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    JOIE501   13,068
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Today is my 1 year anniversary on SPARKPEOPLE :)

Thursday, January 26, 2012

I just want to thank each and every one of my Spark friends for all their help and encouragement to get me this far along in my journey. Especially Lauren (SPARKGIRL32) add her if you haven't already. She is a huuuuge inspiration! And has supported me so much. And Missy (MISSYSTAR1980) for kicking my a%$ at the gym, keeping me motivated, getting me involved in SP and telling me store bought cupcakes are not worth it. HAHA! (Now I feel like I'm writing a speech.)

1 year ago, today, I weighed 209 lbs (by far the heaviest I was in my entire life) and barely fit into my clothes. Yoga/sweat pants were my best friend. Sure I had dieted before, I even lost 30 lbs on Weight Watchers, but I would go back to my old eating habits and gain it all right back. I didn't ever think I would have the will power to succeed and keep this weight off. But I promised myself a year ago I would start this journey and never stop. I made this a lifestyle change. Here I am exactly one year later, minus 50 pounds and feeling so much better about myself. I fit into my clothes and wear sweats BY CHOICE, not because that is the only thing that fits. I have had ups and downs, cheat days and cheat weeks, but I always get back on track. Because more than anything this is what I want. I was overweight my whole life, until a year ago. So I am living proof that you can do anything you put your mind and body to.

It isn't always going to be easy, but I promise you it is worth it.


Thank you Sparkies, for supporting me through this. xoxo


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
WENZTHAT 1/31/2012 3:36PM

    happy anniversary! your before and current pictures are amazing. keep up the great work!

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ASHWILLDOTHIS 1/31/2012 1:32PM


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MISSYSTAR1980 1/31/2012 1:14PM

    Great speech! :) You have been amazing and inspirational! Keep it up doll!

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LUCKYPRESENCE 1/27/2012 4:51PM

    emoticon Great job!!

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JEM0622 1/26/2012 1:11PM

    Congrats on your 1 year SparkVersary and you success on the journey! emoticon emoticon

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RAINBOWCHOC 1/26/2012 12:58PM

    Happy Sparkversary from me too.
It's wonderful knowing we haven't been dieting to put it all back on again, we are living healthy lives!
Have a reward for the anniversary....maybe a new bag?
best wishes, Sandra

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MEGSMILEY 1/26/2012 12:36PM

    congratulations on your achievements this year! :)

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JOPAPGH 1/26/2012 11:55AM

    Congrats on a productive year and great job on the weight loss!

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KYKRISTIN81 1/26/2012 11:48AM

    That is awesome girl.....keep it up. That is my thing, I want to lose the weight and keep it off, not just gain it back. We can do it.

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CHANGINGSAM 1/26/2012 11:30AM

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SEPPIESUSAN 1/26/2012 11:22AM

    Happy emoticon ! emoticon

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STSCOTT11 1/26/2012 11:15AM

    THAT has to feel SOOO GOOD!

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BRANDI.FEY 1/26/2012 10:43AM

    Happy Spark-versary! And congratulations on your success! emoticon

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SKINNYPOWELL1 1/26/2012 10:31AM

    emoticon results, you've done a fabulous job. Happy SPARK-aversary. Be proud - hope you are wearing a smile emoticon

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VERONICAVW_140 1/26/2012 10:26AM

    Congrats!It has been so neat to see your transformation. I am so proud of you!

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JOSIEISHEALTHY 1/26/2012 10:21AM

    happy anniversary!! I am so happy for you, you have been kicking butt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You are right it isn't easy but its so worth it, hugs to you!

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CHANGE_4_LIFE 1/26/2012 10:20AM

    GREAT RESULTS! Hard work pays huge dividends -- keep it going, J! Let's bang out another year!

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FARRAH511 1/26/2012 9:50AM


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You are proof that the SparkPeople system works

Make it a great day!

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CEKNIGHT 1/26/2012 9:48AM

    Happy Anniversary and Congratulations!!! Way to Go!!!

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