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After SparkLing for one year, the results are in ...

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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Welp! It's been a year since I started my Spark journey. Successes, regrets, lessons, joys, and pain -- it's all been there.

In the last year, I've lost 30 pounds. I plateaued only 4 months into my journey, and have fluctuated no more than 3 or 4 pounds in either direction. I'm actually, surprisingly, quite pleased with these results, in spite of the fact that my goal is still 70 pounds off. Perhaps, my goal was too ambitious or impractical for my body type.

In the last year, Iíve become physically more fit, able to jump, walk and run, able to do things with my body that I hardly remember being able to do in my youth, willing to get up at ungodly hours to walk outside alone, mastered the technology that makes exercise fun and easy, invested in several exercise videos, learned new ways of healthy eating, and been loyal to eating the best foods at the hardest times.

Iíve fallen down and gotten up so many times, I stopped counting. Iíve learned that for every hardship, there are friends and family to boost you up and stay in your balcony, cheering you on. (I had learned long ago in my life to avoid those basement friends Ė you know the ones, theyíre only with you when youíre down and they hate to see you go up to the balconyÖ) My Spark Friends are a special crew! Without their support, my suffering would have been insufferable! I would have had to do it by myself and I wouldnít have known that people go through the same trials and tribulations as they take this journey. Our paths may be different, but they do cross. And these were perfect strangers to me, but because of our common goals, we didnít have to suffer alone.

I surprised myself many times over the last year. I did things I didnít know I could do, met challenges I hadnít even dreamed of before, and have started to become the person, physically and even in many ways, spiritually, that I knew I could be.

So Iím proud of myself in many ways for the gains of the last year, and in some ways, a little disappointed about my total weight loss. In other words, I would LOVE to have lost more weight and met my goal, but Iím thrilled that I did even as much as I have. My body and my mind are totally different than they were a year ago, and I am extremely happy for it. I love getting dressed and wearing the shoes I want to wear without worrying that my back will go out for a week thereafter. I enjoy being able to sit with my legs crossed at the knee, rather than the ankle! I appreciate being able to lift my legs when I shower, painting my toe nails without going into all kinds of gyrations, walk up and down stairs without pain, and wear those size 12 jeans! WHOOOOOOOP! YEAH!!!

And can I just tell you all Ė on June 8th, I became a GRAMA!!!! A big 9-pound baby (small for our family, both of mine were 11 pounds!) named Kyíree Amir was born, and I am happy to know that I am in shape to chase him around as he continues to grow!

So thanks, Spark Friends and Spark Guy! Thanks for the recipes and exercise tips, the videos and blogs, the sharing and the caring! Iím looking forward to continuing my journey and will report back next year also!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:

    Congrats on becoming a Gram! He is just a beautiful baby! Youve done wonderfully and your positive attitude is beautiful on you!

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PENNYSAVER2 7/3/2013 5:46PM

    emoticon You are worth the effort!! emoticon

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TERRIH8118 7/3/2013 11:43AM

    emoticon Being a grandma can be so much fun. Enjoy it

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BETHSWORLD 7/2/2013 8:28PM

    Congrats to you on your achievements and becoming a Gammy emoticon

That baby is so very gorgeous! Look at those cheeks emoticon

You have come so far so let's just keep goin'

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RENATA144 7/2/2013 4:07PM

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    Congratulations on your grand baby. So cute! Congrats on your weight loss too!

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CAROL3SAN 7/2/2013 11:06AM

    Congratulations and best wishes for continued good health and weight loss.

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PRESBESS 7/2/2013 12:58AM

    Woo-Hoo! You go girl! I am elated for you. Keep doing all the right things. You are indeed a "progress maker"... keep making happen.
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ELMA1913 7/1/2013 9:54PM

    Thirty pounds is great - think how big a stack of one pound packages of butter would make! You are feeling better and that is worth it in itself. Keep up what you are doing!

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KIMPY225 7/1/2013 11:37AM

    You are doing such a Spark-tacular job =) Keep up the great work!

I never heard of basement friends before - but I like that term.

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JENNY888 7/1/2013 2:30AM

    This is a great blog and shows great results. What really stands out is how positive your attitude is about your progress. I can tell you can see the progress you are making. Great job!

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ROXYCARIN 7/1/2013 1:54AM

  I lost 80lbs in less than a year emoticon

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PATTIE441 7/1/2013 1:28AM

    I am so proud of you girl! You are amazing! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon And congratulations! Grama!! Adorable! Woo Hoo! emoticon emoticon

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MEDDYPEDDY 7/1/2013 1:18AM

    That is awesome! I do hope your journey with Spark will continue and you achieve another year with 30 lost pounds...

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CATHEMARIE 6/30/2013 10:26PM

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MRSKATEDUVALL 6/30/2013 6:34PM

    30 pounds is still 30 pounds! you did great, and are learning to keep it off.

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HWNHMMBRD 6/30/2013 3:44PM

    As much as it would be nice to be "skinny", I would rather be healthy! emoticon on both being able to do physical things that used to be impossible and gaining the wonderful rank of "Gramma" !

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