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I'm Celebrating 4 Years with Spark!

Thursday, May 22, 2014



Four years ago, I stumbled onto SparkPeople.com and discovered a host of tools to help me become healthier and increase my fitness. New friends shared their stories with me and encouraged me along the way. Spark Trackers helped me set and record my goals. I wanted to build new habits so I decided that my basic strategy would be to focus on small daily steps. I’ve found that there is something about writing it down that helps me follow my plan.

I prefer to celebrate each day – especially the days that I do what I say I will do. I don’t want to have to wait to encourage myself until the numbers on the tape measure or the scale fit a pre-determined level. I want to enjoy the entire journey.



I have definitely worked the program one day and one step at a time. However, my progress has not been straight ahead with no setbacks. Lots of people believe that growth should look like this:



I’m glad they labeled this chart “Not Typical” --
Because MY progress looks a lot more like this:



Lots of turnings along the road, sometimes getting it wrong, several "out-of-left-field" setbacks and many discouragements.

One thing has become apparent during these 4 years of ups and downs --


I looked up what the word “persistence” actually means. Here’s how Mirriam-Webster defines it:
“the quality that allows someone to continue doing something
or trying to do something
even though it is difficult or opposed by other people”.

I find that incredibly encouraging because I am definitely want to keep on keeping on.

I am reminded of the ocean. Someone once said, “The power of the ocean is not in the waves, but in its persistence.”



I'm learning persistence. I'm not perfect, but what I am doing is better than what I used to do. It’s better than dieting for a quick fix or punishing my body with exercise that is contrary to my limitations. I'm asking for help and encouragement from Spark Friends who understand.

Building (and persisting in) healthy habits is worth doing because I am worthy of being the best I am able to be.








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TRAVELGRRL 6/8/2014 8:03PM

    great blog! 4 years and going strong. Love it!!

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DBELLE39 5/27/2014 7:57AM

    Congrats on the 4 year sparkaversary! Look forward to celebrating many more with you!

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JILL313 5/23/2014 1:00AM

    emoticon CJ, I feel like you and being active on SP has enriched my life in so many great ways. . .I've lost a significant amount of weight but wish I could make a good dent on the 50-65 more pounds I want/need to lose. I've also been persistent and hope we'll both move forward on our awesome Journey to WL & better health. I honestly love my Spark time. It's wonderful having you on SP as I remember when you first joined a few months after I did--and you are an inspiration to me. You're an awesome Lady and I'm glad we're friends. Let's both Keep Sparking forever my friend! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Hugs & Love,

Jill

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BARBIE176 5/22/2014 11:54PM

    Happy Spark-A-Versary! I loved your blog and, as usual, the pictures really added to it. Persistence and not Perfection is a hard lesson for us to learn, but you are doing emoticon My journey is definitely the circular one too! emoticon emoticon

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AMYBELLES 5/22/2014 10:23PM

    Happy emoticon !!!! Loved, loved, loved your blog and the pictures you added to it made it all the more special! Persistence is definitely the key to having success and I totally agree with you about celebrating each day, not just waiting for a certain number on the scale or tape measure. Enjoying the journey and being present and grateful for things each day is what life should be about! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CATHYGETSFIT 5/22/2014 8:37PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon on your emoticon I'm glad you are learning persistence. Nobody is perfect and it's unrealistic to expect to be perfect. You're spark friends are always here for you and are willing to help in any way we can. emoticon Glad our paths crossed here on SP! May we spend many more years together here on SP helping each other and enjoying each other's friendship!!

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STEPBYSTEP1955 5/22/2014 8:33PM

    emoticon CJ on your 4 years Sparkaversary. This is an awesome and very inspirational blog!

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SURENDERISNOTME 5/22/2014 7:49PM

    CJ, emoticon ! I celebrated my 5th Spark Annivesary while in the hospital in March. I also find the tools on this site very helpful on my journey.

HUGS
Debbie

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GLORYB2014 5/22/2014 7:32PM

    Congrats on the 4 years, that's awesome!
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NPA4LOSS 5/22/2014 7:02PM

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IOWAGRAMMA 5/22/2014 4:16PM

    Awesome! Congrats for your 4years with SP and for being PERSISTENT!!! Hugs, Jeannie

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PHOENIX1949 5/22/2014 2:54PM

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Just what I needed to read today.

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LADYVOLSFAN1954 5/22/2014 1:45PM

    emoticon emoticon We've learned a lot through our journeys. We've all had ups and downs but with persistence we can achieve our goals. I think my actual journey is even screwier than the chart you had (lol). emoticon

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CANDOK1260 5/22/2014 12:47PM

    emoticon on your 4 years spark journal

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TUBLADY 5/22/2014 10:56AM

    Congratulations on your staying the course, no matter how many stops or detours along the way.
Change takes time, one step or one move in the right direction at a time.
Continue on your way, enjoy your life.
Stay positive and be strong.
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BIGPAWSUP 5/22/2014 10:16AM

    You are awesome. Keep inspiring.

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FLYER99 5/22/2014 8:40AM

    Great blog, and many Congratulations on hitting that milestone!
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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 5/22/2014 7:44AM

    Congratulations!

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GIVEMEFRIES 5/22/2014 4:44AM

    Congratulations!

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