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100 pounds lost and 2 year Spark Anniversary

Friday, January 04, 2013

So…I wasn’t going to blog today but then I realized that today is my 2 year Spark Anniversary and what better way to celebrate than to also be 100 pounds down! Yes, so I peeped at the scale this morning and I am 187.4 ( a little over 100 pounds down, I will change my ticker on Thursday).

To begin, for all who don’t know my story here is a quick “Get to know me.” I started SparkPeople on January 4, 2011; I was standing in the checkout line of the supermarket and I saw a magazine cover that had a lady on it that lost a lot of weight the caption read, “I lost weight with SparkPeople”. The cover struck me and as soon as I returned home I googled SparkPeople and came across this site. I thank God for that moment as it truly changed my life. I signed up but at first I was hesitant, I didn’t post any pictures of myself due to being uncomfortable with the way I looked and also leery of posting pictures on the Internet. Anyway I started Spark that day; I read articles, searched pages and made friends. I started slow, no soda, no eating after 8 pm, no fried foods, etc. Then I started doing the Spark People videos, at 288 pounds boy were they a challenge but I did what I could and gave it my all. I remember my heart pounding and sweating profusely while trying to do the 6 minute Butt Blasting video (which is so easy to me now by the way). Then I started walking, with dreams of jogging…I would go to JMERLAU, ABSOLUTEZERO and SANDIEGO JOHNS pages and see how much they have accomplished and I aspired to be a runner like them (still a work in progress). Well late Jan. 2011 I started jogging slowly and not far but I was moving on May 7, 2011 I ran my 1st .25 mile non-stop (a big accomplishment for me at the time). After I realized that I wouldn’t die from running/jogging I decided to push for 1 mile (boy did that sound far) after getting advice from my running SparkBuddies I set out gradually jogging to increase my distance to a mile and on June 1, 2011 I ran 1 mile non-stop and my time was 9:59 at this time I had also lost well over 70 pounds in 6 months (dedication).

Fast forward about 2 weeks, now I am totally hooked on running and shedding fat and pounds like crazy. One day after running the bleachers at a local high school with my husband and son I come home and felt faint. I immediately knew something was wrong, I sent my husband out to get a pregnancy test and low and behold it was POSITIVE! This was such a wonderful blessing as the doctor had just told me in Dec. 2010 that I would not be able to conceive a baby without fertility meds (which I tried in Dec. but the hormones made me way too sick). I continued to try to work out at first but pregnancy makes me very ill so after getting down to about 216 pounds I had to stop working out, due to sickness my eating habits were not on par either. I drifted away from Spark while pregnant; I tried to check in every few weeks and was always happy to read messages from my SparkFriends while I was away.

June 2012, 1 year after my break from Spark I am ready to come back, I had my wonderful daughter Feb. 5, 2012 and it took be a few months to get my butt back in gear. After I had her I was 250 pounds but by June I had ballooned back up to 270 (OH MY). On June 7, 2012 I started over just like before, full force and with my goal in mind. Now here I am 7 months later 100 pounds down (from my heaviest Spark Weight) and over 80 pounds lost in 7 months. 2 years into my journey and I feel younger and healthier than I have in ages.

I credit my SparkFamily for giving me the guidance and the PUSH that I needed to succeed and for always being there for me. KIBAISREADY always stop by my page when I was inactive to check on me and to cheer me on, this meant so much to me and gave me the motivation that I needed to come back. I have met so many wonderful people on this journey; I cherish every friendship that I have made. I am so excited and blessed to be at this point and so near my goal. For any newbie that may read this blog please know that YOU CAN DO IT! Trust me if I can, YOU CAN. Get up, get active and know that YOU ARE WORTH IT.

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TOSHIKO120 4/24/2013 1:15PM

    emoticon this blog! Wish I'd seen it earlier! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon for sharing and continuing to inspire! I've received a little more motivation ammunition reading about your success! emoticon

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RAMONAFLOWERZ 2/28/2013 10:23AM

    Wooooo! Great job and thanks for the inspiration

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CUPCAKE_PIRATE 2/27/2013 8:30PM

    Wow, your story is AMAZING!! I'm so happy for you!! You've given me hope! :)

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PRINCESS1959 2/22/2013 12:22PM

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JCHRELLE_04 2/18/2013 5:53PM

    Very inspiring. I hope that I can hold fast to the spark myself and continue to succeed.
Congrats on your triumphs and best wishes on any goals you seek to accomplish.

