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5 Year Sparkiversary - You Are Worth It

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Every single year my Sparkiversary seems to sneak up on me. I donít think I have ever been fully prepared to reflect on the previous year. And to be honest, this year I have even less ideas as to what to say about it. I think I did a good job covering it after two years:

Then again after my third year:

And again after four years:

Now that it has been five long years since the day that I decided to start SparkPeople, I wonder if there is any more wisdom up in this noggin of mine.

And what I really have to say is this: You can do it. Every single time someone has left me a comment, a SparkGoodie or a message I have always thanked them for whatever compliment they gave me and then immediately added ďIf I can do it, you can too.Ē

I am the most stubborn person in the world. I know I havenít met everyone in the world, but go with me on this one. I like things the way they are. I enjoy getting stuck in a nice comfortable rut. I am uncomfortable with change and unfamiliar situations. But one day I had to decide that I was worth more than I was giving myself at the time. I may suffer from low self esteem at times, but I know that I was beautifully and wonderfully made. And I thank God for everything He has given me. He blessed me with a body and soul and I wasnít treating either correctly for far too long.

You are worth it.

You are worth any and every effort it takes to change yourself for the better. I have maintained my 100 pound weight loss by refusing to allow anyone else to tell me that I am worthless.

I am worth the extra effort to fit exercise in my schedule. I am worth the extra effort to ensure that I have the tools to feed myself and my husband with food that is both good tasting and good for us. I am worth being taken care of.

You are too.

If I can express anything to you after 5 years of sparking through my journey itís that you, dear friend, are worth it.

I found my spark. And I know you can find yours.

You can follow my crazy ramblings and food recipes at

Me at 40 lbs lost and at 100 lbs lost.

Happy Sparking!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
*AMBER512 7/27/2012 2:39PM

    PURRBAL - If you scroll down on this blog:

you can find my recipe for quinoa made with salsa!

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PURRBAL 7/26/2012 9:40PM

  Great job! Hey I saw you comment online that Quinoa was amazing cooked in Salsa... I'm new to quinoa can you tell me if you just substitute the salsa for the exact amount of water or do you still use water too? Very interested in trying this, scared to screw it up. Thanks. emoticon

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JEM0622 3/6/2012 12:42PM

    Happy emoticon


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TINK9305 3/6/2012 12:00PM

    keep up the great work!!!

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ADEWYN 3/4/2012 1:52PM

    you are totally worth it! always proud of you... make sure you check in once in awhile and say hey :) hugs and love

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MSBETH 2/21/2012 8:59AM

    Made me tear up!! Just what I needed to hear. Thank You!!! (and great job!) :)

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GEMSTONE1952 2/9/2012 10:32PM

    Happy Sparkiversary!

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CBAILEYC 2/9/2012 3:46PM

    Fabulous! Congrats on your Sparkversary, and all of your successes!
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KNMMOMMY 2/8/2012 12:40AM

    I can't believe it has been 5 years! It seems like yesterday that we were starting on this journey! I'm soooo stinking proud of your success! Keep motivating and on your maintenance track! You are such an inspiration to me! emoticon

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JODIWHITE19 2/7/2012 11:38PM

    Great Blog!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon !!

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GETSTRONGRRR 2/7/2012 9:45PM

    Congrats and good on you!!

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VENISEW1 2/7/2012 8:46PM

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