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It's my 2nd Sparkversary!


Wednesday, August 22, 2012



Wow -- I've been sort of 'offline' where Spark is concerned, for the past 4-5 months...I had this impulse to write a blog, and realized that this past week was my 2nd year Sparkversary! emoticon emoticon Cheers!

So much has happened in the past 2 years...it seems like several lifetimes have rolled by! Much has been good -- wonderful, fun, exciting -- and much has been challenging, but it's my one and only, wild and precious life, and I thank God for it!

When I started with Spark People on August 16, 2010, I did not know that I would learn just a few hours later that my Mom was not expected to live more than a few more days. That evening I began, with my family, and my best friend @MichCleary, to sit a vigil with her until she passed away at 5:20 on the morning of August 19th.

Her passing has led me down a path of really searching my heart for what is most precious to me...to a deeper understanding of the legacy that she left in me...all of the good and precious lessons that she taught me over the first 50 years of my life. I miss her more today than ever before, but the missing of her has changed...deepened in a way that enriches me, rather than distressing me. I cannot explain it, but it is profound.

When Mom passed away, I was about 18 months into my journey toward living a healthy and active life. I had lost about 75 lbs since my lapband surgery in March of 2009, and my goal was to lose another 50.

Two years has passed...and I have lost 10. In many ways I am disappointed in myself. I could have lost that 50 lbs by now. I did lose and regain 10-15 lbs several times over this period. But now I know, in ways I didn't really understand before, that I have triumphed! Since 2009 I have lost more than 85 lbs!!! This is an amazing transformation and must be celebrated!

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But, back to the story of my journey...I am not finished. I am pushing forward! I made the decision on August 5, 2012 to become a Beach Body Coach. Truth be told, I thought it would help me to be accountable if I was a Coach that represented a heath and fitness company! I owned P90X, but I reasoned that becoming a Coach would help me stay the course. And for the first time, I tried the absolutely amazing Shakeology superfood, protein shake! Wowzer!

After 10 days of having the 'healthiest meal of the day', I feel like a new woman.

So, the moral of my journey is this: life is full of ups and downs, and for many of us, the scale is often full of ups and downs. Press on dear friends! Do not give up the journey...it is not a fight, but the trip of a lifetime. Embrace each step...even the missteps. We all have them. As I write this, I must tell you, from an eating perspective, I had one tonight. I could just as easily be writing a blog about my unhealthy dinner...but really, it was just 1 dinner. After dinner, I 'pushed play' and did 60 minutes of P90X Plyocide...but this blog isn't about Plyocide either...

Everything is a piece of the bigger picture...every moment, every experience, a tiny paintbrush in the hand of God to create the masterpiece that is our wild and precious life.

Live it my friends! And as we say at Beach Body, "Bring it!"


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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SUETINGE 9/24/2012 6:00PM

    Great blog! You have done fantastic things, and I know even more great things are to come for you. emoticon

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 9/16/2012 8:35PM

    Great post!

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POORGIRL_DIET 8/29/2012 12:30PM

    Congrats hun

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RUNNER12COM 8/23/2012 1:34AM

    Happy Anniversary!

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NIMAWEYGH 8/22/2012 10:17PM

    Wow Susie you have accomplished so much not only moving towards your Healthyville but towards knowing yourself and being the wonderful positive inspiration you are.

You look marvelous, you sound terrific and it seems life is yours for the enjoyment.

I am sure your Mom is right there with you in your heart letting you know what an awesome daughter you are.

I know I am letting you know what an awesome friend you are. I am so glad to see this blog and hey emoticon .

Love Nimsy

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AMYROSEC 8/22/2012 12:20PM

    Happy 2nd Sparkversary!!!!You are looking great Susie!! It is good to see you back here :) The journey does have a lot of ups and downs, learning from them is what counts. Have fun with Beachbody and wish you well with it, here's to bring it on!

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MDGARDENGIRL 8/22/2012 11:14AM

    It is always good to look back and reflect because that is where we find our success and the fuel to keep pushing forward. Your Mom is proud of you and all that you have accomplished.

Congratulations on your 2nd Sparkiversary!!!

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FATHINSN 8/22/2012 10:44AM

    Bring It On!
Happy 2nd Anniversary!

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RUNNER4LIFE08 8/22/2012 8:49AM

    It is so nice to hear from you... you have been missed! emoticon


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Congratulations on your 2nd Sparkversary!!! You have had a great journey so far and it sounds like you have learned a lot about yourself. What more can you ask for....

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LITTLETEAPOT17 8/22/2012 7:15AM

    Congratulations Susie!

You are such an inspiration and motivator to us all and we are so glad you are back!!

Love the accountability piece for you.

Putting it out there for all to see will hold you accountable to yourself and that's a great thing!! We are all WATCHING!!

We ARE watching and CHEERING you on at every step!!

Thanks for sharing your story with us and Happy Sparkversary!!

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RUNNINGSUSHI 8/22/2012 6:29AM

    Happy 2 year Sparkversary! emoticon

I have really missed you the last few months, but then I was away a lot too over the last year so I know that sometimes other things just have priority.

What a great way to celebrate your 2 years on SP by becoming a coach. So exciting! Your encouraging words are just what I needed to hear today (the scale is not moving as it should be!). Love the picture!!

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FITNHEALTHYKAL 8/22/2012 6:07AM

    What a positive, energy filled, enervating (is that a word?) blog Susie! Love it! Happy sparkaversary and congratulations on your most amazing and funderful attitude that will carry you through to the final chapter of your lifestyle journey fulfilling your mom's legacy and YOURS! Love you girl!

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CHUBRUB3 8/22/2012 1:00AM

    You look great Susie! Love the Photos!
I am sorry for the loss of your Mom, I don't know if it ever gets 'easier' but know I am here if I can help you.
Your doing great and the new motivationis awesome! YOu will rock as a coach for beach bodies.
Hugs,
Angela


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FITANDFIFTY2 8/22/2012 12:58AM

    emoticon Congrats on your 2nd sparkversary! woo hoo!!
Hugs, Kathy

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CHIBIKARATE 8/22/2012 12:46AM

    lookin good keep pushing enjoy your day

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