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    GIGI4AUSTIN   48,542
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A Year in Review

Friday, December 28, 2012

Well, I just celebrated my 1 year Sparkversary. Looking back 32.5 pounds ago.............Well, let's just say I felt like I would never make it this far.

I started out great a year ago with the Spark Program; Sparking everyday by checking in with teams, posting within the user community, tracking, etc. for about 3-4 months and as a result lost 12 pounds. Then, I stopped the program, went back to old habits, and put the weight back on.

In August, I really got serious about my weight loss and the Spark Program after seeing pictures from our vacation to Hawaii. I cried when I saw the pictures and knew it was time to get healthy and fit. I was by no means obese (at least in appearance) but doctor and medical weight charts said otherwise. Regardless, I did not feel good about my appearance and had no confidence whatsoever in anything.

Now that I am down 32.5 pounds, I feel and look so much better! I feel good in my own skin. I am no longer afraid to take pictures for fear of seeing my gobbler (aka.....my double or triple chin). I am no longer nervous to stand and sing with the band in front of our church congregation each Sunday morning. I feel so much better inside too because I have been running and exercising and feel in better shape. I don't feel out of breath walking up the stairs anymore and even choose to use them whenever possible. Just the mere fact that I am achieving the goals I've set out for myself is liberating and I feel so accomplished! It is a challenge sometimes, especially on the days I don't feel like exercising or going out in the cold to run, but meeting those challenges has boosted my confidence and my energy levels.

And the compliments.....I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the compliments and the affirmations that I am looking trim, fit, and younger to boot! I got a pair of boots for Christmas from my oldest daughter and I was hoping I could wear them with with my jeans tucked in them like most girls are wearing these days. I felt my hips were too big before, but I was pleasantly surprised........they look great! My hubby says I look hot! At 49 even!



(Sorry, I can't get it to rotate...)

I am so thankful for SparkPeople and I am also indebted to the many SparkFriends (and you know who you are) that have continually encouraged me with their sweet comments, and liking some of my daily status updates along the way giving me the boost and the confidence to continue in my journey. I'm not there yet, 1.5 pounds to go and maintenance after that! So cool!

I wish you all many blessings in the New Year and pray that you are making changes, one day at a time, to be healthy, fit, and happy too! You, deserve it!

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Gigi
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KRISKECK 1/4/2013 7:19PM

    Wow! Great accomplishment and great spirit - you look awesome -- congrats!

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THEEXERCISER 12/30/2012 11:23AM

    emoticon and emoticon on all of your accomplishments! You look great!

Carrie (theexerciser)

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WINNIE1978 12/28/2012 10:45PM

    You look amazing! I'm glad you stuck with it and you are feeling much better! emoticon

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AMBERNICHOLE3 12/28/2012 5:16PM

    You look fantastic!!! I hope in a couple months I am writing a blog just like this!

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AEROGIRL1594 12/28/2012 4:04PM

    Your story is so inspiring! I'm hoping that I will be this inspiring to someone else in the new year! Congrats! I know that it was a lot of hard work, but you do look amazing! Good luck losing your last 1.5 years, and with the whole maintenance process!
xoxo,
Emma
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BATCHICK 12/28/2012 3:44PM

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You look Awesome!

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