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    08ESCAPE   71,229
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Happy 1 Year Spark Anniversary to Me!!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

I can’t believe it’s been a year since I’ve joined Sparkpeople. This community has the perfect formula for my success. Everything I need is here. Workout videos, Food tracker, Support, Recipes, Sparkfriends, Motivation …. So much information and it all free! No one is trying to sell me anything! No magic pill. No fad diet!

I started a year ago by following these basic rules:

-Tracking my food
At first it wasn’t easy… Tracking your food can be a pain until you get used to doing it. I nearly drove my hubby crazy cause he did all the cooking, and I was always asking how much of this and how of that did you use. Now he measures and weights everything and never throws out food wrappers until I’ve recorded the calorie info. Now tracking my food is second nature.

-Drinking 8 glasses of water a day
Drinking 8 glasses of water wasn’t so bad, and now I normally drink more. I’ve never been a pop drinker and can’t handle a lot of coffee. I loved drinking juice so it was easy to make the switch to water.

-Working out on a regular bases
I have no issues with cardio. I started running and it was the hardest thing I’ve ever tried. At first I could only run for 2 minutes and can now run 5k without any issues. I run at least 3 days a week at 5 am in the morning (something I never thought I would do). I also walk and try to do strength training on a regular bases. I know there is room for improvement with my workout routine but I also know eventually I will find the right balance. Also my Fitbit has been the best gift I’ve ever received. It keeps me motivated… I try every day to get 10,000+ steps and I love the friendly competition with my Fitbit friends.

Day after day I followed the rules and slowly the weight started to come off. Day after day I started to feel better about myself. Day after day it became habit for me.





My life has changed so much over this last year and I love it!!
I’ve lost 43 lbs!! emoticon
Went from a size 12-14 to a size 6-8!! emoticon
I can Run!! emoticon
I learned how to control my food, and not to look at it as a reward!! emoticon
I feel Strong and Healthy!! emoticon
I’m in the best shape of my life!! emoticon
I’ve learned being positive and being happy are all in my control. emoticon
My hubby is eating healthier and he is starting to workout with me. emoticon

I have a 5K Mud run at the beginning of September. I am worried that I'm not strong enough to complete some of the obstacles but I guess I wont know till I try.

My goal for this next year is to work on my strength and endurance. I want to be able to run 10k by next summer.
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ALNEAGLE 8/13/2013 9:56AM

    Congrats! You look FABULOUS!!

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KARA151 8/13/2013 9:08AM

    Congrats on your one year anniversary. You're looking really good!

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LCERVERA 8/13/2013 7:13AM

    Happy Sparkaversary! You have done amazing things for yourself!! You look fantastic. I share your enthusiasm over Sparkpeople. I'm always telling everybody about it. You should be so proud of your success! emoticon

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KRYSTALLA 8/11/2013 9:02PM

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Great Blog.

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SGTSUNNY 8/7/2013 11:55AM

    You are doing wonderful! So motivating! Best of luck in the race, I bet you have a great finish time

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BOMBSHELLY 7/31/2013 1:06PM

    I'm up with you at 5am, running that same distance. What a great accomplishment! Yay for us!

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FIREFLY4407 7/30/2013 7:27PM

    Congratulations!! You should be very proud of your success!!
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CINDYAST 7/30/2013 6:03PM

    You're awesome! Congrats on your one year anniversary with Sparks! And, you do look fantastic!
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AMBER281 7/30/2013 5:55PM

    Awesome blog!
You are doing amazing.

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STAY39 7/30/2013 11:23AM

    Awesome blog! You are my hero! Thank you for the inspiration! emoticon emoticon

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ELIZABETH5268 7/30/2013 11:14AM

    Happy anniversary! It looks like you have made this a lifestyle and are only getting better. Good for you!

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REFFIE1 7/30/2013 11:06AM

   
Keep on Sparking and thank you for all the spark and inspiration that you give to us all! You look fabulous, girl! Happy Anniversary! emoticon emoticon

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NHES220 7/30/2013 9:35AM

    Happy Anniversary! You are what SparkPeople is all about - the changes you make and the success that comes along with it! You look great and you look happy. Best of luck on your Mud Run, I'm sure you'll do great!
Noreen
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PROUD-GRANDMA 7/30/2013 8:54AM

    emoticon emoticon You look amazing! Congratulations!

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SLIMMERJESSE 7/30/2013 8:42AM

    Wow, you look great. Happy Sparkversary and congrats on your changes.

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JERZRN 7/30/2013 8:41AM

    Happy ANniversary! You had an awesome year!
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SANDYCRANE 7/30/2013 8:24AM

    Congratulations. You look great. You have made some awesome progress. Good luck on your race in September.

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