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1 Year (re)Sparkversary

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

I am proud. Proud of the fact I have been sparking for an entire year. Proud of the fact that I haven't given up on myself after many (many!!) losses & regains over my lifetime. I am proud to be a (re)sparker! Proud that I now truly consider my healthy lifestyle MINE and a way of LIFE! Proud to embrace the fact that I now shed weight - I don't lose it. For it will NEVER find me again.

Why won't it find me?

Because I have my spark. I have sure knowledge that I can forgive unhealthy choices, I have compassion for myself and make the time to care for myself. I have my sparkfriends & sparkteams to help me. I have a strong support group of friends & family. I have belief in myself.

What have I learned over the past 365 days of sparking?

emoticon Self compassion is my greatest ally in life - not just in shedding weight.
emoticon Make fun fitness goals & reward myself when I meet them.
emoticon Asking my husband to hide the scale for 10 months was a great choice. I no longer stress over weigh ins. yippeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!
emoticon Joining small, active sparkteams works much better for me than larger teams.
emoticon Tracking food is essential for me. E-S-S-E-N-T-I-A-L.
emoticon Paying attention to the weekly calorie differential rather than daily calories helps me be balanced & more realistic.
emoticon Meditation is key for an optimum good mood. I relate to my fellow humans much better after a dose of deep breathing.
emoticon Patience is still not easy for me. I want to be free from the excess weight now. But I know the slow shedding is healthier & patience in this spark venture may even eventually overtake self compassion as my strongest ally. Someday.

In the meantime, I will spark on!!!


Gotta share some sparkversary pics & stats.....................

2010 (I spent 2011 mostly hiding from cameras, so this is what I have, lol):



2012, 1 year (re)sparkversary - Sept. 16, 2012




Started around 350. This is a guess as my scale simply said --E-- for "error". It very possibly could have been more.
Last weigh in was 293. That's 57 pounds shed.

Beginning waist size: 49 inches
Current waist: 42.5 inches

I am ALL smiles. And so is my son! He loves to help mama exercise & we will spend many more years together.


I took this during my celebratory (re)sparkversary walk.
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  • v BECCABOO127
    You are doing so wonderfully--congrats! What a cute pic of your son, too. :)


    1395 days ago
  • v EBPOOKIE
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    Look at your accomplishments emoticon emoticon You are beautiful and thank you for sharing your year!! you give me hope you inspire me to continue my journey and yes i am with you on not weighing in!! I had to have my husband remove my scale and hide it. I weigh in weekly at my TOPS meeting but i don' tknow the numbers my best friend keeps my weight book i don't want to know the numbers she just tells me you are down, same or needs work. It does work for me!! emoticon
    1416 days ago
  • v ROSALIEESTHER
    You are BEAUTIFUL! Congratulations. And thank you so much for sharing your journey with all of us.
    1416 days ago
  • v MAGGIE275
    I love the idea of having your husband hide the scale. That "bloody" scale is making me crazy. I weigh myself every day and I know this is so bad for me. Congratulations on your successes and you've kick started my motivation. I'm gonna put the scale away. Thank you, Maggie
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    1417 days ago
  • v WORLDSERIES11
    Congratulations on all you have achieved so far!! I know you will continue to accomplish great things!!
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    1418 days ago
  • v WATREKKIE
    Such a success, you are....and a wonderful role model. Thanks so much for sharing your story!!! and keep on keepin' on!! (as we used to say in the 60's, or was it 70's...?)

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    1418 days ago
  • v GRNDMOM43
    Fantastic motivation for us all~
    1418 days ago
  • v BLESSEDBEING
    Alayna, I missed your blog when you wrote it. I *loved* reading it. I teared up reading it. emoticon (No, not sad or frustrated tears--where is the happy tears emoticon??)

    The physical changes are emoticon --but even better and more rewarding are your pleasure and pride and the self-knowledge you are gaining. There are sadly many folks here on SP--and a whole lot more outside--who never engage in the mental and emotional work necessary, and just keep focusing on numbers and short-term fixes & trying to "do it perfectly" and never making real progress.

    It has been and remains a pleasure and an honor to be witness to your continuing transformation and blossoming. Thank you for sharing your journey with us!

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    1418 days ago
  • v CCHEF1
    Huzzah, congratulations, you deserve to be proud, you have accomplished so much.
    1425 days ago
  • v ONEKIDSMOM
    emoticon on a great year! Be kind to yourself, keep on keeping on, remember where you came from. You look great and like you FEEL great, too. emoticon emoticon Spark on!
    1427 days ago
  • v ARTISTILLUSION
    I love this!!!! I will refer to it often as I keep falling off. But I will find my spark and for once release the weight!!! Thanks for the great comment and HAPPY SPARKVERSARY!!!!! :D
    1429 days ago
  • v FITLIKENIC
    Fantastic! You look great and that smile on your Son says he's a Happy Kiddo!
    1432 days ago
  • v AJDOVER1
    You are such an inspiration. You have every right to be proud. The smile on your son's face says it all!
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    1436 days ago
  • v NEWMOM20121
    Awesome job. You have done a great, you should be proud.
    1436 days ago
  • v XRSIZE18
    AWESOME! Simply AWESOME! You're looking incredible. Congrats on making it a year and helping to inspire people along the way.
    1436 days ago
  • v MRS_EVA_K
    You have done -- are doing -- an AMAZING job my friend. I'm so proud of you and for you. When you found running you found your niche and you haven't slowed down.

    I'm so interested to see what happens in year 2!
    1436 days ago
  • v -SONIA-
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    57 pounds! Awesome! You rock! Congrats! emoticon
    1436 days ago
  • v SOULFISH80
    Wow, CONGRATS! You have come so far!! That is incredible! You look really good. It is amazing what you can achieve in a year!!! I am so impressed with what you have done in a year! It is people like you that give me hope for myself!! Thank you so much for all the hard work you've done! You are amazing!!!
    1436 days ago
  • v SPARKFRAN514
    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon for sharing and for your help in keeping our team going for another 77 days i need all the help i can get to keep on up right on the spark trail

    1436 days ago
  • v 1CRAZYDOG
    Wow! Happy Sparkversary!!! You look GREAT!! And your DS is such a handsome young man! HUGS!
    1437 days ago
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