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1 Year of Spark (And 100 Pounds Lost) - A Celebration

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Friday, April 15, 2011

Today has been a pretty incredible day. And yet - it's been just a day like any other day. And I guess in a way, that's what makes it so wonderful.

I stayed up late enough last night to see the midnight hour roll over and officially ring in my One Year Sparkversary before heading to bed. After a good night's sleep I got a knock on my door at 7:15am - Peapod with my grocery delivery for the week. I put away my groceries and crawled back into bed for a few more minutes of shut-eye, my warm cuddle kitty at my side. When I finally decided that it was time to part ways with my flannel sheets, I padded to the kitchen and stepped on the scale. Here's what greeted me:



I ran for my camera and jumped on and off again. Yep - it was solid. Just one year on Spark and EXACTLY 100 Pounds lost. I did it. On the very day of my anniversary. It's serendipity at its best.

I wasted no time in logging onto my Spark Page and updating my status. And that's when it hit me. As I typed: "IT'S OFFICIAL!!! I've lost exactly ONE HUNDRED POUNDS in ONE YEAR on SPARK!!!" I burst into tears. In fact, as I'm writing this, I'm still getting teary eyed just looking at those words. One hundred pounds. And a whole year of doing something that I never thought would happen for me.

All of those moments when I was at my absolute rock bottom, when I had lost all hope of ever being able to dig myself out of the obese hole I was in, never in a million years did I ever imagine that I would accomplish what I just did today. I never thought it was possible to stick to losing weight for a year - my longest previous attempt was about 3 months. And 100 pounds? Forget it! That was a fictional dream number that was only attainable in my worst nightmares of starvation, deprivation and personal torture.

So how did I do it? Well - it's pretty simple actually. For the past year I have:

Enjoyed fries & cheeseburgers, drunk too much wine, lazed around on the couch all day on Saturdays, partied with friends, ate pretzels and drank beer & gluewein in Germany, stayed up way too late, woke up way too early, feasted on my family favorites at Christmas, snuck extra cookies off the cookie tray, ate a giant double chocolate cupcake for my birthday, slept in when I should have been exercising, consumed too much salt, and enjoyed the heck out of every single bit of it!

But I didn't do all of that stuff every single day. What I did do (almost) every single day for the past year is:

Drank 8 or more cups of water, tracked my nutrition religiously in the Spark Tracker, weighed and measured (both my food and my body), took up swimming, took up Zumba, took up running, learned that I LOVED all three of those, reveled in a good night's sleep, ran races, walked EVERYWHERE in Germany, took a run on the morning of my 30th birthday because I could, documented my journey with photos and blogs, made new friends, went to therapy and had some major psychological breakthroughs, supported my friends, went running on Christmas Day because I could, gained confidence and determination, and enjoyed the heck out of every single bit of it!

The biggest realization over this past year, however, is that I haven't changed. I am still the same person that I have always been, and losing weight and Sparking for a year hasn't taken any of that away. The reason I had so much fear about starting a weight loss plan a year ago was because I thought it would mean that I would have to give things up...and not just THINGS, but pieces of myself. But with Spark I have not sacrificed. In fact - I have only gained. I've gained friends, and support, and knowledge and courage. And all of those things that I have gained have made up so much more than 100 pounds of weight. I may be smaller in body - but I am not smaller in spirit. I am FULL of happiness.

Thank you to Spark, and thank you to all of my Sparkfriends who have followed me and supported me along the way. You mean the world to me and I look forward to celebrating many more momentous occasions with all of you. Stay tuned for my official 100 Pound Blog which I plan to post soon after another fun photo shoot with my friend Greg (my official reward for getting to where I am now). My Year of Ones continues with my push for Onderland - only 13 pounds away! I'll also be running my first 10K, first 15K and will hopefully hit my goal of leaving behind Obesity forever.

I have a long way left to go - I have 100 pounds left to lose. However, I'm content that this is my life now and however long it takes me to get there is what it will take. I know that if I keep doing what I'm doing, the weight WILL come off. It has to. I'm not giving it any other choice. But I'm also not giving up any of the fun I've had this year. Every cupcake, every beer, every morning sleeping in was totally worth it. As was every run, every swim, every day within my calorie range. I'm living my life, one day at a time, to the best of my abilities. And I'm enjoying the heck out of every single day of it!
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BELLATRIX1224 4/20/2011 6:08PM

    great job!

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BRANDI.FEY 4/20/2011 5:41PM

    This made me smile so big! You go, girl!

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OLSONGIRL 4/20/2011 5:22PM

    Amazing!! Thanks for sharing!

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LIZABETT 4/20/2011 4:52PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon for you. Loved your blog and your determination and now you will continue on your journey of the next ONE HUNDRED POUNDS!!

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JORDANADDO 4/20/2011 4:34PM

    emoticon loved your blog and your achievements.

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MUSCLEADDICT32 4/20/2011 4:33PM

    sorry!!! Stupid computer! emoticon

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MUSCLEADDICT32 4/20/2011 4:32PM

    You are an inspiration to me. I have well over 100 lbs to lose. I need to just take it day by day and make everyday count. Congrats!!! emoticon

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CHELAGETSFIT 4/20/2011 4:14PM

    Absolutely inspiring!!! Congratulations on such an incredible achievement!!

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FINALLYHEALTHY2 4/20/2011 3:47PM

    Congratulations - you are truly inspiring. Thank you for posting this and Sparking your success.

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NEWME851 4/20/2011 3:44PM

    Congratulations, you should be so proud. It is not easy losing wieght with life's ups and downs....you seem to have it licked. Keep up the GREAT work! emoticon

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MOMMYJULIANNE 4/20/2011 3:24PM

    AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!<
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SARAHJ19 4/20/2011 3:13PM

    Congrats girl! Way to go!

