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Four years on Sparkpeople!


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Monday, February 11, 2013

Yesterday was my four year anniversary on Sparkpeople. It has been four years of ups and downs, literary. I lost within 16 pounds of my goal and then my husband got a job 1,700 miles from where we were living and my world turned upside down. I was left in Missouri for 3 months packing and getting our farm sold while he was in Washington. I had a lot to do and it got easier to just say I don't have time to get on line. I never completely left Sparkpeople but got out of the habit of tracking my food and getting on Sparkpeople was pretty sporadic. Now here it is 2 1/2 years later and I am back on here trying to lose the 29 pounds I gained back and the rest to reach my goal.

I am so glad that I found Sparkpeople! I have made some good friends on here and have even been fortunate enough to have met some of them in person. I am back and plan to stay this time. I am so thankful to my friends both old and new who have supported & encouraged me on here as I travel this journey to a healthier me!



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CATNCAG 10/29/2013 11:48AM

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I also checked out your SparkPage. U have a great looking family & I'm jealous of some of the vacations you've been on! I love those pics!


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NLYR20 9/17/2013 10:47AM

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WHITEANGEL4 5/13/2013 6:04PM

    I have left several times for a few months, but I always come back. Although I am happy with my body at this time, I could still afford to drop a few more pounds, but that is alright. I enjoy the support and people on Spark. WE are all working for the same things in the long run, a healthy lifestyle with a healthy body that is comfortable for us to live in.

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TERRIJ7 3/3/2013 5:26PM

    Except for the move, this could be my story. I've made some wonderful friends who keep me here at Spark, but I've lost, regained, lost, and regained about 30 lbs since I joined. I'm back to the beginning and ready to recommit. The good news is that I'm not starting from scratch--I already know what I need to do.

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QUEEN3510VA 2/25/2013 5:52PM

  Way to go!!!!!. Once we know what works, we know we can work it.

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SHERRYBETH84 2/25/2013 3:21AM

    You are not alone. I did something similar and I read, all of the time, about a member having to re-lose the weight they fought hard to lose. The thing is... You came back. That is what counts. You didn't give up on yourself or your dreams.
This is where dreams DO come true.

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BKLYNDIVA 2/25/2013 1:54AM

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SHANNONY84 2/22/2013 9:23AM

    Congratulations on using sparkpeople. Here lies a great social network!

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GRAMMAP1 2/17/2013 10:46PM

    You did it before, you can do it again! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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223DAISY 2/17/2013 9:25AM

    The goal is to never give up! emoticon emoticon

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DOODLEBUG46 2/16/2013 7:39PM

    Good Going! ... Look at all the mail and encouragement!!! How can we not do anything when there are so many behind us?!!? I think we're near each other geographically & will send a note. ... I, too, moved pretty rapidly three years ago and I'm just now getting back on track. It's not easy but we're moving!! Keep up the great work! emoticon

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JUDY1315 2/16/2013 12:53PM

    Happy Anniversary and way to go! I've just lost my FIRST 16 pounds, and feel great about it. I admire your perseverance to return and see your goal through to the finish. Good luck!

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PEACEHOPE1 2/15/2013 8:36PM

    I understand so well. I had an identical gain when I was approximately 15 pounds from my goal. Now I'm also in the process of re-losing that weight and the last 15, too. Best wishes to you on pushing through to your end goal! emoticon

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FALLNTENN 2/15/2013 6:30PM

    Happy Spark Anniversary!
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KARRENLYNN 2/15/2013 3:15PM

    Sometimes life gets in the way. But you didn't quit, you just stumbled. Glad you're back and we're all here to support and cheer you on!

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JIBBIE49 2/15/2013 2:00PM

    Great to see you blog featured in the Spark Mail.

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CMWARDRN 2/15/2013 9:48AM

  Welcome back to the SP family. emoticon emoticon I love SP. I am a slow loser and an emotional eater. This I know that SP will slways be a part of my life! emoticon

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FARIS71 2/15/2013 9:35AM

    SP is such a help. I've been away from it for nearly a week and I can totally tell mentally & physically. Let's keep up the good fight!

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LIVELYGIRL2 2/14/2013 10:19PM

  4 years here is super. How great is that??? emoticon emoticon

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2BFREE2LIVE 2/14/2013 7:56PM

    Wow~~seems like yesterday when we became friends not only on Sparks but in person as well. Congrats on you emoticon .

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CHRISBEM 2/14/2013 1:33PM

    Your four years here shows that it takes years, really a lifetime to take off the weight and keep it off.

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BRADIA 2/14/2013 12:56PM

    It is never too late to start again.
Love yourself, that will be the most sucessfull approach.
Happy Valentine's
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JACKIE542 2/14/2013 12:04PM

    Glad you are back, spark is the best place to be. emoticon

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NEWCHINELO 2/14/2013 10:08AM

    WELCOME BACK!

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WENDIQ 2/14/2013 10:00AM

    I'm a long timer too. For me, journaling everyday and playing a game or two is what keeps me on the straight and narrow. I vary up and down a lb. or two, but not much beyond that and I credit this site for helping me with the discipline to live healthy. I do exercises with Nicole and read encouraging blogs like yours.....Congratulations on your determination.....YOU WILL WIN! emoticon

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WALLINMW 2/14/2013 8:29AM

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NCSUE0514 2/14/2013 8:04AM

    Way to go

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123ELAINE456 2/14/2013 7:53AM

  Welcome Back!!! Happy Four Year Anniversary. SparkPeople is the WAY TO GO!!! You Can Do It. Enjoy the Journey. God Blessings To You and Everyone. Have a Happy Valentine's Day and a Wonderful Week. Take Care.

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SHARONKAY13 2/14/2013 1:15AM

  YOU HAVE HAD A LOT OF CHANGES TO DEAL WITH BUT AT LEAST YOU KNOW THIS WORKS. I AM NEW AND SO THRILLED TO HAVE SO MUCH TO LEARN. GOOD LUCK GOD BLESS.

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PAMLICO-DAZE 2/13/2013 7:57PM

    Enjoyed your blog! I am sure you will reach your goals!
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SWAN47 2/13/2013 7:46PM

    Welcome back. I'm thinking that's about how long I've been on SP. It's an everyday adventure with getting healthier. I know you can do this. Be determined and don't give up. You will reach your goals! emoticon

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JIBBIE49 2/13/2013 7:29PM

    Great to see your blog featured in the Spark Mail. What an honor. emoticon

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FRABBIT 2/13/2013 3:52PM

  Happy Anniversary. You can do it!

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