When ONEKIDSMOM, Barb, was a featured SparkPeople success story, she didn't put it in her status or put a link to it in her blog. She wrote a profound blog about heros and she-ros and about how even successful maintainers are human, having and handling slips:
I agree with everything she wrote and admire her class, her restraint, her style and writing skill.
However, I'm not that subtle and subdued. I'm an official SP success story as of today, and I am celebrating. I think it is really cool! Forgive me for total lack of modesty! Happy Dance! WooHoo!! Hooray!!! What an honor!
Check it out:
And following Barb's lead, I refuse to accept this designation as greater pressure. I am human. If (okay -- when) I slip, I'll still look to my SparkFriends for support and wisdom. So, please, SparkFriends, celebrate with me today, but put no halo on my head.
I've lost 86 pounds after 5 decades of being overweight or obese. My life has changed and is so much better. I now love to run and will soon run my second half marathon race. I claim and embrace this success and hope to say to others:
*it doesn't matter if you've been overweight your whole life
*it doesn't matter how old you are
*it doesn't matter if you have a lot of weight to lose
*it doesn't matter if you've never been athletic
*it doesn't matter if you've been a couch potato for decades
*it doesn't matter if you've gained weight back time and time again
YOU can lose weight. YOU can maintain. YOU can change your life. YOU can feel energetic and successful! What is one small thing you can do today to improve your eating and your life? Do it! Wishing you the experience of being a SP success story!