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Thankful: 6 Months / 183 Days / 36 Pounds

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Today is my 6-month Spark anniversary. I've lost 35 pounds, found a new perspective on life, and - after years of feeling powerless - gained confidence in my ability to change my body.

Day 183 was a rough day physically; that TOM hit with aches, nausea, and the desire to crawl into bed with Ben & Jerry. My sore joints and wobbly legs convinced me to skip Yoga in favor of going home early and giving in to being miserable. As I walked to the car I realized it was quite overcast and . . . not blisteringly hot.

Before I could go home, I had to stop at the Farmers Market to load up on locally-grown produce for the week. My favorite family had a table today, and I bought a new type of little tomato, mini squash, new red potatoes, and a mellon. Across the aisle I bought goat cheese, banana peppers and fresh figs (I still have a few plums and zucchini from last week). I am so thankful for the opportunity to meet the people who grow my food; I feel connected to my community in a way that I haven't felt in a long time.

By the time I got home, I started thinking that I could probably walk in this (slightly cooler) weather! I chopped up some of my new produce for tomorrow’s lunch, fixed 2 salmon fillets for dinner (and lunch), and did a few dishes before making the decision about how to spend my evening.

Instead of putting on my jammies and settling into bed with a good book and a cup of hot tea, I laced up my tennies and grabbed my iPod. I walked a mere 2 miles, but I walked. Then I hit the pool to cool my body temperature (and hopefully stave off the inevitable heat-induced headache) and ended up doing some deep water running – maybe it will ease the aches.

Yup, I've been Sparked.

In the last week, I've done a variety of exercise: elliptical runner, walking, water running, strength training, and classes in yoga and Pilates. I stayed within my calorie range (when my total calories are averaged for the week), and I routinely eat 3 servings of fresh fruit and 3 servings of fresh veggies a day (some days I hit a total of 10!).

I am thankful for every little change that I made over these last 6 months, because I am living a different life now. I still suffer from the sinus infections of mysterious origin, the random asthma problems, and the migraines that strike without cause. But I weigh 36 pounds less and have some hope that my future can be even better – I can be thinner, stronger, and more energetic. I have the power to change my life for the better.

When I finish this blog I will treat myself to a single Haagen Dazs Pomegranate Dark Chocolate ice cream bar -- because it is what I am hungry for and because it fits within my nutrition plan for the day. Then I'm going to take several of ibuprofen (because I still feel like a truck hit me) and go to bed.

Day 183 has been a good day. And I am thankful for everything that led me here.
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    Awesome blog! Sounds like you've really made some healthy changes. Hope the ibuprofen helped. You GO girl! 35 pounds is NOTHING to sneeze at. That's a heck of an accomplishment.

    4379 days ago
    I must not be subscribed to your blog 'cause this is the first time I'm seeing it. YOU are awesome, girl! Loved reading your entry!!

    I went to the farmer's market last Saturday and saw a lady walking around with a bird on her shoulder. I wondered if it was you. And then, yes I did ask. But NO I did not ask, "hey are you FAT TOO LONG????" Somehow, I didn't think that would go over well. So I asked her if she is on Sparkpeople. When she asked what that is and I said a weight loss fitness online group, I realize that I probably did NOT make a friend there. oops. Apparently, she was not you. major oops. Maybe we could meet one day? before someone kills me!
    4380 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/8/2008 12:27:08 AM
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    emoticon that was an awsome blog. Great weight loss to date and by the way you handled day 183, you'll be at your goal in no time. emoticon
    4384 days ago
    What a great entry.

    You are doing great. "It's not a destination, it is a journey."

    And you are living that journey with passion!!!

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    4385 days ago
    emoticon You are doing great... stick with it girl. Imagine that you will be 60 or 70 pounds lighter at Christmas. Woo-hhheeeeeeeee!
    4386 days ago
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