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10/9/11 6:35 P

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Way to go SParkers! I've really enjoyed reading this thread. I've been SParking for 30 months, instead of 30 days, but many of your thoughts match mine, even at this point in my journey! Spark People has changed my life for the better because it has helped me become more conscious of choices that impact mine and my family's health!

Have a great second month!

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10/9/11 9:34 A

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#1. What has been the biggest life change for you? Still working on that. Nothing's been "life changing" but I have changed a lot of stuff in the last month. More sleep, more water, more exercise, log food -- the usual characters in this chapter.

#2. Share your "aha" moment. "AHA! Crystal Lite drink packet thingees are the way to get me to drink water!"

#3. How will you continue to reach your goals over the next 30 days? Upping the walk (from 4 to 5 miles a day), and I have declared this month as Sober October. That should cut out quite a few extra calories :)

Good luck to everyone.

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10/9/11 1:05 A

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I've made 30 days on SP today and very proud of myself for sticking to it. I give up easily and rarely finish what I've started.

#1. What has been the biggest life change for you?
I now take time every night to think about my day, what I ate, how active I was during the day. I also plan for the next day, my meals, my exercise routine since I know I have to track my food and fitness.

#2. Share your "aha" moment.
I've been doing cardio workout and first I could only do 15 mins of dance aerobics and now I can do 40 mins of Tae Bo. the first time I was able to keep up with Tae Bo was my aha moment. I have only lost 8 lbs so far but my endurance has definitely improved. I my workout routine and my watching what I eat is working.

#3. How will you continue to reach your goals over the next 30 days?
I love the fact that I'm now aware of calories when I eat. even when we go out to a restaurant I can check the calories ahead of time so I know what to order. I love that I now have a workout routine that i tend to keep. I also tend to keep up with my meal planning.



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10/5/11 10:04 A

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Today is 30 days for me, and I have to say I'm feeling pretty good.
#1 Biggest life change: I'm starting to get the hang of thinking of this as establishing permanent habits rather than going for the quick flashy weight loss. This leads to me being a little more relaxed about it, which leads me to be more at peace with myself.
#2 AHA moment - was when I realized I was trying to do too much too fast and feeling depleted and dispirited instead of energized. I was increasing my exercise, tracking it, watching every calorie, trying to deal with my sleep issues, establishing a meditation practice, and driving myself crazy. I took a step back and adopted something closer to the spark philosophy - I decided to do one thing at a time and then move on from there. So I'm concentrating on getting to where I want to be with exercise and, once I feel like it's really a habit and does not take much will power to do the exercise, I will move on to calorie tracking and portion control. Of course, doing the first makes me feel so good I tend not to eat as poorly as I was in the past. When I feel that is second nature, I'll move onto sleep and meditation. I pared down the goals I'm tracking and now I'm feeling more sucessful and like I'm not in such a hurry. I lost 12 pounds in the first 30 days, so that's making me feel good too.
#3 - see above - take it one step at a time; relax; remember I'm achieving a change in lifestyle, not a number on the scale. If it takes me a year, fine; two years, fine. What matters is mastering these habits one by one.

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10/3/11 8:20 P

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Technically, I'm still shy of the 30 day mark by a few days, but I may forget if I don't do it now.
#1. What has been the biggest life change for you?
The biggest life change has been counting calories. Previously, I was counting fruits and veggies and water, keeping track of whether I was getting enough grains, fats and protein foods, but not really concerned with calories. Because the fruits and veggies have been the primary foods for so long already, nothing really changed except for having the calorie numbers staring at me and occasionally wondering whether I've gotten enough calories. But sensibility reigns. I have done well so far and am not without energy, not hungry for more than I'm eating, so for now I just have to let it go and not worry over it. Stress isn't good for anyone!

