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2 Year HealthSparkiversary (Pics included)


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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Two long or short years ago depending on if you are a half full or half empty kind of person, I decided once and for all to forgo dieting and learn to live a healthy life. I joined Weight Watcher’s and signed up on Spark and never looked back.


I started with baby steps. I could only walk a 21 minute mile. I tracked everything I ate and I stayed in my point range (calorie) range but didn’t worry too much about the exact thing I ate. The better I felt the more I did. My eating became methodical (I haven’t had a French fry in 2 years), my water intake was awesome and I was more active.


I had lost about 50-60 lbs in May when I decided to walk/run my first 5k. I was hooked after that and entered into a lottery to complete the Houston Aramaco Half Marathon, it actually fell on what would be my one year anniversary. It was a sign.


January 15, 2012, I completed my first half marathon. I had lost over 110 lbs and I felt good, but I wasn’t at my goal, so I continued on.

Unfortunately, that was the highlight on my 2012. I had many obstacles that I encountered. My husband left me at the end of April, I became a single parent, working a million hours a week, If ever I were going to lose his battle it would have been then. But alas I kept working and losing. The ongoing divorce left me with financial issues, and a medical issue. October proved to be an even worse month, when I discovered a lump in my breast. Luckily, it wasn’t cancerous and that was reason to celebrate. However, I was still having issues with trying to get divorced and things were bleak.

I decided that I would dedicate 2013 to being the girl I was always meant to be. I got to my original goal weight in 2012 but I want a little more this year and I want to get really strong. I celebrate my 2 year anniversary by completing another half marathon.
Sunday, January 13, 2013, the weather was frigid 46, wind chill 30 and rain, but I was on the start line at 6:50 am. There was nothing that was going to stand in my way. Life could throw whatever it wanted at me and I was going to finish. I may not beat my time; but I was finishing. The music started and we made our way to the start line. My mantra was “just bring it, cause I got this.” The first 4 miles were wet but fast. Mile 6 was tough but the rain had stopped. Mile 9 made me want to cry. I walked mile 12. I ran across the finish line hurting, cold and wet but with a sense of pride and accomplishment that I’m not sure many people get to feel. I crossed the finish line knowing that I can indeed do anything that I allow myself to do. I will no longer fear or be afraid of doing anything. The only thing to be afraid of is not doing it.





My latest saying is this “You have to start to finish!”
I am told often that I am motivational and an inspiration and that does feel good. I hope I inspire the masses but most importantly I hope I inspire my daughter. I never want her to feel the shame or embarrassment that I have felt. I don’t want her to ever let food or laziness control her. So with all that being said here is my secret to success… you have to want it more than you want food or to lay on the couch. It’s hard and it never really becomes easy but I can tell you that after losing almost 150 lbs, it feel so much better to hurt after a half marathon than it does to hurt from being obese.




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LIZZI619 3/5/2013 10:56AM

    i have not been on the spark boards for over a year. (wow time flies) But i remember your posts! you look fantastic and are truly an inspiration, not only in weight loss, but in how strong you are for yourself and your daughter. Beautiful inside and out.

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ZOE13O 2/14/2013 7:35PM

    Whenever I lose my focus, I log on to SP and your page and get my motivation back by seeing how far you have come. You truly are an inspiration!! Thank you for sharing your story with us and letting us share your journey!

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DOTTY7267 2/11/2013 2:55PM

    Happy Sparkiversary and Congrats on the loss and maintenance!

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STAYCXL-NOMORE 2/5/2013 11:30AM

    Way to go , your story is such a inspiration thanks for sharing :)
Stayc

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GATORJOY 2/5/2013 7:41AM

    emoticon I just love Sparkers with determination and a sharing spirit! Congrats!

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CURVEBALL71 2/3/2013 6:05PM

  Great story. Congrats on all of your hard earned success!

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MASTERPIECE8 1/28/2013 1:27PM

    What an awesome and inspiring story. Your daughter is lucky to have such a terrific mom - someone to really look up to.

Barb

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LIVINHEALTHY9 1/24/2013 9:06PM

    Kudos to you on overcoming all the hardships and triumphing over adversity last year.
You are a truly strong woman. Congrats on all your accomplishments and all the best in 2013.

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EARTHTONED84 1/23/2013 2:00PM

    This is so inspiring. I am completely in awe of the obstacles you encountered then crushed in getting to your goal. You go girl! Keep up the great work! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RUNNING-TURTLE 1/23/2013 10:44AM

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LEIAWINS 1/23/2013 7:33AM

    thanks so much for sharing!!

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THEIS58 1/23/2013 4:06AM

    Love it!

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SPSPSP1 1/22/2013 10:46PM

    So glad you are living a healthy lifestyle!

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SPRINGBABY80 1/22/2013 6:01PM

  Absolutely, Awesome, keep up the good work and good for you.

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KJDINSC 1/22/2013 9:19AM

    Wow, what an amazing journey!

