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Two-Year Sparkversary!

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Monday, February 25, 2013



When I began my journey back in 2009, I weighed 255 lbs and was morbidly obese. That's the first picture. On my own, pre-Spark, I managed to lose 27 lbs in about 15 months, dropping from a size 24W to a size 22W. I found Spark on February 25th, 2011, and took that second picture not long after, when I hit the 30-lbs lost mark. It was my first success on Spark, and I have never looked back. Sparkpeople - especially the social networking aspect of Sparkpeople - was exactly what I needed as an impetus to KEEP GOING on a journey that has been long, hard, and sometimes very frustrating.

The last two years have been good to me. In my first year at Spark, I lost 46 lbs. In my second year, I lost an additional 27 lbs, for a total of 73 lbs lost with Spark, and a total of 100 lbs lost altogether. I shrank from that original size 24W, to a size 16 at my first Sparkversary, to a size 12 today. Here is a comparison of my first Sparkversary picture to now:



So much has happened over the last year. I moved from the border of obesity to the border of a healthy weight, blasting through my former "wall" weight of 175 lbs. I kept going in the face of extreme adversity in the form of both injury and major (ie 15+ months) plateau. I didn't lose nearly as much in my second year as I did in my first year, and not nearly as much as I would have liked, but at the same time, my body went through a lot of physical changes this past year, from erasing my double chin to the blossoming of collarbones. Besides the physical changes, I have achieved SO MUCH in this last year:


My husband and I went on a belated honeymoon cruise, and participated in so many different activities I couldn't do before, from dance classes and eco-hikes to snorkeling and ziplining.


At last year's Sparkversary, I could barely run a mile without stopping. A month later, I ran my first full 5K, and have now run longer than a 10K nonstop!


I participated in some very fun fantastic 5Ks this year, including the Dirty Girl Mud Run and the Color Me Rad 5K, the latter with my whole family!


In January, I walked/ran a half-marathon with my local Sparkteam!


A year ago, I couldn't even hang from a pull-up bar for longer than a few seconds. Now, I can do a full pull-up! (PS - Do you know how hard it is to get a good picture of a pull-up at just the right moment?? The only pic we got with my chin completely above the bar is that blurry one...)


I didn't gain a single ounce this summer despite being on a 10-week exercise ban due to a stress fracture in my right fibula. I wasn't even allowed to walk! For awhile, I wasn't even allowed to DRIVE. I didn't lose any weight in that time, but I didn't gain either!


My fingers shrank so much that I've had to put my wedding ring away for fear of losing it!


I began shopping in thrift stores again. This used to be a favorite activity, and I dropped it when I gained weight and could no longer find clothes that fit me (and that I liked) at thrift stores. I am so happy to shop at them again!


And last - my favorite achievement of the past year: I got back on a swing again!!!!! I hadn't been on a swing since 1999, when a rusty swing chain popped and I was thrown head-first into the ground. I was very thin at the time (~135 lbs), and in all the years I've been overweight and obese, I've been way too scared to test my weight on a swing. I didn't want something like that to happen again, especially if it could happen when I was really thin! But I faced my fear this past year, and it felt wonderful!

This last year has been great, and I can't wait to see what else I'll achieve by the time I get to my third Sparkversary!
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DOTTY7267 3/5/2013 2:27AM

    Happy Anniversary!

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CORNERKICK 3/3/2013 11:12PM

  Way to go...Congrats!

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KARRENLYNN 3/3/2013 1:16PM

    Happy Anniversary! Congratulations on all of your progress. I've finally realized just how exciting NSV's can be, that it's not just about the scale number!

May you have many years to come of great health and doing all the things you enjoy!

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FITMOMINNJ 3/3/2013 10:35AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon You look so happy in your recent photos, says it all:)

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BEAUTIFUL_REINA 3/3/2013 2:45AM

    What an inspiration!!

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KUTEY5041 3/3/2013 1:21AM

    congrats. I hope your words will be mine in 2 years

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FYRAM45 3/2/2013 5:27PM

    emoticon I am so glad to read this, I've been at a plateau now for about a month, I was starting to give up - then read your inspirational Sparkversary - gives me the motivation to stick with it!

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LINDAK25 3/1/2013 12:18PM

    Fantastic! Good for you.

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    Awesome journey and success!

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RDEE22 3/1/2013 6:16AM

    Your smile says it all!!!! Congratulations.
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JERICHO1991 2/28/2013 10:28PM

    Happy spark-iversary to you...

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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 2/28/2013 2:50PM

    Quite a journey! Thanks for sharing--it's so inspiring!

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    emoticon You look amazing!!!!!!!! Happy Sparkaversary!!! emoticon
Keep it up you look amazing! Thanks for sharing your journey!You Give me inspiration!!!!!

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WATERDIAMONDS 2/28/2013 12:16PM

    What. A. Wonder. You. Are.

What an encouraging word.

What a beautiful blog.

thank you so much!

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    Wow! Amazing!!
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GRIZ1GIRL 2/28/2013 9:56AM

    Woo hoo! YAY YOU!

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SORLANDO21 2/28/2013 9:43AM

    AMAZING!! Way to keep it up, especially with such an obstacle as not being able to exercise!!

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SUZLOOZ 2/28/2013 8:35AM

    Congratulations! It's wonderful getting a visual reminder of the many activities we can do once we lose the weight! And you'd better get that wedding band refitted before men start hitting on you!

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WALLINMW 2/28/2013 8:35AM

  You got this!

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CHERYLHURT 2/28/2013 8:18AM

  Great blog!

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BLUENOSE63 2/28/2013 7:29AM

  Well it is obvious that you have got this licked! Your journey is a perfect example of why slow is better when it comes to weight loss. Wow and the mental determination to get through a 15 month plateau is admirable.....and here I thought I was the only one with a 12 month plateau...

Enjoy every second of every day!

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    You are a true inspiration! Thank you for sharing and best wishes for continued great health! emoticon

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SHOAPIE 2/27/2013 11:56PM

    Awesome!

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NEWMOM20121 2/27/2013 11:30PM

    Awesome. Well done

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CM_GARDNER78 2/27/2013 11:27PM

    That is AWESOME!! You have made awesome progress!!! Way to go!! You look fantastic! Happy Sparkversary!!! :-)

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LADYBLUEZ 2/27/2013 10:51PM

  You look wonderful!

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BERTEEW 2/27/2013 9:28PM

  emoticon Fantastic! Keep up the great work, you look great. I sure hope you get a new ring soon to go with that beautiful Bod!

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MARYJEANSL 2/27/2013 8:17PM

  Congratulations on all your successes - wow!!

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Yay you!!! Way to go. I tell everyone I can about this awesome site and your are one more success story. Way to go!

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    congrats!

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