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MCFHARPIST SparkPoints: (64,300)
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3/30/13 12:41 A

JENNILACEY, you are the poster child for what can be accomplished if a person follows the Sparkpeople philosophy! Living the Sparkpeople life has actually changed the way you think; you have forged new pathways in your brain that have been instrumental in your decision to make March 27th the day you hit goal. I commend you for this great achievement. You are an exceptional person who is a living, breathing example to all around you.

Spark On!

JUST_BREATHE08 SparkPoints: (372,695)
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3/29/13 11:47 P

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CORKYTHEMOM1 SparkPoints: (204,376)
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3/28/13 7:00 P

emoticon emoticon emoticon on reaching your goal! I am so proud of you!! Continue to be the SUCCESS that you are! Wishing you the very best in all that you do!

SIMPLELIFE2 Posts: 707
3/28/13 12:12 P

You look awesome. Good for you for listening to your body. There is no scientific or rational reason why you would need to loose more weight before building muscle mass, so I'm glad you listened to your body's signals.

The numbers on the scale mean little. How you feel and what you can do is way more important. What you might want to do before you start your muscle building phase is have a 9-point caliper test to have your body fat assessed. You can get that done with a personal trainer or at a gym. Don't rely on any of those scales or hand-held devices.

You can use that number to assure yourself that you are putting on muscle rather than fat as the number moves up on the scale. Body fat composition is much more telling than just the number on the scale. For example, I am 10 pounds heavier than my lightest weight but a full size smaller than I was at that time because I have much more muscle mass.

Best wishes for continued success on your journey.

3/28/13 3:26 A

Your stats are great! Your before and after pics are great! Congrats! Blessings on staying fit and healthy!

MSMAKEOVER SparkPoints: (230,347)
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3/27/13 10:08 P


CARISSA81 Posts: 1,456
3/27/13 9:16 P

Way to go! I go the "too skinny" speech a couple times, pretty sure people just weren't used to seeing my healthy and happy! You know what's best for you, that's all that matters!

COANNIE SparkPoints: (9,512)
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3/27/13 6:41 P

That is awesome! You are looking at health rather than just a number- and that it healthy in more ways than one- just reading your list of accomplishments is amazing!

KANDOLAKER Posts: 1,902
3/27/13 11:22 A

Congrats for creating a balance that is good for you. You have a accomplished a lot, and you do deserve that pat on the back! Wishing you your best health!!

JENNILACEY SparkPoints: (81,972)
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3/27/13 8:00 A

For the last month I've been killing myself trying to lose a couple more pounds. Everyone has been telling me I'm already too skinny and I don't need to lose more weight, including my husband. But I'm as stubborn as an ox once I have a goal in my head and will sacrifice everything to achieve it, including my own well-being. I've been trying calorie ranges all over the place, lowering my carbs and carb cycling just to lose a couple extra pounds. Cutting my carbs just led to misery, lack of energy and binge eating homemade granola bars. :P

Last night, after another crazy binge I finally asked myself is a few pounds really worth this? I really had wanted to get to 105 lbs because that number felt safe to start gaining muscle mass on which I planned on starting this spring. Then If I gained 10-15 lbs by the fall I wouldn't feel down about the number on scale. It was a silly thing to fixate on, I'm realizing now. Especially since I've managed to gain muscle on a calorie deficit, there's no reason I shouldn't be able to continue to improve my body at maintenance for awhile without gaining weight. So that's it! I'm done! I've accomplished so much in the last 8 months and I need to sit back now and enjoy my new healthy lifestyle and all my accomplishments. I think it's about darn time I gave myself a pat on the back and say, you've done it, girl... Great job!

I've lost 55 lbs, I've learned to cook like a pro (when I couldn't cook noodles to save my life 8 months ago), I've brought my RHR down from 80 bpm-45 bpm, my blood pressure is in the range of pro athletes/kids, I have boundless energy, I no longer spend hours glued to my computer, I'm way more productive, I've changed my family over to healthy, homecooked eating, I've built some crazy muscle/strength, I now love activity/exercise, I love healthy food and trying tons of healthy recipes. I've virtually changed my whole life around thanks to Spark.

I woke up this morning for the first time, in a long time... in a great mood! I'm so excited to start setting new healthy and fun goals for myself, have an active spring/summer, learn how to maintain my new weight, reward myself with a new wardrobe and focus on my strength training.

I never thought I'd see this day! I also didn't expect it to be so impulsive but it feels like the best decision I can make for myself. Spring is the start of new beginnings. Spread the Spark!

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 3/27/2013 (08:03)
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