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Well, it's here... The last day of my first year of SPARKing!

Sunday, September 30, 2012

I'm finally to the day that ends my 1st year of Sparking, and while I do not lose weight every week, and I gain and lose, I am making steady progress with the scale going downward. Life happens, and every day is a new challenge.
The great thing about SparkPeople is that we have tools available to help us achieve any goals we set for ourselves. We have support from other members who are like us, we have solid nutritional and fitness information, and we are able to seek out what works for US! Not what someone or some organization tells us we should be doing.
We can customize our health and fitness plans so we see results as fast or as slow as is necessary for US.

I’ve been working on adjusting my mindset the past few weeks. I have become too comfortable with where I am right now. Partly out of self preservation, partly because I’m just flat out lazy at times. Yes, I’ve been overwhelmed and close to the brink of throwing in the towel for everything. But my Faith and Sparking has been the lifeline that has kept me from doing something stupid or worse. Now I am committed to beginning again. One cannot truly commit until the mind is ready.

So, I have been putting things in place for me to begin fresh in the morning. I am ready to reset the Wii. I have my Spark Book to re-read. I have water bottles in the fridge. All of my meds are current and up to date. I had a very honest talk with my priest Thursday, and was blessed with the Sacrament of Reconciliation. I will weigh and reset my weight tracker. I will track everything that goes into my mouth faithfully for 30 days. I will drink my water every day for 30 days, too. This is the usual time it takes for me to get into a habit.

I am not where I was a year ago, thank goodness! I HAVE made great progress overall. Now I am ready to move into the next portion of my SparkJourney. Exercising 15 minutes every day, tracking my food, and my water are my goals for October. Attainable. Not easy, but can be done.

THANK YOU! My SPARKfriends and SPARKteam members! I am becoming the healthy and fit person I would like to be because of you. My life has been so enriched by getting to know all of you, and by walking this path with you.
We are on a journey that never ends… it isn’t all about the weight! It’s about becoming the best person you can be! Losing weight is a side benefit.
My waist is getting smaller, but my heart has grown so immense from the love and friendship I have received here! May God grant me the ability to give some of the love back!

As I begin my next year of SPARKing, I am praying for all of us at SparkPeople. We have been given a great gift in SP. A gift of a better life!

Let the new year begin! WOOHOO!

Peace be with you, my friends! May God bless each and every one of you!


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    Hello, Leah! Good to read your blog!
    1990 days ago
    HAPPY emoticon !!! emoticon

    I wish you success on your restart. You've done the preperation and have the determination!
    I too have new found determination. Let's DO THIS!!!

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    1991 days ago
    Good for you !! Congrats on the first year and especially your new mindset!!

    You go girl!!
    1991 days ago
  • SEAGLASS1215
    Congratulations on your emoticon

    I am recommiting too, today, to 30 days of tracking and daily exercise. I think I am finally at a place where I can concentrate on ME again.
    1993 days ago
  • NANT406
    emoticon on your emoticon
    1993 days ago
    I just took a ride down memory lane today to see what type of fitness I was doing when I first started on SP in June of this year. I really started with 10 minutes of walking - literally. By day 4 I was up to 50 minutes. By day 21, I broke my leg and have been in a cast ever since.

    The only real difference is that I am putting in anywhere from 77 to 100 minutes of exercise per day. And I truly hope to get this cast off on the 8th when I go back to the doc.

    So your timing and my trip this morning are pefect timing. I sure hope your restart is very successful. At least now you know what you have to do to make it happen!
    1993 days ago
    How wonderful for you.....there are so many of us who are in this for the long term, shows the program can be done......
    1993 days ago
    emoticon emoticon how beautiful!!! emoticon emoticon
    1993 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/30/2012 4:19:03 PM
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