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Day 598- It's a Smaller World After All- A NOVEL (With Pictures)

Sunday, July 21, 2013

It's a Small, Spark World.

Disclaimer: This is going to be long. So read it if you've got time. And my phone messed up and I lost alot of pictures, but saved a few.

SparkPeople has changed my life, once again.

This weekend was amazing.

To start, on Friday, I travelled to South Bend for an interview. I also got to visit my friend Emily, who just moved there to be a reporter at a local TV station.

I'd contacted her a few weeks ago about TRACY31502, who's lost 215 pounds! And she did a story on her! I think SP is seriously the most effective and amazing weight loss aid I've ever discovered and I wanted other people to know about it too!

So this weekend we all met up!

Tracy is a sweetheart and such an inspiration! We hung out and talked and met her kids who are amazing! It was like we'd known each other for years.

Later that night, Emily and I decided to go out, and Emily suggest I borrow some of her clothes, but she's pretty small and I never thought I'd fit into any of her clothes.

But I had a monumental moment and borrowed her black T-shirt dress! I got a bit teary eyed when I tried it on, because I've never been able to borrow friends clothes!

The next morning I drove to the SparkPeople Rally held in Noblesville, Indiana. I got to meet so many people who have inspired, supported and followed me on my journey and for that I feel truly blessed. The Rally really reignited my Spark and helped me remember how I've gotten here.

I met BIGREDANGEL, an absolutely wonderful woman who has been a constant supporter of me.

I even got to get up and give an impromptu speech on my 80 pound weight loss.

I met the two women, Beth (~INDYGIRL) and Tina (HoosierGirlIndy), who have inspired me since I started on Spark People.

I also met Tiffany, DaughterOfTwin, who's lost 100 pounds! We went to lunch and really had a blast.

While MCCOURTT was speaking, I realized he lives in the same town as my parents. After discussing with him, we realized, he lives in our neighborhood! My mom and I travelled 2.5 hours to a meet up only to realize, a neighbor who lives on the street parallel to us has been a SparkPeople member for years!

And I also got to meet and go to lunch with BRADMILL2922, who's lost 200+ pounds!

And something Brad said when he spoke really hit me. He said "Do what works for you."

So simple, yet something I needed to be reminded of. Because when I first started Spark People, I had such a fire, and I finally found it last week.

Last week, I vowed not to weigh in until my birthday, August 5.

But after hearing Brad speak, as well as other speakers who talked about small, manageable goals, I realized, that was just silly.

What worked for me in the beginning was weighing in to see that what I was doing, was working.

So this morning, I decided to step on the scale. I didn't want my birthday to be ruined by not having made the progress I wanted, and I also wanted to be able to make changes, if I was still not on track.

But I saw 191.6! 3.4 pounds down from last week.

For those of you disappointed that I broke my vow, I'm very sorry. But for me, I'm doing what works. I'm weighing in daily, tracking my food, and continuing with Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred. I feel as inspired as I did week 1.

I'm so happy I spent this weekend meeting so many Spark Friends, and I hope to start my own rallies in Ohio!

If you are new to Spark People, I hope you realize how amazing this community is. It is so amazing, that when I met each and every person this weekend, it felt so comfortable and welcoming and just...full of love and support.

I am so grateful for SparkPeople.

Love you SparkFriends!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MARKATSPARK 10/8/2015 7:36PM


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CLPURNELL 7/26/2013 9:31PM

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TORIAMAE 7/24/2013 7:29PM

    No disappointment at all! What a great blog post and how great that you're doing what works for you.

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MEGYSU 7/24/2013 4:55PM

    I am so grateful for this post. I've recently hit a rut and it is good to hear about you feeling as motivated as you did in week one. I need to get back to basics and get back with it.

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CAGEDBIRDSONG 7/23/2013 5:30PM

    Great blog girl! We did have a fabulous time at lunch, didn't we?! So much laughter and fun conversation. I'm so happy you found your Spark again and are well on your way toward reaching your goals. Thank you for the inspiration you provided me! Lets get em'!!!

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SIMONEKP 7/23/2013 1:45PM

    you guys look great

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DEIDRESH 7/23/2013 9:16AM

    First of all, the dress looks ah-mazing on you! Gorgeous!
Secondly, so cool that you got to meet other Sparkers in your area!!! :)

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KIMBERLY0916 7/22/2013 11:16PM

    awesome!! let me know if you do the ohio rally thing ... i need support other than my own head

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LADYLOSING 7/22/2013 5:47PM

    So glad to hear you had a great weekend! Also glad to hear that you're making a bunch of progress -- to he!! with not weighing in if it works for you and I could never be disappointed in you for getting on a scale! As long as you keep working hard, you'll always be an inspiration. My goal is to get us both into the 180s, 170s, 160s, and beyond! Keep it up.

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KELLY19770 7/22/2013 3:40PM

    I don't even know ANYONE on Spark from Indiana, and I live like 20 minutes from Noblesville. Hmmmm.....I'm going to have to do some serious networking on here.
Anyway, looks like you had fun and met a lot of great people!

