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4 years on SparkPeople....

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

emoticon I just passed my 4 year anniversary on SparkPeople. Woo Hoo!



I guess if I wanted to pass on some type of inspiration at this milestone I would say allow yourself to be human on journey. Allow your journey to be unique.

I certainly haven't been perfect over the last 5 years of my journey (4 on spark and one before). I'm not at my ideal weight or shape in my mind. Some people want to give up after 4 weeks or 4 months, but you need to realize that it's a lifetime, lifestyle that you are going for. So while this 4 year anniversary is a blessing, it's just a drop in the bucket of what I'm going for.



You need to develop an attitude that will not allow failures on any day to stop you in your tracks. I've gone up and down from 95 lbs lost to maintaining at least a 75 lbs loss. At 95 lbs I was losing muscle and had a higher percent body fat. At 75 lbs lost I just got the best rating I could get on a life insurance policy due to my lab results and stats. So what is in a number? Quit letting the scale dictate your success. Get healthy.



This just needs to be your daily schedule. Eat right, workout, be awesome, repeat. In order to do that you have to have healthy food in the house, a plan, and some will power.

emoticon You have to have accountability partners. I have many of them and without them there would have been many days where I just skipped my workout.



No one can make you do it - you have to want it and do it and get over your excuses. Unless of course you want to stay over weight and out of shape. I'm currently working on getting past my obstacles of the last couple of months.

Life is never perfect. Family, friends, job, children, environment will never be perfect. Quit expecting perfect or saying when this or that changes then I can focus on me. If that is your expectation then you will never get around to it.



Just finishing up with the thought that you are worth it so don't give up. Don't try and be exactly like anyone else on their journey. Do what is right for you.



I did try something in August that was on my bucket list - wouldn't have been able to do it 5 years ago. I went paddle boarding with friends and family. This was an exciting day for me and I plan on going again. Set some goals and try new things.

I love my fitness life now. I've completely changed my eating habits. Those things took time for me and for my family. Don't give up - you can do this one day at a time.

So I'm still here...plugging along one day at a time. Good luck to you on your journey.
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FITMAMA_ 9/15/2014 9:28AM

    Awesome!

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MOM1014 9/7/2013 9:17AM

    Terrific blog and so honest and true. It took me 5 years to make up my mind I was serious and finally did those last steps to goal. A nice feeling.
Nice still, like you, I'll keep it off and have had fun and learned along the way. You are truly inspiring.
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SONYALATRECE 9/5/2013 8:20PM

    Great blog!

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SUPERSYLPH 9/5/2013 10:28AM

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JULESANA8818 9/5/2013 9:54AM

    Happy Sparkaversary!!!! I am so thankful that you joined Sparkpeople. YOu have been such a friend and inspiration to me. Thank You for being my accountability person. You reached across the miles to a stranger and offered to be there and you always have been. Love Ya girlie. # emoticon Twi-sistersforever

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K1TT3N 9/4/2013 1:49PM

    Awesome ... COngrats...... Great advice thanks for sharing

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RUNNER4LIFE08 9/4/2013 10:15AM

    Happy emoticon ! You have always been an inspiration to me and you continue to be. Your blog said it perfectly....


emoticon and continue to be the emoticon person you are!

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TRAVELGRRL 9/4/2013 9:23AM

    Way to go!

Great message. It really is a LIFETIME change...it's not like we do it and then log off spark forever because "we've done it". It's always going to be a challenge and we're never going to get it "perfect."

Love that you went paddleboarding...I went whitewater rafting for the first time last month, and I'm 59 and DH is 66! Life is happening for us RIGHT NOW, not when we hit our "perfect" size and weight.

Keep on Sparking!!!

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FUNLOVEN 9/4/2013 8:59AM

    emoticon That is what I want to say to you. emoticon on not giving up! emoticon on developing a healthy lifestyle! emoticon on all of your achievements!

I love the pic of you paddle boarding. My yoga instructor implemented yoga on a paddle board this year. I just pictured myself falling off a zillion times and laughed at the thought of it saying - no way Jose for me. But I think it is a very cool thing for the younger people.

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RIDMYCOCOON 9/4/2013 4:33AM

    emoticon great blog! emoticon emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 9/4/2013 2:41AM

    emoticon emoticon Keep it up!

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CURRAHEE68 9/4/2013 12:49AM

    Thank you for the reminder. This is lifetime, lifestyle commitment. Not a bad thing the weight is coming off a slow pace.

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MASRITE 9/3/2013 10:56PM

    You've had quite a journey these past 4 years. Keep up the great work!!!

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TRIPLE_EMME 9/3/2013 10:17PM

    Happy anniversary!

Congrats on all of your accomplishments of the past 4 years. You are awesome!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 9/3/2013 9:29PM

    Congratulations on all of your success! I love, love, love that you did not allow a number on the scale to dictate your life. LOVE this blog!

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MARILYNROBERT 9/3/2013 9:26PM

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SIFUMARY1 9/3/2013 9:25PM

    Great advice Thanks, You look great.

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