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''I Thought I'd Always Be Fat''

One Member Shares What a Difference a Year Makes

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The following week, I got an email from a good friend of mine. She was really excited about some website. I was still feeling lousy, but when she told me it was a weight loss website, I felt even worse. I thought about my friend, already skinny and perfect in my eyes, trying to lose weight. I mean, if she's overweight, then what does that make me? She told me all about SparkPeople and how awesome it was. She told me about getting SparkPoints for inviting people and continued talking long enough that I finally just said, "Fine. OK. You can send me an invite if you want." I had no intention of joining. What good would it do anyway?

It wound up being quite a serendipitous situation.

Out of curiosity, I did join when I got the invite. I started poking around on the website. I decided to give the Nutrition Tracker a try. I was shocked to see exactly how awful the foods I ate really were. I mean, I knew it was bad, but not that bad. I had always heard that food journaling was a key to weight loss, but I never really believed it until I tried it here on SparkPeople. Seeing everything that I was eating detailed in front of my eyes really helped me gain some perspective. From that point on, everything just fell into place.

A few days later I joined a Curves gym. My plan was simply to go to Curves three times a week and stick to the calorie range SparkPeople gave me (1,200-1,550 calorie per day) six days a week. I allowed myself to eat whatever I wanted on Fridays, regardless of caloric content. Other than that, all I did was read the articles on the website to learn about nutrition, fitness and general health. I continued this same way for about four months, at which time I decided to join the YMCA for my fitness plan. From then on it was strength training and cardio at the "Y," though all other aspects of my routine remained the same.

As of today I've been active on the SparkPeople website for 365 days. Many things in my life have changed in the past year. It's actually crazy for me to even think about how differently I feel right now compared to just one year ago. Now, one year into this lifestyle change, I am happy to report that I've lost a total of 70 pounds and gone from a size 20/22 to a size 10/12. Is that crazy or what?
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  • Thank you Alexa for sharing your story. So motivating, that was just what I needed. - 8/13/2015 1:55:55 PM
  • I read this early this morning, and it's just what I needed to motivate me today. So, thank you for sharing! - 8/6/2015 2:29:01 PM
  • Thank you and congrats. - 8/6/2015 9:00:14 AM
  • Thank you for sharing your story with us you hit the nail right on the head with this one. That's exactly how I feel like im always going to be fat but you have motivated me to stop being lazy & start getting busy no one is going to do this for me but me.

    Thank you so much : ) - 8/5/2015 7:54:49 AM
  • Thank you for sharing! This article gave me the motivation I was looking for today. - 7/21/2015 10:29:21 AM
  • Alexa, I had the same one year SparkPeople progress from 2X and 20 down to 10/12, with only 24 more pounds to reach my maintenance goal. It is all I can think about because even I am in disbelief, and I did the work! - 1/11/2015 12:01:17 AM
  • I enjoyed reading your story. It was very inspiring Alexa!! - 12/5/2014 10:07:01 PM
  • I've been in a rut and I landed upon this article. So moving! Thank you for sharing your story.

    "Don't stress if you ate McDonald's three times yesterday, if you ate a whole pack of Oreos just now or if you just ate your weight in Ben & Jerry's last week. Tomorrow really is a new day. That's not just a saying. Life isn't all or nothing. And neither is the weight loss process. You don't have to give up anything that you don't want to. You don't have to starve yourself. You don't have to hate yourself. You just have to pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and keep on going." Thank you! - 10/20/2014 12:04:16 PM
  • KAT_PAR
    I hope 365 days from now I am a healthier me! Such an inspirational story! - 10/15/2014 3:30:05 PM
  • Such a great story! A story of encouragement to others in the same place you were to give hope that others can find success in the weight loss journey and be successful too! Thank you for your blog! - 10/9/2014 7:32:12 AM
  • SKINNYMELISA
    Wow! Such a great article on a day I need it! - 9/30/2014 4:32:49 PM
  • I just joined Sparkpeople a few hours ago and your article was so inspirational, it gives me hope. Thank you so much for sharing your story. - 8/27/2014 5:24:10 AM
  • T2SPARK
    I am so glad I read this article. I have lost 11 pounds in last 3 months, hasnt been easy. But feels like I have just hit a wall. I know I need to keep going. But one failure leads to another and I have let 2 weeks pass by and added the 3 pounds back. I am going to dust off and start again. Thank you! - 8/5/2014 9:06:41 PM
  • Sorry that your journey started in pain, but glad that you are growing from it. Thanks for sharing the Spark with others! - 8/5/2014 1:48:22 PM
  • Thanks for sharing. I'd like to give that waitress a swift kick! - 6/4/2014 12:18:11 AM

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