One Year of the Spark!
Thursday, December 06, 2007
Yesterday was my one-year anniversary with SP!! What possessed me to start my healthier lifestyle during the holiday season? I don't know...but I'm glad I did!
Over the past year, I've gone from 236 pounds to 159. My waist has gone from 37 inches to 27, my hips from 45 to 37, and my bust from a 38DDD to a 34C. I've gone from a tight size 18 to a comfortable size 6, sometimes a size 4.
Even better - I've gone from barely being able to walk a flight of stairs and having to wear an ankle brace, to running a half-marathon and trashing the brace entirely. I no longer require 10 hours of sleep per night, and I have more energy throughout the day. I can do pull-ups, push-ups, and sit-ups without "cheating".
But the best changes aren't the physical ones. The changes I made renewed my self-confidence and self-esteem. I was able to shed several negative influences and aspects of my life, and create the life I want because I believe I deserve nothing less. I am a better parent, partner, and friend because I have a positive outlook on life and believe I can inspire others to achieve great things, just as I have done.
I'm not done yet. I still have other goals, and I love the SP community. I've met all kinds of friends here. I still track my food - the single biggest factor in my success (a close second is drinking plenty of water). I am training for the LA Marathon on March 2, 2008. And if my page inspires one person to stick with the program, I'll consider myself blessed.