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Friday, June 08, 2012

I started this journey to lose weight (I wanted to be skinny :-)) but as I progressed I learned that it was more about being healthy and fit. I started my journey January 2011 and by the start of June 2011 I had lost over 70 pounds then mid-June I found out that I was expecting. I had a difficult pregnancy; at first I was very ill everyday then I became very tired all the time….needless to say working out (something that I had found out that I really loved) was not on the to do list for me. So here I am about 1 year later, I have a beautiful healthy 4 month old daughter and about 60 or so extra pounds. The funny thing about it is that I am not upset or mad about the weight gain as I know that I can shed those pounds and then some in no time. I must confess, I did have a hard time starting over again but I came to the realization that I would rather be healthy and fit than fat and tired….with that in mind I logged into Spark and reset my trackers (tear) and started just where I left off. I must say that Spark and all of my SparkBuddy’s are awesome, you guys made coming back so easy and welcomed me with open arms (just as if I didn’t take a leave of absence). Although I did have a valid excuse for not being active (on Spark and Physically) I really missed out on a lot. I see that a vast number of my SparkFriends are MIA….I know life situations come up (as it did in my case) and I also know that we sometimes have setbacks and are too embarrassed to come around. Whatever the case maybe I wish everyone on this site and this journey the best. Please know that this is a process that will not change overnight but with hard work and dedication you can and WILL be successful. If you fall down get right back up, dust yourself off and start right back over again. Find what works for you and stick with it, listen to your body. Remember failure is NOT an option.
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  • BEATRIZ269
    Thank you for those words of encouragement. I am still here trying and won't give up and am glad to see that you are doing wonderful and are enjoying the process and time with your family. I also look forward to continuing to support each other as we find our way through our journey.

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    2167 days ago
    Congrats on your healthy beautiful baby!!! I like that phrase you said about rather be fit and healthy than fat and tired! And that basically is what it boils down to.
    2169 days ago
  • SLPORTER1978
    Congrats on the baby girl! Thank you so much for the encouragement that you give me and everyone around you.

    2169 days ago
    Welcome back and wishing you the best on your journey. emoticon
    2169 days ago
    emoticon and congrats on the baby girl. 4months wow... What a joy I know you have in your life, and that's the good thing. Not only are you getting back up and dusting yourself off for you. You are also dusting yourself off for her. I wish you the best girl. Nothing but the best. Love it... Keep on posting.... Lynn-Loves-Life
    2170 days ago
  • CHRISTY2121
    congrats on your baby girl and thank you for the motivation!!!!! emoticon
    2170 days ago
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    emoticon on your little angel

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    Dear, there is nothing wrong with starting over.
    That is the wonderful thing about each new day -
    it is a chance to do a little better than the day before.

    I love this quote from Martin Luther King, Jr:
    "If you can't fly then run. If you can't run then walk.
    If you can't walk then crawl. But whatever you do, keep moving."

    Another good one (don't know author) is
    “Success is failing 99 times and getting up 100”
    (or something like that)

    emoticon WE can do it!
    Please keep us posted

    Have a Glorious Sunday


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  • 2012ALEX
    Congratulations on the birth of your little girl. And welcome back to Spark! It sounds like you have your head in a really good place. Best Wishes.
    2171 days ago
    You are AWESOME!!! I know I have had to hit that darn reset button 20+ times in my lifetime!!!! And agreed FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION!!!! emoticon emoticon

    I can't wait to share in this journey with you!!!

    2172 days ago
    You can do this! I am fighting my way back, too.
    2172 days ago
    Welcome back. You did it once, you can do it again and this time it will be easier, because you know the ropes and you know just what you have to do. Give the beauteous baby a hug for me and enjoy your day and your new baby.
    2172 days ago
    Your right, I also had to reset my true weight. BUT I am not gonna stay there. Lets get moving down emoticon
    2172 days ago
  • ACCT1908
    YOU ROCK!! I think the most awesome thing someone can do is start over. Glad you are back and I look forward to watching you shed those pounds (cause I know you will!)
    2172 days ago
    Congratulations on your new baby. I'm sure you're getting a lot of exercise just becoming a mom.
    I take to heart everything you wrote about this being a journey not just to lose weight but to be healthy and fit. Its so good to know we are all in this together.
    2172 days ago
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