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Wednesday, February 05, 2014

3 years I have been maintaining, and am still fully dedicated to my healthy lifestyle.

My husband and I went out with some friends on Saturday night. We spent the night so that we could have a few (too many) drinks.

On Sunday morning we got up and headed to McDonald's for a coffee, and man did I ever need one!
McDonald's has this clever nutrition calculator now, so I decided I could get a breakfast wrap as well. While we were waiting for our food and coffee, we tried remembering when I last had any food from McD's. It had been over 3 years, and then it was only a breakfast sandwich before getting on board an 8 hour flight. I have not ate a burger/fries, etc from McD's in probably 5+ years (and I do NOT miss it at all).
So...my husband had ordered a cappuccino for him and a normal coffee for myself. He asked for 3 sugars, while I had my sweeteners in my purse. I opened what I thought was his cappuccino and put his sugars in. When I opened up mine to put my sweeteners in, it was then I realized I put his sugar in my coffee. Ugh! Oh I really needed a coffee after Saturday nights festivities! I sat there with the lid open and debating what to do...

I closed the lid and said 'forget it'. My DH said, 'Wow, that is dedication'. I replied with, 'you see dedication, I see a 10 calorie coffee vs a 150 calorie cappuccino and it's just not worth it'. So there we were, both of us desperately wanting that coffee, but neither being drank. Ha! No way was he going to drink one without his sugar and I wasn't drinking one with!

On the way home (with both coffees full and sitting on my lap ;D), I was thinking how my lifestyle is just that now, I don't even think about it. It's not a choice I make anymore, it's just the way I live. It's all so easy.

I have really came a long ways and it's not just changed my health, but has given me a 'power' to be able to handle anything that is thrown at me anymore. When things try to knock me down, sometimes they are successful...however, never for long. It rarely takes me longer then a day or two to get back up, and most of the time I have my boxing gloves on before my feet hit the ground!

This is your life. You have one chance to get it right. It's never, ever too late.

Stop waiting. Start today. Don't not do it because of the time it will take, time will pass anyway. It took me 40 years to 'get it', and about 8 years to go from beginning weight to maintenance.

This is my first blog, however I have been a Sparker for years...I love this site and it's been a great source for educating me and my healthy lifestyle.
Whether you have just found your way here or got lost and found your way back, stay! You are worth this struggle and everyone has the power within to be successful...EVERY SINGLE HUMAN BEING!
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THEMAMALION 4/25/2014 10:28AM

    I love this story! I am just beginning my journey towards better health and am quickly approaching 40 as well. I have been extremely concerned that the combination of my weight and age would hold me back. I know and expect that this is going to be a long journey, but your words have really inspired me to get past my worries so that I can truly look forward to the life changes I need to make. Thank you.

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LALALOVELY76 3/7/2014 12:40PM

    Loved your quote!!!
Yes girl! It takes much discipline and dedication. But once you've got that licked! You've got it all in the bag!!

Thank you for your encouraging story! My goal is to weigh 150 or size 8...and who knows? Once I get there, I may wanna lose 20 more to be at the weight I should be according to my height!!!

Keep up the good work!

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CRUISEBOUND2014 2/27/2014 1:56PM

    I love that you wrote "This is your life. You have one chance to get it right. It's never, ever too late." That is so true! emoticon

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TORTISE110 2/22/2014 8:13AM

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MJREIMERS 2/21/2014 7:43AM

    Great job! I'm going on three years of maintenance and I can relate to your blog. McDonald's food is out of my life, but I do love their coffee. If you want a "treat," have them add a little whipped cream and a chocolate drizzle on top for about 40 calories. This is my new coffee/mocha. Thanks for the blog!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 2/17/2014 2:58PM

    I'm glad this was a "sticky" linked blog or I might have missed it. An experience like you describe really focuses on how much you have changed.
Good for you!

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PURPLEPEONY 2/17/2014 2:19AM

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DESERTJULZ 2/16/2014 11:39AM

    Wowza! Your first blog, and it ends up featured! Congrats! Maybe you should write more? :D

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HOLLYM48 2/15/2014 10:34AM

    This so resonates with me! I hear and feel every word you write! It is so true that it becomes a lifestyle that is just part of who you are, you don't even think about it. The calories are no longer worth the few minutes of pleasure they will give you because the are calories that are wasted when there are so many healthy things to eat instead!
Great blog and great story. SP changed my life as well and like you, I have not had a big mac and fries in 20 months and I don't think I probably ever will again. You are right when you say they don't even sound good anymore.
Congrats on losing and maintaining. Your story is awesome! You are an inspiration! Keep up the good work and the great lifestyle!

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JAVSMOM88 2/15/2014 6:40AM

    Thank you for sharing! emoticon

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IMEMINE1 2/14/2014 6:42PM

    emoticon emoticon on your success.

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CELIAMINER 2/13/2014 3:08PM

    Congrats on your three years of maintenance and on your dedication. I would have just gone back and bought another coffee. :-D

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WENDYANNE61 2/13/2014 1:20PM

    All the best for the next 3 years and all the ones after that! Love your blog! emoticon

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IAMAGEMLOVER 2/13/2014 11:55AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon You are an inspiration. emoticon It has been 1 year of maintenance for me. I have gone from 248 pounds to 126.9. Lately though I am like bump this, I want chocolate, I want candy, I want cookies, I want pizza, I want..... I haven't done it but I am thinking is this really worth it? You answered my question. When does it become a lifestyle though and not a decision?

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FELINA 2/13/2014 9:42AM

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Congratulations on 3 years maintaining!
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On making the transition to a new healthy lifestyle!
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LOSINGLISA 2/13/2014 8:58AM

    Good for you! You are a true inspiration and so very strong!