#2. Share your "aha" moment.
My 'aha' moment is the one I've struggled with most. As I indicated, I've been working on this much longer than I've been with SP. The best I can give you at this point is this: I knew I was losing weight and inches. It seemed like the mid-section was slower to catch up. And then I scheduled a job interview. I have been wearing "stretchy" fitness gear for most of the summer and rarely needed to "dress up". Hit the closet the morning of the interview and found that NONE of the dress slacks I owned would have stayed up long enough to get to the interview, let alone get through it. So apparently the mid-section finally caught on to the fact that I am not giving up. Thank goodness I live 3 blocks from a thrift store! Having been unemployed for almost a year, the finances really aren't conducive to spending department store prices for something I may only wear one time!

#3. How will you continue to reach your goals over the next 30 days?
The same way I have been for the past 14 weeks: 5-9 servings of fruits and veggies (mostly veggies) every day, 9-15 cups of water daily, walking everywhere I go (until the weather doesn't allow it, but that shouldn't happen in 30 days), and some core fitness, strength training, and other exercises thrown in there too.


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10/3/11 2:11 P

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#1. What has been the biggest life change for you?

The biggest life change for me so far has been that i am now able to jog 2.5 miles in under 30mins. When i first started on this 2.5 mile loop i was doing it in 50 mins. Nearly halved my time now.

#2. Share your "aha" moment.

Was when i was watching Super Size Me on Current TV the other night. It was the bit when the guy who's folks owned an ice cream company was talking about one of the family that died of a heart attack at 51. It just hit me like a car crash "S**t that is only ten years away for me".

#3. How will you continue to reach your goals over the next 30 days?

Being totally involved with the spark and its communities. Its definitely a place where you get as much back as you put in.

Keep The Spark.

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I'm a little early for my reunion; I actually started the 4 of Sept. Here goes anyways:

#1. The biggest life change for me has been watching what I eat. I never worried or thought about it before I found the SP tracker. I've become much more conscious of what I eat and how much I eat.

#2. Noticing all the changes in my body have been my "aha" moment. It was like a light clicked because all the exercise and portion control were working. My hair has become shinier, my skin softer and my energy level has skyrocketed. This is my body telling me that I'm doing the right thing. Once I started listening to my body and the positive message it was giving me as a result of the weight loss I realized that I can lose the weight and feel awesome like all the success stories.

#3. In order to work toward my goals for the next month I intend to continue watching what and how much I eat. I want to make better use of the SP recipes. I want to continue exercising throughout the week but, I want to increase the number of days I do exercise. I want to increase my cardio too. I'm still a work in progress but, I'm making this journey my own.

Next Reunion: My suggestion would be to have a reunion every thirty days; next up would be our 90 day mark.

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10/2/11 7:45 P

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#1. What has been the biggest life change for you?
Holding myself accountable for everything I do. My health, my finances, my relationship with others. What I do, (how I behave) is a direct result of what I get (results)! The trackers are the best tool to help me to be accountable to my fitness and health goals. I use them everyday!

#2. Share your "aha" moment.
Don't laugh... but I finally get it... 3500 calories = one pound. Too loose a pound I need to cause a deficit in calories consumed &/or burned. Jillian (biggest looser) says burning them is best for long term results. I burn 2905/3500 a week. I eat 1700-2000 a week. I've lost 15 inches over all. I actually increased my calories because I do intense cardio daily and strength training 3x a week. I was feeling light headed and hungry. I raised my calories (scared me, but, other Sparkers helped to understand how raising them would fuel my muscles), and I am seeking amazing results. I am shape shifting (getting a waist) and wearing a smaller size. It's working. And, I FEEL GREAT!

#3. How will you continue to reach your goals over the next 30 days?
#1. Using the Trackers Everyday
#2. Weigh-in once a month
#3. Check-in regularly with all of You - SPARK PEOPLE!

