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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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ONTHEPATH2 1/21/2013 10:40AM

    Awesome job! Thanks for the inspiration!

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COUGARPAINTBALL 1/21/2013 10:33AM

    Great Work. emoticon

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SAILOR64 1/21/2013 9:40AM

  Great Job on your journey, so far. I know there are more chapters to come.



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WILDFLOWERMA 1/21/2013 9:18AM

    Thanks for sharing your journey - some very helpful tips!

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GIMME2AJ 1/21/2013 9:11AM

    emoticon Great job!

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PENOWOK 1/21/2013 9:01AM

    Beautiful transformation both physically and mentally-like a butterfly!!

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 1/21/2013 8:43AM

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BRASKIN 1/21/2013 8:04AM

  fabulous story.... the inspiration I needed right now. emoticon

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TRYINGHARD54 1/21/2013 7:47AM

    you look great!

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MILLEDGE2 1/21/2013 7:10AM

    You are so impressive! Best wishes for even more success!

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FITMARTI 1/21/2013 6:26AM

    Awesome

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MYRTLE811 1/21/2013 5:53AM

  What a beautiful story! You have been so successful by planning in small moves I think maintaining is pretty much like that too, experimenting with what works, catching the upward movement of the scale quickly and finding ways to keep it at the same level.
Keep going, much success to you!

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DUTCHONEY 1/21/2013 2:35AM

  An inspiration to all of us!

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SPIRALINGUP 1/20/2013 2:52PM

    Wow! Very inspiring! You look great!

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-AMANDA79- 1/20/2013 12:49PM

    emoticon You should be very proud!

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UWHK8STER 1/20/2013 12:47PM

    You are doing such a great job! It's great to see that the little steps in the journey that add up to the large changes.

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SPARKGUY 1/20/2013 11:27AM

    Woohoo -- congrats on both your results and even more importantly your mindset. Continuing to look at life this way will help you reach so many goals and have a profound impact on your baby!

Thanks also for your support by using SparkCoach to help you reach goals.

SparkCheers!

C
hris (SparkGuy)
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NETTYBREAD 1/19/2013 11:46PM

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So *PROUD* of you!!! Great reflection and advice. Slow and Steady wins the race.

Thanks for sharing!!!

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