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MARCOSMASTER 2/13/2014 8:41AM

    Thanks for your insights, it is possible to choose our healthy way of life, but it is still one day at a time. When we loose sight of that, we may take a misstep! emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 2/13/2014 7:54AM

    Impressive!

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CHERYLHURT 2/13/2014 7:51AM

  Wow, you have tremendous willpower! Np, let me correct that. You have WONT power!

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NELLJONES 2/13/2014 7:08AM

    I found out the hard way that McD's pre-sweetens its "cappucino". That would have been awfully sweet with extra sugar!

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NUOVAELLE 2/13/2014 1:38AM

    Congratulations on your success and on your very first blog! Your story is really inspirational and your blog spreads lots of motivation so I hope you keep on sharing your thoughts and maintenance experiences with Sparkworld!
Keep on sparking!
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DALID414 2/13/2014 1:22AM

    emoticon I raise my glass to you!

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FIFIFRIZZLE 2/13/2014 1:18AM

    Well done. Awesome weight loss. Awesome changes well bedded in.
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KIMBERLY_Y 2/12/2014 11:11PM

    Love it! Two weeks ago, I put the my daughter's 2% milk in my coffee and had the same debate with myself that you did. I just hated wasting the coffee, but I threw it down the drain and made a new one. Some things are just not worth it. Keep up the good work and congratulations on your first blog!

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JANTHEBLONDE 2/12/2014 10:12PM

    That is an awesome blog! "Love it" Way to go girl! Congratulations!
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PRESSINGON3:14 2/12/2014 9:21PM

    way to be true to yourself! emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 2/12/2014 9:10PM

    Brilliant blog!! Congratulations. You certainly deserve to be featured. Your dedication to healthy living is just beautiful. You really have this. Very impressive. Maybe someday I'll have it as strong as you do!! Thanks for the message. Inspiring.

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MEXGAL1 2/12/2014 9:00PM

    Wonderful....I so get it! Inspiring to read about your journey and success. You sound like you really have this and can be in charge of your own decisions.
Good for you.
Best of everything to you.
Sallie

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KELLIEBEAN 2/12/2014 8:42PM

    Truly inspiring how you handled yourself at McDonalds. I've been maintaining for 15 months and I'm not sure I would have been that strong at that point but the next time I get a little lazy, I will remember your story!

Thanks for the maintenance inspiration!

Congratulations on all of your accomplishments!

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NEED2LOSEN2010 2/12/2014 8:36PM

    Thank you for sharing. I am one who is struggling, and returning to SP to try again! Loved your blog! emoticon

Sunny

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KRISKECK 2/12/2014 8:25PM

    I love your approach to life! Thanks for the inspiration!

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SUSIEMT 2/12/2014 8:22PM

    Congrats on your three years of maintenance! WooHoo to you! Yes, it all comes down to the choices! Good blog!

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PEZMOM1 2/12/2014 7:48PM

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GLORIAMAJDI 2/12/2014 7:28PM

    Congrats on your first Spark Blog! It is true, your taste really do change given the chance. Congrats on your three your maintenance and on not letting this situation get the best of you!

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LUVS2BIKE101 2/12/2014 7:24PM

    Congratulations! You are my inspiration to succeed! emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 2/12/2014 7:22PM

    Super blog: I so agree with you that starting right now is terrific, the time will pass anyway and we might as well be on the road to optimal fitness and health!

Success is built up from many small decisions -- such as your coffee decision -- and success is inevitable if we stick with it.

Yay you!!

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MOMMY445 2/12/2014 7:15PM

    congrats on your 3 year maintenance and on the healthy choices you are making! have a wonderful day!

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_LINDA 2/12/2014 7:09PM

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You have come a long way and realize what a precious feeling eating and being healthy is!
Congrats on a great first blog! (whatever took you so long??)
Keep up the great work!!!

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ALIIDA 2/12/2014 6:45PM

    That is an amazing story about how much this journey is worth it to you and to all of us. emoticon It's just what I need right now when I'm wondering if I can keep up this self-discipline. emoticon

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AMARILYNH 2/12/2014 6:35PM

    That coffee wouldn't have tasted good if you HAD decided to drink it - because your tastes are forever changed! You have it SO right - its all about choices!! And its so very worth while making the RIGHT ones!!

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NPDSLEUTH 2/6/2014 6:29AM

    What a great story! Congratulations to you!!! Your "class" is proud of you!!! Hooray!

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ELLEKTRA 2/6/2014 5:59AM

    We had left McD's by the time I realized what was going on or I probably would have gotten a new one...

Thank you for the positive feedback and thank you for the goodie, my friend Kanoe :)

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 2/5/2014 8:39AM

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...but I bet McD would have given you a new cup of coffee if you had asked.

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KANOE10 2/5/2014 8:34AM

    I would do the same thing. 150 calories is not worth drinking coffee with sugar! ! You have made great healthy changes in your life.

I loved your blog. That was very inspiring.

Congratulations on 3 years of maintenance!

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ROCKMAN6797 2/5/2014 7:47AM

    Great blog!
I love how you end it. It is all about choices. There is no secret to weight loss other than choosing to do it. Once you choose to do it, stick to it (even if you fall once in awhile), make it a habit, and soon, as you so eloquently wrote, it becomes easier and just part of your life.

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WEARINGTHIN 2/5/2014 6:58AM

    Congratulations on your first blog. It held my interest. You pointed out your resilience. Good for you! Glenn

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SUZIPAM1 2/5/2014 6:32AM

    yay that is a lifestyle change and you have got it - well done - such a victory

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PEZCATHY 2/5/2014 6:21AM

    Wow! That's just beautiful! It's amazing how our mindset changes. Good job on your 3 year maintenance and continued healthy choices! Your story is inspiring, thank you for sharing it!

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