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That Shift From "You CAN do it" To "You're an inspiration!" ?!

Friday, August 09, 2013


Huge emoticon moment today through the courtesy of my amazing Spark Friends! emoticon There is a huge shift in the types of comments I receive, and it is the most amazing feeling. I have been off and on Spark people since 2009... but as of March 2012 I have been here consistently and am down a total of 77 pounds. I am not sure when this shift happened exactly, but it was an amazing WTF?! moment. emoticon

When I was starting on this journey for the 2930283290 time, I got so much encouragement and support and it was amazing! It was full of comments telling me "You can do it", "keep up the good work", "you will get there, don't give up". I loved those comments and they were so helpful and encouraging. When I was down in the dumps, I would get comments to remind me of where I was going, why I was doing this and to keep on truckin', it was great!

Then today I realized my comments are different now. I get comments from some of you fabulous people saying that I am a motivation/inspiration and this blows my mind! Me?! A motivation? Really?! How?! emoticon I remember being on Spark People and seeing people that inspired and motivated me. Since I am a bigger girl, I really looked up to people who had lost 50+ pounds, because it was proof that no matter how far we have to go in this journey, it can be done! I never in a million years thought ANYONE would ever see me in the same light that I saw my own personal motivators on here, and it is an amazing feeling.

Those same people that motivate and inspire me today, and everyone on Spark is motivational and inspiring in their own way. Whether they are years into their journey and pounds down, or if they are finding the courage to get started on their journey, everyone has a Spark to bring to the table! emoticon

This may sound silly, but it really just blew my mind to be getting the nicest comments, and my brain is learning to process the fact that it's not a matter of "I CAN do this", it's that "I AM doing it". After years and years of losing and regaining weight and never truly being successful, this is a hard pill to swallow but with each passing day I am realizing "I am doing this", and you are doing this too... just be being here on Spark! With some consistency, and a little hard work, you will find that shift from people telling you "You can do it" and trying to encourage you, to congratulating you on your success! Success is really just a bunch of little victories all put together to create that amazing success we are all looking to achieve. Passing up a emoticon or taking that emoticon when you really don't want to is another step towards your goals! emoticon emoticon and many of you are already DOING IT! emoticon

I want to thank anyone who has ever been supportive and left me a comment, I am truly blessed to have amazing Spark Friends and to have a place like Spark to feel like I am not alone in this, and that people truly care about my success. Just as I truly care about all of you and want nothing more than to see you all reach your goals!

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SIMONEKP 8/15/2013 12:56PM

    I know right. I still have a long way to go but I find that I am surprised every time someone makes a comment about how much I've lost so far. Now if can just those dangit 2 lbs, I'll own my 50lbs down badge. You are awesome!

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HEATHERFREE 8/13/2013 11:46PM

    love this Steph! You are an inspiration to me and have been even when you were stuck! You are awesome!

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POUTINGPEGGY 8/11/2013 5:27AM

    Well you deserve it as I you've put in the hard work. It is wonderful seeing how you have changed physically. Mentally you have changed too. Wonderful emoticon

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JACOBSBELOVED 8/11/2013 2:38AM

    It's all true! The goals and plans you set out for yourself are being achieved and EVERYONE is noticing.

I personally want to say "thank you" for putting everything out there. You showed us your struggles, your victories, and everything in between. It really helps me to see someone else face the same difficulties that I'm currently facing and watch them overcome them.

You truly are an inspiration and I can only hope you continue to stay on SP even after you are at your goal weight. I'll be needing your encouragement! :D

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ZAPPATTACK 8/10/2013 10:42PM

    I've definitely been inspired by you, and it's good to see that you're seeing what we all are - that you have done amazing things!! Thank you for being here and staying positive no matter how many times "starting over" happens... You've touched lives :)

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MUSCLE-UP 8/10/2013 9:07PM

    I am so happy that you did it. Your own words of encouragement to us out here made me tear up a bit. All those little victories did make you stand out. emoticon emoticon

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JESSYJAINES 8/10/2013 5:41PM

    Great Blog! You deserve the kind words. Thanks for being a SparkFriend. emoticon

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DUMBBELLE84 8/10/2013 12:57PM

  Love it! Your hard work is totally paying off and you deserve it. Well done, sweetie!

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JACKIE542 8/10/2013 12:50PM

    emoticon Happy you are doing so emoticon

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WAY2GOCAT 8/10/2013 11:54AM

    Feels good, yes it does. I've noticed that shift too when I get comments on my page. One day, when I grow up, I want to a SparkPeople motivator...........! emoticon

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WEEPINGANGEL74 8/10/2013 11:00AM

    This is such a beautiful blog! I'm glad I stumbled across it. Thank you for sharing your thoughts! Great little push.....I think I will take that walk now!

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AMARILYNH 8/10/2013 10:27AM

    You did it again - I'm just sitting here grinning at my computer saying "You GO Girl!!" Heck YES you are doing it!! And HECK YES you are inspiring the rest of us out here in SparkLand!! Have an AMAZING weekend!! emoticon emoticon (Guess we need to tell SP we need a "WE ARE DOING IT!")

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TEENY_BIKINI 8/10/2013 10:27AM

    Look out world, here she comes! You are doing great, GREAT work.

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WHOVIANGIRL23 8/10/2013 9:37AM

    You are so amazing! I hope that someday I will be able to motivate and inspire people the way you have done to me and so many others!

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TEKRU1 8/10/2013 8:55AM

    You have done GREAT! Congratulations on making the change from the motivated to the MOTIVATOR!

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WORKNPROGRESS49 8/10/2013 8:34AM

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YO~YOLANDA 8/10/2013 8:04AM

    Atta Gurl!!! I am so glad you shared this! I loved it most when you said...

"my brain is learning to process the fact that it's not a matter of "I CAN do this", it's that "I AM doing it". "

You ARE DOING IT!!!

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VLINDER2014 8/10/2013 7:15AM

    emoticon YOU GO GIRL.. Keep inspiring .. We get what we give .. :) and you give so you get !!!

hugs ,
Dawn

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JACKSGRAN 8/10/2013 6:11AM

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And you deserve it!

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CHICAT63 8/10/2013 6:08AM

    Love your blog and you are AWESOME !!!! emoticon

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MERRY_XMAS 8/10/2013 4:09AM

    I love your blogs! They are full of honesty and positive energy. You are indeed a motivation, as is everybody who has come as far as you during this journey!
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DANCINGFLAMES 8/10/2013 2:24AM

    Your hard work, dedication, and success should be celebrated. Keep on being inspirational!

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WEBEZE 8/10/2013 1:43AM

    I love reading your blogs. You are so frank and honest good or bad and I like that. You are an inspiration even when you are down and keep pushing on anyways. So enjoy the up time. You so deserve it.
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ALICIA214 8/10/2013 12:58AM

 


You go girl.. emoticon emoticon

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COCK-ROBIN 8/10/2013 12:44AM

    You can do it!

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MOTHEPRO 8/10/2013 12:07AM

    emoticon emoticon All the support and encouragement here is priceless. The more you give, the more you receive. Spark on!

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DIRLI8 8/9/2013 11:52PM

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