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My 2 year spark birthday!! A summary of my new life!

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Tuesday, August 02, 2011

As of this Sunday, July 31, 2011, I have been actively on sparkpeople for 2 years!! Woohoo!

It is truly hard to believe that it has only been two years on sparkpeople because it truly has become such a huge part of my life that I feel like I have been using the tools that this site has taught me forever. But, obviously, I have not used this site for ever and needed it to help get me out of the rut that I was in.

I know that most people refer to it as a sparkanniversary but I think that the term spark birthday is much more appropriate. Before I joined sparkpeople, I really was a completely useless human being. I did absolutely nothing productive with my life in terms of exercise, healthy living, appropriate social interactions and sorry for the redundancy, but I was useless.

This was me 5 years ago.



This was me 2 years ago.



Once I realized the importance of tracking my food every day, my life changed. To this day, I still try to track all of my meals even though I now basically know the caloric value of everything that I like to it. I find that tracking helps keep me honest and helps keep me accountable.

This was me 1.5 years ago after half a year on spark.



At that point I had lost about 60 pounds and I went on vacation and promptly gained back about 10 pounds in a week due to excessive drinking and massive plates of bacon for breakfast.

Then, in July of 2010, after about 1 year on sparkpeople I decided to complete my first triathlon in Peterborough. After about 1 year on sparkpeople, I was down about 80 pounds or so.



After completing this triathlon I was completely addicted to triathlons. For people who have never run a race of any kind, there is nothing like the feeling you get when you cross a finish line at a race. A run race, triathlon, duathlon, swim/bike or anything like that, it is truly a euphoric experience when you hear people cheering for you as you are steaming toward the finish line. At this point, I had just signed up for another triathlon later in the summer, and had no idea how much more of a tri-psycho I would become in the coming year.

This is a picture of me and my girlfriend at a family function in October of 2010. I had lost about 100 pounds at this point.



This is me in New Years 2011. I had been doing P90X/Insanity for about 4 months at this point and my weight had stayed about the same but as you can see in this picture, I have slimmed down significantly. The picture was kind of ruined but either way, it's a good picture of me.



This was me in June of 2011 at Darien Lake in Buffalo, NY just before going to see a Phish concert. I would have never had the guts to wear a tank top before joining sparkpeople and losing weight and this, almost 2 years later was the first time I wore one in public. It was a huge step for me.



And, my last and most recent picture is from a triathlon earlier in July. It is my finish line picture showing that I finished over 15 minutes better than my time on the same course last year.



This has been my life over the last two years.

Now, if any of you are still reading, why do I call it a spark birthday not spark anniversary. I feel completely reborn since I have joined sparkpeople. Not only reborn, but by comparison to the life I have now, I was not living at all. My life has completely changed in every aspect thanks to the skills that I have learned from slowly introducing new changes into my life. This is my new life, and just as a new born baby enters the world with a clean slate, I feel that this should be my true birthday as this is my new life, and this is going to be how I live for the rest of my days.

Happy Birthday to ME!!!
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TIME4TRACY 9/2/2011 8:05AM

    Amazing.

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TIME4TRACY 9/2/2011 7:53AM

    Amazing.

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TIME4TRACY 9/2/2011 7:52AM

    Amazing.

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COMPASS_ROSE 9/1/2011 9:30PM

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY AND CONGRATULATIONS!

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ALICIAT32 8/27/2011 12:52AM

    Way to go! Congratulations!

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HEATHERSTEW 8/26/2011 4:21PM

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Happy Birthday!

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IMSMILEY88 8/23/2011 9:50PM

    I think Spark Birthday is really appropriate! So, Happy Spark Birthday!

Congrats on all you have achieved. As another SPer has discovered the joys of competing - from running events to triathlons - my life is so changed from when I started SP 15 months ago!

Thanks for sharing!

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STAYCXL-NOMORE 8/23/2011 10:55AM

    Thanks for sharing , very inspiring story !!
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ERINMARIE424 8/22/2011 8:41PM

    Congratulations! emoticon Very Inspiring! emoticon

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SHEFFIELD09 8/22/2011 4:26PM

    Congratulations!!!!!

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MINIUM 8/22/2011 4:15PM

    Happy birthday and congratulations! Keep up the good work!

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SUPERGIRL1000 8/22/2011 12:08PM

    Happy emoticon !!! Thanks for sharing, thats awesome!!! Wohooohooo

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CUTENSASSY 8/21/2011 3:30PM

    Thank you for sharing your inspiring story and congratulations and all of continued success!

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MOMMYTO5CUTIES 8/20/2011 11:56PM

    Happy Spark birthday :)

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WILDFLOWERMA 8/20/2011 8:02PM

    Amazing progress. Happy Spark Birthday :)

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FITMAY 8/20/2011 7:05PM

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!!
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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 8/20/2011 6:14PM

    Happy Spark Birthday! It is like a rebirth, isn't it? For me as well, life is so different now, and I'm loving it. Looks like you're loving it too--and you look great!

