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One Year Anniversary: 9June07


Saturday, June 09, 2007

Today is my one year anniversary! When I signed up, I truly didn't know how long I would do this, or if I even really would but here I am, one year later and 40 pounds lighter! It has been great to lose that weight but the steps it took to do that are even more empowering.

I finally got active again. I walk 4-5 times a week, I was swimming twice a week during the winter but now have a new bicylce and have been riding with my husband and son 2-3 times a week. I actually miss the swimming so I need to figure out how I can do both in the limited time I have for such activitiies!

I ate fairly healthfully before starting SP but I definitley had some misunderstandings about portion sizes! I did make some other changes to my diet like replacing all enriched flour products with whole grain, and eliminating anything and everything with high fructose corn syrup (even my favorite salad dressing).

I love beer and wine and would drink 3-5 nights a week, often in "excess". This was a real burden on my body, trying to process all those empty calories. Then the next day I would just want to eat everything in sight. Gaining control over my alcohol intake I think was a major factor in getting other things under control.

My other bad habit was smoking. I was one of the people who fooled themselves into thinking that I was a "social" smoker who only smoked when drinking. Well, if you just read what I wrote above about drinking well... you would agree that I was just fooling myself. In fact, I think sometimes I would actually have a beer or glass of wine so I could "justify" smoking a cigarette. I finally gave up that habit in January of this year.

All in all at the end of my first year with SP, I am totally confident that I am the healthiest I have ever been. I still have some pounds to lose but I have all the tools I need to get there and stay there!
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HEATHHILL 11/27/2007 1:24PM

    I just saw your post in the swimming challenge, and came over here to see your Spark Page. I also used to smoke, although I quit about 11 years ago. And I was also fooling myself that I only smoked when I drank. But, since I drank at least one drink every night, well, like you, it was just an excuse! I now normally only drink on the weekends, and even that isn't so much anymore.

I'm also a professional woman with a stay at home husband for our daughter. She's in kindergarten now, so it's time for the hubby to start work again!

We just seemed to have some things in common, so I wanted to stop by and say hi. I'm still working on the weight loss goal, but I only really started in earnest in September, so I'm being patient and consistent and hopefully will continue to see results!

Have a great day! :)

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BETTSI 7/17/2007 4:40PM

    Hi Zen-mama! I wanted to come and see your page. I am so impressed with what you've accomplished in one year! I also quite smoking in January, but for me, I am at the beginning of my weight loss journey. I am struggling a little to find that right balance of exercise/calorie intake, but your success inspires me. You've done a great job.

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