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Has it really been a Year?

Friday, March 08, 2013

Wow, so much I could talk about today. Today is my official 1 year Anniversary on Spark. It doesnít feel like Iíve been here anywhere near that long. I still feel like a newbie a lot of the time. Iím constantly learning so much from people. Completely awesome!

Iím going to try to do a short review of the past year.

1. - January 2012 197 lbs, as of this morning 139. Yeah that is up a bit from my best weight of 130 but weíll get back there. Iím not seeing 9 lbs as much of an issue with the running season starting.

2. - March 2012, got out of breath walking a mile to the library. I drove everywhere, including the two blocks to Walgreen's. Tomorrow I am running a 5K and it is not my first! I average 5 miles a day walking and I can run. I pretty much walk everywhere I can. This has also helped improve my dogsí health as they get to come with now.

3. Ė March 2012, needed help to get off the floor. Last night, I got up with my HANDS FULL. All leg power (squats are paying off!!!).

4. Ė March 2012, diet was pasta and candy and other fast food take-out. Well, Iím still not really cooking but I do eat a whole lot better. Fresh fruits and veggies are the core of my diet. Iím also doing more boca at home and no more fried foods!

5. Ė March 2012, drank coffee and/or Dr. Pepper constantly. Now, Iím 100% water! Nothing else is anywhere near as satisfying. I do indulge in a glass of warm chocolate soy at night, but that helps me sleep and it is still good for me.
Other things that have change that I canít really ďitemizeĒ: Iím happier. Iím more confident. I have energy almost all the time. Iím in far less pain in my bad hip and knees. Iím also looking forward to trying new things.

Iím also being far more ďtrueĒ to myself. I think this is the biggest change. I used to feel the need to fit in, and I ALWAYS felt like the square peg in the round hole. Now, I it doesnít bother me to be different. Someone doesnít like me, or only wants me around to ďdo for themĒ Ė door is that way! Iím a square peg. Iím an odd bird. I wear pigtails. I wear dog collars (not fetish collars, actual dog collars). I dress in bright bold colors. And I donít feel funny when people stare any more. Go ahead and look Ė Iím not going to shrink into the background. Those that donít like me, well that would be their problem.

I used to be afraid of the future. Now I wanna grab on and shake out every ounce of life and fun I can. Yes, I still have bad days Ė weeks even, but those bad times go away. They are no longer overwhelming and I can always find a light down the road!
Much of this I have learned from you, my dearest Spark friends. I read your blogs and statuses. I see your strength, and you have all made me a better, truer person. Thank you so far. But there is so much more to do and this is getting REALLY long. So letís go have some fun!

Warm Wags and Happy Snuffles!
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FUSIONFITNESS3 3/26/2013 1:07PM

    emoticon , Kitty! Wow, you are a transformed person. One year and just look at what you've all accomplished. emoticon . I'm thankful that we met when I joined the "Come on Light Your FireTeam". Your example is an inspiration to me and many others no doubt. Stay true to yourself and you'll have so much more to look forward to in the coming year. emoticon , Kitty. I'm so proud of you

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HZGLORY 3/24/2013 8:47PM

    Congratulations on Your Anniversary this year!! You have come a long way from fast food and candy as a nutritional choice. You are such a tiny thing now. I am proud of you!!Susan

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WARRIORFIT1 3/12/2013 2:01PM

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You've come a long way baby! So proud of you!

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WICKEDMELISSA 3/10/2013 12:31PM

    Awesome Kitty, I want to thank you for being such a wonderful inspiration, keep it up, all your hard work has paid off. emoticon Here's to another awesome year.

Melissa

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VTRICIA 3/10/2013 11:44AM

    Happy Sparkiversary! You rock! I am so grateful for that day I responded to your post looking for support, when it's you that inspires me.

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LIVINGFREE19 3/9/2013 4:33PM

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You have done so well during this 1 year!
You are one awesome person just the way you are!

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RWCLKWB 3/9/2013 12:39PM

    Congratulations on your 1-year anniversary! I so enjoy getting on the computer just to see what the topic for the day is that you've picked for us. Starts the day off right! I have been a member longer than a year, but it was this team with all the inputs, that have made me want to get more involved, although I'm still a novice compared to most of the members who work these pages! Thank you for all that you do to keep this team on track! You are an inspiration and be proud of this year's accomplishments! It's great!

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MERRY_XMAS 3/9/2013 5:49AM

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Amazing journey! Well done for your success! You have earned it!

