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Friday, July 27, 2012

First at 11:00...Woman gets motivated to change her lifestyle to a healthy one! We have a reporter at the scene!

This is Penelope Jackson, here with Susan Rodriguez of George, Washington. "Susan, it is rumored that you are making healthy changes to your lifestyle and not falling prey to fad diets. Would you care to comment?"

Well yes, Penelope, I am making healthy changes and diets are no longer a part of the plan. Let me say that I have spent many many years trying to lose weight. I have also spent lots of money going from one diet to another. I had some success but it was short
lived. These plans could only take me so far. Some of them left me so deprived that I couldn't make it through a whole week! That is not living in my book!

I have made a decision (a quality, no turning back decision) that I will no longer turn to a diet to lose the weight. I decided that the only way to make lasting change in my health was to make a lifestyle change.

Penelope, if I may elaborate a bit, I have found a fantastic website where I have learned so much about making small changes that will lead to big changes in my life.

"Susan, if I understand what you are saying, it seems like you are referring to more than just your weight. Is that correct?"

That is exactly right. I was, what you might call, an emotional prisoner in my home. I couldn't leave my house. If I even though about leaving, it would trigger a panic attack. After finding and joining SparkPeople.com, I have begun to leaving my house. I keep in contact better with my family. It isn't perfect but it is lots better.

I will be honest and say that I don't like exercise but since joining SparkPeople.com, I have exercised every day for 55 straight days. I have lost a total of 39 pounds 21 which I lost since joining. I recently found out just how important this site is to my success.

"Please share with our viewers what you discovered".

Well, recently I was not feeling well. I had a few days where I wasn't as active on the site. When I say active, I mean that I wasn't blogging or commenting on other blogs or SparkPages or in my teams like I usually did.

"What is a SparkPage?"

Well a SparkPage is your personal page where you can post pictures, post your blogs or vblogs. You can tell others a bit about yourself, you goals, your program that you are using and it shows the friends that you have made and the teams that you have joined on Spark.

So, like I said, I wasn't as active while I wasn't feeling well. What I found what that it was easier to eat things that I wouldn't normally eat. Or maybe I planned to eat something for dinner, but I didn't watch my portions. I don't have that problem when I am active on the site.

You see, SparkPeople keeps me accountable. It keeps me motivated and energized to keep pushing. What you find here is that people care about your success. When you ask for help with recipes, you get recipes! When you post that you need support, you get support! When you have a great week, there are folks there cheering you on! When you are struggling, there are people there taking the steps with you and encouraging you to stick with it! I was ill and people were wishing me a quick recovery.

"Wow Susan, that is incredible. You have had great success and SparkPeople sounds like a great site!"

It is Penelope. It was an answer to prayer for me. It has changed more than my weight. I know that this time, I will make it to my goal and I will be cheering others on to their goals! That is a great feeling.

"Thank you Susan for sharing with our viewers today. This is Penelope Jackson reporting from George, Washington. Back to you in the studio!"


Okay so fun aside, I did find out how important SP is to my success. You are all important to my success. I thank you all for cheering me on. I thank you all for motivating me and encouraging me. Thanks for all the great challenges and the fun games. Thanks for the well wishes and the care and concern while I was sick.

I know that it can get tough to stick with your plan from time to time. It can be easy to just eat whatever and relax instead of exercising. I know because I have been there. I know how one meal can become a day and one day can turn into a week and on and on. I know how it can make you discouraged and you might think about not coming to the site to talk about it or track. Don't do it! Come anyway! That is what it is here for. It is here to help us through those situations big and small.

We are a group (a HUGE group) of people who have been there. We understand what it is like. We may even be going through the same thing at the same time. We all need each other!

If you have slipped and fallen or gotten tripped up, I am here reaching down to lift you up and there are so many others here that will do the same. Let us help! Don't try to take this journey alone! Don't give up!!! There is no need for that. A trip is so much more fun with friends to share the trip with! Put the past in the past and let's move forward together.

If you haven't been struggling, keep your eyes open for someone who is and reach out and help them back up. I know that I don't have to remind anyone of that but hey this is my blog so I threw it in for good measure! lol

**Sunshine, you know who you are, don't give up my friend! You have seen success. Don't let this bump in the road keep you away! I miss you!!! You are in my thoughts and prayers my friend!**

Okay lets return to our regularly scheduled program. And let's be healthy and active out there!

Much love!
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JAMER123 8/23/2012 3:32PM

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What an awesome blog!! It takes the story right to the heart of our needs. In one words, we can all learn is: SUPPORT!! That's what SP is about as well as all the other things we do for ourselves and others. God bless and thank you!!

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EPATTEN79 8/23/2012 3:05PM

    Great blog. Love it! You go girl!

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DIAMOND102 8/23/2012 2:48PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon This is an awesome Blog I believe it because SparkPeople motivate, encourage, support, and listen to our ups and downs as we strive to meet our challenges and goals. This Blog has been true and heart warming to me because SparkPeople is the place to be if are striving for a healthy life style and change. emoticon

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AHEALTHIERME9 8/23/2012 2:47PM

    Loved this blog... Love your energy!

