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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 don’t 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 “If I can do it, you can too.”

I am the most stubborn person in the world. I know I haven’t 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 wasn’t 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 it’s that you, dear friend, are worth it.

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

Me at 40 lbs lost and at 100 lbs lost.

Happy Sparking!
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