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NEW-N-FIT-ME 2/16/2013 11:15PM

    Thank you for your post... It makes me feel inspired.

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SKINNYYENNY 2/13/2013 8:56PM

    Wow! What an awesome story! Congratulations on your huge accomplishment and thank you for being an inspiration!!!!!

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GODZDESIGN95 2/8/2013 8:20AM

    wow you got support. Here is one more. Congrats, emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon thanks for supporting me on my fitness minutes.

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BREW99 2/5/2013 4:33PM

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KIBAISREADY 2/5/2013 1:13AM

    OK GIRL HOW DID I MISS THIS emoticon OH GIRL I'M JUST SO PROUD OF YOU ! WELL DESERVED HARD WORK DEDICATION PAYS OFF! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TUBLADY 2/1/2013 11:56AM

    OH my gosh I almost missed this blog. I am so glad I didn't.
You are a roll model for sure. To have a baby, gain and then get back to losing and getting yourself fit, it's a story that more need to know.
Congratulations.
You know it was a Spark story in a magazine that got me into Spark too. , I signed up that very day. I too took a while to get pictures and fully into Spark. But I know now it's one of the best things I ever did.
I am so glad to know you and have you as a friend.
I wish nothing but the best of success for you.
Be strong, stay positive.
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KRISTEN_SAYS 2/1/2013 10:22AM

    Congrats!!

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QTEALADY20031 2/1/2013 10:21AM

    WOW! emoticon You are a perfect example of never give up and quite an inspiration. You look great! I finally got serious about two months ago. It seems like you play around with this until you realize, I have to do something. Its slow but the weight is coming off. I am looking forward right now to Onderland! Have a great week-end! emoticon emoticon emoticon June

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PRINCESS_PIA 1/30/2013 5:27PM

    wow what an inspiration!!!! Your almost at your goal weight!!!!

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FRENCHTOSD 1/25/2013 8:36PM

    I'm so thrilled to see your success today. Somewhere along my journey you left a comment that gave me hope in a bad moment. Coming over here that day to read your blog was such a blessing. Your positive attitude shone though your writing and I KNEW I found someone else who was going to make it. That had to be two years ago because I don't think you were pregnant when I was here before.

Thanks for proving me right and just keep on doing what you're doing. It took me four years to go from 275 to 150 and I am still here today - 18 months later - eating healthy and exercising all the time - just like you.

It's all because I was lucky enough to find this site too. Lucky, lucky us.

Sharon

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KANOE10 1/25/2013 7:27AM

    That is a wonderful accomplishment. You are very inspiring. I know you will continue to do well with your Spark family. I found Spark the same way. I read a magazine article that mentioned Spark as a key to success.

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MRSSCHENCK 1/21/2013 7:40AM

    What an awesome story. I'm so glad I came across your page. I started two years ago, too. I wish I would have found you then. I'm sure you would have kept me motivated and I'd be where you are now. emoticon

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4EVER21B 1/15/2013 4:16PM

    You are now the Spark! Thanks for sharing your wonderful story.

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WANT2BHEALTHY11 1/14/2013 8:51PM

    Congratulations on your weight loss!!!!!!!! You are such an inspiration to the rest of us:) Thanks for sharing this blog emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NOMOEXCUSES13 1/14/2013 4:43PM

    Sooooooo motivational! Wow! I'm so proud of you! You look great and I loved this blog! I am pumped up and ready to become a success story just like you! God Bless!

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RESTORED_ME 1/13/2013 11:51PM

    Incredible testimony!

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KIYOSHI04 1/13/2013 10:11PM

    you are so awesome!

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SCHENPOSSIBLE 1/13/2013 9:17PM

    wow way to go! Congrats to you!!

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MSILVER94 1/12/2013 5:44PM

    Wow! Great blog and SO motivating!! I am back up now but reading how you blasting right back to were you were and then some is SO motivating! I am VERY glad you posted. Congratulations!!!

