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Celebrating 2 Years of Awesomeness!


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Thursday, March 20, 2014



Today I am celebrating 2 years of awesomeness here on Spark! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon It's not technically my 2 year Sparkaversary because I joined Spark back in 2009. I lost 40 pounds, started to gain it all back, and disappeared. I came back a couple of times with some half-hearted attempts that never amounted to much. To be successful on this journey, I had to learn to leave all the past failures behind me. So I started fresh on March 20, 2012, and that was the beginning of my final weight loss attempt. I say that because I have no desire to EVER start from scratch again. emoticon I am very proud of the fact that I have been here consistently for 2 years, through the good, the bad, and the ugly! I have mixed emotions about my progress these past 2 years, but the fact that I am still here and still trying is a huge accomplishment in my book.

These are my reasons for the mixed emotions: If you asked me 2 years ago where I had HOPED to be by now, I would have said at my goal. I would have even hoped to have been maintaining for a while too. If you ask me what I EXPECTED to have happened by now, I would have said I would have lost some, and then gained it all back plus more. It isn't that I am a negative person, but that is how all my previous weight loss attempts have gone... how was I to know that this one would really be THE ONE?

So I am in between where I hoped to be and where I expected to be. What is interesting is, my original goal weight was 180. I have now lowered that to 160, and wouldn't be opposed to getting down to 150-155. As my journey has progressed, my faith in myself and what I can accomplish has grown so much. I used to think it would be a dream just to get to 180. There was also the part of me that didn't fully think I could do it. I had set lofty goals in the past and never gotten close, so setting a "safe goal" was necessary. But now I am proud to say that I am working to get to a healthier weight! I refuse to settle for less than I deserve, and I will do the work to get there!

So I could focus on the fact that "I'm not where I had HOPED to be" or I could celebrate the fact that "I'm not where I EXPECTED to be" which was at an all time high weight. So I choose to focus on the positives. I am super proud of myself for not quitting! I am excited to be Sparking away and to have some of the most amazing Spark friends and supporters! It is no secret that I have been struggling lately (and many times throughout my 2 years), but sticking with Spark and receiving so much unconditional support has really prevented me from throwing in the towel during my toughest times. emoticon

So here I am, 2 years later, 80 pounds lighter, so much healthier, happier and more confident! If you were to ask me where I HOPE to be at the end of year 3 on this healthy journey: Maintaining my goal weight. If you ask me where I EXPECT to be by the end of year 3: Maintaining my goal weight. Attitude is everything, and my attitude has done a complete 180! Thanks to everyone for being so great and supportive, and here's to making year 3 my goal year! emoticon

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TERRIJ7 7/7/2014 8:08PM

    The important thing is that you're still here and moving forward.


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GRAMPIAN 6/20/2014 6:03AM

  Great! emoticon

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NASFKAB 4/20/2014 11:47AM

  AWESOME KEEP IT UP

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MCJULIEO 4/14/2014 10:58AM

    Fantastic! Happy Sparkversary!

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LINDAM.1 4/10/2014 9:34PM

  emoticon at this point skinny clothes would be nice but BMI, cholesterol. A1c are all more important.

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ROSEYJO1 4/6/2014 11:47AM

    Really liked your blog!!! I have started over and over only to stop believing in myself. You give me hope to start again. Keep up your good works, both losing weight and inspiring others

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NHEMBERGER 3/28/2014 11:58PM

    Awesome! Congrats!

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COLLARN 3/25/2014 7:33AM

  Such a great post! You are worth it!

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G33K10V3 3/24/2014 10:00AM

    YAY STEPH!! Congrats on keeping it going! You're an inspiration!! emoticon emoticon

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YICHE12 3/24/2014 8:26AM

    emoticon Keep up the great work!


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CHERIJ16 3/23/2014 11:58PM

    emoticon attitude! emoticon You are doing emoticon !

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LADYMACK24 3/23/2014 11:26PM

    You are totally emoticon and a emoticon inspiration.

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LOLAJO54 3/23/2014 6:43PM

    excellent

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VEGANIZED 3/23/2014 4:52PM

    Thanks for the reminder that attitude is everything! emoticon

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SERENE-BEAN 3/23/2014 12:19PM

    Yay! It's all about consistency.

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FRABBIT 3/23/2014 11:58AM

  Happy Anniversary! Way to go!

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ZAPPATTACK 3/23/2014 11:34AM

    YOU'RE AMAZING!!!!! emoticon

I'm so happy for you and all you have accomplished! Thank you for inspiring us, especially me, and giving me the jump start kick in the butt I need to get back into action and actually lose some weight in 2014!

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TORTISE110 3/23/2014 7:56AM

    Terrific work! It sounds like you are learning a lot. Your consistency is inspiring!

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JULSY_BEAR 3/23/2014 6:05AM

  Congrats on your current and future successes! Thanks for sharing it gives me the motivation to make this my last and final attempt at being healthy and happy!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WRITERWANNAB 3/23/2014 1:35AM

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts. We each have to make our own journey in our own way, but it helps to hear that others are having the same challenges. emoticon

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DIANEDOESSMILES 3/23/2014 1:14AM

    emoticon emoticon !!! U have done DAHWANDAHFUL on this !!!!

I have been on SPARKS for 3 yrs now,,, I had been at my all time high of 288 before I found sparks, but was STUCK at 256,,,, now I am AGAIN STUCK at 220 !! OH MY GOODESS !! Yet,,, when those who DEMAND I LOSE WEIGHT say that,, I can PROUDLY say as YOU CAN "I HAVE ! This MUCH,,,,, " and SMILE !! They ALSO 'suggest I TRY exercise",, than I TELL THEM PROUDLY as YOU CAN ALSO NOW,,, I do 50 to 120 mins a DAY ,, so they are SOOO WRONG to THROW US ALL into ONE BASKET !! WOOHOOO !! OH YEAH !!

GREAT GOING !

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CHARTHESTAR 3/22/2014 9:40PM

    great attitude!

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NORTHERNLADY6 3/22/2014 6:45PM

    Congrats! You are awesome! emoticon

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THESHELBSTER 3/22/2014 5:45PM

    Congrats. So happy for you and proud of you! :)

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MSLADYBUG3 3/22/2014 4:42PM

    Good job, you rock.

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DRW724 3/22/2014 2:53PM

    Awesome!

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JERICHO1991 3/22/2014 1:47PM

    AWESOME!

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LAILATN 3/22/2014 1:17PM

    Wonderful blog. Thank you for sharing!!

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LYNCHD05 3/22/2014 12:10PM

    WHOOHOO!!!

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