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SparkPeople has Changed My Life!!!

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Thursday, September 01, 2011

Lately I have been consumed with joy. I am so happy! I feel so good! I am filled with an overwhelming sense of pride and love and true, genuine happiness. Why you may ask? Because...................

SparkPeople has changed my life. SparkPeople has changed my life! Am I still me? Absolutely! Is my life the same? Absolutely not! So how has SparkPeople changed my life?

First of all, if you haven't noticed... I am so stinkin' happy! Am I happy because I am smaller or more fit? Sure... but this happiness can't simply come from fitting into a pair of size 8 jeans (although giddiness certainly does!). This happiness is deep. I feel good in my skin and confident. That makes me happy! I make good choices 95% of the time when it come to diet and exercise! That makes me happy! I feel healthy! That makes me sooo happy!

I am fit! I can participate in activities that I would have been embarrassed to attempt before! I can run around my classroom and still have energy for a killer workout after school! When we play games with the youth at church, I can hold my own :) I have guns! :) I can challenge myself in ways I never that possible. Amazing!

I am confident! I am not ashamed to hang out with my husband's friends because I'm 100 pounds bigger than their wives. I'm not 100 pounds heavier than them now but gosh darnit, no matter what size I am, I am stinkin' beautiful and I deserve as much love and respect as the next girl! I know this now! I don't have a flat tummy and my arms aren't super tight but I am gorgeous and my husband LOVES me just the way I am! I am 100% confident of these things now!

I am more social! I used to want to stay home all the time. I didn't want to go hang out with friends very often. I was sad about my weight and how out of control it had become. I now love to hang out with our friends and loved ones! We even meet friends on weeknights because guess who isn't tired? This girl! Now this doesn't mean I don't value alone time or lazy cuddly evenings with my husband. Trust me, I still do! But I value relationships and time with friends, as well!

I am a better teacher! It is crazy how awesome it is to teach when you aren't so tired everyday! I didn't realize how tired I was. I didn't realize how it was affecting my teaching. I didn't realize it until I started this school year and had a lot more patience and energy for my students. Plus, I am modeling a healthy lifestyle which is so important for young adults these days. My students know about my lifestyle changes and some have asked for advice so they can start leading a healthy lifestyle. One student even approached me because she wanted to start a diet like me. She had this crazy plan and I explained to her that I am not on a diet. I make healthy choices and move my body more but this is NOT a diet. So I counseled her on making healthy eating choices and reminded her that she is beautiful just the way she is.

I am a better wife. There are so many things I could say to describe how joyful this makes me. I have more energy. I am more loving. I am more patient. I create healthy meals so we can be healthy together! I am more giving :) I think there are a lot of things that have changed that make me a better wife. Some of those are private... between a husband and a wife :) But it is so incredible!

I will be a better mom. When the times comes for us to try to conceive again, I will have a better environment for our child to develop in. I will make healthier diet choices that will help our baby grow. I will be stronger. When the baby arrives I will have more energy. I will provide healthy foods for our children to eat. I will model an active lifestyle that will hopefully rub off on our babies :)

And lastly, I now have a passion for living a healthy life and helping others do the same. I love when people ask me to help them reach their goals or ask for advice. I love giving people the confidence that maybe they can reach their goals too! I love when people take the first step to feeling the happiness that I feel. And most importantly, I love helping people realize what they are capable of. They can conquer the world, if only they would believe in themselves.

SparkPeople has changed my life. It is true. When you get down to it, I am still me. (I was pretty awesome before.) I am still the girl with a heart full of love and compassion. A girl with a dream of being a fabulous wife, mother and teacher. But this girl can now realize the abilities and gifts that she has been given and use them to help others. This girl isn't afraid anymore. This girl has been given a gift and she is so thankful!


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AHARGROVE 11/12/2012 10:29PM

    Great job & I pray that you have many future successes! Keep up the good work & emoticon being such a wonderful role model for your students!

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CHERYLSBUTT 1/15/2012 4:01PM

    You go girl and thanks for the encouragement! emoticon A tribute to your guns emoticon

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PJCRUISER02 12/31/2011 1:12PM

  you are sure an inspiration. love your spirit!

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URBANAUDREYE 12/17/2011 2:16AM

    Thank you for being an inspiration!

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CHYCHY01 12/15/2011 8:50AM

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CICELY360 12/14/2011 11:47PM

  Good for you.

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TUBLADY 12/14/2011 9:39PM

    Wonderful to feel so great.
Congratulations on all your success.
May you continue to enjoy life as much if not more.
Take care and Happy Holidays.
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SHELLB7 12/14/2011 8:38PM

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LILEMAMA 12/14/2011 7:52PM

    Thanks so much for sharing your story!!! It helps to know I'm not alone in how I'm feeling and that there IS hope!

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FELICIA1963 12/14/2011 6:03PM

  That is so great - keep the good work going!

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PCASEY7 12/14/2011 4:30PM

    Truly inspiring!

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WORLDSERIES11 12/14/2011 4:25PM

    Wow, such an inspiration! I hope to that happy someday too!

