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6 Months of Spark - A Celebration

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Friday, October 15, 2010

When I woke up this morning the air was crisp. I had my duvet pulled up to my nose and my cat was curled up in his usual ball of warmth at my side. A perfect morning to laze around and stay in bed too long, making myself late for work.

But that's only what I would have done 6 months ago.

This morning, I pulled back the covers to the chilly morning air, arose from the comfort and warmth of my sheets and my cat and laced on my brand new Saucony running shoes - a gift to myself for 50 pounds lost and my six month Sparkversary.

Six months ago I couldn't talk on the phone and walk at the same time without the person on the other end questioning me if I was running a marathon. I wheezed for breath at every turn. Today I ran over 2 miles in 28 minutes. Today I celebrated my lungs and my bones and my feet and my breath. Today I am healthier and happier than I have been in years. Today is a good day.

Six months ago I would have hit the snooze button ad-infinitum - wasting my morning, wasting my life away in bed. This morning, I seized the day by the shoelaces on my sneakers and accomplished feats of athleticism in the early morning chill. It wasn't easy. No piece of cake. But I did it. And therein lies the difference.

Six months ago I did not. Today, I do.

Today I packed my lunch. Today I drank my water. Today I am caring for myself in a way that I have never cared for myself before. Today I notice how I am feeling. And I make the adjustments, and do the things that I know will make me feel even better. And therein lies the difference.

Six months ago I smothered my feelings with food. Today, I feel.

In the next six months I will lose another 50 pounds. I will run a 5K, and maybe a 10K. I will travel to Germany at least 60 pounds lighter than the last time I went to Europe. I will turn 30 knowing that the next decade of my life will be so much better than the last decade. And therein lies the difference.

Six months ago I "couldn't". Today, I will.

Thank you SparkPeople for 6 months of Accountability, Acceptance and Affirmation. Here's to many more months to come. To my wonderful Sparkfriends who have walked with me every step of this journey so far - thank you! I look forward to running with you in the months to come.

In Six Months I Am:

53 pounds lighter
50 inches smaller (that's over 4 feet!)
Miles fitter
Platefuls healthier

...And so, so much happier.

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    Awesome blog. You are making it happen ONE day at a time. Way to go.
    2650 days ago
  • TINA5318
    emoticon emoticon Congrats!!!! That is an awesome blog, thank you so much for sharing!
    2653 days ago
  • MMS354
    Happy Sparkversary and congrats on your amazing successes. Enjoy your newfound energy (and Sauconys - aren't they the best?) Have a fantastic week!
    2654 days ago
    Great inspiration! Your views on your daily successes have gotten you far! Congrats on how far you've come and I look forward to hearing every future success you have. emoticon
    2654 days ago
    You said it so much better than I ever could have (of course, I'd be lying with the alarm clock part because I squeezed every ounce of extra time out of my sleep this morning!...but I workout in the evenings..)! Congrats to you on your 6 month Sparkversary! Congrats on becoming who you knew you always had inside you! Congrats for challenging yourself and setting goals that once seemed insurmountable and now seem reasonable! Congrats on all your success! (2 miles in 28 minutes is incredible! Someday I'm going to match you on that...SOMEDAY!)
    2654 days ago
    Awesome! emoticon
    2655 days ago
  • WYND10
    Congratulations Jenn!!! And Happy Six Month Sparkaversary!!!
    2655 days ago
    Yes! You are awesomesauce. And your accomplishments are self-evident! I am so so so proud of you.

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    2656 days ago
  • JRZG8R
    Wow! You are such an inspiration. The 50 mark and 100 mark seem an eternity away for me. I hope to follow in your footsteps. Don't think I will run though. Congrats on the great results of your hard work. emoticon
    2656 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/16/2010 9:12:21 PM
    Congratulations on your success! Your blog is so inspiring. I think many more people should feel as you do. Keep up the great work!! emoticon
    2656 days ago
    Great blog, you are doing excellent on your wellness journey. Woohoo, on your running time ! You will be doing a 5K or 10K for sure. Have a great fun filled weekend.
    2656 days ago
  • -POOKIE-
    Beautiful blog.

    Be proud of yourself.

    I am so glad to have you as a SparkFriend.
    2657 days ago
    congratulations on your 6 month and all the changes you have made for yourself...great going!!! that is awesome!
    2657 days ago
  • RIGBY31
    You inspired me this evening! Thanks and congrats... awesome!
    2657 days ago
    Wonderful!!!Congrats on ALL those achievements!
    2657 days ago
    emoticon emoticon emoticon , et al!

    YOU ARE SOOOO AMAZING! this blog is awesome, your accomplishment and your will to proceed with such positivity is EVERY reason in this world why i continue to read your blogs and feel so inspired! you're such a ROCKSTAR!

    congrats on your sparkversary and your success this far! you've done SO well!

    keep it up!
    2657 days ago
  • CHARLIE2213
    ahh this is so awesome- definitely motivation. and i love the part about smothering feelings with food versus feeling, because it is so true. feeling hungry instead of constantly eating, feeling proud after working out, feeling accomplished at the end of the day- these are all things that only come with a healthy lifestyle! and the 53 pound-weightloss aint too shabby emoticon
    2657 days ago
    Great blog! Great job! emoticon
    2657 days ago
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