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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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Member Comments

  • It's so funny that you spoke of the noticing challenge. I had my spark last Dec and am working hard at losing the 70 lbs I need to. But I had your same experience. I wanted people to notice but no one really did until around 30 lbs. Now everyone asks about it.. It's pressure.. like what happens when I hit a plateau or what if I fail... It will be public.. I can't help the negative thoughts. Congrats to you for your success and for stating what so many of us have experienced. - 4/4/2016 2:54:19 PM
  • CHOOSEYOURHARDD
    Thank you, I am still searching for my a-ha! moment. I really struggle between the hard of being overweight and the hard of losing weight. Congrats to you. I also hate when people notice when I lose weight. My twisted thought process always tells me that it only means that they noticed how much fatter I was before! Weight is indeed a struggle! Congrats again, and thank you for sharing. - 3/15/2016 1:20:27 PM
  • ISLANDDOGS
    I don't understand how a waiter/waitress could say something to you about your weight? I've been in that business for a long time and I would NEVER say anything to anyone about what they ordered to eat OR drink!

    Yes, I am overweight and I am probably more sensitive to the subject......I REALLY HOPE YOU DID NOT LEAVE A TIP FOR THIS SERVER! (that would send a message to the server about their "service")

    Congratulations on your weight loss! - 2/29/2016 1:15:45 PM
  • "Life isn't all or nothing." Thank you for that. - 2/3/2016 7:42:34 AM
  • FAIRYEARS
    Wow! I might be sensitive today because I'm reading this at work and it made me tear up! Thanks for posting this. I'm at the beginning (again) of my weight loss journey and I'm frustrated. This was really insightful and encouraging. Small steps and lifestyle changes make a huge difference. I'm even going to email this to myself to read when I'm discouraged. Thank you again! - 1/28/2016 9:14:37 PM
  • Touching and inspiring. Thank you for sharing your story. - 1/25/2016 12:26:09 PM
  • MADDLOVEA
    Thank you for sharing! It helped me today! - 11/9/2015 5:18:56 PM
  • Thank you - it is so nice to not feel alone in this process - 11/9/2015 9:35:58 AM
  • 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

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