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The Reason I Joined Sparkpeople

Saturday, August 10, 2013

I joined Sparkpeople January 2012. I just started Paramedic class and had become friends with my classmates right away. One classmate and I started talking about my weight and thyroid issues.He asked me if I have heard of Sparkpeople. I said no. He then told me that him and his wife go to a nutrition counselor and the counselor had mentioned Sparkpeople to them. He told me to check it out. So I did.

In January 2012, I think I was still in denial and still lazy. I started my Sparkpeople page and did a few things, like exercised and drank more water. I stopped drinking pop. But I phased out within a week.

In April 2012, my friend and I were talking about losing weight. I introduced her to Sparkpeople. This is when I became active again. I did it because finally I realized that the life I was living was going to kill me if I didn't lose the weight. I also thought about the effects it would have on my daughter. I wanted my family and I healthier. If it was going to be just me changing, fine, but I was going to try no matter what!

I started strong in exercise and eating and drinking right. I avoided restaurants, ate more fruits and veggies, I worked out 2-4+ hours a day.

In August 2012, I phased out a bit. I graduated college as a Paramedic. Things got busy.

By August, I lost 62 pounds. 350 down to 288.

Today, I weigh 326. I gained some of the weight back. But you know what? I didn't gain all of it back and I never gave up completely.

I am on Sparkpeople for a reason. That reason is to lose weight and become healthy. I am here because I don't want to do it alone. I need guidance, encouragement, and friends. I need support right beside me, every step of the way.

I no longer have an excuse to why I don't or can't, I have a reason why I do and can.
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CATHYGETSFIT 8/13/2013 10:34PM

    That's the great thing about SP. We are all here for the same reason but how we got here is different. The support and encouragement we get from one another is the best. Glad you found SP and glad we met. I'm also glad you haven't given up after gaining some of your weight back. emoticon emoticon

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CHANGINGEMMY 8/12/2013 3:30PM

    Great blog!! I too took a while to get my act together after joining. I'm so glad we wound up on the white tigers!! I love the support that SP offers me.

You're doing great!! Keep up the hard work! :)

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MACMOM57 8/12/2013 8:01AM

    Awesome blog. I know you can do it. Your doing well.

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1HAPPYSPIRIT 8/11/2013 7:02PM

    emoticon blog!

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BARBIE176 8/10/2013 11:02PM

    emoticon I am so glad you found sparkpeople and that you have not given up! emoticon emoticon with the support and motivation of your spark friends. emoticon emoticon

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BEFIT014 8/10/2013 8:48PM

    I love reading about how people came to be here and why.
(And now I know why you have such CRAZY hours!)

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CMCGRUN 8/10/2013 7:43PM

    I am so happy for you!! You can do it!!

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GODS_TEMPLE 8/10/2013 7:38PM

    emoticon Christina!

We all need the help and encouragement of friends.

I'm so glad you are sticking to your ultimate goal...for you and your daughter.

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DBELLE39 8/10/2013 1:24PM

    The support from others who are facing many of the same challenges is phenomenal. I've found SP to be just what I need. I've fell of the wagon more than once, but getting back on is the key to succeeding. We must never throw in the towel.

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SURENDERISNOTME 8/10/2013 1:06PM

    emoticon blog! I joined Spark People 4 1/2 years ago. This is like home.

HUGS
Debbie

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KRAZY4KATZ 8/10/2013 12:35PM

    It's always so interesting to find out how people came across SparkPeople and then really great when it's shared with others. I use to workout almost as long as you use to but not anymore. So glad you haven't given up even with the weight gain. emoticon emoticon
Congratulations on becoming a Paramedic!
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Susan

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111BUTTERFLY111 8/10/2013 11:53AM

    It is soooooo much easier to do it here with friends! I'm so glad you're back. You're sooooo worth the effort!
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STUDLEEJOE 8/10/2013 11:29AM

    emoticon Remember we are all in this together. emoticon

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