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FRENCHIFAL 1/11/2013 12:06PM

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Congratulations...what an incredible two years you've had!! I hope 2013 ends up being the best year yet!!

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DIANER2014 1/11/2013 7:11AM

    Congratulations on your awesome weight loss! Thanks for the inspitation and motivation! emoticon emoticon

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FRANCES-AGAPE 1/7/2013 10:41PM

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Girl, YOU are emoticon

And VERY INSPIRING !


Have a Terrific Tuesday !

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LOVE and BLESSINGS !

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MY9STONEJOURNEY 1/7/2013 2:26PM

    I am soooooooooo freaking proud of you!!! You ROCK mama!!!

#chillBumps #Motiviation #Encouragement #Inspiration

You are all that and MORE!!!!

Hugs

Steph

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BREW99 1/7/2013 2:07PM

    Congrats and thanks for the motivation!

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TINA5318 1/7/2013 12:03PM

    Thank you for sharing...you are an inspiration ! emoticon

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BEATRIZ269 1/6/2013 11:53PM

    Lady you are extremely remarkable! What you have accomplished with unwavering committment is extremely remarkable. With all your daily responsibilities you took charge of this aspect of your life and you made the positive changes needed and here are the results. Thank you for sharing your journey with me. I am very inspired and motivated with your accomplishment and look forward to naming you when I get to my goal as one of my supports as you have named those who motivated and inspired you.

Congratulations to you and I wish you the best in life with your family and your on-going journey.

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MZPERSEVERANCE 1/6/2013 4:34PM

    Beautiful Testimony! Congrats on your baby and your weight loss! What an achievement. Keep Pressing!!!

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BE-THE-CHANGE 1/5/2013 6:44PM

    Congratulations! That is a real accomplishment.
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CRISSA1669 1/5/2013 4:07PM

    Congratulations I am thrilled for you and I can totally relate. Keep on going, keep striving you're doing wonderful!!

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SPRINKLECHEZ 1/5/2013 11:43AM

    I could not be more proud of what you have accomplished. I am blessed to have you in my life. Keep Sparking It Forward! Your friend - 'Sprink"

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NIKKICOLE83 1/5/2013 10:57AM

    You are so awesome! And to think you came back and accomplished so much after having a baby is amazing. You have always inspired me and I am so happy for you!

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LUVGOODMUZIK 1/4/2013 11:24PM

    Very inspiring and you look great!! Congrats!

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MIDNIGHTER1 1/4/2013 11:19PM

    emoticon and emoticon You are a fierce warrior. Your uplifting comments always motivate me to work harder and your work ethic is amazing. You should be proud. As you like to say,"FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION" emoticon

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KTTAYLOR21 1/4/2013 11:08PM

    I have been on Spark coming up on 3 years and you have ran circles around me with your dedication and accomplishments. You have been such a motivation!! I am so thankful to you have as a emoticon !!! I do remember your running accomplishments. You have done an emoticon job!!

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PURPLE180 1/4/2013 8:31PM

    emoticon , Everyone. emoticon

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RDGISME 1/4/2013 8:14PM

    emoticon motivator, girl!! I really neded to hear those very words today, so I thank you from the bottom of my heart! You have not just motivated me, you have INSPIRED me!

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LANEYTHEGIRL 1/4/2013 7:52PM

    how wonderful and inspiring. you rock.

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HDHAWK 1/4/2013 7:10PM

    The fact that you stuck with those videos and then started running despite how tough it was will inspire many. I lost a bunch of weight with spark and have gained it all back plus more. I've just started over in the last week and it's tough but since I've been through it before I know it will get easier. Congrats on all you've accomplished and on your new baby!

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KT-NICHOLS-13 1/4/2013 7:02PM

    How exciting!!! YOU ARE AMAZING.

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DDLM13 1/4/2013 7:00PM

    emoticon That's great!!

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SILLEEINSD 1/4/2013 6:54PM

    You are truly inspiring!!!

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SWAZY33 1/4/2013 6:12PM

    So proud of you!


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YESCURLYCAN 1/4/2013 5:50PM

  emoticon I am so happy for you!! I knew that you would make it happen and sooner than I thought. emoticon emoticon

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