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MOM2KATEANNA 4/20/2011 2:54PM

    Congratulations on your success!! Best wishes as you begin the next stage of your journey!

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HEATHER0884 4/20/2011 2:08PM

    GREAT JOB! I know you're so proud! I love your style of writing btw it says alot about your personality and motivation! Keep it up!

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LINDY2202 4/20/2011 1:59PM

    I loved your blog. Way to go with sticking with Spark for a year, taking care of yourself and losing 100 lbs. I would say good luck on losing the next 100 lbs, but you won't need luck...you're gonna do it!!!!! Enjoy your special special day!

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CANDYGETNFIT2 4/20/2011 1:43PM

    Wow, that's Super! You are such an inspiration to me to keep on keeping on! So what if I have set backs, it doesn't do any good to go mope in a corner and grab some junk food! No, it's to take control of my life and enjoy my journey! Portion control rather than eliminating delicious foods I enjoyed eating! I loved your encouraging blog!!!

Good luck on the rest of your journey! I'm sure you'll succeed!

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MIS2101 4/20/2011 1:27PM

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PLIPSEYCOLEY 4/20/2011 1:20PM

    I just started myself. Congratulations on becoming a healthier you. I wish you continued success emoticon

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COOPIE1212 4/20/2011 1:16PM

  Great story....thanks for sharing

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CANCUNENSE 4/20/2011 1:05PM

    Congratulations!!!!!!!!

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NEEDWANTWILL 4/20/2011 12:48PM

  Amazing! Way to go!

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SHRINKINGB 4/20/2011 11:21AM

    Fantastic!

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LESFITZTGBTG 4/20/2011 11:20AM

  Congratulations to you on your amazing accomplishment. Best wishes as you embark upon the second part of your goal! Thanks for sharing. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ELAINEROSE5 4/20/2011 11:03AM

    Your blog is awesome and you are super for embracing your new life! I am so happy for you!!

Elaine

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BEASLEY1231 4/20/2011 10:56AM

  First of all, CONGRATS!! Second, this has inspired me SO MUCH. I'm at the beginning of my journey -- I need to lose about 85 lbs. Exercising doesn't bother me, it's the food part of it. I love hearing that you didn't give things up, just changed how often you enjoyed them. Thank you so much -- I'm off to make my list of small goals & changes.

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DFROMTX 4/20/2011 10:39AM

    WOW, 100 lbs. down! What an accomplishment. Good luck with the other 100 lbs. Keep us informed of your progress.

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HEATHERRAE85 4/20/2011 10:20AM

    Congratulations lady... you are AMAZING!!!! Keep up the great work..

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CAMSMOM918 4/20/2011 9:51AM

    Continued success and much happiness on your journey! Congratulations!

Angela

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KATV865 4/20/2011 9:14AM

    What a happy story! Thanks for sharing your victory with the rest of us, you are very inspirational!

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GOOSIEMOON 4/20/2011 8:20AM

    What an accomplishment! You must be so proud!

Congratulations!
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CNIANE 4/20/2011 8:08AM

    Great job! Keep up the good work!

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DEBBIEKRYS 4/20/2011 6:57AM

    So so proud of you. I have lost 40 pounds so far and have mirrored your journey. I took more vacations this year than in the past 10went through the holidays and still won. Keep going it tastes wonderful emoticon emoticon

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RCW0442EHS 4/20/2011 5:28AM

    That is awesome, really inspirational.

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PETALDEAR 4/20/2011 1:18AM

    Awesome. Pure Gold

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RUNMELLY 4/20/2011 1:09AM

    Wow!! Congrats to you!!! Your story is incredible and very motivating :) Are you still in Germany? I'm living here too and I must say, it's almost a sin to NOT enjoy the beautiful scenery and abundant walking/running paths!! emoticon

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HELEN_BRU 4/20/2011 12:04AM

    Ah, it was pure joy to read your blog. So happy for your loss and wishing you continued success!

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EVRLNGFOO 4/19/2011 11:43PM

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your accomplishment is so awesome! what an inspiring blog. i love that you started you list of what you did to lose the weight with the "bad" things. i do believe more people are afraid to go on a diet cause they're afraid of the word 'diet' and don't think they'll every enjoy a doughnut again.
keep up the great work! i know you'll lose the next 100 in no time at all!

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SALEX52 4/19/2011 11:41PM

    You are a goddess! Congratulations.

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BHSUZYCUE 4/19/2011 10:55PM

    EXCELLENT blog! I really liked the way you showed the balance between doing the healthy stuff AND doing the "unhealthy" stuff...while enjoying every single bit of it. emoticon

Major congrats on your accomplishment!! emoticon

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GKEPIC 4/19/2011 7:44PM

    Wishing you continued success! What an amazing journey you have been on, thanks for sharing!! emoticon emoticon

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1967MARCH 4/19/2011 7:36PM

  Congrads on losing 100 pounds. emoticon

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THENEWKAT 4/19/2011 7:31PM

    Very uplifting. I think that is a great accomplishment. 100 pounds great job. keep up the great work. Congratulations

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CHRISTANNMIT 4/19/2011 6:46PM

    Awesome blog!!! Congrats, you deserve it!

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HUGS2013 4/19/2011 6:41PM

    emoticon Here's to your continued success! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DOTTIEJANE1 4/19/2011 6:15PM

    WOW WAY TO GO thanks for sharing .

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FITTERFRAN 4/19/2011 6:00PM

  FANTASTIC!! What a great inspiration.
I just wandered back to Spark People and I am teary eyed reading this. So happy for you.
Now, I'm going to track my food...
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GINAD_43 4/19/2011 5:57PM

    Wow You must be so proud ! Congratulations all that hard work has paid off. Keep it up! emoticon

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