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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�s 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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KHATHAWAY2 1/22/2013 7:05PM

  Your post and comments are very encouraging... emoticon

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 1/22/2013 4:43PM

    Well done

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RITAROSE 1/22/2013 2:28PM

  You look great! Congratulations on the hard work you did to get to the place you are today!!

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DRB13_1 1/22/2013 2:20PM

    emoticon for sharing your success story with us!
I love that you started with tracking and that it made you more aware of choices - it's one choice at a time, this or that?
Then you got moving and I knew the FitBit would be a nice addition to keep you motivated. I'm getting very close to 10,000 steps a day, but I'm not quite there yet.
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KERRYR2013 1/22/2013 1:41PM

    I love this blog post! thanks for sharing! :)

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JENMAH 1/22/2013 12:32PM

    I love how you describe the process of your weight loss journey. It is a process and a journey to decide to lose weight, to get fit, and to stay slim and fit. The journey doesn't end. All the best!

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KLONG8 1/22/2013 11:43AM

    Thanks for sharing your continuing journey. You've transformed your body and life. And pointed us all in the right direction. Way to go!

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TORTISE110 1/22/2013 8:15AM

    Such success! Thank you for posting your story.

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LEIAWINS 1/22/2013 8:09AM

    Thanks for sharing!!!

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MRSSCHENCK 1/22/2013 6:49AM

    emoticon on your success. I'm sure you feel as great as you look!

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    Great blog! Thank you! Congratulations!

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GRANDMABABA 1/22/2013 3:10AM

    So great! Tanks for the encouragement!

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    Congrats!!

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  Very encouraging! Thank you for sharing! emoticon

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SHATTERAHEART 1/21/2013 10:49PM

    You are an inspiration. Your persistence has earned you a healthier body & I'm sure much improved self-esteem. Keep it up. Thank you for sharing the insights that you have learned. You are beautiful! emoticon

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    Great job! It's very motivating to read your story. emoticon

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HELENWLMS 1/21/2013 9:51PM

    You are terrific! Good job.

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JUMPINJULIE 1/21/2013 8:33PM

    Awesome job. I'm so happy for you. Seeing your journey just motivates me to stick to mine Thank you.

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ANNELIZABETH918 1/21/2013 8:20PM

    Congrats!!! That is such an accomplishment :)

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THISISTHEREALME 1/21/2013 8:18PM

    AWESOME JOB!

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SPRINGBABY80 1/21/2013 7:59PM

  motivation!!!! keep up the good work. You look great

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    Congratulations, you look great. emoticon

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FARIS71 1/21/2013 6:50PM

    What a great journey you are on!

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KIN59VARA 1/21/2013 6:48PM

    Great blog thanks for posting!

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MARYGOLD5 1/21/2013 6:35PM

    Congratulations on your success. You look fantastic.
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KENWANNE2013 1/21/2013 6:33PM

    Good blog. I also started by just logging. Eventually I started to notice what I was eating and almost without thinking about it, started to moderate my diet.

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LINDY2013 1/21/2013 5:07PM

    Excellent! I identify with what you said about tracking just to write down what you ate at first, then noticing you can make different choices for better nutrition! I found that this tracking device here also shows a pie chart for proteins, carbohydrates, and fats....I find that fascinating!
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GRACEFULJOURNEY 1/21/2013 5:04PM

    Awesome job!!
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And thank you for the motivation and advice!

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FIRECOM 1/21/2013 2:52PM

    I, too, look forward to your next chapters. I am a lover of small steps and have blogged on the subject a few times. Great story and well told.

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ARUN4ONE 1/21/2013 2:43PM

    Fantastic! Job very, well done! I love how you kept "you" in the process!

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CHRISGORGME 1/21/2013 1:20PM

    Wow!!!!!!! Small steps really work! Keep up the good work! Thanks for sharing!! emoticon

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GOPINTOS 1/21/2013 1:20PM

    Thanks for sharing!

Have a fantastic rest of the day!
Melinda
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MASE72 1/21/2013 12:42PM

    Great blog! emoticon

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DR8561 1/21/2013 12:29PM

    emoticon You inspire me to keep going.

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AJB121299 1/21/2013 11:51AM

    Great job

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NEEDBU66 1/21/2013 11:12AM

    Loved the picture of the jeans. That says it all doesn't it!
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HELENEVM 1/21/2013 11:11AM

    Good job!! You are teaching a new generation on how to be fit and accountable!! emoticon

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GALINAZ 1/21/2013 11:03AM

    congrats and you are a great role model for your child

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MANILUS 1/21/2013 10:42AM

    Your good habits will keep you on track, congrats!!

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