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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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  • 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
  • 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
  • MOMOBELLS
    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

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