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Everything happens for a reason right? My ex-boyfriend's new girl-friend (who is now his wife) told me about this site a few years ago (weird, I know.) & I can't imagine my life with out it.

Up until now none of you knew that my maiden name is Sparks & to be honest I was a little sad to see it go back in 2010. It's always been the perfect name for me. Julie Sparks, full of life & love. I am and always have been a firework, I was born on the 5th of July. My mom went into labor watching the fireworks off the coast of the Pacific in San Diego 29 years ago. I was born to sparkle.

After becoming a wife and mom and before finding sparkpeople I lost my spark.. my mom died a slow, heart wrenching death and I got really fat.. I hit a real rough patch. I always was big, but 2011 brought me into the 300s. All that really matters now is that I'm here and I'm back. I sparkle again. I wish she could see me, how beautiful I feel.

Even though I chose to change my last name, my legacy will always live on as Julie Sparks thanks to SP. Although now I live it as a verb instead of a noun. The support I have found through this site has forever changed me and has brought me back to life. There are so many of you who have brought me back to what I used to be. Words can't express how much your support means to me.

Thanks to you I will always be Julie Sparks.
I spread the spark everyday.
I live it and love it.
I spark, therefore I am.

Original: My son was born Feb. 10th, 2011 and I never thought my weight would get as high as it did. My body looks a way that I never would have imagined.. I've been avoiding having my picture taken with him because I don't want to see myself look so big, so different from what I think I look like.

I've been over 200lbs for most of my 20's, but it doesn't have to stay this way. My 27th birthday is about 2 months away and I set a pretty hefty goal for myself to reach by my 28th birthday, it's a big one, but its obtainable.. Others have accomplished it, so why not me?

Update: Since joining SP and writing this intro I GAINED about 40lbs taking my weight higher than it was the day I delivered my son. Nothing like surpassing your full-term prego weight 6 months later.. By my 27th birthday my weight was the highest ever-314! Then I got serious! I have been a member of SP since April of 2011, but didn't really stick to it until after the summer of 2011. Seeing pictures of myself that big blew me away.. In about a month I will be celebrating my 2 year anniversary with SP and I am proud to report that I lost all the baby weight, wearing pre-baby jeans and almost at the same weight I was on my wedding day!!

Member Since: 4/29/2011

Fitness Minutes: 4,334

My Goals:
To live a healthy lifestyle by eating right and adding exercise into my everyday routine. I want to be healthy without even having to think about it.

My Program:
Why can't I get the results I am looking for by just paying for a gym membership?? Guess I gotta actually use it and not just pay for it.

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Appleton, WI

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  • v HOLLYL7
    How was that August 9th 5K?! emoticon emoticon
    2500 days ago
    I'm on my way to come share your smoothie lol! Every single decision counts. Josh (my fiance) ordered Toppers the other day and I had one topperstick and a piece of jalepaƱo and cheese pizza, sooo much better than the weeks prior, pizza is a huge weakness for me. lol.

    The shorts will be there after our long winter next year, and hey, maybe they will be too big next year, its frustrating to be back up but days like one slice of pizza days, they get us back on track.

    My coworker's birthday is today, she had these really yummy cupcakes that I declined! I was sorta jealous of everyone eating them but really proud of not eating it, just like you should be proud of your one slice of pizza. :)
    2503 days ago
  • v KELLYFIT123
    Sorry for the multiple comments!
    2517 days ago

    I did not go to school in Menomonee Falls, just happen to work out this way. I grew up in Milwaukee and went to Pius Xi High School but it really is a small world. Everyone is always so connected lol. :)

    How is life going with you since I have been gone?
    2518 days ago
    Hi! I live in Green Bay. We could always meet somewhere in the middle and take a walk :) That's inspirational you've lost that much weight! Let's cheer each other on. We can do this!!!
    2520 days ago
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