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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Who knew losing weight was only one part of the journey? You will experience many positive changes, physically, mentally and emotionally.

When I started on Spark in July 2012, I had never really tried to lose weight before. I didn’t know if I could do it. I didn’t know how to get healthy again. The task was daunting. The pounds too many. I found myself saying things like, 'IF I lose some weight…'

A couple months later, and 5 or 10 pounds down, I was starting to figure out how to track nutrition. I was exercising on a more regular basis. Even though I wasn’t willing to acknowledge that I already WAS losing weight, I had some hope, and the start of a plan. I started saying, 'WHEN I lose weight…'

By the end of 2012, I had lost 29 pounds. I was tracking every bite, exercising almost daily, drinking water and tweaking things like carbs vs. protein. I was finally willing to admit that I was succeeding in my efforts to become healthier and lose weight. I did not have a personal trainer, gym membership, or ‘diet plan’. I was doing it simply by applying the knowledge I gained on Spark People and by using the free tools and support on the site. I began to say, 'AS I lose weight…'

Now, almost 7 months into the journey, I feel like I have turned an important corner. I have a healthy, livable plan that is working. I can actually see that reaching my goal weight is possible. I’m not there yet and won’t be for quite a while, but, I can now say, 'AFTER I’ve lost the extra weight…'

Quitting is not an option! I will reach my goal. I know that I can do it. And so can you!
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

ARTZWOMAN 2/1/2013 1:48AM

    You are an amazing woman with such a gift for words. Well done on the weight loss, the healthy lifestyle changes, and the encouragement that you're always sharing with others. I am so happy for you and so blessed by your blog.

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SHAMROCKY2K 1/31/2013 7:49PM

    First of all.. Congrats for all you have lost!
Your blog describes the process so well. I'm clicking "I liked this blog" so others, especially new members, can get something from it.

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WAYNE1997 1/31/2013 7:33PM

    I appreciate your positive message and am inspired to keep working at this. I am in an earlier stage in the process than you. I am beginning to admit that the process is working for me. Your blog's title drew me in and the the line that you will notice other positive changes sealed the deal. I had to read more and I am glad I did. Thanks for sharing your experiences here.

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BOBOBOBBI 1/31/2013 7:31PM

    LOVED this blog!!!! :) :) We can do it!!!

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