Thank You Everyone for Participating. Together We Will Be Fit and Healthy!
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10/2/11 7:13 A

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1.What has been the biggest change for you?
Walking! I started walking 3 days into my first week and haven't looked back! I couldn't even walk around the block before without hurting so bad and huffing so much I had to stop. But I was determined I was going to make it so the first day I made it 30 minutes and went 1 mile. Each day got a little better and a month later I am walking 3 miles in 54 minutes. I signed up for a 5K run Oct. 9th and am so excited! My husband and 3 of my 4 kids are walking with me. The 5K is for suicide awareness. My nieces brother in-law committed suicide in April of 2010 and was an awesome young man who was loved by everybody. He was a nurse who always went out of his way to help others but went off his medication for depression. The hospital where he works is doing this for him and all the others out there who struggle.
Well a year ago(at the end of Oct.) I also tried to commit suicide. I was so desperate to stop the emotional pain I wanted it to all end! God had other plans! I am still here and pray He can use me to encourage others. So I guess this walk is a celebration of my life and a second chance. It has taken a whole year to get a Dr. to prescribe the right meds. and walking is like another lifeline to staying sane.
2. AHA moment...Logging my food was a serious aha moment. I really didn't think I was eating that much before but WOW those little sweets add up big time. Other then 3 days of last month I was off all sugar except honey on my toast or in my protein smoothie. It is amazing how great I feel being off sugar!
3.How will I continue to reach my goals over the next 30 days?
Walk, walk and more walking! I have to walk daily so just keep doing it and I need to do strength training more consistently. I joined the gym and have a trainer so I want to do that 3 times a week.
Keep logging everything I eat and keep away from sweets.
I eat out once a week for date night with my hubby so read the menu ahead of time so I am prepared.
I have to keep my quiet time with God! If I don't have that time I am lost all day it seems. It's to easy to get negative and put myself down if I don't have something positive to focus on.
Start getting more organized by planning more meals out. I eat the same thing everyday. I am getting really tired of eggs, spinach and mushroom omelets! Variety!
I would really like to lose 10lbs this month too. My first months final was 16lbs lost. So here we go brand new month!!!!
Sorry this was so long. I don't know how to write short messages!!!!
Have a great month everyone and thanks for posting. It really gives me a lot of encouragement!

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9/30/11 3:09 P

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#1. What has been the biggest life change for you?
I guess there are three equally big changes. The first is strength training, consistently. The second is drinking water... soooo much water! I used to think I drank plenty of water, but now I realize it was barely enough! I do also notice my skin is looking nicer because of it, and also because I haven't eaten a single fried/greasy food for almost thirty days now. Feeling like my skin is looking good has encouraged me to do more for it--I have been using a face masque and applying witch hazel every day. The third change is patience and trust. I have much more patience with myself and with this diet than I ever have before when I've tried to lose weight, and I know it's because of this site.

#2. Share your "aha" moment.
Probably realizing how much tracking makes me accountable for what I eat--the "aha" came when I realized why I hadn't lost weight BEFORE.

#3. How will you continue to reach your goals over the next 30 days?
I'm doing a 2 week challenge right now, and after that, I might start a 30-day fat burn DVD. I am also consistently running 30 minutes on the treadmill in the morning, and I'm going to try to increase that time gradually.

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9/30/11 2:11 P

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1) My biggest life change has been counting calories - and thinking about what I put into my mouth. The week I joined was my wedding anniversary and my husband bought me a box of chocolates and we still have a few of them sitting on top of the fridge!! Normally they'd only last a few days. I'm now becoming more aware of what type of foods I'm eating. That, and I'm starting to pack lunches for work.

2) I don't think I've had an 'aha' moment yet. Possibly realizing that my late afternoon cravings may be a result of not having anything decent for lunch. When I get home after work now, I don't seem to rush to the fridge like I used too.

3) I need to keep calorie counting and not fall off the wagon! I also want to listen to something inspiring everyday and focus on a healthy mind as well as a healthy body.

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9/30/11 1:39 P

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My biggest life change has been going to the gym ... and actually going INSIDE (I used to take my daughter and read in the car while she exercised!). Today, for the very 1st time, I felt invigorated at the end of my cardio workout.

My "aha" moment was when I realized how much healthier all that water is making me look! My complexion is smoother; it kinda glows. And I have to say, drinking that much daily has been my biggest challenge so far.