I have had health issues and haven't wanted to talk about it and have stayed offline more than online.

You are absolutely right. SparkPeople.com keeps us accountable. I still look forward to coming online. Everyone is so uplifting and so amazing.

Thanks for the terrific reminder. And well written, by the way!

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YAFENELRA 8/23/2012 2:42PM

    Great blog!!

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BETTSI 8/23/2012 2:40PM

    Great post! There honestly is nothing like this place! I love SP!!!
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NESARIAN 8/23/2012 1:43PM

    Cute!

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DMSGLASS 8/23/2012 1:20PM

    Great blog! Fun to read and so to the point!

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4KWALK 8/23/2012 12:52PM

    After reading this blog and others by you I do believe you are a natural at leading others. You would make a great coach. No you are a great coach.
I am reading your blogs and getting motivated and I want to keep on going.
Please don't stop blogging.
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FUSCHIA6 8/23/2012 12:48PM

    Yeah!!!! I love the good news stories.
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THETROUT 8/23/2012 12:41PM

    Great perspective!! Congrads on success to date!

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KATHYJO56 8/23/2012 12:36PM

    Wow Susan, What an awesome blog! You worded everything perfectly! emoticon

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LESLIE56 8/23/2012 12:32PM

    I gained a pound, and I know it doesn't seem like much, but..I sure don't want one lb. to become more. Great blog, and emoticon

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JCD1127 8/23/2012 12:13PM

  nice job on this blog. keep up the good work! emoticon

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INGMARIE 8/23/2012 12:04PM

    emoticon exellent blog. Thank you

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LITTLE_QUEEN 8/23/2012 11:58AM

    WHAT AN EXCELLENT BLOG

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GOLFLADY11 8/23/2012 11:57AM

    It is amazing how all the members online can encourage and sustain each other into making real change. SP and its' members has been a lifesaver for me. Good job putting it on paper. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BESTMEICANB 8/23/2012 11:51AM

    Thanks for the encouraging words! emoticon

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GOSPARK45 8/23/2012 11:35AM

    Very clever! We really do need each other. What a great site.

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TAYGRL 8/23/2012 11:32AM

    emoticon blog!!!

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STRONGNSEXY 8/23/2012 11:31AM

    Nice entry! It grabbed me from the beginning and I couldn't let it go! Thanks for the motivation! emoticon

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NIKKIJ55 8/23/2012 11:26AM

    Wonderful blog!

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BRWNNTWN 8/23/2012 11:21AM

    Terrific job susan! Kepp up the good work. Making yourself a priority is often the hardest thing to do. Oh and tell Penelope she looks fabulous darling! I LOVE the feathers! emoticon

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MORNING5555 8/23/2012 11:14AM

  good for you ! your blog gave me a push I need!

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SUNSHINE65 8/23/2012 11:06AM

    What? Who, Me? Well it's a pretty big bump....like months worth...maybe six! And I never got the exercise bit into a habit! Ooooh, you wouldn't believe the negative self-talk! Okay, you talked me into it. Small changes,....TODAY! Thanks to you!

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REBECKY441 8/23/2012 10:54AM

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SEATTLE58 8/23/2012 10:53AM

    Wow, love it! You said it just like I feel about Sparks! WooHoo for SP! emoticon

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HAPINANA 8/23/2012 10:50AM

    Great BLOG my SparkBuddy! Good points about SparkPeople. I wish all the obese and unhealthy people out in this world, and there are plenty, could be as lucky as we are to have found such a spectacular, stimulating awesome "home" here!! emoticon

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SMOULINIER 8/23/2012 10:49AM

  What a wonderful story! It renews my hopes and ambitions. emoticon

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VALERIEBARBER 8/23/2012 10:32AM

    WOW.......SPARKS WORKS!!
CONGRATS!!

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GIRLINMOTION 8/23/2012 10:22AM

    Yes, very creative, with a great message that you can still enjoy life and gain healthy ways to lose weight.

HUGS

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    emoticon emoticon Exercise is fun!

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BETHIEBOOPS 8/23/2012 10:12AM

    Awesome Post! And congrats on being the most popular blog post!

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NANAMOM652009 8/23/2012 10:04AM

    You wrote an emoticon blog. It is very encouraging and pretty much summs up my experience here on Spark. Thanks for taking the time to post. emoticon

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PRAIRIECROCUS 8/23/2012 9:56AM

    Congratulations !
Thanks for the inspiration !

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ESCHLETZ 8/23/2012 9:51AM

    Awesome! Loved the story, and all your accomplishments. =) emoticon

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ISABELLE31 8/23/2012 9:46AM

    What a creative way to share your story! :)

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-SEVEN- 8/23/2012 9:44AM

    Great blog! And all so true! Keep up the fantastic work! emoticon

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FRABBIT 8/23/2012 9:43AM

  Very creative.

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LAURIE5658 8/23/2012 9:40AM

    aWESOME!

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