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Six Years on Sparkpeople - Oh the Possibilities


Saturday, April 20, 2013

I joined Sparkpeople six years ago today on the suggestion of one of the trainers at the gym. emoticon + emoticon
I checked it out and that was about it.

Me six years ago:
Deconditioned
Unmotivated
Weak
Lacking confidence


This photo was taken the year before but you get the idea.

When I first joined SP, I was more of a lurker than a doer. I would checked out things on the site and my teams but never participated. I wasn't ready to give it my all and push myself outside of my comfort zone. I stopped going on to SP.

In 2010 I'm not sure what happened but I decided to give SP a try again. I checked out some different teams and things started to click. The people on the By the Numbers team were great and I think because of them I kept coming back. emoticon I made a great friend in NEWPMA and even though she's across the pond (as they say) we check in weekly and provide whatever level of support the other needs.

As my confidence grew on the site (and I figured out how friending worked) I met more great people. Each one as supportive as the next. It was a great experience for me.

I joined the gym at work! I had lost weight in the past but never "worked out." I hated it. emoticon I had, at times, done some Leslie Sansone "tapes" at home but never felt like it was something that I had a burning passion for. Now I do. Wow. Who would have believed that a few years later I would be in love with the gym and working out. Feeling stronger and fitter. emoticon

What is my favorite part of SP? Why the people of course. They are awesome! Whether it's a food or exercise question/issue or a person issue, you all are the best! I post that I'm having an issue with whatever and there is someone that's been there before me and there's a team for support. SP is the cheapest shrink's couch! emoticon


Me now:

Strong
Fit
Motivated and motivating to others
Supportive
Confident
Empowered!

I won't give SP all the credit. This journey had to be something that I wanted, hungered for, had to have. For whatever reason, the second time back here did it for me and that switch was flipped. I used the tools that SP provided and made them my own. I didn't give up on myself and I never will! emoticon

Here's some photos of my journey:











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SHEENADEE 4/28/2013 6:00PM

    emoticon What an awesome journey you've had. Congrats on all your fabulous success!

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_VALEO_ 4/27/2013 2:45PM

    emoticon You are amazing and an inspiration, Diane!
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SWAZY33 4/22/2013 5:59AM

    Wow 6 years!! What an awesome journey to the healthiest YOU!

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MILLIE5522 4/21/2013 3:40PM

    Congratulations! I like the bit about SP being the cheapest shrink's couch....so true! emoticon + emoticon Happy Anniversary!

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WIO_ALISA 4/21/2013 12:17PM

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COMPUCATHY 4/20/2013 10:01PM

    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!! I'm so glad you are here! You are doing terrific! And you help me to see that it is a journey and you have to just keep on keepin on and you will get there! Keep up the good work! Thanks for being such a great friend! Spark on! emoticon emoticon

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GAILRUU 4/20/2013 9:05PM

    You look great. Spark People really worked for you!

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 4/20/2013 5:45PM

    way to go so very awesome, you are such an inspiration!!!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 4/20/2013 5:13PM

    I voted for your blog. It is very inspiring. Congratulations on your progress!

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MRSKATEDUVALL 4/20/2013 4:55PM

    I love the pictures.

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ALNEAGLE 4/20/2013 3:10PM

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You look GREAT!! An inspiration to us all!

~Amanda

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TIME2BLOOM4ME 4/20/2013 2:58PM

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MOTHEPRO 4/20/2013 10:52AM

    You're awesome! I hope my journey is as successful as yours!
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BELTONWALKER67 4/20/2013 9:31AM

    emoticon you have done a wonderful job and your body says Thank You! emoticon

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SOPHIEDO13 4/20/2013 9:01AM

    You look great!! Congrats on your 6 yr anniversary. I've been here 1.5 yrs did well first half year then stalled out on weight loss now I'm back to setting a goal for myself this time. I emoticon and your a great emoticon

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BABYSOX 4/20/2013 8:39AM

    What a beautiful journey. It helps keep me motivated. Thanks!

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BUSYGRANNY5 4/20/2013 8:27AM

    Fantastic!!! I love your story!! Dedication!!! Determination and Desire! You are what Sparkpeople is ALL about!

Keep on keeping on!!!

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08ESCAPE 4/20/2013 7:42AM

    You are Awesome!! Congratulation!!
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WELLNESSME09 4/20/2013 7:37AM

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Happy 6 year Spark Anniversary! emoticon

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1HAPPYSPIRIT 4/20/2013 7:35AM

    Congratulations and great photos! Thanks for sharing!

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REJOHNSON3 4/20/2013 7:30AM

    Congratulations! Tremendous effort. Tremendous commitment. Tremendous results. These changes have been so good for you.

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MJRVIC2000 4/20/2013 7:26AM

    Congratulations! God Bless YOU! Vic.

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ADEWYN 4/20/2013 7:08AM

    You are awesome!!.. I am glad we have met.. i couldnt ask for a better SP friend... Hugs and love! keep on going!

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