I started Spark on New Year's 2011, battling depression and anxiety, TTC (trying to conceive) with no results, 42 pounds heavier, buying the very last size available in the fat section of regular stores, and emotionally eating my way through my problems.
I start 2013 thrilled with the fact that I am starting the year at the same exact weight as New Year's 2012. Quite a personal accomplishment, considering I spent most of 2012 pregnant and am now getting used to life with an infant. I am 42 pounds lighter, healthier physically and emotionally. My instinct when I'm upset is to take a walk, not open the cabinets and graze. While I still enjoy food, I no longer emotionally eat or binge.
Looking to the year ahead, I still have a long way to go (probably 35 pounds.) But this is truly a journey - not a diet. I am finally in no rush. The goal is to live healthier and make sustainable changes over time. I look foward to challenging myself physically and being able to instill healthy habits in my son. This year I will take lots of walks around the block with my boy, introducing him to the world around him. I am going to sign up for a color run or a mud run with my brother, just for fun. I am going to swim this summer and not feel embarrassed buying, or wearing, a bathing suit.
I am starting 2013 happy with myself, whereas I started 2011 unhappy with myself.
For any newbies reading this, my journey is nothing special and I have no secrets. Follow the Spark plan, read the book, be active in the community and be kind to yourself.
For my friends who have been with me during this journey, thank you for all of your love, encouragement and support. Spark, and the Spark community, is the only approach to healthy living that has ever rang true with me. I attached a newer photo of my son!