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5TH Sparkiversary - pictures included - tips -a whole person gone!


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Today is Ash Wednesday and so happens to be my 5th year Sparkiversary!! Yeah!! emoticon emoticon

I have talked about how I took baby steps to lose those pesky 150 lbs and become half the person I was.


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It took a long time of losing a pound or two a week and having to start building exercise points more than once because of physical treatments. But here I am today - my 5th Sparkiversary - gone from 270 to 120. I reached my goal in June and have been doing well in keeping those pounds off. I feel so much better than I did 5 years ago. Heck I feel better than I did even a year ago. I think part of why I'm keeping it off is coming here daily and keeping track of my everything I eat and how I exercise. I have changed little, except my calories. While reaching my goal I kept them between 1200 and 1600. Now I keep them between 1500 and 1800. I haven't gone over one time! Mostly I average 1600 to 1650.

My greatest desire on this day is for all my Buds who are still struggling to reach their goal weight is that keep on keeping on. If you gain or stay the same for a few weeks, don't beat yourself up. Try to watch how much you eat in both portions and how often. And also try changing your exercise routine a little bit and see if you don't start losing again. Don't forget to reward yourself with a nonfood gift along the way. I would make smaller goals of 10-20 pound goals. I would then get ebooks for my Kindle, new clothes, I even got my Kindle when I went below 200. A day of beauty is always a good gift on reaching a special goal. I know you can do it because you are really special and deserving of being the best you that can be. I'm so proud of you for your contribution to this site and all you have accomplished. I love each and every one of you, too. Without you I would never had made it through this journey, but my health journeys, too. Blessings to all of you!!
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STORYCRAFTER 3/9/2013 12:03PM

    Thanks for sharing your story, Ev! I have reached my goal weight and am transitioning into maintenance. It is so encouraging to hear of successful maintainers like you, who have continued to eat sensibly and kept the pounds off! Kudos to you.

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APRIL_IN_MN 2/19/2013 11:10PM

    Happy emoticon !!!
You look great! And how wonderful to FEEL great! You are an inspiration, Ev.

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 2/19/2013 2:43PM

    Happy sparkversary!

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BEACHDREAMS 2/19/2013 6:24AM

    Wonderful work--excellent! Congratulations! I wish I could have you come talk to my class!

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EJOY-EVELYN 2/18/2013 12:16AM

    You are such a great role model for the healthy living lifestyle. You've made such great changes that will impact your life positively for years to come.

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FRUITYFUL 2/17/2013 12:25PM

    You are amazing! Thank you for sharing! For people like me who have a long way to go, this gives us hope.

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NEWMOM20121 2/17/2013 11:26AM

    Amazing, you have done and amazing job. Well done and congratulations.

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OVERHAULING-ME 2/17/2013 11:04AM

    LOVE this post and am so glad I stumbled across it! CONGRATS on your accomplishment and sticking with it. True example of determination and dedication! I have started and stopped so many times and am now in a good place of working on taking off a total of 155+ (40lbs gone)

Thanks for the words of wisdom!

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FITGRANDMA120 2/17/2013 10:16AM

    very inspiring

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SCOUTMOM715 2/17/2013 9:40AM

    emoticon Happy emoticon You look fantastic!! emoticon

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CAROLIAN 2/17/2013 3:30AM

    emoticon Youre looking spectacular emoticon emoticon

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MISHMOM 2/16/2013 4:33PM

    You are an inspiration! Wow! emoticon

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COACHPENNY 2/16/2013 8:24AM

    You are looking GOOD Ev! You give us all hope. emoticon

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OPALMOON 2/16/2013 8:14AM

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PMFISH 2/16/2013 1:08AM

    Congrats on your 5th anniversary! You are looking great and so happy that you are feeling so good. Keep up the good work.

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MISSDAISY23 2/15/2013 12:37PM

    emoticon on your emoticon

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BLOCKHEAD23 2/14/2013 12:33PM

    Congrats on your weight loss and your 5 year anniversary!!! You look great!

