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    MARIASPARKLE   173,720
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My SECOND SparkPeople anniversary (11nov09) - THANK YOU S.P.!

Monday, November 16, 2009

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.... emoticon
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JULESGL 12/6/2009 12:30AM

    Maria,

You are such an inspiration! You keep being the beautiful woman you are inside and out! Those final 10 pounds? They're not so important. You are doing such HEALTHY things and you're doing them for the rest of your life.

ROCK ON SISTA!

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DELAINA2 11/19/2009 4:20AM

  Well Maria, can I have your autograph? (Big LOL@This is starting to sound like an Oscar acceptance speech) Surly your great sense of humor has helped you out.
Great job!!! You have inspired me to try harder to reach my "next week I am going to REALLY join the sparks family" goal. Next week...:)

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MUSIC66 11/17/2009 4:08AM

    emoticon emoticon on your second spark annerviery.

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CINDERRELIC 11/16/2009 12:39PM

    Great job, Maria. You are living proof that there is no limit to what you can achieve with the right support, advice, and motivation. You add sparkle to our Astronomy Team.

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FISEFTON 11/16/2009 10:29AM

    Congratulations on getting to your 2nd Sparkiversary emoticon

Well done on 11lbs down as well as quitting smoking and getting yourself out of debt. Here's to the next year or 2 and the next 10lbs.

Fiona x

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