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CATHYGETSFIT 3/9/2013 1:28AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon As the saying goes "You've come a long ways baby!" I really like how you show how your life use to be and how it is now. You've changed your life around completely in just 1 year! That is just fantastic!! Just think of how you're life is going to be in another year!! Good luck on your race tomorrow. I want to see pics and a recap of how the race went. Have fun on your race! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JUSTME29 3/8/2013 11:59PM

    Good for you! What a year you've had. I know that the coming year will be even better.

Good luck in your race tomorrow. I expect a recap and pictures after you've rested and recovered. Most of all, have fun with it.

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SHAMROCKY2K 3/8/2013 9:23PM

    emoticon Congratulations. I SO know what you mean about feeling like a newbie.. I will be here 7 years come June.. and STILL learning.
I hope you consider this a change in your way of life and keep paying attention once you get to your goal.
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1CRAZYDOG 3/8/2013 9:02PM

    Way to go! I gotta say, I LOVE the piggy tails. I think they're adoreable. And you're not an odd bird! You are who you are! You are your own authentic you! That's courageous, as so many don't have that courage to be who they are!

HUGS and wishing you many more Sparkversaries.

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TROOPER1961 3/8/2013 8:21PM

    Congrats on your amazing 1st year!! emoticon Here's hoping your next anniversary is just as satisfying emoticon

Great job Kitty!!

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LYDDIECAT 3/8/2013 8:05PM

    I am so proud of you! You have made such amazing progress and you inspire me every day. I am looking forward to another year of sparking with you.

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 3/8/2013 7:47PM

    LOVE IT!!!! So great to see where you came from:) You are totally right, those 9 pounds don't stand a chance!

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CHALLENGEME4 3/8/2013 6:26PM

    emoticon FANTASTIC!!!!

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CHALLENGEME4 3/8/2013 6:20PM

    emoticon FANTASTIC!!!!

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TWEETYKC00 3/8/2013 5:41PM

    Happy Sparkversary!

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JUMPINJULIE 3/8/2013 5:34PM

    Happy Anniversay. You inspire me everyday with your engery and that it is okay to be differnt so thank you for that.

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MIDNIGHTER1 3/8/2013 5:33PM

    emoticon You have done a fantastic job. Looking back and reflecting on your journey must be a satisfying feeling. emoticon too.

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ANDY_54 3/8/2013 5:26PM

    Happy one year! Wow, you've done great and I know it doesn't come easy. Love to read these inspirational blogs. You ROCK! Good luck with the race tomorrow!

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MLH148 3/8/2013 4:53PM

    WOW
What an amazing year and so great you have the concrete record of your progress!
Congratulations. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SEASONS_CHANGE_ 3/8/2013 4:14PM

    and look at how much you've accomplished in 1 year! Seriously, that's amazing. Just think how your life is going to be a year from today..... even better. I see the word Spark in front of your user name in the not too distant future...



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LESLIELENORE 3/8/2013 4:11PM

    You are amazing! I am proud to consider you a friend.

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BESCATS 3/8/2013 3:56PM

    Happy emoticon !! You have done such a fantastic job over the last year, even with a little gain. I think maintaining is harder than losing. I know it is for me. emoticon I love the "dog lover" in you, and anyone who loves animals the way you do, it definitely an A+ in my book. emoticon

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CASEYSAUER 3/8/2013 3:36PM

    emoticon You are fantastic! Congratulations on your 1 year! Way to go!

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MARTY728 3/8/2013 3:27PM

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NILLAPEPSI 3/8/2013 3:24PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon You are an inspiration!! emoticon

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PUPPYWHISPERS 3/8/2013 3:21PM

    You are super totally awesome!

I never realized we both started at the same weight. Look at you, girl! You look fantastic!

You are going to ROCK that 5K tomorrow. Enjoy every minute of it--I really love the energy of races, but I'll admit I really go for the Kids' Race...they run so totally uninhibited--I wish I could be like that again.

Have a GREAT weekend!

PS Fitting in is for sissies. "Why fit in when you can stand out." Dr. Seuss

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ANATASHIKI 3/8/2013 3:20PM

    lol , dog collars? never thought of that. I wear my ear warmers, one pair is pinkish orange like my bag, the other ones are bright green with bunny heads( the ears are moving when I walk emoticon ). and my wish is to find some pink ones with pig heads emoticon

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 3/8/2013 3:17PM

    Yea you! I'm so proud of you sis!

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KELLIEBEAN 3/8/2013 3:05PM

    Happy anniversary. Awesome accomplishments!

And I love your pigtails!

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CIPHER1971 3/8/2013 2:58PM

    Yay!!!!!!! What a wonderful year

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