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One Year Sparkversary!!


Friday, March 01, 2013

Today marks my one-year anniversary of embarking on a lifestyle change aimed at making me more healthy, and shed some pounds in the process. Woohoo!

I was on a scale vacation for February. I set a goal of getting rid of 3 pounds in February. Not too high, because I didn't want to be unrealistic, especially considering I'm doing more weight training now. For the month of February, I shed 3.2 pounds, so I met that goal. Yay!

Since March 1, 2012, I have released 63 pounds, and many, many inches. (Next week will be measurement week, since I didn't take them immediately at the start.) I have gone from a size 22/24 jeans to a size 10. (!) I have gone from a 3x shirt to a M, sometimes a L depending. My ring size has dropped; I can't wear any of my rings now. Heck, even my shoes seem to be bigger now.

The more shocking number: I have released 97 pounds from my highest (recorded) weight in 2005. So close to 100...but in reality, I've probably already reached that because I know my highest actual weight was more than what was recorded in 2005. I just never wanted to know. At the highest recorded weight, I was wearing 26/28 pants and 3x/4x shirts. Mind boggling.

I still have a bit longer to go. I have a goal weight set, and I will reach that after getting rid of 27 more pounds. However, if I reach half of that and feel it's appropriate for my body, I will stop. I don't think my goal is unrealistic, so I don't think that'll happen, but I am trying to be realistic.

I have learned so many things over the past year. Fad diets = a joke. (Dr. Oz = a quack.) There is no magic wand. Or magic pill. Weight loss happens with dedication, hard (HARD!) work, and perseverance. Have I made mistakes over the past year? Certainly. I'm human. But I picked myself back up each time and KEPT GOING. I have learned that I can accomplish things I never thought I could accomplish. This has started carrying over into my everyday life a little, though my self-esteem issues are still very present and get in the way.

And I have learned that I couldn't have done it without the support of my boyfriend, my family, and YOU, my friends. Thank you all so much for your support, encouragement, and love.

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FELINEBETTER 3/15/2013 8:33PM

    Amazing & Inspiring!

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NMSUSTUDENT 3/2/2013 8:27PM

    Quote: "Getting what you go after is success; but liking it while you are getting it is happiness."─Bertha Damon
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MANILUS 3/2/2013 1:50AM

    Wonderful job, you rock!!!!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 3/1/2013 8:06PM

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CHEETARA79 3/1/2013 3:24PM

    Way to go. You are such an inspiration. HAPPY SPARKLEVERSARY!!!

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ALIHIKES 3/1/2013 2:59PM

    WOW! Congratulations! You are inspiring, you have achieved so much in weight loss and fitness! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KRANDALL0617 3/1/2013 2:40PM

    Congrats! Love your motivation. Setting small goals is something I'm trying for the first time (apparently losing 20 pounds in a month isn't actually possible. Dang.)

You're journey is so inspirational! Happy Anniversary!

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PAMLICO-DAZE 3/1/2013 2:36PM

    Loved your blog! Let all of us know when you reach the milestone of 100 pounds lost. You have been an inspiration! Thanks

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