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Sunday, April 10, 2011

THANK YOU to every single Sparker that made me feel SO LOVED and supported yesterday! I just can't describe THE JOY I feel to have such wonderful friends and such a great support system through Sparkpeople! {{{{hugs}}}}

Cindy [BRANDTSGIRL] asked if I could share my journey so I'll try and capture some of the highlights. First off, I'm 49 years old and in the throes of peri-menopause! I've struggled SO MUCH with raging hormones during this time, and have often wondered at God's 'sense of humor' to give me a baby at almost 45! ha! Anyway, I have 8 children 20, 19, 18, 17, 15, 12, 8, and 5. I haven't gotten pregnant in 5 years, and now I haven't had a period for 3 1/2 months. My doctor said at last years annual that I was in VERY high #'s for peri-menopause [I think my # was 33], and she said this year we didn't even need to check them because it would just be higher. I will admit though to some fear about the possibility of being pregnant at 50! ha!

I initially started my weight loss journey in Oct. 2008, but still VERY much had the diet mentality, and lost 32#'s only to gain 15 back. Hadn't switched over to a 'lifestyle' change yet. Then in July 12, 2010, my girlfriend came over for breakfast on my patio. I hadn't seen her for a while, and she had lost some weight, and began telling me that her DIL had lost 40#'s and was telling them all about 'eat this, not that' and this INSPIRED and CHALLENGED me. After she left, I immediately came into the house and started searching for helpful articles and advice online, and WHAT should appear before my eager, searching eyes????? SPARKPEOPLE.COM!!!!! Yes, that's how I found this website, just a random search, but yet divinely orchestrated!

I began my journey THAT day-- on Tuesday emoticon and it's changed my life. I longed to lose this weight! I am only 5'1 and all that extra weight not only wreaked havoc on my knees and back, but discouraged me so much! AND I was a hormonal wreak! Anyway, I wanted to do things right this time. I read and read article after article. I bought "The Spark" and read it and DID all the assignments--making a vision collage, creating a SparkList, joining teams of support, tracking all my food, and being consistent with exercise. I read something in the Spark that really had a profound effect on me called the "Tipping Point Theory": I'm putting a plug in for reading "THE SPARK" ! This concept has made a huge difference in my thinking. Keep doing SP even if we don't see immediate results, EVENTUALLY there will come a time when we hit what Chris calls the 'tipping point theory" and things will start happening for the positive. Example: a friend exercised on treadmill for 4 miles a day for 4 months and didn't LOSE ONE POUND, then she started losing 1 pound a day and has kept it off for over a year! We CAN'T give up! :-)) And the things we keep doing EVEN when we don't see results: Doing SparkPeople: logging on, tracking exercise and food, joining sparkteams and being involved with community, blogging, reading, etc.

So I embraced that concept! Everyday I told myself it didn't matter if it took me 1 year to lose a # [well, maybe I wasn't quite THAT positive! ha!] since I was going to do this for the rest of my life. I was just going to do the right things, and let God and my body decide when it was going to 'kick in'. My metabolism was SO, SO slow, and for goodness sake, I was peri-menopausal emoticon so those pounds didn't come off easily or quickly. But finally something changed! I remember not losing anything for about 6 weeks. And I was doing EVERYTHING right. It was a bit disconcerting, but I just kept doing the right things, and guess what, I started losing and losing consistently.

I now walk 21-30 miles a week. I eat a much healthier diet which has had a profound effect on my emotions. I have TONS of energy. And I'm happier than I've been in years. I just feel like a new person.

I hope this has been an encouragement to anyone struggling. It CAN be done, just don't give up!!!! "And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not." Gal. 6:9

