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What a difference a year makes!


Sunday, January 08, 2012

This week was my 1 year Sparkversary. Things are so very different now. When I joined SP on 1/2/11 I weighed 189, had a BMI in the OBESE range, was a couch tater supreme who never worked out, ate lots of horrible food and barely cooked, wore size 16/18 clothing and was embarrassed to be seen by anyone.



This was taken a couple of weeks after I joined SP so I probably looked even worse!





Now I weigh in the low 130's, have a BMI in the healthy range, work out 6 to 7 days a week which I actually enjoy, eat all kinds of healthy foods while cooking many new recipes, wear a size 4/6 and am proud of how I look!



Size 4 jeans!!



Comfortable in my body at last


I've lost weight before but this time is different. I'm not sure what my ultimate weight goal will be; I might be there now (I'm below my WW goal weight). This time my goal is to be extremely fit. I'm working towards that now by doing ST three times a week because it's more important that I'm toned rather than I reach a certain number on the scale. Because I'm not so invested in the scale, I don't get upset when the number goes up. Too many of us get discouraged because everything is tied to that number; it determines if we're having a good day or a bad day. I refuse(d) to have that attitude -- I was sticking with this no matter how long it took or if the scale went up or down.

Everyone can do this because I know that if I can, anyone can be successful. It requires commitment and determination. It means you won't give up if you've gained a pound one week even though you did everything right. It means that eating over your calories doesn't mean anything other than eating over your calories; you're not a bad person, you didn't ruin everything, you just go on from there and make better choices the next day.

I continue to be grateful to all my friends here on SP. There are many who motivate and inspire me. I'm so happy to be the Motivation Leader of the Teddy Bear team these past 2 5% Challenges. I hope to be motivational but also this keeps me on the straight and narrow (I mean how off can I go when I'm a team leader?)

Wishing everyone a successful 2012. May we all be healthier and happier and focus on the positive changes we've made.



These pants used to be tight. Now they're going in the give away pile. Love how my arms are showing definition!
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GEMINIAN1 1/15/2012 12:22PM

    You rock!
I love your arms too!
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Wishing you a successful 2012 also.
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THISTIMEMYWAY 1/14/2012 4:55PM

    You have done great! I saw your blog while on the treadmill when you wrote it but couldn't type then! So just wanted to say, AWESOME! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MARDEG918 1/11/2012 7:04PM

    Wow I think I will print this out and use it as reference when I get down and out on my weight loss progress

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MARTHAWILL 1/11/2012 8:10AM

    You look amazing and have been a wonderful motivational leader. Thank-you so much for all you are doing for the benefit of others and congratulations on your success!
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ABETTERSOUL 1/10/2012 5:15PM

    Well done!!! emoticon You look great and sounds like you feel even better!!!!

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VISUALLYRICS 1/10/2012 2:39PM

    emoticon on your HUGE success!!!
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TRIPLETIGGER 1/9/2012 11:29PM

    You look awesome! Congratulations on your achievement and thank you for sharing1

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ZUMBAGIRL6 1/9/2012 5:51PM

  WOW!! You look amazing! What a transformation!! You are an inspiration to all of us!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ASL191 1/9/2012 2:28PM

    What a difference a year makes, you look fabulous!

I would guess you have loads of clothes that will be heading right out of your wardrobe.

Great blog.

Well done you, looking forward to year two! emoticon

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GERMANIRISHGIRL 1/9/2012 1:40PM

    Great blog! Happy Sparkversary to you! You are AWESOME!
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HEALTHYL1 1/9/2012 10:56AM

    You are amazing and look fantastic! emoticon

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 1/9/2012 9:03AM

    You look wonderful, fabulous, beautiful. You must have so much new found energy. Lots of hard work on your part and look at you now. Thanks for sharing:)
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SHRINK71 1/9/2012 8:20AM

    Wow!! What an inspiration!!! What you have done takes so much dedication and hard work... and what a payoff!! You look incredible!!

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KAILYNSTAR 1/9/2012 7:20AM

    I remember when you joined Spark. I'm so happy for you. You have been a very determined person coming on here and just didn't stop. Congratulations!



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MAMAPOSTIE 1/9/2012 6:33AM

    Awesome! You have done so well and you look fantastic. Well done, you really are an inspiration to us all. All that in your first year too

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KKFRENCHY 1/9/2012 6:00AM

    You look great, an inspiration to us all!! Congratulations!

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ZIPCONTROL 1/9/2012 3:55AM

  So proud of you. You have done such a great job and are always such a support and inspiration. Awesome !! Happy Sparkversary !! emoticon

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MISSY455 1/9/2012 1:21AM

    emoticon You're emoticon What an amazing transformation in one short year! You have worked so hard this year, and should be very proud of all that you have accomplished! You have been such an inspiration for me. emoticon my emoticon

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ALWYS-LKN-UP 1/8/2012 10:39PM

    What a wonderful year you have had - great job!!

