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My 4th Sparkversary


Sunday, November 18, 2012

Today is my 4th Sparkversary, so I thought a celebratory blog would be in order. A lot has changed since I first joined, just before Thanksgiving in 2008.

I donít have records dating back to that time, because I reset something or other and wiped out everything before January í09. And even before I joined, I had been working on weight loss for 2 years and lost nearly 50 pounds. Here's what I looked like in 2005:



I was eager to maintain that loss and sensed that it could slip away easily. I had been tracking my weight on a NutriSystem site that had become impossible to work with (and still is!), and someone there put me onto SparkPeople. I never looked back.

I can tell you that a few things have changed.

Back then:

- I was averaging around 1600 calories a day, not bad, but a healthy third of it was composed of dessert, wine, and fried foodóconsumed after 7 PM!

- I wasnít tracking or drinking any water to speak of. My nonalcoholic drinks of choice were coffee and Diet Coke.

- I wasnít eating breakfast.

- I didnít even track exercise for a couple of months.

- I was, however, even then, doing my 15-minute daily pilates routine.

- When I did start, I was walking a 20-minute mileóprobably slower than that, because I was walking a desultory dog--and called it an extraordinary day if I did 3 miles.

- I wasnít active in any teams and had but one close SparkFriendóJANEDOE1234, who welcomed my first blog in March í09 with open arms. Her wise words, still true today: ďHi Sue, looks like you are new. Get set for a full mailbox! A key to success in weight loss for me is social interaction and Spark is all about lots of help from lots of people. Some of them I would never have imagined getting to know. As time goes by, I find I miss it if I don't get updates from everyone I 'know' here. (Of course it's always easier to email than to clean the kitchen, shine the teapot and brew up tea for real-live company.)Ē She remains my oldest SparkFriend. Later that year, I would reach out to my soulmate, Morticia, over Thanksgiving, and was thrilled that she actually enjoyed talking with me. Iíve since met Jane in person and talked with Morticia on the phone. One day, the Addams lady and I must meet!

- My ďOther GoalsĒ list was empty. I didnít start tracking those until mid-2009, and then only fruits and veggies.

- I weighed 125, but started dropping rather dramatically once I wised up. It was about a year later that I reached much too low a weight (below 115) because I was so thrilled with my success, then readjusted to a saner weight range bottoming out at 118.

Today:

- My target for sensible loss is between 1200-1400. Iím averaging around 1500 calories at the moment, so itís no wonder my weight is creeping back up again. Too much travel has taken its toll.

- Iíve eliminated wheat from my diet.

- Iím tracking water every day, and actually drinking it, too. Havenít had a Diet Coke in months.

- Breakfast is my favorite meal every day.

- I wear a pedometer all the time; track steps, mileage, and exercise minutes; and have a regular ST routine.

- I walk a 16-minute mile and aim for a minimum of 5 miles a day. Many days I do 6.

- Some of my very best friends are SparkFriends, and thanks to them, I am a more generous, kind, and positive person than I was before. Iíve lost two of them, Monty and WiseWife, which saddened me more than I can say. But I still have wonderful old buddies, whom I look forward to talking with, like RWETHAIRYET, Scooter, and so many others. And Iíve met new friends who I hope will never go away: MSMOSTIMPROVED; BROOKLYNBORN; my dear old NH teammates Holly, Robin, Doris, and Anne; my new Florida teammates TINKERBELL200 (are there really 200 of you pixies!?) , DMF2012, and CHOCOHIPPO, and their DHs. (Please donít be hurt if I didnít mention you by name. I still love ya!) They have seen me through as many ups and downs as my real-life friends, and I want to invite all of them down to Florida for a big party! (Well, okay, not all at once.)

- My Other Goals list is huge, consisting not only of team goals but also of goals like eating only when hungry, stopping when full, doing the thing I least want to do FIRST, writing a to-do list every morning, envisioning positive outcomes for the day, having an evening snack only if hungry, etc. Some of my old goals have fallen off the list because they became so routine or irrelevant.

- I weigh 120 and the same clothes fit me. The learning process of recognizing when my weight is on an upswing, and catching it, continues! But over the past 4 years, my weight has remained within an 8- to 10-pound range, rather than swinging wildly like it used to.

-Perhaps most important, I'm learning that maintenance isn't a point on the scale, but a range of weights, clothes that fit, a food and exercise plan that I can live with, and a feeling of well-being. And I've been in it for 6 years.



Thank you, SparkPeople, all my great SparkFriends, and my teams!!
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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MORTICIAADDAMS 11/20/2012 11:13PM

    I loved this blog. It's a treat like candy only healthier. It answered a lot of questions for me that I have wondered about and kept forgetting to ask.

You have always been beautiful even when you were overweight. LOL.

We started out eating about the same though as a nurse I knew better. I'm not sure how I ever thought I could get away with eating like that. Denial, I guess.