I have every intention to forge ahead and continue my progress. I'll change up my fitness routine as I become more familiar with the SP website, and begin adding strengthening workouts at the gym. Tracking my food has been extremely helpful, so I'll continue with that. I'll also become more involved with SparkTeams and eventually start my own blog (something I'm semi-mortified to do!).

I find amazing encouragement and support here, and look forward to passing along the Spark to others seeking the same. The best part? This WORKS!



Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. --George Bernard Shaw


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9/30/11 2:51 A

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Hi! I haven't had a lot of time to spend with SP the past few weeks. We are spending a lot of time renovating our new house and by the time I get home I am ready for nothing more than shower and bed!
#1. What has been the biggest life change for you? Drinking enough water...sounds like it should be easy enough, but it's really tough. I am too the point now though, where I really notice when I don't get enough. So I'm hopeful that this change gets easier.

#2. Share your "aha" moment. I'd have to say my "aha" moment came with portion control as well...to realize just how many calories such "small" portions contain as opposed to the "normal" portions I used to eat, was a real eye opener.

#3. How will you continue to reach your goals over the next 30 days? I will continue to monitor everything that I put in my mouth and be accountable for it. I will also continue to exercise! The more exercise I get, the better I feel (even when I'm sore the next day) :)

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Portion control is my aha moment too. Good luck!

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9/30/11 1:50 A

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#1. What has been the biggest life change for you?
eating breakfast. I hate breakfast food. But it has changed the way I start my day for sure.

#2. Share your "aha" moment.
Portion control. I know I eat too much. It's amazing how much a portion is and then how much I ate. Wow!

#3. How will you continue to reach your goals over the next 30 days?
Just keep working it. I've fallen off the wagon a few times. So just keep getting back up and trying again.

Happy 30 Days!

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9/30/11 12:09 A

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1:) my biggest life change is been to apply the knowledge I have about losing weight. I haven't had anything to drink except water and finding things out about my diet that I didn't know like I don't get enough calicum, potassium, magneisum or protein I thought my diet had plenty of those things in it.
2;) my aha moment was that I lost 4 lbs and that it is directly related to logging and thinking about what I'm going to eat oh and that I don't know all the portion sizes (like I thought I did)
3:) I will continue to reach my goals by thinking about what I eat and the nutrients found in those foods and how it effects my waist line and vital organs.

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9/29/11 11:30 P

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#1.The biggest life change for me is watching what my intake food wise and and the Huge is excercise.....I think if i worked more at it then I would see more progress....I strive for that next week...
#2. My "aha" moment was after my leg workout how sore i still am and going to the doctors and I had a loss and not a gain......

#3. I will you continue to reach your goals over the next 30 days more excercise and more water.....


"You won't fail if you're not perfect, you'll fail if you're not committed to improving yourself slightly each day." unknown

"Rather than aiming for being perfect, just aim to be little bit better today than you were yesterday." unknown

We can take it one day at a time but never lose focus.
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9/29/11 5:30 P

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1) The biggest change in my life is that I have cut out diet sodas and sweet tea. While this may not seem like a big deal it is. My last birthday my friends bought me a 12 pack of diet pepsi. I would drink a 12 pack in two days plus sweet tea on top of that. I am not 4 weeks into neither of these and I feel good. I actually tried diet pepsi the other day and it didn't taste good to me anymore.

2) My aha moment was when I ran my first full mile. I haven't been able to do that probably ever if I'm being completely honest. It lets me know that this is actually working.

3) I will continue to plan meals, see the gym at least 3 times a week and find other ways to enjoy working out. I will continue with drinking more and more water. Lastly, I will continue to be my biggest fan and motivator.

I wish everyone out there the best of luck!

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This weekend starts our 30 day class reunion since signing up the week of 9/4-10

On your "30" reunion day. Share with us...

#1. What has been the biggest life change for you?

#2. Share your "aha" moment.

#3. How will you continue to reach your goals over the next 30 days?


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