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JOIE501
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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.

NEVER
GIVE
UP.

Thank you Sparkies, for supporting me through this. xoxo

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