Blessings and thank you again for your support. {{{{Love and hugs}}}}

P.S. I have it on my 'to do' list to WRITE EACH AND EVERYONE a personal note. I just LOVE you more than words can express! And I KNOW I couldn't have done this without the GRACE of JESUS and all my SparkFriends.
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    You are such a motivation!
    2358 days ago
    this story is so inspiring I have been up and down on this program for a few years now but took a good time off too. When I don't see results I tend to take a spark hiatus- sometimes helpful other times not. I have kept my goal of no french fries ( in college, so it is challenging) and have not drank soda either since I have been in college now senior year for a week. Thanks for reminding me to focus on the small goals to see big results.
    2362 days ago
    That's great! I have a slow metabolism too, so it took me a while to lose my first pounds! I've hit a plateau recently and need to change up my routine.
    2437 days ago
  • KRISTA48439
    Thanks for the very motivating message!
    2462 days ago
    Thank you so much for sharing. You have given me hope and motivation. You don't know how much your story means to me. Thank you!
    2463 days ago
    Thanks for the inspiration. I'm almost 49 years old and also facing hormonal challenges. The pounds won't seem to budge. I lost 80 pounds and then just stopped. Because of your blog. I'm just going to keep right on doing what I have learned is right and just wait. Thanks again for your inspirational advice. emoticon
    2469 days ago
    Thanks so much for sharing! I'm 48, peri-menopausal and been trying to lose the 25+ lbs. that materialized over the last 2 years. It just doesn't seem to want to leave my body! I thought I've been doing something wrong..questioned why it's been so hard just to lose a single pound. I now see that for some of us it just takes a little longer. I will not give up!
    Thanks again for the inspiration!
    2471 days ago
    I love your blog. It is soooo touching! You have an amazing story...thank you so much for sharing!
    2472 days ago
    emoticon on your blog keep up the good work
    2472 days ago
  • TERRYT55
    Excellent blog.....I'm going to search for the Tipping Point article! Congrats on your progress.
    2472 days ago
    Just the kind of story that I needed today. Congratulations to you for your determination to hang in there. I wish you continued success in your weight loss journey and will take inspiration from you. Thank you so much.
    2473 days ago
    Congratilations, you are doing a great work towards gaining back the inner you
    2478 days ago
    Congratulations on your success that you have made.
    I started dieting back in October of last year and
    I told myself I have to do what is best for me and
    so I pushed myself I needed to diet as my doctor
    told me as well.

    I am only 58 inches tall and weighing 180 pounds and
    my doctor told me that a girl my size should not be
    weighing that much. So I had to make a choice of what
    I wanted to do and I told myself I want to get back
    into better health and also start feeling better about
    myself again.

    So I started a low-fat diet and cut out a lot of the
    junk food that I used to eat and since then up till
    this day I have lost 34 pounds and I feel a lot better
    and healthier about myself and also one thing I do no-
    time is that I am not breathing as heavy like I was
    before I started my diet.

    So keep up the good work, don't give up, and look at the
    positive side of things and you will succeed.

    2480 days ago
    Way to go gilr! Faith in God and desire to keep going when the road get though will earn you heart's desire.
    2482 days ago
    Stumbled across your blog and it couldn't have come at a better time for me. Thank you so much for sharing! Motivates me to keep chugging along. emoticon emoticon
    2482 days ago
    That is such an inspirational story! I can totally relate and I am going to stick with it (even if I only lose 1 lb. a year...LOL)!!!
    Thank you so much for sharing your story!
    2483 days ago
    I just love your blog. I feel liek throwing in the towel for at least today for my weight has gone up and can't do exercise for a week. You have given me the motivation to not do that and reminded me I am not alone and others plateau as well.
    2483 days ago
  • KMJ053
    Thank you for sharing your story; it is very motivating and encouraging as I struggle with losing weight.

    2484 days ago
    Such a great story! Thanks for sharing that!

    We all want quick results and usually fall off the wagon when we don't get them, but it's true that we lose weight/size when our body is ready and not when we are.

    There may be a whole multitude of things happening inside that we don't know about.
    When we have yo-yo dieted for a long time our metabolism needs to repair itself before we start losing the excess weight. We didn't become overweight overnight so why do we expect to become thin so quickly?!

