Two years ago, I joined SparkPeople. I weighed 166lbs. I had recently separated from my husband and I was in debt up to my eyeballs. Not good.
Today, I weigh 155lbs, I've lost 11lbs - it's not exactly earth-shattering, but my time with SparkPeople has been so much more than merely a weight-loss journey.
I quit cigarettes with the first-rate support I found with the No More Smoking Team. Those amazing people were with me through the good times and the bad, they saw me through every craving, every crazy moment. Thanks Tanya and a big hug to everyone on the team!
I am totally debt-free thanks to the helpful advice I found on the Dave Ramsey Team here, I've even got some nice savings stashed away for that rainy day. Major thanks to Jules and to everyone that helped me!
I was a Co-Leader of the 30-somethings team with 10-24lbs to lose - until recently when I finally admitted I'd hit 40, so I hung up my boots and joined the 40-somethings team. Thanks so much to Heather, Tammy and Janie for taking over the reins from me. Yet another fantastic team!
(This is starting to sound like an Oscar acceptance speech - I'd like to thank X and Y...)
The team boards here on SparkPeople are an invaluable resource. It has been said that talking about stuff and asking for help is a huge step forward in problem-solving, I couldn't agree more. For every question I posted on the team message boards, I received instant replies, a lot of them answering my question from a different angle, showing me solutions in a different light. Whenever I lacked motivation, I got a kick up the behind from team members, urging me to stay on track. The feeling of not being alone on my journey kept me going.
Thank you SparkPeople, I wouldn't be where I am today without you!
Now, if I could only lose another 10lbs....