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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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