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''How I Found My Inner Spark''

One Member Shares Her Life-Changing Moment


I was awakened by a frigid breeze one recent September morning. It's already getting cold again. I stumbled sleepily into the bathroom and tossed my night clothes into a basket as I peeled them off. Taking a deep breath, I stepped onto my scale and blinked sleepily down at the digital display. Smiling to myself, I recited the number over and over in my mind. I had lost sixty-five pounds in ten months. After spending most of my childhood and all of my adulthood on various diets, it didn't seem entirely real. What was different this time?

My newfound strength, drawn from coats that would not fit, has helped me in countless other aspects in my life. For the first time I feel very comfortable with who I am and with what I will never be. I'll go shopping for a new winter coat today…and an expensive pair of size twelve jeans. I will feel the eyes of others watching me. And I will watch back.

Thanks to Spark People for helping me along the way.

Editor's Note: SparkPeople would like to thank Lauren (LAURUMZ) for sharing her inspirational story with our members! You can follow along with Lauren's progress by visiting her SparkPage or subscribing to her blog.
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  • Your story inspired me today. Thanks - 10/24/2014 10:05:49 AM
  • Thank you for the article. I like you was pudgy as a teenager and my whole adult life has been a roller coaster ride of scales moving up and down, (mostly up).
    I'd like to accomplish that same goal, 65 lbs and like you, I need to do it alone. It's an autonomy thing, I think.
    Best regards,
    Reenie - 10/4/2014 1:35:57 PM
  • You have a great story! Wishing you even more success on your future goals! - 10/4/2014 1:32:54 PM
  • RESTART1125
    Thank You,
    I know I can do this. Your story is great!!!
    - 2/19/2014 1:24:40 AM
  • Thank you for sharing your story. We all need that one thing that motivates us. Yours is your coat. I still need to find that thing that will inspire me to go all the way with my health. You gave me something to think about. - 1/25/2014 11:27:02 AM
  • Thank you! I needed this today. - 1/20/2014 1:43:48 PM
    Nice poem! :) - 11/23/2013 11:32:04 PM
  • Thank you for taking the time to write this. It really did inspire me to do this for me! - 9/27/2013 9:13:25 AM
  • This article indeed has lifted my spirits. Thank you so much for such an uplifting story. - 8/23/2013 9:17:57 AM
  • Great article, lifted my spirits on a day when I felt a little down.
    - 8/10/2013 9:01:05 AM
  • Loved it! Great job! - 7/31/2013 9:12:10 AM
  • Great motivational article., ty Good job and congrats! - 7/17/2013 3:22:03 PM
  • Wonderful success story!

    You are an inspiration to others, showing us that anyone can do this!

    Isn't SP wonderful? - 7/16/2013 10:49:25 PM
  • The young lady's comment at the end of this piece was an eye-opener for me. She said: For the first time I feel very comfortable with who I am and with what I will never be. It reminded me very much of the advice our pastor gives newlyweds when she performs marriage ceremonies. She says: Enjoy each other for who you are; forgive each other for who you are not. I spend more time with me than anyone is, of course, so I'm thinking that's the kind of relationship I need to have with myself. And I think that's a piece of the puzzle this young lady found. Great story. - 7/13/2013 11:08:13 AM
  • That was a great story. Thank you for sharing...and congratulations! - 5/7/2013 10:11:35 PM

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