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Sunday, February 07, 2010

Three years ago today, I joined this crazy little website called Sparkpeople.

I set out with a general resolution to "lose weight", and I was amazed at how quickly it came off at first. I learned that I was eating twice, (sometimes three times!) the amount of food I should have been eating in a day. Who knew? I never really understood anything about calories except that food had nutritional labels. But I had never taken the time to actually look at one before, let alone read it.

I started out just walking around my neighborhood and I tracked my time by the amount of songs I listened to while I walked. I'd come home, write out the length of the songs from my MP3 player and find out how long I'd walked. It seems so weird to me now that I am a pretty consistent gym-goer and I have a heart rate monitor that not only tracks my time, but my calories for me!

It has just been recently that I have been trying to eat cleaner and make my own condiments, sauces, and food in general. Aubrey and I used to eat out at least five times a week. Whether it was lunch, dinner, or the random breakfast, we would be eating at a restaurant. I can't even imagine that now! Who can afford to live like that? Certainly not us. We basically NEVER eat out anymore; it is a rare treat. But even so we use a LOT of convenience foods. Store-bought sauces and the like. But we are working on our cooking skills. He has some, I have...none!

I wish I had some nugget of wisdom or other gem to give you today. I feel this pressure to inspire someone. But really, I just wanted to take a minute to think back to when I first started here at Sparkpeople.

I credit this website completely for teaching me a much better way to live my life. And in fact, saving my life! I never want to go back to the way I was before and I really don't see that ever happening.

Have a fabulous Sunday!
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    I'm a little late but WTG on your spark anniversary and I'm so thrilled for you!! Keep up the good work.
    2446 days ago
    You or a great insporation and ty for posting this...I am still new to is my offical 30th day on spark people and I can't wait till it's been one year...I'm slowly seeing the weight come off and can not wait to have a before and after pic like you have...Your fantastic and I hope that you find some great cooking skills along your jurnay this year...

    Have you ever watched Rachel Ray...She is a great cook and has tons of recipes and yes alot of them or to help cut down on fatty things but still get to taste things you like...I learned how to make my own gravy by watching I also learn that it is better to cook in olive oil then butter...Plus many many other things (such as how to suck the air out of bags of meat with a straw before freezng it to help save room and from freezer burn)...go anc check her out some time here is her shows webstie:
    eck it out I bet you'll learn some good skills through her.

    congrats on three years
    2447 days ago
    wow!! You look fantastic!!!!
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    Lori in new york
    2447 days ago
  • JUDITH1654
    Awesome job! You look fantastic!!! emoticon
    2449 days ago
  • MN_MOM
    Please keep us updated it does inspire us !! Thank you for taking the time to share emoticon
    2449 days ago
  • DNJEN471
    You look like a completely different person!
    2449 days ago
    I think that you have inspired a lot of us. emoticon Congratulations on your Spark anniversary! emoticon
    2449 days ago
    You look emoticon ! emoticon on your emoticon ! Isn't it amazing how once we start tracking our food we realize WHAT we've been eating all this time!
    2449 days ago
    WOW! How could you not be inspiring! Outstanding!! Congrats on your 3rd Sparkiversary! It's obviously a terrific way to stay on top of your success. The great thing about SP is the support we all get from one another...I've been on this program 3 1/2 weeks and think it's wonderful! Your success inspires others..thanks!
    2449 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/7/2010 7:43:58 PM
    Congratulations on your success! emoticon
    2449 days ago
    Wow! What a great inspiration you are!!! Happy Sparkiversary and many many more. You look fabulous!!!
    2449 days ago
    Congratulations and Happy Sparkiversary!
    2449 days ago
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