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My spark journey (condensed version)

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Saturday, January 19, 2013


From my high weight of 212 in 2010, I lost 6 pounds mostly by working out. I struggled with the food tracker at that time because I wasn't ready for that level of commitment yet. Then I became pregnant so I went on hiatus from weight management, but a year and a half later I was above my pre pregnancy weight (of 206) so I decided it was time to do something. I was still nursing my baby so I started tracking food as a way to make sure I ate enough. This was January 2012.
I only tracked the food, I didn't try to conform to the suggested ranges initially. But simply tracking made me aware of the calorie density of foods, and I started seeing nutrition as a series of choices. For 100 calories, did I want a piece of whole wheat bread, a slice of cheese, or a dollop of mayonnaise? I didn't follow rigid plans or change what I ate, since I am a foodie and prefer fresh, whole foods. I just tracked the food I liked and learned what was worthwhile and what wasn't; what kept me satisfied, and what didn't. Eventually I was meeting the nutrition tracker goals enjoying most of the foods I already loved but practicing label reading and portion awareness. In July of 2012 I weighed 183.

Regarding fitness I had good intentions, but having been borderline obese for most of my adult life I was unaccustomed to moving very much. When we went on vacation in the summer, I did a lot of walking and decided I wanted to continue being more active. And that was just when SparkCoach came online! At first it was a challenge to do 10 minutes every day, but I have done it at least 6 days a week ever since, and I eventually moved on to 20. I am a big believer in strength training and know a lot about it, but I hadn't really understood cardio before SparkCoach pointed me in the right direction. Once I got my fitbit I was really motivated to do 30 minutes a day and more. On 12/12/12 I weighed in at my goal of 165!

People argue whether nutrition or fitness is more important to weight management, when the real issue is motivation. Chris Downie´┐Żs book The Spark lays out the concept of building the habit of success with small, achievable goals. I've come to think of it as a tree that has grown from an almost invisible seed. At first I just wanted to get back to 190, and then I wanted to get to a healthy BMI, and I met people who had lost more weight than me and maintained it for the long haul, and my dream just kept growing bit by bit. It's still a young and tender tree that needs guidance and protection. I'm new to maintenance and have seen some people falter there, but I believe that if I keep up my habits that brought me this far, I can succeed.


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EMILYDOODLE 1/26/2013 8:17PM

  i track my food everyday. it keeps me from eating too much. also try to exercise everyday, 3 days of strength training and the rest of the days do cardio, & yoga everyday too. so far almost a year i haven't gained any of my weight back.

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BELLEFAITH42 1/25/2013 12:41PM

    Thanks for linking to your 'long' version in this post. There were a few things in there that REALLY jumped out at me - this is one of them -
'I really bought into that "fats for health and satiety" concept and that insulin from carbs was the big demon'
and also your recommendation for the Mind over Body Series

Both were inspiring and very helpful in a practical way. Thanks for the inspiration!



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  Great work! I'm really happy for you =)

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    Congratulations and thank you for sharing your story.

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LESLIESENIOR 1/24/2013 4:57PM

    Great job, Trish. Thank you for sharing your journey so eloquently. Congratulations on your success in nutrition, fitness, and in life!
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    Good for you and congratulations!

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    Congrats you look amazing !! Thanks for sharing your story such an inspiration knowing each day I can make a better choice my be little but worth it :)
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    Good job. keep up the good work.

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    Awesome! You are so right!!

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    Congratulations on your success! Very inspiring.

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KWING517 1/24/2013 9:26AM

    I love the tree!! Great analogy!

It won't be long before you're a big, strong oak tree - your branches are already strong enough to support other Sparkers :)

Thanks for sharing!!

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    such a great blog! you look fabulous! have an awesome day! you can do this! you are worth it!

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  Congratulations! You have come a long way, and you look great!

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    Absolutely amazing! You so deserve to be honored!

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    Small changes can lead to bigger ones! Congrats on the weight loss and keep it up :)

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    Inspiring with good advice to take baby steps at first which ultimately lead to great success!! emoticon

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    You are an inspiration! Thank you for sharing!!

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ILIKETOZUMBA 1/23/2013 12:16AM

    How wonderful!! I'm so glad you found such great success. Congratulations! It sounds like you are WELL prepared for maintenance. :)

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GRAMMAP1 1/22/2013 11:22PM

    The reason I like your blog is that you started out small and seemed to see the next step needed. I do believe the older you are, the harder the chore. I like your example of not getting up tight, but go with the flow. emoticon emoticon

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CM_GARDNER78 1/22/2013 11:00PM

    This is an awesome blog!!! You hit the nail on the head 110%...as far as setting small goals for yourself, and watching what it turns into!!! :-) You have done a great job!! Keep it up!!

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    Great job!

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