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2 Year Sparkaversary (baby pic!)

Monday, December 31, 2012

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!

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    What a beautiful smile! Glad you are doing well :) Going for a walk instead of eating is a good idea, one Im going to start incorporating into my life!
    1728 days ago
  • CYALE76
    I'm not sure how I missed your blog sorry about that. I'm so glad you are finally happy with yourself, you have come so far in your journey. You are an amazing person and a great spark friend I am glad to have gotten to know you and that we have been able to share our journeys with each other. I wish you the best in the year to come, happy sparkaversary !!
    1734 days ago
  • MELP06
    I love this, you sound so at peace with everything! He is adorable!
    1742 days ago
  • LESLEE33
    I am very happy for all of your accomplishments!!! You have a wonderful positive outlook on life, and your words are very inspiring, thank you! emoticon
    1748 days ago
  • SLJNZ29
    Congratulations on such an accomplishment. Both your new baby and the 2 yr anniversary with Sparkpeople.
    1750 days ago
  • CARI2012
    What an inspirational story! Though you are wrong about one thing- your journey IS special! Congratulations on all you have achieved and I look forward to seeing you accomplish even more of your goals. Enjoy that little guy... they grow up too fast! It's wonderful how apparant it is just how LOVED he is. Thank you for sharing! emoticon
    1754 days ago
    I know you will meet all your goals this year! Never ever give up and you wont.
    1756 days ago
    Happy New Year. The baby is adorable. He is getting big.
    1756 days ago
    Happy new year!

    Your son is adorable!
    1756 days ago
    What a cutie pie! Excellent motivation to keep going strong!
    1756 days ago
    Happy new year! He is precious.
    1756 days ago
    Happy New Year! And congratulations all over again on your son. That is an adorable picture of him.
    1756 days ago
    I also have anxiety and depression to battle with. You are not alone.
    The photo of your son is beautiful.
    1757 days ago
    Jersey Girl,

    You have made some many strides in so many ways it is truly amazing. I am so proud of you and all you have accomplished. Your devotion to Steven and deep love for him is always reassuring that there are people who really want children and want the best for their children. I know the struggle you have had but you continued to fight and in the end you got the best cutest baby in the world. I understand the joy of having a successful pregnancy. Stay strong and steady and you will get there! happy New Year emoticon emoticon
    1757 days ago
    You have come so far! I'm so happy I've gotten to know you over the last few years. :)
    1757 days ago
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