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My Overdue Blog


Thursday, December 05, 2013




November 21/2013 marked my first year anniversary with Spark. This news comes in late for a few reasons that I may or may not get to yet. You see I was also going to write a blog about procrastination, but then thought –“Well maybe another time!” emoticon

When I look back, I am amazed that I decided to try Spark People a month before the Christmas season. Not only was it the Christmas season, but we had planned to spend Christmas in Las Vegas with friends. We went and had a great time. I was 3 lb heavier when I returned but knocked that off the following week. Little did I know that Spark had already begun to weave its magic into me right away.

At that time, I was reluctant to open a Spark Page and was convinced that if I just did my homework and followed the plan, I could do this on my own. But soon I realized that if I was going to visit other peoples' Spark Pages - that maybe I should also have one of my own. I was not prepared for the incredible support and inspiration that flowed from this! Also I began to realize the give & take concept had an incredible pay off! The more I reached out with love & support for others, the more & more inspired I became! Honestly, at times it was overwhelming!

You see, my initial plan when I joined Spark was to get healthier and lose some weight. I’m pleased to report that I achieved both. emoticon

What I wasn't even remotely aware of though -- was all the changes that would occur:

To date:

I now see food in terms of nutritional value as opposed to “What can I eat?”

I have learned a lot about the importance of patience and persistence.

Despite many other attempts in my life to lose weight, I have finally discovered that it’s really an inside job – much more mental than a physical challenge.

I now exercise every day.

I have taken up yoga.

I eat new & healthier foods. (Quinoa with Greek yogurt & nuts for breakfast!)

I have met so many wonderful people who support me sight unseen.

I have learned a tremendous amount from my Spark friends – about food and life in general.
I have learned so much about nutrition.

I have learned a lot about my health.

I will never diet again.

I view my body in much kinder, healthier terms.

I have been inspired to try many new things.

I even signed up for college courses.

I replaced some bad habits with healthy habits.

Despite chronic illness, I feel so much better!

My overall health has improved physically, emotionally and spiritually.

I have dropped my BMI by more than 10 points!

I have released several inches off my body.

I am 65 lb lighter than I was last year.

I have surprised myself with my success!

I feel more gratitude than I have ever felt in my life.




Thank you Spark People! Thank you Spark Friends! Together life is better!
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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
43MELANIE 12/15/2013 1:23AM

    Wow. Great blog entry. Thank you for writing this, it's very powerful.

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STEFIGURL 12/9/2013 2:06PM

    BEAUTIFUL blog from a BEAUTIFUL LADY!!! :-)
Wow...a whole year!!! So happy for you Sweetheart! WHAT PROGRESS!!!!
And I love the expression of this being an inside job. It is INDEED that!!!
I am so grateful the Universe brought you my way...and so grateful that it brought both of us to the SPARKiverse!!!

I love you KatyMay!!! :-)
stephi :-)

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SUEPERWOMAN 12/8/2013 12:26PM

 
wow, Katy, this is SO INCREDIBLE! Changes from the inside, out.
I am so happy for you!

Love, Ginger

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KAMINEKO 12/6/2013 11:55AM

    65 pounds! Way to go. That is really something to be proud of. Looking back on the year and seeing your progress and how you've grown is so rewarding. Congratulations on dedication and loving yourself enough to enhance your health and well being. Well done, lady!

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NOMORETHEFATTY 12/6/2013 6:32AM

    emoticon Katy. I'm so glad you joined "Sparks" you truly are a wonderful & inspiring friend. Not only are you achieving your goals you are helping other too. Looking how far you've come in a year gives me the encouragement to believe I can do it too, although it's taking me a bit longer I will get there.
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KMACINLOVE 12/6/2013 2:51AM

    Wonderfull!, Wonderfull!, Wonderfull!. You are such an amazing person. I could not be more happier for you. What an incredible fantastic post. Music to my eyes. POW!, POW!, POW!. emoticon emoticon Keith

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DAWNSJOURNEY 12/5/2013 10:48PM

    Woo Hoo Katy your success is AWESOME just like you !!! I am so glad I have been with you on this journey !! Here is too the next year and more Awesomeness !!

hugs and love,
Dawn

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LIVINGFREE19 12/5/2013 9:45PM

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You have done so well, my friend!

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CATLOVER110 12/5/2013 9:04PM

    Good for you! It sounds like you've had a great year!

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CHERYL_ANNE 12/5/2013 6:41PM

    Hurray for you!
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AUGUSTDRAGON 12/5/2013 4:39PM

    You go Girl! Blow your horn, raise your banner, you deserve it! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CAT-IN-CJ 12/5/2013 2:02PM

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Wonderful blog! And you are such an inspiration.

Keep up the good lifestyle!!!!!!

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FELINA 12/5/2013 1:57PM

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Great blog and fantastic accomplishments! Look how much you've done in one year!
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Congratulations and keep up the phenomenal work!


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_VALEO_ 12/5/2013 12:55PM

    emoticon There are so many positive points in your blog! Your belated blog was worth the wait!

emoticon Amazing achievements and success! You rock!

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BLUENOSE63 12/5/2013 12:52PM

  Thanks for posting as I was getting worried about you. Look at your list, I hope you put all those in your WooHoo jar. You deserve every happiness in life and conquering food demons etc. will help you along your way tremendously.

Thank you for always supporting me in my Ironman adventures, it means a lot to have someone in my corner when the chips are down.

Hugs

Cheryl

a.k.a. Iron Maiden

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