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2 year anniversary with spark!

Friday, November 18, 2011

i just noticed that november 18, 2009 is when i signed up with sparkpeople.com. i don't remember how i found this site. but, 2 years later, i still like it, i still use it and although it would be nice to say i've lost all the weight i need, that part's not true emoticon

and, i sure like alot of the people i've met on this site.

i have lost weight and i am keeping it off and slowly still losing, so, i remain hopeful. and, i am certain i have improved my eating habits quite a bit. although i have always been a healthy eater. love my veggies, only eat whole grains, brown rice, etc.

but, now, i have pretty much cut grains, rice, pasta. they don't work for my body. i now make an effort to eat organically grown/raised food.

another thing is in february 2010, i quit eating or drinking anything with artificial sweetener. i quit because of things a friend, who works for coca cola, said about it. i didn't think i used it that much, but, it's amazing how many things it is in when you start looking for it. diet pop, obvious; but, things like yogurt, too.

i had alot of body pain (i thought fibromyalgia maybe) as well as major leg pains; sciatica and plantar fascitis (sp?). made me want to scream some days.

the body and joint pain went away within a couple months of avoiding articial sweeteners. and the leg pain went away about a year later. i think the body pain was related to this. i don't think the leg issues were though.

it is so great to just be able to walk!! even if it's just from the parking lot into the store, or wandering around the store for that matter. okay, even walking at home sucked, because i couldn't walk barefoot on our tile floors without terrible pain. i hope it never happens again.

i went on a couple holidays during this time and walking was agonizing and i normally love walking and hiking, so, it really put a damper on my vacation time. and my dh's too, since he was nice and slowed down for me. we were in new york, a place for walking and i suffered trying to keep up and enjoy outings.

anyway, i have lots to cheer about, being normal again physically and feeling healthy and happy.

i hope by my 3rd anniversary with spark, overweight will be a distant memory.


Happy Anniversary to Me!!!

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  • GEMINIAN1
    emoticon emoticon on quitting the artificial sweeteners!
    That makes me very happy.
    I think they should be illegal; that's how nasty I think they are.
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    emoticon on keeping off what you've lost.
    For some people that's harder than losing it; so, in my head, you're ahead of the game.
    You rock my friend ... :-)
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    2830 days ago
  • GLC2009
    haha, comparing your weight to bags of sugar is great, roc! emoticon

    after my pains started going away, i did alot of reading up on aspartame and those chemical sweeteners and there is alot information linking pain and other health issues to using them. it's amazing what we'll put in our bodies, isn't it?
    2832 days ago
  • WOUBBIE
    Happy Anniversary!

    Y'know I never heard anything about sweeteners causing pains before but in the last few weeks I've heard it mentioned a bunch of times. I have a co-worker who's not been able to get rid of back pain for the last couple of years and she's a Diet Coke junkie. I'll have to bring it up to her. Thanks for pointing it out!
    2832 days ago
  • FITFABJENN
    Wow, that is interesting. I noticed my aches and pains pretty much disappeared after I quit diet soda. Hmmm...
    2832 days ago
  • REXTINE1
    emoticon Happy Anniversary. I don't know where the others got the symbol, so I'm stick with just an emoticon. I heard about Spark people several times, and was even invited, but didn't do anything until our youngest daughter joined and I felt left out. It has taken up a lot of my time, but it is also educational.
    2833 days ago
  • MS.ELENI
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    2833 days ago
  • DANCINCAJUN1
    Happy emoticon you look great in that picture --- I will have my first anniversary coming up soon -- I had higher hopes, but you know, I am thrilled that I am weighing several bags of sugar less than I did in January !! So happy to be here and meet nice folks just like you .... keep going strong !! Roc
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    2833 days ago
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