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SHARJOPAUL 2/14/2013 9:12AM

    Happy Anniversery and Congratulations.

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SENATOR9 2/14/2013 9:00AM

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CELIAMINER 2/14/2013 8:21AM

    Congrats on your emoticon ! SP needs some more Sparkversary emoticons.

Thanks for hanging in with SP and being a motivator!

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1STATEOFDENIAL 2/14/2013 1:59AM

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CHERIRIDDELL 2/14/2013 12:13AM

    You look absolutely wonderful Ev!

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DESERTJULZ 2/13/2013 11:09PM

    You look totally awesome! Congratulations!



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GOLFLADY11 2/13/2013 11:01PM

    You look awesome! emoticon I also love the advice, just keep on keeping on!! I think that way too!! emoticon You are an inspiration! emoticon

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MNNICE 2/13/2013 10:18PM

    Congratulations and Happy Anniversary!

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KARIDIAN1 2/13/2013 10:01PM

    emoticon What an accomplishment!

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MONIQUEDVA 2/13/2013 9:02PM

    Congrats on your accomplishment! I hope good health follows you all of the days of your life!!!

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JANRTEACH 2/13/2013 6:26PM

    wow!

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FAT2GAINHEALTH 2/13/2013 6:20PM

    A great success story and you look great and healthy.

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NORASPAT 2/13/2013 6:14PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon EV you look great and I agree on your skinny jeans.
I must admit I do keep track but I have been stuck on a plateau for well over a year after losing 40 pounds. I keep trying I rarely weigh- in because it is always the same.
I bought new scales and it is the same. DH uses them and he is variable but I am so much healthier. I have two medications I take for pain and I know the side effects are weight gain. I try to console myself if I was not on Spark and use these meds I would gain weight so. It's all fair in love and health, I just hide the scale.

emoticon EV you are definitely a success and a motivator too. emoticon

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SCOTMAMA 2/13/2013 6:01PM

    This is a success story if I ever saw one! That last picture you posted of yourself looks like you have on those "skinny jeans" all women dream about!

Hugs, Eve

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SLENDERELLA61 2/13/2013 5:50PM

    WOW, what an inspiring success story!! Thank you so much for posting. You look amazing and I don't doubt that you feel it, too. I am in AWE that you never go over your calorie range. (If you have any hints for me, let me know. I'm going on 4 years keeping off over 80 pounds, but my streak for staying in my calorie range is only 14 days! I really struggle to do it!) -Marsha

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1CRAZYDOG 2/13/2013 5:49PM

    You are my hero! You have not let obstacles get in your way. That's absolutely key! Taking it a day-at-a-time. HUGS and thanks for sharing your wisdom.



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BESCATS 2/13/2013 5:07PM

    emoticon emoticon That is just fantastic, and you look great !!
I love reading the success stories, and you certainly are a "success".
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0309COOKIE 2/13/2013 5:04PM

    Congrats on your Sparkversary! Your story is quite inspirational.

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MOM2ACAT 2/13/2013 4:17PM

    emoticon Congrats on your Spark-versary!

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NEVERORNOW 2/13/2013 3:52PM

    emoticon on your weight loss and your 5 years here! You are such an inspiration! emoticon for being YOU and for sharing your journey with us.

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PIMPINELLAN50 2/13/2013 2:54PM

    emoticon to you Ev!You are an inspiration and a motivator. emoticon emoticon

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SWDESERTLOVER 2/13/2013 2:38PM

    Wow, you look awesome. What an inspiration you are. I'm looking forward to the day I can write a blog about how I reached my goal.

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KASEYCOFF 2/13/2013 2:30PM

    Fantastic, Evvie!
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XANGELSTEARZX 2/13/2013 2:27PM

    emoticon You did an amazing job! Looking great!

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KIRSTENLYNN62 2/13/2013 2:22PM

    You are amazing! Congratulations on your weight loss and on your Sparkaversary! You are a true inspiration!

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BOOKWORM27S 2/13/2013 2:20PM

    Congrats on your weight loss!

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