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

One Member Shares What a Difference a Year Makes

-- By Alexa, SparkPeople Member
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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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  • Thanks for sharing. I'd like to give that waitress a swift kick! - 6/4/2014 12:18:11 AM
  • Wow! Such a motivating and encouraging story. I could relate to so much of it. - 5/29/2014 9:34:34 PM
  • Inspirational story. Thanks for posting! Gives us hope out here.

    Susan - 3/26/2014 9:28:08 AM
  • Well, I'm back at Sparkpeople.... again. Once again, I am going to try to lose the weight. And your article was the first thing I saw. Thank you so much for the inspiration! And congratulations on your success! - 12/25/2013 11:32:09 PM
  • Very good points in this article... thank you... very inspiring and helpful! :) - 12/6/2013 11:23:14 PM
  • Hats off to you Alexa !!! - 12/5/2013 2:13:40 AM
    this was a big help for me because today i stepped on the scale and realized i did not lose any weight like i thought i had my scale was just off :( but this made me feel a lot better and motivated!! - 10/19/2013 3:51:21 PM
  • Nice Inspiring article. Remembered my own ups and downs along way... - 9/25/2013 11:32:54 PM
  • Thank you!! This was so motivational for me!! - 9/2/2013 8:57:26 PM
  • Great article! Wonderful testimony to how well SP works!

    Keep on Sparking!

    You will most assuredly reach you goals! - 7/16/2013 10:41:55 PM

  • thank you for sharing ,it gave me a new out look thank you again

    hugs - 7/16/2013 2:56:45 PM
  • Kinda teary eyed reading that:( That is how I feel often more than not! It is always reassuring to know you are not alone! - 7/16/2013 12:55:43 PM
  • I am sure there are many of us that understand EXACTLY what you mean and where you are coming from, including me! I loved that you are able to write what we all want to write, to understand and sympathize, to love and encourage us all. Great job! Great weight loss! - 6/25/2013 7:07:40 PM
  • Very beautiful article, never give up! always be positive!!! you can always do it and anything is possible! - 6/25/2013 4:59:35 PM
  • The first time I read this article was in January of 2013. I read it again today (6/25/13) and it still resonates with me. I started with 50+ pounds to lose in December of 2012 and I am down 14 pounds now with the help of SparkPeople and inspirations like you! I was stuck at a 10 pound loss for more than 5 months but this last 4 weeks I stepped up my exercise and tracked my food EVERYDAY! The scale is finally budging! I just kept telling myself to hang in there and not quit - something great is happening inside me and I kept thinking of it as my transition phase! I am going to keep at it until I am down all 50 pounds and then reevaluate. Who knows, I may not be done at that point! Kudos to you for sharing this with us! - 6/25/2013 5:34:06 AM