What I have given up with Sparks, but in turn have gained

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

I joined sparks in early September and let me tell you what a ride it has been. I couldn't have lost 26 lbs without Sparks and all the wonderful Sparks Friends I have. It's been an amazing journey and although has had some downs, it's mostly been full of ups!

Since joining SP I have given up a lot of things on my quest to find the healthier Me. I gave up pop, I could easily drink a 2L a day sometimes more. I gave up bread, as I found out that I have a gluten issue and eating bread, even just one slice makes me feel sick. Pasta was my food of choice on any day, cooked anyway I could get it. I gave that up as well. I went from having an XL tea with triple milk triple sugar to havingone no calorie sweetner. Kool-aid was my other drink of choice apart from pop and that went the way of the Doh-Doh. I now have water with a little bit of Mio in it (again no calories in it). I hated water, I still don't like the taste of it plain but I won't go back to high sugar drinks again. I also gave up the large dinner plate in lieu of a saucer. My portions were out of control, I would fill a huge dinner plate and go back for more.

But the biggest things I gave up: EXCUSES AND LAZINESS!! I kicked them out the door without a look back. Sure sometimes I can slack, I'm human and I've spent 32 years getting into those dirty habits, I can't change over night, but pretty darn close. I made up my mind that I'm giving up the old me!!

Now onto what I've gained. I've gained my self worth back. I'm Mel first, Mother second, Wife third and Fur-kids Mom fourth. I'm a daughter, a sister, an aunt and a friend, not in that order, but that is determined on a day to day basis.

I've gained a portion of my waist line back, a smaller bust size (although kind of depresses me, but bras will be cheaper lol). I've gained energy, health and my back and knees back. I've gained perspective on healthy habits and choices. I've learned that I don't need to say no to ice cream and the like, I just need to say no more after a serving. I have gained happiness from having my pant size go from 22 to almost an 18 in the course of 3 months.

The biggest thing I have gained back is the ability to hold my chin high and be confident that I can reach my goals and I'm well on my way of doing so! I'm confident in who I am!!

So onward and upward (and downward with the scale lol)
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  • THOMS1
    1931 days ago
    What an awesome blog! You need to really remember this. You deserve to be PROUD of yourself.
    1931 days ago
  • JACKIE542
    Good job!
    1931 days ago
  • CGREEN9310
    This is WONDERFUL! I am right there with you. I also joined in Sept and am at a 24 pound loss so far. Reading your blog was like realizing that I have done most of this too. No more pop/ soda for me unless it is Fresca or Coke Zero and that is RARELY (maybe once a month), LOTS more water, no more pain in my ankles or knees, and the list goes on and on.
    Congrats your success emoticon
    1931 days ago
  • DARJR50
    Way to go!!!
    1931 days ago
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