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Waited a LONG time ...

Monday, January 20, 2014

… To write this blog. Today I celebrate losing a total of 60 pounds! It has taken me since August 2013 to get here … I didn't have setbacks, just plateaued a couple of times and started losing slower than the first year (I rejoined SP 7/1/2012). What has been important to me is:

1. I didn’t give up … I kept tracking, moving and participating on SP.
2. I focused on NSV – there were plenty. More stamina, more confidence, better sleep, fitting into boots I purchased 7 years ago, rings/necklaces now fitting, looking better, feeling better – just to name a few.
3. I increased my movement gradually – in 2012, I barely could walk 800 steps per day; in 2013, I averaged 3200 steps per day; 2014 – I am up to 4000 steps per day! This is amazing to me.
4. My BFF today told me as a result of watching/hearing me go on about my health, progress, and SP … has decided to create a healthier lifestyle for herself and is now on a lifestyle plan that suits her! She just lost 5 pounds!
5. I learned to let go that I wasn’t losing as fast as I wanted to … but learned to focus on where I am right now. This has put me in more awareness of staying in healthy habits. Sometimes I wonder if in the past where I lost too fast, I didn't haven’t enough time to assimilate the new reality…thereby resulting in gaining again – you know the yo-yo syndrome.

I’m also seeing in my future the ability to travel in an airplane again – to visit my friend, my son, go to meetings, conferences, etc. I thought those days were behind me.

I’ve come a long way … still have at least another 70 lbs to lose… However, I choose to focus on what is right now! And I will celebrate each of those steps I continue to take that keeps me on a healthy road. I can do this … I won’t back down (my mantra :-} ) … For the BEST OF ME IS YET TO BE!!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
~KINDREDSPIRIT~ 10/5/2014 5:05PM

    This is AMAZING...I was doing really well and then it all kind of collapsed recently, but I am going to try and continue to be consistent. Thanks for the incentive.

take care

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DEB42615 4/23/2014 4:50PM

    A trip to Disneyworld :)

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    Beautiful blog and an inspiration. Congratulations on your "stride" toward good health and best wishes for continued success. You're right . . . the best is yet to be. Exhilarating!

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MASTERPIECE8 1/21/2014 1:24PM

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I am so darn happy for you, proud of you, and thrilled to be your Spark Friend!

You are an inspiration. You can do it and you are continuing to do it.

Way to go, Jackie!

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GODS_TEMPLE 1/21/2014 3:00AM

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Such wonderful news about the weight loss and the determination that has put you on a path toward getting better and better each day.

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DJ4HEALTH 1/21/2014 12:49AM

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JOANOFSPARK 1/21/2014 12:03AM

    emoticon emoticon you have done so well.......I am so proud of are emoticon emoticon emoticon and I know you will lose the rest of it, as well.... emoticon emoticon

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INDIANABON 1/20/2014 6:17PM

    WooHoo Jackie! Keep on pushing forward!


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SPEEDY143 1/20/2014 4:43PM

    emoticon emoticon YOU have filled me with joy and the determination to lose my next 70 pounds emoticon emoticon emoticon Spark On emoticon emoticon

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IOWAGRAMMA 1/20/2014 3:47PM

    Jackie, I'm so happy for you and so very proud, too! You have done so fantastically well...your learned lessons will go far to help others, too!! Congrats to you and before you know it, you'll have those next pounds behind you, too! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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