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6 months on SparkPeople


Sunday, March 10, 2013

Six months ago today, I joined SparkPeople. I read about it in an article on Yahoo about losing weight and joined without thinking about it much at all. It just seemed like it was worth a try. I had been considering joining Weight Watchers for a while, but the meeting times near my house didn't work with my work schedule and then there was the cost - not that much really, but money is tight these days.

So I joined SparkPeople and set a cautious goal to lose 100 pounds in 5 years. This gave me a livable daily calorie allowance and I started exercising more regularly than I had been before. Well, it worked! In the first few weeks I lost enough to feel like I had some momentum and increased my confidence about this process.

I moved my goal date sooner. Then I dropped my goal weight down, increasing my desired loss to 140 pounds.

Things continued to go well through the fall and into the holiday season. I never took a day off from tracking - even on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. I tracked it all. I was afraid to get off track if I took even one day to throw caution to the wind. I would indulge in things I really wanted and went a little over my calorie range a few times, but I kept on. As of Christmas week, I had lost 40 pounds. Merry Christmas to me!

Early in January, I moved my goal date up again (now May 2014) which reduced my daily calorie range some, but so far so good. At the same time, I became more focused and diligent about getting my 8 glasses of water a day. I am proud to say that I am on a more than 60 day streak of getting all my water and that I have not gone over my target calorie range since January 1 (I did go over New Year's Eve).

It wouldn't be the end of the world if I did overdo it on my calories for a day, but it has become like a game, staying within the lower half of my calorie range each day and shooting for a calorie differential of about 800 each day. I get a little kick out of it. And the (so far so good) steady weight loss doesn't hurt to keep the motivation going.

I have had days when I longed to eat with abandon. Wishing I could just dig in to whatever I wanted without thinking about it. But the feeling passes. Sometimes I write it out, sometimes a walk helps and other times drinking water does the trick. If it's late enough at night when the feeling comes, I may just go to bed.

When I got started here, I never expected to be so diligent. I never expected to go six months without taking one day off from tracking. Or that I would give up my iced tea (having given up soda years ago) and drink only water with lemon. I just made little improvements. I made changes for the better and faced each decision with as much care as I could muster. I made some decisions that I felt weren't right afterward, but I kept moving forward and learning from those choices.

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6 months on SparkPeople
63 pounds lost
BMI down to 36 (from something like 46)
3 pants sizes down

Bring on the next 6 months!
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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
DARYLBN 3/19/2013 6:05PM

    That is totally awesome. emoticon

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MELODYAKKER1 3/17/2013 1:28PM

    Hi, Thanks for sharing. I joined Spark about 6 months ago, and haven't been doing anything to track food or exercise. Today, a fresh start, and a commitment to make time for me and take care of me.

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CANDYCANE2B 3/11/2013 5:53PM

    Wow and double WOW, you're doing TERRIFIC!!! Keep up the good work!!!

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WHOLLYHEALED 3/11/2013 2:49PM

    Beautiful motivation! Thank you for sharing!

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PBOTTINO 3/11/2013 1:58PM

    thank you for sharing!

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PBOTTINO 3/11/2013 1:58PM

    What a wonderful testimonial. Are you exercising every day also? Walking? if so, can you give some specifics? I want to emulate you. emoticon

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OREITAN 3/11/2013 9:14AM

  Though I joined six months ago too, I have not done much. However, your story has inspired me that it is possible. Bravo!

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MEILUNA 3/11/2013 3:02AM

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ILIKETOZUMBA 3/11/2013 12:41AM

    WOW. You're amazing!! 63 pounds in 6 months??? Unbelievable! Your dedication is phenomenal. I know SP is a huge help for so many of us, and that tracking food is probably the single most important tool we can use to lose weight...but look what you've done! You've taken these tools and absolutely RUN with them to get this avalanche of success going! Congratulations!! :)

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LAILATN 3/10/2013 9:28PM

    Amazing! You are proof that we can all change our loves if we work hard enough. Congrats!! emoticon

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HEYMOE012 3/10/2013 9:02PM

  Truly a wonderful thing to read...your success is wonderful! And it was all you, a success you earned yourself for yourself. Keep sparking!

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BHEALTHY4ME1 3/10/2013 7:53PM

  Thank you for posting your story. Even though I joined 6 mos. ago, today is the first day I ever read any of my Mail and it had a link to your blog. Look how many people you are inspiring, just by trying. We are in awe because every day you said I am going to try. Sometimes, you didn't do everything, but you KEPT TRYING. That 's what makes us proud. That's what makes you a winner. emoticon

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LINWASH23 3/10/2013 7:22PM

    Wow, great job emoticon emoticon

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STAR333 3/10/2013 6:49PM

    What an inspiration you are! Thank you for sharing emoticon

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SANDYBREIT 3/10/2013 4:57PM

    Wowser, you are doing great! Hope you don't mind if I put a link to your blog on the team page, it really is inspirational!

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NEW-N-FIT-ME 3/10/2013 3:55PM

    Great job! You are such an inspiration... Thanks for sharing!

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DAWN14163 3/10/2013 12:03PM

    You should feel very proud of what you have accomplished. Here's to the next 6 months!
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--DEA-- 3/10/2013 10:22AM

    True inspiration! Keep up the awesome work!
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LILIAS1981 3/10/2013 10:16AM

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SUNSHINE99999 3/10/2013 10:11AM

  that is really fantastic. Success to you and your goals. emoticon

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JACKIE542 3/10/2013 10:01AM

    Good job, you are doing great. emoticon

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