    Good for you that you have decided to have a healthy lifestyle
    instead of just a diet!!
    2484 days ago
    Such a great story...way to go! I've lost about 4 lbs since joining sparkpeople and i'm ready to lose more! Thanks for the encouragement...your story is very inspirational!
    2484 days ago
    Such motivation and inspration! Thanks for sharing this journey with us!
    2485 days ago
    It's not the destination but the journey that makes the memories. Keep up the great work.
    2485 days ago
    8 kids caught my eye! i have 4 and think i'm losing my mind at times. thank you so much for such an inspiring post. :)
    2485 days ago
    WAY TO GO!
    2486 days ago
    Very inspiring!! I am just starting out really. I'm in my 3rd week and was feeling a little frustrated at how slow my progress has been. Your blog inspired me to just keep doing the right thing and hang in there. It will happen! Thank you!
    2486 days ago
  • THEIS58
    Great blog! Thanks for sharing the journey and for being so inspirational! emoticon
    2486 days ago
    Thanks for your encouraging words.
    2486 days ago
    Your story was very inspiring to me. I am gratefuly that you have been willing to share both the ups and downs of your journey. Thank you. Keep up the good work.
    2486 days ago
  • LISED58
    Fantabulous! I thank you as a wonderful Spark friend for sharing and encouraging me in my journey. Thanks for reminding me how we can do this - I was 'too busy' in April and didn't stick to my steps that had helped me achieve my daily goals and now my pants are tight again! Argh. ps: saying I was too busy is an embarassement - I have one munchkin - You are FANTABULOUS! emoticon
    2487 days ago
    WAY TO GO! Thank you for reminding us that the only person that is going to do this for us is ourselves. Just remember that we are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. A habit that changes our lives. emoticon emoticon
    2487 days ago
    Nice work.

    Love ya and what you do.
    2487 days ago
    Thank you for your inspiring words! It's amazing how much we draw from each other at SP! emoticon I have also come to realize that it's not how long the journey takes, just that I'm taking my journey and learning so much that will stay with me for the rest of my healthy life!

    Keep smiling and enjoy YOUR journey emoticon
    2487 days ago
    Thanks for sharing! We can do it as a team when we support each other. Your post and example will encourage so many people! My best wishes !!
    2487 days ago
    Wonderful blog, keep doing what you're doing and keep telling your story. Stories like yours encourage so many people. you are an inspiration : ) emoticon
    2487 days ago
  • NATALIE1955
    Congratulations and keep up the great work!!!!
    2487 days ago
    Great job and story!
    2487 days ago
    You CAN do it! We're all here for you!
    2487 days ago
  • PUGLOVER1999
    Thank you for sharing your wonderful example and for the encouragement! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2487 days ago
    WOW! What a wonderful inspiration you are, not only to us reading this, but to your children. To see the strength and forbearance you have-- what a role model! Amazing! emoticon
    2487 days ago
    What an inspiration? May you continue this journey in Jesus name to greater health. emoticon emoticon
    2487 days ago
    Way to go! Inspiring us can take a lot, but you've done it now. emoticon
    2487 days ago
  • COOKI3123
    Thanks for this message. Very inspiring. Keep up the great work!
    2487 days ago
  • BECKUD21
    Thanks for the encouragement! The Spark has been on my shopping list for a while, and I think you just reminded me to go place that order! I love SP, and I could use some new reading material and a refresher in general! Congrats on your accomplishment! Isn't it awesome to realize how amazing we really are? :)

    2488 days ago
    Congratulations, quite inspirational! emoticon
    2488 days ago
    Great job! keep up the good work.
    2488 days ago
    Wow! This is a wonderful story, and I'm so impressed with how you stuck to your goals and let nothing discourage you! You're an inspiration and a great role model for all your kids! CELEBRATE!!
    2488 days ago
    Your story is so inspiring!! And I completly agree with everything you've said. I have worked out (and changed my eating habits) for a solid year and I (although others saw it) saw no change. But, I had to keep at it...hoping (and praying) that it would yeild results. And I have to honeslty say, many, many many times, I cried and was just disheartened over, what I felt, was a lack of physical results. But, joyfully, I looked at picture taken of myself recently and actually said "oh my...I have lost weight"!! I haven't said that...ever!! But any success (no matter how large or small) is a succes nontheless!!

    Congratulations and may God continue to bless you on your journey to a healthy life!!! emoticon
    2488 days ago
    What a great story! I know what it is like to have the diet-mentality. I am working on that too, and doing my best not to focus on the short term.

    Congratulations on all you've accomplished!
    2488 days ago
    Congrats emoticon emoticon
    2488 days ago
    Congrats !!!!
    2488 days ago
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