touch many lives by sharing your experience. And, that's what life is about really.

Blessings to you,
yarnball

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IRENE96 5/22/2009 5:52PM

    Wow thanks for the inspiration. I was planning on trudging home after work (to say it has been boring today would be an understatement), but after reading this I will go to the gym. I thought I just wanted some "me" time. But you know what, the best "me" time I can have is improving me. I enjoy the atmosphere, the music, and the people so why not go. The TV will be there waiting for me when I get home.

Thanks again. GBU.
Irene

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AFFAIRNOMORE 5/20/2009 5:43PM

  THANK YOU FOR SHARING. MY NEW REMINDER CARD THIS WEEK IS:

THIN NEVER TASTED SO GOOD.

KEEP UP YOUR JOURNEY AND GOD BLESS.

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PB4WEGO 5/20/2009 3:29PM

    WOW!! Outstanding. Wonderful. Stupendous. Pictures often say more than we want them to. Together these show how hard you've worked. What an amazing accomplishment!! I'm so happy you found your miracle. Good Luck on the rest of your journey, and thanks for sharing.

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RLCORREIA67 5/20/2009 2:54PM

  You did wonderful. I just have not taken this site as seriously as I should. You give me the incentive to try to put my best foot forward.

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MOMJUST2 5/20/2009 8:37AM

    You did great . So do you have any advice for us? emoticon

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TAFFYFOUREVER 5/20/2009 6:49AM

  wow! you have inspired me! Thanks emoticon

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CUTTINABBY 5/19/2009 11:09PM

    What a wonderful attitude you have .Thank you for sharing your story and inspiring those of us not there yet.Congratulations and continued successon your journey. emoticon

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SUZEQ2 5/19/2009 10:44PM

  Excellent Job! emoticon

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MARTHAS348 5/19/2009 8:24PM

  Good for you. You look wonderful. emoticon

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HEALTHYBEE3 5/19/2009 3:02PM

    You truly are an inspiration to everyone! More proof that it's the changes you make over the long-haul that add up to make the real difference for each of us.

Keep up the excellent work - YOU'LL GET THERE!!! emoticon emoticon

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DYNAMICDEB53 5/19/2009 2:35PM

    Thank you for sharing, I know the feeling about knowing your wieght is up but for me it was my wedding pic in Oct, I have tried to lose weight before but to little avail. I got the dress I wanted and had it altered, wore a bosy girdle and then I knew I had better get off this fat tush and get a going. I have been with Spark since Jan. Making progress. Reading ab out others who are on the same road is a great help.

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FLOWERGDS 5/19/2009 10:06AM

  You are an inspiration to all of us. Keep up the awesome lifestyle changes you are making!!! emoticon

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MSDIBS 5/18/2009 9:27PM

    I feel the same way.
You are quite the motivator - keep telling myself one pound per week equals 52 pounds in a year.
thanks for sharing.

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CARROLEEH 5/18/2009 7:29PM

  One of my goals is to be comfortable having my picture taken! You've done great. It is an inspiration to me as I get started. Thanks emoticon

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PADDLESTEIN 5/18/2009 2:06PM

  Thanks for sharing. It gives me the courage to continue and the hope I too will achieve my goals.

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SUNRIZEDT 5/18/2009 11:13AM

    Thanks for sharing! Congratulations on your success and good luck on your continued journey. emoticon

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AUTUMNFIRE 5/18/2009 9:46AM

    emoticon to my dear friend Nancy emoticon

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MANICSPIDER 5/18/2009 3:24AM

    Thank you so much for posting that! You are a great inspiration!

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MAYLINGSNW 5/18/2009 12:34AM

    way to go....you have inspired me..... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DKTOWNSEND 5/18/2009 12:27AM

    Just when I had about given up on losing any serious weight...here you come with inspiration and proof of results! Thanks!

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PEEP101 5/17/2009 2:36PM

    Way to go! You rock!
And I think you are just the inspiration I need to get back in the game because my head has NOT been in it the past month or two.
Thanks!
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EMPOWEREDN09 5/17/2009 1:19PM

    Congratulations on your amazing progress! I am so inspired I just took measurements and pictures of my back side. Thanks for sharing today and inspiring me to take a look at the real me and visualize the cutie booty I'd like to sport 18 months from now.

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ZELLAZM 5/17/2009 1:08PM

    Congratulations on your progress and on being a featured poster!

I've seen a lot of before and after pictures here on SP, but not a lot from this angle! I admire your bravery in showing them, but as you say in your post, it was that backside picture that gave you the push you needed to do something about your weight. Hmmm...maybe I need to get out the camera and give myself some added motivation!?

Thanks for sharing your heart with us!

Blessings
Michelle

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