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REYVE01 1/8/2012 10:17PM

    How amazing... I think I need to try running again. It seems to make a big difference for a lot of people. You look sooooooooo good. emoticon

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PERSISTANT123 1/8/2012 10:10PM

    emoticon Congratulations on your Sparkversary! It's impossible to miss the changes when I look at your pictures ... especially the confidence that just radiates from you! Great Job!
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GETSTRONGRRR 1/8/2012 9:56PM

    WOW, Fantastic! You have a lot to be proud of!

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LUVMYCRAZYKIDS 1/8/2012 9:53PM

    Melissa you look AWESOME!!! CONGRATULATIONS and well done!! You so deserve to be happy...and you definitely look it!!! WAY TO GO & Happy Sparkversary!! It's been a joy working with you on the Teddy Bear Leader Team!!

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 1/8/2012 9:25PM

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You have done a wonderful job (in such a short time too!) Your success is such an inspiration to so many of us. And you are a wonderful motivation leader who shows us how to "walk the walk." You look great and should be so proud! emoticon

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HDHAWK 1/8/2012 9:21PM

    emoticon You look fantastic!

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JAZZEJR 1/8/2012 9:18PM

    Wow, NewMac! You look amazing. emoticon and continued success with maintenance! We're so proud of you!

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U2CUSE16 1/8/2012 9:15PM

    What an AMAZING job you've done!!! Way to go!!

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CROOKEDLETTER 1/8/2012 9:04PM

    Kudos on the focus on health and strength! Congrats on a year of excellent work! Here's to 2012 bringing even more fitness, health and happiness!

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GOOZLEBEAR 1/8/2012 8:34PM

    Wow, great pictures, I'm so proud of you and you certainly are an inspiration to me and so many others. You have done a wonderful job of getting fit and looking fantastic!

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EJOY-EVELYN 1/8/2012 8:22PM

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You're a whole new beautiful person. Congratulations on your year of great work and success! The photos speak for themselves and now it looks like "shopping" may just be the ticket to help you enjoy some more well-fitted clothes to go with your new figure (for me, the sales racks keep calling me). Stay actively challenged with great news, research, and Spark challenges so that you keep your new mindset in perspective to stay healthy. You look marvelous, girlfriend!
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MILLISMA 1/8/2012 8:18PM

    You look absolutely fantastic!!!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 1/8/2012 8:12PM

    emoticon Melissa!!! What a emoticon job you are doing!!! WOOHOO!!!

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TERESA159 1/8/2012 7:20PM

    Yeah girl! You are looking good! What an awesome year. You look so much thinner than when we met in August, that's amazing and I thought you looked great then. I am so happy for you and your success. Thanks for helping me along the way. Here's to the good life!

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GLORYANDME 1/8/2012 7:19PM

    Wow you look marveous! Great job! Your pics alone are a great motivation for team teddy and anyone who reads this blog! Thanks for sharing and for all of the work you do for our team! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 1/8/2012 7:07PM

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You look simply amazing!!! You will love ST!

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CAROLYNINJOY1 1/8/2012 7:06PM

    Congratulations. You are such an inspiration!

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PURPLESPEDCOW 1/8/2012 6:52PM

    You look wonderful!! Congrats on the weight loss but more important on the attitude. With your attitude, you will never go back!

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HEALTHYBARB1 1/8/2012 6:39PM

    Melissa- Happy Sparkversary to you!!! Sharing these pictures and seeing your smile has made my day...Thanks! Hugs and Smiles Barb

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NINJA-NED 1/8/2012 6:37PM

    you look fantastic!! i love this blog, and i so appreciate your inspiration and motivation. you've been a great leader! emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 1/8/2012 6:35PM

    You have truly changed your life and come so far! Way to go!

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IMIN2GENES 1/8/2012 6:30PM

    Woo hoo Melissa! You look fab girlfriend! You were beautiful in the first pictures and you look radiant in the next. Your smile says it all! Thanks for the inspiration and motivation!
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THISTIMEMYWAY 1/8/2012 6:30PM

    Thank you for sharing! I needed this. I get discouraged at times but overall I am more motivated than I was before and I think joining the Teddy Bear team was great! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WELLNESSME09 1/8/2012 6:17PM

    WOW! you look amazing!!!
You should be so proud.
Thanks for sharing this blog and your photos with us. You'll never know how much you have motivated me and made me see that I can Do This.
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THETURTLEBEAR 1/8/2012 6:07PM

    So proud of you Melissa! You look fantastic!

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CORKYTHEMOM 1/8/2012 6:05PM

    emoticon Melissa!! emoticon I am so PROUD of you! emoticon You are a WINNER!! emoticon Keep being the INSPIRATION that you are to us all! emoticon


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