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What I have learned from Sparkpeople

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

I celebrated my 1 year Sparkiversary yesterday. emoticon So much has happened during this year. Here is what I have learned while I have been here.

1. I learned that I had been over eating. I ate the wrong foods and a lot of them. emoticon emoticon emoticon
2. I had to relearn how to eat in a healthy manner. I had the knowledge but I needed to put it to use.
3. The only way to have safe weight loss is through exercise and eating right. Don't tell my doctor that I admitted this as he will get a big head over it. emoticon
4. I need to measure my food as my idea of what a serving size is isn't always accurate.
5. Fruits and veggies are not the enemies.
6. Exercise is actually quite nice. I try to do something daily. I have also learned that I love the elliptical and aqua jogging. I'm even running now. emoticon emoticon emoticon
7. I did not put the weight on over night and should not expect it to come off that way. It took me over 17 years to get to my highest weight. I know I will have fluctuations and I am learning to not let it ruin my day if I have a higher day. emoticon
8. I need the daily interaction of Spark. I look forward to posting on the boards and reading the blogs.
9. I look forward to participating in the challenges.
10. I learned that not everyone will be happy with my decision to become healthy. Some people are jealous over my weight loss and some just don't understand. Well, that is ok because I am doing it for me.

I went from 211 pounds to 134
Waist 39.5 to 27.5 inches
Hips 47 to 34.5 inches
Thigh 24 to 15 inches
Arm 12 to 8.5 inches
Waist to hip ratio .85 to .79
I lost a total of 77 pounds and 37 inches

I went from a size 18 to a size 5.

I am thrilled that I have the tools to continue on my healthy journey. Thanks to everyone who has joined me on this journey. I thank all of you for your love and support. Here is to another great and healthy year.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
KAREN608 8/28/2013 12:54PM

    Thank you for this.... I liked the part about weight, measurements and clothes sizes.
I thought to myself, that in due time I could be a nondouble digit size ... someday in the future. I could buy thrift shop clothes! I'd like that. Thanks for sharing what you learned. Same here, Sparkpeople educated me, socialized me and helped me stay motivated even with on again off again times.

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  Thank you for this wonderful post! emoticon #inspiring

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CMCGRUN 8/23/2013 4:22AM

    Wow!!! You have accomplished soooo much! I am very happy for you! I got a good giggle at #3 emoticon

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CATHYROSE40 8/18/2013 7:42PM

    What an inspiration! Truly admirable. I know I will take from this that it can be done, just as long as you allow yourself the opportunity. And acknowledge is needs to be done in the first place. Congratulations!

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A_NEW_CHAPTER 8/18/2013 6:01PM

    Oh my goodness - those numbers are FANTASTIC - WooHoo!

I think you can add a couple of things to your list:

you have learned that you are worth it
you have learned that you can do anything you put your mind to
you have learned that you have staying power to follow through with something huge for an entire year and more
you have learned that you have the courage to start on a course that has an unknown end


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EMPRESSAMQ 8/16/2013 10:55AM

    emoticon You are doing great! emoticon

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SKYE996 8/15/2013 1:49PM

    That is super awesome! Way to go girl!

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CHEETARA79 8/15/2013 8:40AM

    You are amazing!

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JESSIKA_56 8/15/2013 8:01AM

    Great accomplishments! Congrats!

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BLUEROSE73 8/14/2013 11:01PM

    That is awesome. Congratulations

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TAMMYAND 8/14/2013 10:31PM

    Congratulations on a job well done. You have a lot to be proud of. I am blessed to know you through SP.

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CRAFTINWIFE 8/14/2013 9:57PM

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SAD64PSYCH 8/14/2013 9:45PM

    You are an inspiration! emoticon emoticon

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 8/14/2013 8:11PM

    those are some amazing statistics!!! Happy Sparkversary emoticon
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KELLYFIT123 8/14/2013 7:47PM


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CHUBBYGAMER 8/14/2013 7:46PM

    That is so amazing ^_^ You are inspirational.

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ACRAIG921 8/14/2013 7:16PM

    Congrats on your anniversary and all of your accomplishments. You should be so proud. Keep up the great work. emoticon

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SAMZA83 8/14/2013 6:56PM

That is truly fantastic!! Happy Spark Aniversary to you!

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GINGER_BEAR 8/14/2013 5:25PM

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GOCALGAL 8/14/2013 5:03PM

    BRAVO! I can identify with so much of what you said but it is taking me forever to reach my goal! I will not quit...ever! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon


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KIRSTENLYNN62 8/14/2013 5:00PM

    Spectacular! You inspire me! emoticon emoticon

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MYJOYNOW45EST 8/14/2013 4:59PM

    You are amazing!! And you should be so very proud... I'm a fan. emoticon It really works, doesn't it? Blessings for another great year, JOY

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PENNYSAVER2 8/14/2013 4:52PM

    Wow!! Great job!! emoticon

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GINAC0 8/14/2013 3:46PM

    Awesome! Congrats!

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KIMPY225 8/14/2013 3:37PM

    emoticon Woohoo! Keep up the great work!

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