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Confessions of a former sparker

Monday, October 15, 2012

Hi all,

I'm Chrissie.

Once upon a time, I was a sparker. A real sparker. I was on here all.the.time. I tracked. I blogged. I commented on everyone elses blogs and I was really a part of this awesome community. I lost 30+ lbs and was feeling great. But I was in the mid-140's, and I got "comfortable" there. I'd been there most of my life and was, what I like to call, comforatably uncomfortable. I knew my way around the 140's, and let myself ease off of tracking. Then of blogging, and commenting, and of being a part of this community. Soon, I just wasn't on here anymore.

Then I got back up to 155. I saw a nutritionist and she put me on an HCG diet. I lost 20 lbs. I kept it off for a few months, but then I picked up more hours at work, and went from working 45hrs a week to 70. I didn't have time to plan meals or to workout or to even think. So I ate out. All the time. It was easier, or at least more convenient.

But then I got back up to 156. Above my safety net. Not comfortable at all.

So I went back to the nutritionist and she suggested HCG again. So I got ready, even started, but one week in I stopped. I realized I was going about this the wrong way. So I bailed on the program that had worked so well for me the first time. And I decided to come back here, to where I once had such wonderful success while not feeling deprived, while being surrounded by friends, and where I knew I could really create lasting changes to my lifestyle.

Here I am again. At last.

I'm here to say I'm not perfect, and I'm not even prepared, but I am ready to start again. I'm ready to try. I'm ready to work my way back to a truly healthy lifestyle, and I hope that along the way I can help others reach their goals, as well.
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NAGEMRUNS 1/10/2014 12:37PM

    Where'd you gooooooo

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JENB_121 12/27/2013 12:24PM

    Ooooh I so know about coming back in here. I've just returned after almost a year of being MIA from SP. I was looking around at some other pages for inspiration and stumbled upon yours. How are things going? I hope the rest of the year has been kind to you.
Jen

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CORKY1303 1/3/2013 5:34PM

    Welcome back hun!! :)
You can do this! You've done it before! It's a brand new year and a brand new beginning! Make it count! :) emoticon

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 11/28/2012 2:17PM

    emoticon and emoticon BACK!

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DANISURF124 11/7/2012 9:24AM

    Good to have you back! We miss you. :)

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MRS.NG.06 11/5/2012 11:22AM

    Welcome back hon...if you need the support, you got it! Good for you for realizing that "diet" isn't the the only thing you need, its all of it. You can do it! Baby steps, baby steps. Start by tracking your food to see what you need to work on, then start by getting in your water and doing a little bit here and there. Then that habit will be a lifestyle and much harder to break..xoxoox

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SOBERSUGARHED 11/4/2012 7:12PM

    Hey girl ! Good to see you others ! I am just now getting back into health as well . Had my baby 5 and a half weeks ago :-) hope to see to a lot more !

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KARAALYNN 11/1/2012 11:37AM

    YAYYYY!!!!!!!!! You're back!!!!!!! Missed you much! So so happy you're back on Spark!!!! You got this, girl! You've done it before and you can do it again and you can maintain and be happy and healthy. That's what Spark & your Sparkfriends are for! So so happy you're here again. emoticon

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MELTEAGUE 11/1/2012 8:25AM

    Welcome back!

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BLISSFULBALANCE 11/1/2012 8:01AM

    emoticon Welcome back girl!!!!! I can so relate!
Angie

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CAT5599 10/27/2012 11:04AM

    I, too, was on here all the time and have slacked off. I have about 6 lbs that I need to get off so I am back on here again. I have taken a full time job and it is a struggle to find time to work out and eat well, but we know that's what we need to do and I am back at it. Glad to have you back!!

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AMANDAB1327 10/20/2012 3:08PM

    So glad to have you back!!!

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CREATINGCHRIS 10/18/2012 9:05AM

    Welcome BAck

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HAPPY92003 10/17/2012 1:52PM

    Yaay! Welcome back!! We have missed you! emoticon

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PURPLE180 10/16/2012 7:24PM

    emoticon back!