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ANNAYOGINI 8/20/2011 5:05PM

  Happy spark birthday! Your story and photos are very inspiring. I just joined and my motivation goal is to read a success story every day. I'm glad I found yours! emoticon emoticon

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CCBULLDOG 8/20/2011 12:10PM

    You are such a great motivator...Happy Spark Birthday! emoticon I think it's wonderful that you have done so well with the tools that spark has given us...Keep move'n in the right direction! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HEALTHYNEWPAIGE 8/20/2011 2:24AM

    Thanks for sharing! You inspire me!!! emoticon Happy birthday!!! emoticon

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FRAS113 8/15/2011 4:03PM

    I have to see what this running is about after reading your blog. I exercise but tend to stay away form running like its the plague. Congrats and you look mighty fine!!

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SCHENPOSSIBLE 8/15/2011 3:19PM

    Happy born day!

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BELLALUCIA 8/15/2011 2:14PM

    Congratulations on being reborn!

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COOL_CHARLOTTE 8/15/2011 12:46PM

    You are so inspiring!!!! I love reading your story. You look awesome! You have done a amazing job and I am proud to have you as a friend and motivator on Spark People!!!! THANK YOU!!!
Charlotte

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Happy Spark Birthday!

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KIMMAS82 8/12/2011 11:17PM

    Fantastic recap! Happy spark birthday!

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IMIN2GENES 8/11/2011 3:36PM

    Happy Birthday to you indeed! What an inspiration you are! Thanks so much for sharing your journey here.
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TEENY_BIKINI 8/11/2011 3:29PM

    Excellent work, rock star!!

Simply fantastic!

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PEACEWYTCH72 8/11/2011 1:40PM

    What a great story! You look awesome (really rockin' that tank top) and are quite a motivation! Keep up the good work!

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GETFIT2LIVE 8/11/2011 1:24PM

    Oh, I LOVE calling it a Spark Birthday--I feel the same way about it! I know how you feel about being 'addicted' to triathlons. For me, it is half marathons; just can't wait to get out and do another one. Awesome pictures and progress; here's to many more happy Spark Birthdays and adventures on your journey!

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SUSIEWHITE1109 8/11/2011 1:09PM

    WOW!!! You look amazing and I'm very happy for the "new you!" Congratulations and keep it up!!!

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BLACKROSE_222 8/11/2011 12:33PM

    Amazing blog! Congrats and thanks for sharing!

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Congrats! What a great story. You are kicking ass and taking names... good for you.
Keep up the great work!

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CMHARRISON12 8/11/2011 12:05PM

    Absolutely incredible and motivating!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ANEWLIFE4ME25 8/11/2011 11:52AM

    AMAZING! SERIOUSLY INSPIRING!

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SARAHJG33 8/11/2011 11:30AM

    Happy Spark Birthday!!! emoticon It's great to see that you're still going strong and have stayed motivated.

Enjoy your day and all the coming days filled with tank tops, triathlons and lots of fun. emoticon

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ABSOLUTZER0 8/11/2011 11:25AM

    Happy Spark Birthday! You have been reborn! What an inspiration! Woohoo!

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TYKXBOY 8/11/2011 11:20AM

    Happy Spark Birthday! You look incredible. Congrats on all your success and wish you much more to come.

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FANGFACEKITTY 8/11/2011 11:20AM

    Wow! You have had a terrific journey so far. Happy Spark Birthday!

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NINNYBUM 8/11/2011 11:10AM

    You have so much to be proud of! Congrats on such great success!! Wow! So inspiring!!!

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RUNNER12COM 8/11/2011 11:03AM

    I think more people need to read this blog, so I'm doing what I can to make it happen!

http://www.sparkpeop
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CHUBBYSELF 8/9/2011 1:09PM

    You look phenomenal!!! You are such an inspiration to all!!! Keep up the excellent work!! Look forward to seeing you maintain your progress!

Happy Birthday!

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EUPHRATES 8/9/2011 2:00AM

    FANTASTIC!
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MYOWNHERO 8/9/2011 12:47AM

    Congratulations! You are an inspiration...also: I love Phish!

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CHRISTINA791 8/5/2011 11:49AM

    Fantastic and inspirational. Thanks again for sharing your story with us!

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NEENSTER1 8/5/2011 10:25AM

    emoticon EXPLOSIVE!!!! God bless your new life. emoticon

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BFEA456 8/5/2011 9:30AM

  I am so proud of you!

I'm sure you recall before my back problems the enjoyment I had doing triathlons. You describe it perfectly, it is euphoric! I really love sharing that experience with you and enjoy accompanying you to all the events. Perhaps, as you have suggested, we can share the experience together as father and son.

I know you have become very competitive and gotten hooked on doing triathlons. As a tribute to your "birthday", how about a time of below 2:50 on Sunday. Good luck!!

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SUKOTO 8/4/2011 9:30PM

    Happy B-day, punkin'! lol

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