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SIZE8NOTSOMUCH 7/22/2013 2:50PM

    What a great post!! I think you are amazing AND you met Tracy who I also think is incredible GOOD FOR YOU!!!!


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GONNALOSEIT09 7/22/2013 1:33PM

    Awesome post! You keep saying that all these people are inspirational. But, remember, YOU are an inspiration to others too!!! congrats on the weight loss! emoticon

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That sounds amazing! Wish we had Spark Rallies in my area. If they organize one, I'll be there! So happy for you and reigniting your spark! That sounds so great!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BETHSWORLD 7/22/2013 12:33PM

    You look amazing! And yep, you have to do what works for you Sweetie!

emoticon on your loss! That's awesome!

Sounds like you had such a good great you were able to meet up with some many Sparkers!!

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KATESQUEST 7/22/2013 11:25AM

    I'm glad that you found inspiration and support at the rally, because you were an inspiration to the rest of us there! Thanks for getting up to speak to us about your journey :) I completely get it about the tears when you borrowed that dress. It's something I have never been able to do either! Keep up the good work!

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NEEDBU66 7/22/2013 11:07AM

    I look forward to an Ohio Rally! Let me know!

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CSKIES1 7/22/2013 10:11AM

    Thanks for the wonderful greeting and inspirational words and pictures!!

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BRADMILL2922 7/22/2013 9:53AM

    That was a good time at the rally and I am really happy that we got to meet! Thank you for including me in your blog! Congrats on your loss as well! Definitely do what works for you! Thanks for sharing this and look forward to seeing you again in the future! :)

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IHEIDIBEFITT 7/22/2013 9:47AM

    I'd love to meet spark friends!!! So happy you were able to do that...I can just tell you had a wonderful time!! I use to weigh in daily and track the .3 or .6 I lost. I didn't track the gains and it worked for me. Nothing wrong with that if it isn't hindering you. I weigh in once a week because that's what is now working for me. I could probably weigh in daily too but I'm trying something new this time around. Keep up the hard work!

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ADARKARA 7/22/2013 9:17AM

    Such great photos!!!

Definitely do what works for you, because, duh, it's working!

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ZIZZZY 7/22/2013 9:16AM

    Sounds like a wonderful, inspiring weekend. Congrats on your renewed enthusiasm and SPARK! That dress looks fabulous on you too - way to go!

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JUDITHANNIE 7/22/2013 9:12AM

  I was so sorry that I couldn't make the rally, I had a total knee replacement on Thursday. All our news comes out of South Bend who is your friend and what station ? You sound like you had a great time at the rally and good for you. Do what works for you is a great way torun your life. Keep up the good work. Judy emoticon

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AMY4593 7/22/2013 8:57AM

    The dresslooksfantastic!!!

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MONKEYSTAR28 7/22/2013 8:57AM

    Your post is awesome on all kinds of levels! So proud of you and keep on doing what works best for YOU! :) emoticon

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BEBOP4ME 7/22/2013 7:07AM

    Loved your blog and meeting all these sparkpeople through you! Thank you for such wonderful inspiration today and congrats on your loss this week! emoticon

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OLIVIANIGHT 7/22/2013 6:34AM

    Wow, well done on your progress! I'm all for daily weigh-ins, it keeps me accountable because I can't think "It's fine, it won't show on the scale by the time I weigh in" and stuff my face with things I shouldn't.
It sounds like you had a lovely time, I wish I could meet up with some spark people in real life too.
Oh and you look awesome in that dress!

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JACKSGRAN 7/22/2013 4:42AM


Well done on the weight loss.

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MERRY_XMAS 7/22/2013 3:02AM

    Great entry! Thank you for sharing your experience!!!!

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123ELAINE456 7/22/2013 2:31AM

  Awesome Blog. You are very Inspirational to Everyone. Very Motivational too. Love the Pictures. You are Doing Great. Keep It Up. WTG!!! Glad that You Enjoyed the Rally too. God Blessings to You and Everyone. Have a Wonderful Week. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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NASFKAB 7/22/2013 2:07AM

  congratulations on losing wight great that you met somebody living near your parents at the rally stay focused

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BIGREDANGEL 7/22/2013 1:50AM

    I feel so honored and grateful to have met you! You have been so inspiring to me! I hope to keep in touch and see you at more rallies in the future :)

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READY4CHANGE81 7/22/2013 1:19AM

    I never knew they had those! SOO COOL!!!!!!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE the t-shirt dress! you look so adorable!

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COCK-ROBIN 7/22/2013 1:05AM

    Wonderful! You are very inspiring.

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SNOW_LEOPARD_74 7/22/2013 12:47AM

    Congrats on all your success!! You definitely don't look like you weigh 191, you look so much smaller!!

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PRETTYPITHY 7/21/2013 11:59PM

    I can only speak for myself but I am not the slightest bit disappointed in you. I'm totally with Brad -- do whatever works for you. I'm a daily weigher and plan to stay that way. Good luck!

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TRACY31502 7/21/2013 11:42PM

    Love you too girl!!! :) great blog! And you look hot in that dress!!!! Woot woot! Wish I could have went to the rally....hoping the next one! Thanks for sharing and for the shout out :)

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