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Three Years on Spark People!!

Saturday, May 12, 2012


Hard to believe . . . and it slipped past me . . . but May 10 marked my third straight year here on Spark.

At that point I was recovering from breast cancer surgery, waiting to start radiation treatment, and had permitted my weight to creep up from 155 to 172. Fifteen extra "pity party pounds". Still down from my original high of 230 in 2001. But I was determined to halt the trend right away: particularly because my cancer was the estrogen positive type that is most likely to recur with weight gain . . .

How lucky I was to find SparkPeople! This site turned out to be a great place to peel 'em off again, dip a little lower (142) and learn how to maintain: with the help of Susan Estrich (Making the Case for Yourself), Judith S. Beck (The Diet Solution); Steve Siebold (fatloser.com) and an absolutely dazzling array of Spark People resources: articles, exercises, recipes . . . . it's endless.

JOPAPGH joined the same week I did . . . and he's still here, going stronger than ever with his running and other fitness activities.

Others have come and gone . . . but regardless of the ebb and flow, it's the cast of thousands of amazing Spark People members which remains its greatest asset!!

Those of you who have helped me most and are still here do hear from me often . . . I won't name you for fear of missing any one of you, , but you know who you are.

I do most sincerely appreciate all of your support and all of your wisdom with this most difficult challenge of all: MAINTAINING!

I'm pretty sure it's never going to be "natural" or "easy".

I'm pretty sure I"m going to have to track what I eat every day for the rest of my slim life. (And thank you, SP, for the best and easiest to use Nutrition Tracker).

Too much trouble? No it's not. That's a sabotaging thought. Nutrition tracking takes about 3 minutes a day. That's all. Not as much trouble as lugging around all that extra weight 24/7.

And besides: I'm pretty sure that if I ever stop tracking, I'll balloon back up to 230 pounds in about 15 minutes!

Not happening. I'll be here next year. The year after. And the year after that.

And I will continue to maintain within my range . . . that's my commitment to me.

My commitment to Spark is to continue to offer to others whatever support I can that may be useful, paying forward all of the support so generously extended to me.

YAY SPARK!! What a remarkable worldwide community!!

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    Sorry I'm late with Sparkaversary greetings...congrats on all your success...You are a great inspiration to me and one of my favorite Spark friends :)

    2131 days ago
  • JOHAL52
    Thanks for that wonderful blog Ellen! I did the Relay for Life on Friday-Saturday. I didn't realize that you were one of the people whose survival I was grateful for! But I am glad that you are!
    2132 days ago
    Thanks to you for all you've done for me (and a lot of other people as well). You are a remarkable person and I'm glad to count you as a friend!

    Keep up the good work.


    2133 days ago
    emoticon emoticon emoticon too!
    2133 days ago
    Happy Sparkversary! You're an inspiration.

    2133 days ago
  • NANCY-
    emoticon on third anniversary and all your successes!
    The challenges you have faced have been met by you with grace and determination. You are an inspiration.
    Keep On Sparking!!!!

    2134 days ago
    Yay! emoticon

    I completely agree that the community is the biggest asset. The trackers are easy to use, the wealth of information is huge, but the community is what makes SparkPeople special.
    2134 days ago
  • _LINDA
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    Happy, Happy 3rd Sparkaversary!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    I whole heartedly agree tracking is what is saving me from regaining. No excuses for not weighing and measuring and keeping myself honest. I have always enjoyed it actually, juggling around my food to see what I can fit in and trying to get the nutrient ratios right. I didn't lose my weight completely until I started tracking my food. That was the single most biggest change I made in my life that made all the difference.
    Here is to many more happy maintaining Sparkaversaries!
    Keep up the great work!!
    2134 days ago
    Congrats on your 3rd anniversary. I'm chugging towards my first year but it is the best website for losing weight in the world so I plan to stick around forever.
    2134 days ago
    Many congratulations on your third year spark anniversary! I've been here about 9 months but I can't ever imagine not being here. It's you and other maintainers managing to maintain their weight loss, in spite of all the difficulties, which I find so inspiring. Thank you for all of your wonderful blogs & the support you give to your friends. What a great place Sparkpeople is!

    2135 days ago
    Totally agree that Sparkpeople is an amazing site filled with amazing people. What a difference it's made in my life too.

    Congratulations on your recovery from breast cancer and for keeping those pounds LOST!
    2135 days ago
    Congratulations on your success. I am really enjoying your blogs, I get a lot from them.
    2135 days ago
    I'm glad you're here!!!!!!!!!
    2135 days ago
    Congrats on your emoticon Sparkversary!

    emoticon emoticon I've learned a lot from you! And my Spark gets re-sparked every time it dims... Maintenance... the final frontier!

    2135 days ago
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