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HEIDISUE1 1/21/2013 8:16PM

    How wonderful that through all those troubles, you didn't eat yourself back to where you were. Congrats! May good things come to you this year. emoticon

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REDVELVET21 1/21/2013 11:43AM

    Way to go! Love your position to stay positive and stay focused!!

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CRISSA1669 1/21/2013 8:04AM

    I know there are a bazillion "congratulations" comments for you...but I just had to add the bazillion and ONE: Congratulations for it all. Thank you for sharing your life. Now this is REALITY TV...this journey is real. The thought of what you and so many of us have gone through brings me to tears and encourages me as well as makes me thankful for the things that I have NOT gone through. I pray that you are continuing to be encouraged and striving for your dreams. You are living proof that that can be achieved!! Well DONE!!! :)

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HAPPYMENOW58 1/21/2013 3:20AM

    Way to go! You inspired me to join SPARK,

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HAPPYMENOW58 1/21/2013 3:16AM

    Way to go! you inspired me to try this program! emoticon

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GR8BY48 1/20/2013 11:44PM

    What a wonderful and inspiring story! You look fantastic! Congratulations on your awesome achievement!

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NEWTINK 1/20/2013 11:32PM

    You have only just begun .. you can do anything with that will of yours emoticon

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HAPPYCRICKET 1/20/2013 10:23PM

    You so inspired me today! Thank you for sharing emoticon I espcially love how you are not just stopping with "okay" but really pressing on to be te best you possible. Way to go. Your daughter is lucky to have a role model like you for her mom.

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MANDIETERRIER1 1/20/2013 9:21PM

    Awesome

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DMORGAN1009 1/20/2013 7:34PM

    Thank you for sharing your great story. It gives me hope and motivation to keep on pushing through all the ups and downs. My healthy change has already made a huge impact on my children, and I'm quite certain that yours will too!! Congratulations! You look FANTASTIC! emoticon

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MANILUS 1/20/2013 2:06PM

    You are very strong and yes it is a lot of work to stay healthy. Congrats on your success and I wish you much happiness!

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GIANTOCR1 1/20/2013 8:33AM

    You are a real inspiration. You have done an incredible job. WTG!!!

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CHANGE4THEBEST 1/20/2013 6:06AM

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Congratulations on your weight loss - you are a true motivator emoticon

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ILIKETOZUMBA 1/19/2013 9:50PM

    That's just amazing! You have persevered through so much, I am blown away. WAY TO GO!! You really are inspirational. :) And you look phenomenal! Look at how happy and healthy you look in those photos! I'm so thrilled for you. :)

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SEATTLE58 1/19/2013 9:34PM

    Wow Girl, I am so, so, soooo proud of you and all that you've achieved! You will go on being an inspiration to masses, like you want to be! I want to add you so I can look up to you and continue to look up to you and for all you've done, that I can do lose my last 25 pounds. I've really been struggling since the holidays and I put on a couple pounds and now I'm working so hard to get those off again! Thanks for all you wrote and for who you are and for all you've done to get there!

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DOODIE59 1/19/2013 9:30PM

    You commented on one of my blogs way back when I first started, and you were early on in your efforts --- It is unbelievably wonderful to see what you have accomplished in the last two years. You blow my mind:) Congratulations on turning your life around. I am so sorry you had such a horrible 2012, but once again I am very impressed with your positive approach to dealing with it.

Here's to being the girl you were always meant to be!
Deirdre

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SCOTMAMA 1/19/2013 8:55PM

    Your blog is truly inspirational! You can be proud of yourself, and know you can do anything you set your heart on!

You Are A Success!

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FIRECOM 1/19/2013 7:50PM

    What an inspiration you are to me. I have always said that the road we are all on was bumpy, but you have redefined bumpy. Contratulations.

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CURVYGURL8 1/19/2013 4:42PM

    You rock! Thank you for sharing!

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WILDFLOWERMA 1/19/2013 2:12PM

    Wonderfully inspiring blog!

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LISBETHSALANDER 1/19/2013 12:41PM

    I celebrate your fortitude in the face of such personal obstacles. You are mentally as strong as can be, you will surely make your body strong and living by example is the best way to teach your daughter. I am inspired by your achievement and wish you the best in 2013.

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KOOKYKATHIE 1/19/2013 12:28PM

    Here's to 2013!

So impressed how you had the determination to stick through the down spots of 2012.

You are truly an inspiration to me and a million and half others (according to SparkGuy). emoticon emoticon

I am so Blessed and Inspired (sorry about my pig out last night!)

You and your daughter are so beautiful and you are such a wonderful Mother by being a healthy example for her. emoticon


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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 1/19/2013 11:44AM

    You are beautiful INSIDE and OUT! (So is your gorgeous daughter!) Good for you on overcoming so many obstacles and remaining true to your goal of losing and keeping the weight off. I think what you went through would have derailed most people. You are AMAZING!

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CM_GARDNER78 1/19/2013 11:36AM

    Awesome - keep it up for you AND your daughter!! Way to GO!

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2BEEFIT 1/19/2013 11:10AM

    This is wonderful.

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VOLLEYGIRL77 1/19/2013 10:32AM

    Awesome! Congrats!

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