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So... I had my Spark anniversary yesterday.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Doesnt seem like a year. Partly because though I signed up a year ago, I didnt really start using SP until shortly after January.

I was trying to make some changes on my own, first of which was cold turkey cutting my sweet tea. I think that alone made me drop like 6lbs. I probably lost 15 or so pounds over the preceding 6 months, just making little changes, the biggest of which was cooking at home more and eating out less.

It wasnt until I started tracking with SP that things started clicking. And I was trying to track on my own with Excel. It just never occurred to me that there might be sites like this, I never even thought to look which is so surprising because I look for EVERYTHING on the internet. My sister and I had talked about losing some weight, we signed up for Dr. Oz Transformation Nation, and like later that evening, she sent me the link for SP.

I am not even sure what made me come back for a second look in January. Maybe because from Nov until January, I was basically spinning my wheels though I thought I was eating healthier things. Tracking just made all the difference for me.

So though this month is my SP anniversary, I really don't feel like my journey started until January, not a serious journey anyways. But really though, I probably did decide I wanted to lose weight sometime that summer, I just wasn't making much progress and not very committed. I had the cooking part down, but it was things like homemade breads and cakes and all the yummy stuff that my family just never really cared to eat. Well, I couldnt just let it go to waste, so I would eat it and it go to MY WAIST. So healthy choices were cancelled out by these other choices.

I think what made me decide that I needed to do something, once again I had asked my doctor's office about my weight and what can I do, and this time we talked bariatric surgery. I discovered that my insurance would not pay for it. I knew it was only a matter of time before my health really declined. I was not ready to continue to feel like a 90 year old lady in a 46 year old body, so I knew that it was up to me. I had to take responsibility for my own health, my own actions, and I knew I had to do what I needed to do in order to prevent whatever was preventable. No one else could save me from me but me.

I think part of why I wasnt committed before then was because I know my personality, and I always knew that once I got my head in it, I would be OCD about it. And I just wasn't ready to throw myself into it and give up the ideas of comfort & well-being that food conjured up in my mind. But I did know that once I got started, there would be no turning back and I would follow it through to the end. So though I knew I needed to, my mind was never ready to.

So I still was only wishing. Still not totally committed. Still not convinced that there was much I could do about it, that I was just destined to be fat and destined to die younger than I needed to. I think the actual turning point for me, was seeing a commercial for Dr. Oz. I don't know why I saw it, cuz I never watch network TV. But I saw it, tuned in, and my life has not been the same since. While everything on his show might not be for everyone, I have picked up little tips here and there, little things that I could very easily apply. It was due to those little changes that I lost the first 20 or so pounds. If I could meet one TV personality, I would like to some day have the opportunity to thank him for saving my life, for helping me to save my own life.

And then there is Sparkpeople. It just made the entire process much easier. Easier is not the right word, but it was easy to see where I needed to improve, it was easy to see what I needed to do. It provided me with all the necessary tools. The rest was up to me.

So anyways, I have learned so much this last year, give or take. I have made so many new friends. I have renewed convictions and aspirations. I have new inspirations. I am a totally different person than I was a year ago, both emotionally and physically.

I have read on SP that a year from now, your body will thank you. I can certainly attest to that. And I am certain that in another year from now, will be even better and I will be even more thankful emoticon
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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/16/2012 2:06PM

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You are a true inspiration!

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DEBBYFROMMT 11/15/2012 10:30AM

    OMG you are a walking advertisement for SparkPeople! Congratulations on one year!!!!

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TMCLEOD4 11/15/2012 8:31AM

    Congrats!! Keep it up!

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    Congratulations! You have come a long way. Thanks for sharing your story. It is great motivation for others here. emoticon
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HISTORYRUNNER 11/15/2012 1:19AM

    Thank you for sharing. This is quite a strong testimony. Can't wait to see what you will have to say next anniversary!

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NORWOODGIRL 11/15/2012 12:06AM

    emoticon Great success sorry. The best part is that it is on-going. You will continue to be successful!

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FEMISLIM 11/14/2012 11:10PM

    Happy Annivesrary!!!

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That is awesome!
Even though you didn't really engage until January...
You are here, you are doing it and you will make it another amazing year!
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BRAVELUTE 11/14/2012 10:34PM

    Sounds like a good solid relationship whilch will continue!!

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PJBONARRIGO 11/14/2012 9:21PM

    Woo Hoo! happy Anniversary to you! You are well on your way! Congrats on your awesomeness :-) emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    emoticon Congratulations on your Sparversary and your success!

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BIGPAWSUP 11/14/2012 7:22PM

    Congratulations on your Anniversary. You can celebrate a second one in January - the time it finally CLICKED! Fun!

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SHANTODD420 11/14/2012 7:02PM

    Happy Anniversary and here is two another year. You can do this congrats.

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    Happy Anniversary! Great job! :)

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    emoticon It is amazing what you can accomplish once you have the right tools to help and you can see that SP was the tool for you, and me too :)

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    It's amazing how much you have learned and grown in such a short time period!

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    Nice blog! Happy Sparkversary. Wishing you contnued success.

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JENNASGONNADOIT 11/14/2012 5:29PM

  Wow ... what a difference a year makes! I'm SO glad that Dr. Oz got to you and that you found SparkPeople ... and that everything finally clicked for you :)
Congrats on the progress so far and I wish you MUCH continued success for the next year!
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    What a powerful journey you have been on. Congratulations for finding your way to Spark and tracking and everything else. You are inspiring! emoticon

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