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Happy Anniversary to ME.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

It's been a year since I joined Spark people. 20 pounds gone. But the important thing is not that which I have lost, but that which I have gained.
* I feel better. I've gained health. I rarely get a migraine now. My A1C went from 14 to 6. I went from insulin dependent to only oral medicines to manage my diabetes. I am still plagued by IBS, and when I relapse, I can really see the difference.
* I am more active. I am a regular at the club, and and I have projects at home. Parenting still takes 90 percent of my time, but I think I am a better, even keeled parent. My stress level has changed. I've decreased my mental health meds. I've completed a 12 K, and am scheduled for March 10K, and May's 12 K. I've even planned an active wedding Anniversary with the husband. No longer am I content to go to a restaurant and eat to much. This year we are going for a bike ride together and then a mongolian grill.
* I have goals. daily goals ( steps, calorie range) weekly goals ( calorie deficit) a short term goal ( 10 % gone) and a long term goal ( major weight loss). I will admit, I fall short often. This is a journey, and it takes waking up each day, and deciding each day to take the high road, the path to health. every meal is a choice. Every day is the choice to gym or not. I struggle with the fattitude of all or nothing, and I relapse often. But I haven't quit, and that makes Spark a miracle. Every other diet gimmick and solution last a month, tops and then I would try something else. It's been 12 months, and I am still trying, every day. The best part of my day is when I spend an hour sparking, checking in my teams, and racking up points for doing healthy stuff. I love that I recognize my Sparkfriends posts, and that I can read blogs, blog and post and be part of this community. Here is to another great year!
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