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A Spark People Evangelist


Monday, March 18, 2013

I've become a bit of a Spark People evangelist. It's not possible to be private about losing 46 pounds! There is no way to hide the fact that I'm much thinner now - not that I really want to. But there is a twinge of slightly embarrassed self-consciousness about all the attention my new look generates at times. Still, I'm also excited about what I've accomplished. I do look dramatically different, even my face is thinner! People notice and wonder and ask questions. So I find myself sharing the good news about Spark People. I talk about how it has given me the tools to know how to lose weight. I talk about the improvement in my health and the fact that I no longer need medication to control my cholesterol level and less to control my blood pressure. I share about the motivation SP has helped me find to consistently work at my goals even when I'm sorely tempted not to. I'm eager to explain the 10-minute exercise challenge that got me moving and the encouragement from Spark Friends who get me back on the wagon when I fall off. I especially enjoy telling how I have learned to eat (savor) chocolate most days while losing weight. It's wonderful to see how an occasional 22 calorie (Hershey) kiss fits so nicely into a diet plan!!! I admit it. I'm excited to be so close to my target weight goal. This past week I lost another pound so I'm one down two to go for the final three. I remember how discouraged I was with my decades-long failure to control my weight. Five months ago when I started in earnest to work at this, I had little confidence that I could succeed and only dared set a modest weight-loss goal for myself. Now I'm going for healthy and I see benefits in knowing better how to accomplish other goals in my life as well. I feel spiritually renewed along with the improved physical health and I want others to know it can be done. So hang in there through the plateaus and ups and downs of settling eventually into a consistent routine that works. Draw strength from God and Spark Friends. This is very hard work but its worth it. Interestingly, I've also noticed that the exercise and new healthy habits which were so difficult to start and get established initially have now become an enjoyable and deeply satisfying part of my life. So, while the disciplines continue to take work, I've found they do get easier in some ways the longer you work at it. It can be done. I'm a believer now! I've gotten several others started on Spark People and its great fun to see them making progress as well.
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OBIESMOM2 3/23/2013 9:16AM

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keep up the good work!!!
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DJ9ERS 3/20/2013 9:15AM

    Fantastic post. It has been a pleasure following your progress and sharing ideas and motivation in this process. I can totally understand your feelings at the beginning, and loved the way your explained it. You have done a marvelous job, and I am anxious to see what have done each day.

Way to go!!

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WAYNE1997 3/19/2013 5:40AM

    Thanks for sharing your journey! It is encouraging for me to hear about your progress and your continued success. My current mini goal is to lose 2 pounds and am looking forward to seeing the 187 on the scale, perhaps this week. Have a good day! Keep on sparking! emoticon

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GODS_TEMPLE 3/18/2013 1:38PM

    I know this has nothing to do with weight loss, but for some reason these verses just popped into my head...and I guess they could be applied to almost anything in life.

James 1: 22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; 24 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. 25 But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.

We need to be reminded sometimes of where we came from. Don't be embarrassed, enjoy the opportunities God sets before you to share the SP 'word'.

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BIGPAWSUP 3/18/2013 11:34AM

    Awesome! I know were you are coming from! Keep being amazing!

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