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It's my birthday and I'll Spark if I want to

Tuesday, December 04, 2012


Tomorrow is my birthday. There are some things I have learned that may encourage you and I wanted to share them. Birthdays tend to be milestones and cause us to reflect on where we are today compared to one year ago. I have only been using Spark People since July, yet I have made significant improvements since my last birthday.

This year on my birthday:
I weigh about 25 pounds less.
I have increased my exercise from zero to 6 days a week for about 45 minutes/day.
I am doing strength training for the first time in my life.
I have increased my water intake from zero to 4 to 8 glasses of water every day.
I track my food daily instead of never-so that I can be knowledgeable about my nutrition, and eating habits.
I make a conscious decisions about everything I eat as opposed to eating mindlessly.
I eat less snacks and the ones I do eat are healthier.
I don't feel the need to snack while reading or watching tv.
I have learned how to make healthier choices when eating out.
I have increased my level of activity drastically.
I have lowered my cholesterol to normal levels.
I have more energy in general for everyday tasks.
I sleep better.
I have begun to go down in clothes size instead of having to buy bigger ones!
I have learned that one high calorie meal on occasion can still fit into a healthy lifestyle. (So I can have my birthday cake and eat it too!)
I am more positive, feel better emotionally and have hope for a healthier future.
I actually feel younger than I did on my last birthday! Whodathunkit?

There are so many benefits to living a healthy lifestyle. These are just a few. I have a long ways to go to get to a healthy weight. Thinking about that, I realize that if 5 months and 25 pounds can make me this much better, how great will I feel when I reach a healthy weight! It's exciting to look forward to the changes and progress I will see in the next year.

Don't wait until your birthday or New Year's or some other date to start becoming a better you. Start today. I think you will be very pleasantly surprised at how much you can improve your health by the time you reach your next birthday. One choice at a time. One day at a time. You can do this. You really can.

I am on a journey and I will not quit because quitting is not an option!
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2JUSTME 12/5/2012 9:58AM

    You are always such an inspiration. I hope you have a wonderful day and enjoy your birthday meal with you hubby.
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KARRENLYNN 12/5/2012 12:13AM

    Happy Birthday! Sounds like you got many great presents for your special day! Thanks for reminding us all the things to be thankful for on our own journeys.

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SHAMROCKY2K 12/4/2012 9:36PM

    emoticon HaPpY BiRtHDaY.. enjoy!

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DOTTIEJANE1 12/4/2012 8:17PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon You have accomplished alot .Success in 2013 for you . HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!

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HEYITSAPOSSUM 12/4/2012 6:59PM

    Happy birthday, friend! 25 pounds lost is AWESOME! Enjoy your cake and celebrate your special day! emoticon

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AMBREGOFF 12/4/2012 6:35PM

    I am so happy for you! My birthday is coming up in a few weeks and I really hope to have as much to be greatful for as you do!

ASG

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PATTOMMC3 12/4/2012 6:32PM

    Happy Birthday! Congrats on all the wonderful changes you have made!
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