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BELIEVER104 10/16/2012 6:43PM

    Welcome back, friend!

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STSCOTT11 10/16/2012 4:24PM

    WELCOME BACK!
You have to read one of my blogs I did recently...about all the things I HAVE TRIED. Its not that they don't work...its they ONLY WORK IF YOU KEEP DOING THEM.
For me, I have found...simple healthy foods I LIKE within my calories range WORKS. Being active everyday...simply MOVING...WORKS! THAT is something you don't have to go out of your way to do. No special costs. You can do it... FOR LIFE.
Welcome back fellow sparker.

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VERONICAVW_140 10/16/2012 3:59PM

    Welcome back, friend!!! I'm so glad you are back and ready to take your challenge head on! I know from your previous efforts that you are more than able to achieve your goals. emoticon

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AKA639 10/16/2012 2:46PM

    Great to hear from you and have you back!

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FITMAMA_ 10/16/2012 2:41PM

    Nice! I once was a Sparker too. And I am trying to get back at it myself.

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ARUNNINGKAT 10/16/2012 1:40PM

    Welcome back! You were missed!

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FITBECKSRN24 10/16/2012 1:18PM

    welcome back chickie!!! i'm glad your back here....im a little concerned that a nutritionist would put you on the HCG diet....its not healthy or safe AT ALL!!! Messing with your hormones is dangerous! I'm very shocked a nutritionist would recommend such a program.

I'm glad your back! healthy eating and exercise is the safest bet! you can do it girl! we're all here to help you! xoxoxo

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KIMCOLLINGS 10/16/2012 12:30PM

    So glad you're back. I added you as a friend. Hope you'll add me back. Keep sparking!!!

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GIRL*IN*MOTION 10/16/2012 12:00PM

  yeah for finding your way back :) best of luck to you! YOu can do this :):

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PAPER_WINGS18 10/16/2012 8:59AM

    Glad you found your way back! :) That is great. We all lose our SP way sometimes- life just gets so darn busy!

Also.. I'm kind of shocked that a nutritionalist would recommend the HCG diet above diet + exercise?? Yikes. You are doing this the right way, and you can and will do it!

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WE_PA_FIT 10/16/2012 8:38AM

    emoticon welcome back!!!!!! You know how it is. One day at a time; one goal at a time. Planning + persistance + patience= progress
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SANDSTRA 10/16/2012 7:55AM

    I can identify with a lot in your story, welcome back!

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JENNFIT24 10/16/2012 5:31AM

    Hey Chrisssie!

Welcome back!!!!!
I am so happy you decided to go about this using resources you already had a your disposal (Spark). I went off spark too and was unsuccessful maintaining my weight. I am in graduate school now doing my masters in social work and have next to no time, but in all honesty I know that I can make time for my health and self.

Looking forward to reading your blogs and learning about your success:)

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ANAJAK 10/16/2012 1:37AM

    Welcome back!

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RUNNER12COM 10/16/2012 12:25AM

    Hi, Chrissie! *clap, clap, clap*

So nice to see you again.

And since we are neighbors, how about we make a plan to go for a run through Balboa Park?

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SKIRNIR 10/15/2012 10:48PM

    Welcome back to spark and yes, I think you can find a way to reach goal and maintain it here. WE do have a maintenance team that is fairly active and might be helpful to you.

http://www.sparkpeople.com/
myspark/groups_individual.asp?g
id=1111

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WOLFKITTY 10/15/2012 10:47PM

    YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!! Hi, pretty girl! :)
Jocelyn

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SKEEWEE2MEK 10/15/2012 10:40PM

    Glad you're off the hormones! emoticon

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NKOUAMI26 10/15/2012 10:16PM

    emoticon back

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ETTEZEUS 10/15/2012 9:44PM

    Welcome back :)

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LIL-VIXEN 10/15/2012 9:39PM

    Hi Chrissie

What exactly is HCG diet?

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