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I'm So Thankful I Found SparkPeople!


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Friday, March 21, 2014

I haven't posted a blog entry for a long time, due to time constraints and to the fact that I check in on the daily check-in thread on the Maintenance Team page. Tonight I'm home alone, first night of Spring Break, music on in the background, gum in my mouth to keep me from snacking, and I have a bit of time to myself. So I thought this might be a good chance to catch up on the past 3 months.

I can hardly believe I've been maintaining my goal weight for three months now. A year ago at this time I weighed 175, and felt fat and frumpy and defeated. Now, I weigh 135, am in size 4-6, and feel terrific! Full of energy, and happy with my size. I've had to get a whole new wardrobe. I am still amazed by the fact that my thighs don't rub together anymore! And my stomach looks flat (as long as I'm wearing clothes---nothing will take away the baggy loose pregnancy skin, but that's okay). I am not used to these amazing things. I actually have muscles in my thighs and arms! When I'm in the gym and I see myself in the mirror I can still hardly believe that that slim shape is actually ME!

One step at a time, I feel like I have made so much progress. Learning to track my meals, and fitness. Gradually adding more and different fitness activities. Little by little I have come to the place where now being healthy and fit is my hobby. Instead of dreading exercise, I think of it as the fun thing I get to do for myself. I keep finding more ways to fit a little more exercise into my days. The latest addition has come about from wearing the free pedometer my health insurance company gave to all school employees who wanted one. I was already pretty active, but now I keep finding ways to add in even more steps. During recess duty, for example, instead of standing in one spot and keeping an eye on the kids, I walk around the whole 20 minutes. Makes the time pass a lot more quickly, and I get in a bunch of extra steps.

Another new addition is swimming once a week with my daughter. We are neither of us fond of the water, or very comfortable in it. But we are making progress, and having fun in the process. We are now both the proud owners of goggles, and are learning to swim with our faces IN the water. Our ultimate goal is to actually learn to do the crawl stroke.

SparkPeople has been such an incredible help to me. I never imagined it would help me as much as it has. Setting goals, and looking at them every morning when I check in, has helped me accomplish so much that I would not have done otherwise. And not just nutrition, weight and fitness, either, but other goals, like getting work done on my photo albums. Checking in with the Maintenance Team first thing every morning is a great encouragement. That is an amazing and helpful team, by the way. Learning to maintain my weight is something I had never been successful at before, but with the support, advice, and encouragement from that team it has become a fun adventure. I now feel confident that I'll be able to keep the weight off permanently.

Several other people have joined SP because of seeing what it has done for me. I just found out today that another person I work with just joined yesterday! But the one I'm most happy for and proud of is my own son! He joined just shortly after I did (May, 2013), and has lost something like 65 pounds! Plus, he's gotten VERY fit! His biceps are really amazing. I'm so happy for him, getting things under control now (at age 22) instead of waiting until his 50's like me.

When I started, back in May last year, I was nearly convinced that 53 might just be too old to be able to lose weight and get in shape. I am so very pleased to find out that I was wrong about that! It takes a lot of work, but it is so worth it!



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SNOWYOGA 4/22/2014 12:40AM

    I saw you story (Motivational post) And am so glad I know that I am told (just give up) Your at a certain age and you can't do it, but your story has let me know, it will take work, but I can do it! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TREKKEE 4/16/2014 6:04PM

    Awesome

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MJREIMERS 4/12/2014 8:33PM

    You setting a great example and reaping the rewards because people are watching and now doing! How emoticon Keep at it!

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WALKINGFIT1 4/11/2014 10:18AM

    Thank you for the encouraging post. It's wonderful also that you've had a good influence on others through your example. Yea! I'm just starting up again -- needing to lose those same 10-15 pounds. I appreciate your perspective on exercise, that it's something fun you get to do for yourself. I'm going to incorporate that into my thinking too!

