Lost and Found: One year of Sparking (with pictures)

Thursday, March 22, 2012

emoticon 25 pounds
emoticon 4 inches off my waist
emoticon 3 inches off my hips

emoticon A passion for running
emoticon New favourite foods
emoticon Never before seen reserves of strength, determination and motivation
emoticon A skill for pole dancing! (Funnily enough, there's no emoticon for this...)
emoticon Old clothes that fit again
emoticon New friends
emoticon A new and healthy attitude towards weight and weight loss
emoticon A profound distaste for the fast food I used to eat so much - yuck!
emoticon A deep love for running shoes and gadgets! I spend to much money on this...
emoticon More reserves of energy
emoticon Better sleep

And much, much more!

The past year has taught me that we shouldn't always focus on what we're losing, but what we're gaining too. It's been a long year, and I haven't reached the goal that I initially set when I started, but I'm not at all upset or sad about this! I started off at 171lb, and now I'm 146lb (as of this morning!). That is an achievement. A big, massive, wonderful achievement that I'm really proud of! And, as you can see from the list above, this year has been about more than just losing weight. It's been about discovering a new me, which I have definitely done.

I've achieved so much that I never dreamed I could. I ran my first 5K, and just about managed a 10K as well. I took up pole dancing as a sport and have reached the point where I can turn myself upside down (pictures are coming soon - I promise!). I lost weight. I gained strength. I learned to track my food. I sparked others. I joined a women's rugby team (Oo-er, still not sure about this one.). I stood up and talked to a group of students. I applied to a study trip to Athens that involved a great deal of public speaking. I'm so much better than I ever thought I could be - and my journey's by no means over.

And finally, I look and feel different.

I'm so much happier in myself, I'm more confident and feel great! I want to say a huge, massive, GIANT thank you to all my sparkfriends who supported and encouraged me. I hope that this blog will show people that sparking isn't just about losing weight, it's also about discovering what you're capable of and being proud of it. Spark on, friends!
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    What a great job you have done on yourself. emoticon
    2132 days ago
  • SARAH_D126
    That is so great! I am so proud of you!!! You look great and its wonderful to hear how great you feel! Keep it up!!
    2132 days ago
    You look awesome! Great job, Becca!
    2132 days ago
    Becca, what a fabulous, motivating blog!! emoticon

    You have come so far, and learned so much... and, I've been enjoying the journey with you! Now, if I could just find a pole-dancing class.... (no emoticon for it? Really? Come on, SP! emoticon )

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    2132 days ago
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