I loved reading about your plan and it makes me hope that soon I will have time to concentrate on myself. It's amazing that throughout all of the challenges you faced you managed to maintain your healthy lifestyle. You certainly have it together, GF. One of the the many reasons I love you.



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JANEDOE12345 11/20/2012 7:35PM

    I think Chubby Sue is cute! You look just as pretty as you are today but without the model-slimness that is now so distinctly your look. Maybe it's just that you are you, no matter what size, and it is always a delight to look at people we like.

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Pam

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MEADSBAY 11/19/2012 10:15PM

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Congratulations on your continued success!
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_UMAMI_ 11/19/2012 8:22PM

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It's nice to read a success story! You've inspired me to try to get more involved on SP again. I've been trying a few new things, but having trouble getting inspired on SP lately. Perhaps I need to switch up things again.

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NOTFATCAT 11/19/2012 5:07PM

    You have really learned how to live well, healthy, and happy.
You should sign up to co lead a newbie team as you have so much to offer those just starting to come to terms with their weight loss and healthy live goals.
Continued success to you.

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 11/19/2012 11:44AM

    emoticon I'm so happy for you! Hugs!

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VEENAS1 11/18/2012 9:44PM

    Happy Spark Anniversary Sue. Your attitude on how you respond to the good and bad things that have happened to you, are an inspiration to all your Spark Friends.
I am glad I am one of your Spark Friends.

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MERRYMARY42 11/18/2012 9:30PM

    Happy Sparkaversary, you have done so well, fantastic in fact, I got down to 117 bu could not keep it, and stay around 126 (low) to 128 and this is too much, but, I cant seem to get that desire that I did when I started, not sure but the first of the year, it may be 4 years for me too, maybe 5 and then again maybe 3, I guess I better go in and check to make sure.
You look great, and what you blogged makes all the sense in the world, I have slowed down, still walk my 60 minutes and get in my 10,0000 steps, but I only do about 2 1/2 miles per hour now, and that is barely aerobic, but I am going to get back down to at least 120 - 122 and stay there, I felt really good at that weight, and my meds were almost non-existant, and now back on a few of them.
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CARTOONB 11/18/2012 6:45PM

    Happy Spark-iversary!!! You are definitely a success story, in many ways!

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YELLOW09RED 11/18/2012 5:50PM

    This is a wonderful blog Sue,
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Have a wonderful new year on Spark with your teams.
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DMF2012 11/18/2012 4:37PM

    Congrats Suzy, you look fantastic! This was a great blog, and I'm so glad this has worked for you. You are a wonderful supporter and a great inspiration, and I'm glad you are one of my FL SP friends!

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BETHGILLIGAN 11/18/2012 3:29PM

    What a great blog!! You are such an inspiration to so many and many of us consider you a dear friend. You were the first person I stalked on SP. I just sort of "followed" you around and learned about the site. You inspired me from day one and made me feel welcomed when I felt overwhelmed and confused. Thanks for being you!!!!

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HDHAWK 11/18/2012 3:08PM

    Happy Anniversary! Congrats!

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MNNICE 11/18/2012 2:57PM

    Congratulations and Happy Anniversary! As the old (Virginia Slims?) commercial used to say "You've come a LONG way, baby!"

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WILLOWBROOK5 11/18/2012 1:31PM

    Happy Anniversary! You are an inspiration!!!
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_LINDA 11/18/2012 1:10PM

    Happy, happy emoticon Well done with sticking with it for so long!
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That is awesome you have made contact with some of your Spark friends! It will help keep you motivated!
Keep up the great work!

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JERIBERI1 11/18/2012 12:56PM

    Suzy, you are awesome!!

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HIPPICHICK1 11/18/2012 11:21AM

    Happy Anniversary!!
May you continue to live a healthy, charmed life.
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JANEDOE12345 11/18/2012 11:12AM

    Sue, you honor me with your friendship. It has been wonderful to follow along as you meet with one success after another.
I think of you as my friend in Florida, not as a virtual friend or even a SP buddy. You have become a friend indeed.
Happy anniversary. Thank you for your encouragement, wisdom and wit.

Namaste,
Pam

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JOYINKY 11/18/2012 11:03AM

    Congratulations Sue! What a wonderful description of your growth and the new life maintainence presents emoticon emoticon .

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DDHEART 11/18/2012 10:50AM

    Success personified!



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GEORGE815 11/18/2012 10:40AM

    Congratulations on your make over. I started SP because I was losing and gaining the same 10 pounds. Now I control my Diabetes 2 fairly effectively with the diabetes tracker. You look so much healthier.

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SHECHAM 11/18/2012 10:37AM

    Congratulations... thanks for sharing your words of wisdom... Wishing you many more happy Spark years. I am happy to consider you my spark friend...
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GOPINTOS 11/18/2012 10:34AM

    Loved this!! Thank you for sharing!!! emoticon

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TXTOAD9970 11/18/2012 10:31AM

    congrats on your sparkversary emoticon

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