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    FRANNIEDID   99,173
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My 4th year on Spark People

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Today is my 4th Sparkiversary! I have been using this site for 4 years now as of today and it has made a difference. I have gained weight back, I am still struggling with food cravings and a terrible sweet tooth, but I have also made some substantial changes. I walk almost everyday now, I eat a lot of fruits and veggies and drink way more water. My eating habits are much better, I still have work to do, this is a life long effort for me I think but I feel really positive about the changes I have been able to make. For those of you really struggling, this is possible, I think small changes are best and the easiest to maintain for the long haul. I think my biggest struggles tend to come on weekends and when I am visiting my mom. I also am still feeding a family, and they don't always like the healthier alternatives so I give in and do things the old way for a bit. I have tried eating something different but that really doesn't work for me.

I have to say that the most significant change, and the one with the largest impact has been portion size and not going back for seconds. The recommended portions really are enough, I was amazed to find that they are enough!!!
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SAINTBETH 10/29/2012 9:16PM

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DIZZYDOC 6/6/2011 7:20PM

    Congratulations! You have a really wonderful outlook! emoticon

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MISS_VIV 4/25/2011 10:25AM

    A little late, but CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR SPARK A VERSERY............

Mine is coming up too.

A whole lot of learning and a lot of miles covered with good results. Keep up the good work.



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ILOVEPEOPLE 4/22/2011 9:55AM

    emoticon Happy Sparaversary! I haven't reached my ultimate goal yet, but like you I have seen lots of positive changes in the choices I've made. We'll get there! Keep sparking! emoticon

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MICKEYD4 4/20/2011 7:30PM

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JOYMEDSALE 4/20/2011 8:29AM

    Yep, no quick fixes. We all keep making small changes moving us more and more towards better health and better US!

As with everything worthwhile, it takes time.

Congrats on your 4 years!

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ZELLAZM 4/19/2011 2:52PM

    Woohoo! Wise words, Frannie - small changes over time make a big difference. I was just thinking about that today. I've gained back some of the weight but I still am 10 kilos less than I was when I started - that's a good chunk of weight (22 pounds) to not be carrying around. And I exercise daily, even started jogging again after some 25 years. Let's make Year 5 the best ever! (Thursday's my day!)

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GETTINGTHINNER2 4/19/2011 12:50PM

    I understand completely. Each year as a member here I, too, am making changes that are permanent. Eventually I'll have made enough changes to stop the constant struggle.

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-CHERYL 4/19/2011 10:53AM

    Thank you for posting! I have wondered if people have been successful long term and if they still used the site. I'm working on making my spark habits my normal habits. For the first time I realize that in order for me to reach my weight loss goal I have to be consistent in eating and exercise every day and that it will take me months and months and that there is not and "end" to what I am doing, other then reaching the goal I set for myself. To stay healthy I need to make it my lifestyle.

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NANCYANNE1956 4/19/2011 10:44AM

    You have things under control. Great job.

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JAK106 4/19/2011 10:44AM

    Congratulations on 4 years with Spark!!!!!!

I love the way you think. emoticon

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