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NANCYLRAGS 12/14/2011 1:04PM

    You look amazing!! Congratulations!!!

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MRS_ROSS 12/14/2011 11:50AM

    Thank you guys sooo much! I can't even begin to explain how much all of your comments mean to me! I read ALL of them but I wish I could get back to each and every one of you! You guys ROCK!!

Blessings to all of you!!

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MS-MELODY 12/14/2011 10:49AM

    Thanks so much for sharing your story and success! This is what Spark is all about and how we can be a source of strength to other members...

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SPOKENWORD 12/14/2011 10:39AM

    Woohoo! Awesome!

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VOLLEYGIRL77 12/14/2011 10:02AM

    Very inspirational! congrats on a new beginning to a great life!

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MSKITYOCAT 12/14/2011 9:56AM

  great read

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AMY-MIMI77 12/14/2011 9:39AM

    Truly AWESOME. You rock, isn't a lifestyle change amazing
Keep you the Fabulous work and Work It girl b/c you deserve it

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AGREENSLADE79 12/14/2011 9:17AM

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GALVINROBERT 12/14/2011 8:13AM

    Thanks, I think I'll feel the same way eventually. I sometimes think this is a cult I'm feeling so good and changing my behavior!

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THEIS58 12/14/2011 7:06AM

    Wonderful! emoticon

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CLWALDRO 12/14/2011 6:02AM

    You are not only an inspiration to all of us but think of the example the kids you teach see every day. That influence that eating healthy and staying active are really the key to weight loss not all these diet fads cannot be measured.
I am so happy for your success in your journey and your ability to share and inspire others on their journey emoticon

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SHAN09 12/14/2011 2:05AM

  Great motivation....I especially like how you differentiate between diet and healthy choices!

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SLOWANDSURE 11/24/2011 4:41PM

  I really enjoyed your blog.

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MICKEYMAX 11/16/2011 8:40AM

    Really, all I can say is Wow!

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THEODORE1958 11/9/2011 10:11AM

    I have recently viewed your webpage and commented on how it inspired me. I decided to view some inspiring blogs this morning and to my surprise, it was you again. Although I am a male, many of the feelings you expressed in your blog are my sentiments. I am glad I read this. You have further inspired me! Keep it up. You are really an awesome lady, teacher and wife! Your students and husband are really lucky.

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BERNICEROBIN 11/5/2011 1:35PM

    Very inspiring thanks blogs like makes my journey easier ! emoticon

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DROPITFAST1 10/17/2011 3:39AM

  thanks for the inspiration and verbalizing so many reasons why weight loss is so important. you are a true blessing. emoticon

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MAYBER 10/15/2011 8:48PM

    Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and for stating the fact that you are not on a DIET think that is so important because for me diets did not work but eating healthy food does and moving my body one day at a time
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KIMSY1222 10/11/2011 10:10PM

    This blog made me smile. :-) Congratulations to you!!

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LENHARDT 10/11/2011 11:55AM

    So happy for you!!! emoticon

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ODETTEBS 10/10/2011 11:07PM

  Thanks for sharing this! I haven't found the strength or commitment yet, but it's sure terrific to know that someone has and that it's possible for me. I want to be you!

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JOYFULME01 10/9/2011 10:26PM

  I really enjoyed reading your blog.

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MOMTO2TOO 10/9/2011 5:27PM

    Golly, I wish I'd said this. Lord knows I've thought and felt it! Thanks so much for sharing!

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AFENS1 10/9/2011 5:24PM

    emoticon way to start and end a day by reading such an inspirational blog. This makes me more inspired to doing better on my end...well done.

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SHELLYKOCH1 10/9/2011 3:02PM

    Awesome! Even though I haven't met my goal. I completely understand the feelings you so eliquantly expressed. I applaud you for acknowledging how SP has affected all areas of your life. Congratulations!

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RUNNERRACHEL 10/9/2011 2:59PM

    Wonderful!

So inspiring. I can feel your energy, enthusiasm, and joy!

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TERRYGLORIA 10/9/2011 9:15AM

 
Great read. Better than any novel and it's all true and YOU did it. So happy for you. Now it's my turn to do what you did. Thanks for your input.

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CITYDWELLERS72 10/8/2011 11:02PM

    I want what you have!!! :) Well done.

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BLACKCATCOOKIE 10/8/2011 3:28AM

  It made me feel good reading your success story and knowing that things can be achieved and people can change situations and be strong enough to turn things around. Thank you for being so motivational and for sharing your success with us. You are a true STAR!

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WELLREDHEAD 10/7/2011 8:15PM

    You go, girl!

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MARIROMAN0430 10/7/2011 3:28PM

    I really enjoyed reading your blog....your happiness is contagious! emoticon

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KJQPLUS3 10/7/2011 11:01AM

  This is an awesome blog! What an inspiration.

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LYNETTEMOM 10/7/2011 2:05AM

    good job and good blog about your success

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JIBBIE49 10/6/2011 10:24PM

    This Month's Best Member Blogs

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GOING-STRONG 10/6/2011 7:30PM

    It is so wonderful that you are in a position where you can influence others to make healthy choices.. Spread that Spark!

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