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SLENDERELLA61 4/10/2014 3:14PM

    Fantastic, inspiring blog!! Good going! Your influence on your child is something to be very, very proud of. So glad you are enjoying your new-found energy, health, and attractiveness. Go, you!!! -Marsha

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CELIAMINER 4/10/2014 11:15AM

    Congrats on your success! Looking forward to reading your one-year maintenance anniversary blog.

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FELINA 4/10/2014 9:48AM

    Fantastic blog! Congratulations on your wonderful success and great new healthy lifestyle and attitude!
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KANOE10 4/10/2014 8:36AM

    That was a very inspiring blog. I also got a tracker and now get walks in to add more steps. It is so nice that your son joined Spark as well as others at school.

I also feel like the support at Spark has given me tools to finally maintain.

You are a great success story. I love my start page also.

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NELLJONES 4/10/2014 8:10AM

    Congrats and I'm thrilled you found Spark!

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TORTISE110 4/10/2014 5:24AM

    Wonderful that you have found Spark and Spark has found you. Thank you for being such a terrific example!

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Way to rock your healthy lifestyle and inspire others!

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ECCOVISION1 4/9/2014 11:09PM

    Very inspiring blog!

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KIMBERLY_Y 4/9/2014 11:08PM

    Congratulations on your weight loss and on your fabulous blog. Reflecting on your journey helps to keep everything in perspective. It has been fun getting to know you on the daily check in. You are doing great! Keep up the good work.
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DAWNDMOORE40 4/9/2014 9:20PM

    emoticon on achieving your goal and maintaining it! Keep up the good work! I have to make a comment about when I wear shorts, my thighs like to rub together and always have and I have lost 56 lbs and they still rub together! Oh well, we are out to do this for ourselves and not to impress anyone else! As long as you feel good and your doing the best you can do, then that is all that matters! Best wishes to you and a future full of nothing but great health and happiness! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BESSHAILE 4/9/2014 9:12PM

    What a fantastic job you're doing - and to think - you're taking your daughter right along with you. What a boost she'll have as she blossoms into a woman. Yay for you!

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SUSIEMT 4/9/2014 8:57PM

    I am so glad you found SparkPeople as well! Especially since you sparked your son! Woo Hoo to you! Good blog!

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WATERMELLEN 4/9/2014 8:12PM

    Super blog, great success story: for you and for your whole family! Son's weight loss, daughter's swimming -- and you've inspired people at work too.

Well done!

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MOMMY445 4/9/2014 7:42PM

    awesome!

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MICKEYH 4/9/2014 7:38PM

    Congrats on your success of losing weight! I can so relate to your blog. I also started from 175 and I am in my happy weight. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GLORIAMAJDI 4/9/2014 7:23PM

    SparkPeople is quite wonderful isn't it? Without it I don't know where I would be. I commend you for a job well done and for sparking all of those other people!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 4/9/2014 7:06PM

    Congratulations on your success! I was 61 when I got serious. Better late than never.

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AMARILYNH 4/9/2014 6:59PM

    Great blog! Like you I've learned SO MUCH from SparkPeople and my SparkFriends!! And I love the accountability I have here!! For the first time in my adult life I truly believe I can keep the weight off - and that is a beautiful thing!! emoticon emoticon

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HOLLYM48 4/9/2014 6:37PM

    Wow, this is an awesome story! Indeed, as we get older, we just think we have to accept ourselves and maybe it isn't "too bad". Once I found SP, I was hooked! Like you, I learned to love exercise and I am constantly telling people about this awesome website! Just today someone asked me how I lost weight, so once again, I told them about this great community! Congrats on your success at losing but also on the maintenance part. That is really the hardest part in my opinion! Way to go and keep up the excellent work!

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POOKASLUAGH 3/22/2014 7:42AM

    Awesome job! You sound like you're doing fantastic. (And I had to laugh about the thighs - I have the sort of thighs that will rub together no matter how small I get! Even at 120 lbs, they rubbed together, lol. :D )

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 3/22/2014 5:39AM

    I think the maintenance team here is one of the best things about this site. There isn't anything else like it anywhere on the internet.

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