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DANCEMOM1970
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Why it's so different this time.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

I have spent most of my life on a variety of "diets", some gimmicky, some more mainstream. When I first stumbled onto Sparkpeople years ago, I knew this was the very best plan out there. Best parts for me? Free, always with me (I have an app on my phone) and full of great support system builders. And the food tracker was the best I've seen. Even though I lost weight on both of the first 2 times I joined, it still felt like a "diet" I was subjecting myself to. It felt temporary, and my attitude about adding the exercise to my life simply sucked. I only did it because I had to. As you can guess, I couldn't make it last.

So, in January of 2012, my friend and I decided that something had to change. We are in our 40's and we were feeling the aches and pains that this decade, especially when being overweight is added to the mix. I knew I needed to lose weight, and badly, but I just knew that the key to making it to whatever goal I set for myself, was exercise. So we started going to aquafit classes. Easy enough to incorporate into my life as the pool is 5 minutes from my home, and my youngest child was old enough to play while I did the class. Within 6 weeks, I was committed. I loved that I could get a good workout without pain in my joints and didn't feel all sweaty. I bought my family a membership for the year and worked on 3-4 classes a week. By the end of July, people were commenting on how good I looked and as I hadn't been doing any food tracking (just eating healthy) I was impressed that I had lost 20 lbs. I knew it was time to add Sparkpeople to the mix.

Since then, I've lost close to 50 more pounds. And I'm not feeling as if it's a temporary diet. It feels different because I'm excited about the changes I've made to my life and how much better I feel. I'm excited about continuing this journey and can't wait to see how I feel as I progress. My attitude has totally changed.
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  • NICOFTHYME
    Awesome story! Thanks for sharing & inspiring others with your success!
    1310 days ago
  • KIMPAINTS
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  • HEXE63
    Woohooo you have down an awesome job and looking at your blog and your spark page is giving me a lot of hope. Just like you I have been on this trip before sometimes more successful than others but I have decided that this is the last time I will see these numbers on the scale on the way down. Keep up the great work each day that passes we are a bit closer to where we want to be emoticon
    1330 days ago
  • DANCEMOM1970
    Thank you! Yes, by all means, feel free to add me! I would be honoured!
    1337 days ago
  • CIRANDELLA
    I saw your comment regarding the recipe tracker (so that you can incorporate all the ingredients in a custom-designed recipe)....you've obviously been VERY successful at using it - CONGRATULATIONS!!! You are a phenomenal success story on Spark, and you're also a highly talented musician, I see here. (I love the flute...love James Galway and Jean-Pierre Rampal...) Between your resourceful, thoroughness in tracking *and* the Aquafit classes, you are a real emoticon here! Hope you won't mind if I add you as a SparkFriend, as we're both fans of careful tracking. I really think it's a key ingredient! All the best... Susan
    1353 days ago
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