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I Speak Sparkpeople On My One Year Sparkaversary!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

One year ago today I joined Sparkpeople. I was on a quest to find a nutrition plan that would help me knock off the 7 pounds I was SURE I had to lose. I had maintained a 60 pound weight loss for 5 years but had gained the extra pounds since beginning a consistent walking/running program in 2010. Friends said it was "muscle weight", I was determined to lose it anyway.
Sparkpeople and my doctor changed my perception about my appropriate body weight. I devoured the Spark philosophy and community. In doing so I have become physically, mentally, and emotionally rational and reasonable about what food provides, what my body needs, how to exercise appropriately and consistently, and how to be a healthy, active 60 year old.

Mini Moral- I have lost about 3 of the 7 pounds by not focusing on losing weight, but
by focusing on becoming healthy and balanced.

I now Speak Sparkpeople emoticon emoticon

Here's my Spark Vocabulary Lesson:

S~ Support, Share, Success

P~ Positive, Participation, Practical

A~ Alive, Active, Attitude

R~ Rejuvenate, Rejoice, Reward

K~ Knowledge, Kinship, Kind

P~ Persistence, Preparation, Perseverance

E~ Educate, Embrace, Engage

O~ Open-mind, Organize, Others

P~ Patience, Pacing, Peace

L~ Live, Laugh, Learn, Love

E~ Empathize, Emote, Elevate

I thank Sparkpeople, the Spark Experts and Advisers, and most importantly, my Spark Friends for the opportunity to participate in this powerful, life giving program of health and wellness. I feel blessed today.

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Peace to you all,

Leslie
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  • MEADSBAY
    LOVED this and 'liked' it!
    Happy Sparkaversary, my friend.

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    2308 days ago
  • JUDIGIRL52
    How did I miss this blog??? Happy Belated Sparkaversary! Love the Spark Speak. I'll probably "borrow" that in the future! A skillfully written SparkPeople tribute.
    2313 days ago
  • KANOE10
    Happy Anniversary! You should be proud of your success and your healthy changes in your life.

    You are ready for retirement!!!!! emoticon
    2320 days ago
  • LESSOFPMCD
    Great blog! I love your letter definitions - something we should all be keeping in mind!

    I've printed out your blog and put a copy of it in my desk - to remind me what I should be focusing on.
    2322 days ago
  • _CYNDY55_
    Wonderful for all of us, we have the pleasure of knowing You❤
    And in your search you found SparkPeople, and came into our lives!
    Thank You my friend for your Wisdom, Knowledge and Cheer!
    Congratulations ❤Leslie❤ on your *Sparkling*versary*
    Looking Awesome the two of You ❤Grandma and Granddaughter❤
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    2324 days ago
  • LITTLEBO
    CARTWHEEL! CARTWHEEL! CARTWHEEL! BACKFLIP!!!
    2324 days ago
  • NOCALORIES
    You really know how to put words together and share a great message. Happy Sparkversary to you. I am so blessed to be your Sparkfriend. Enjoy that darling granddaughter. Thank you for this blog.
    2324 days ago
  • BLUE48DOWN
    Love the language of SparkPeople there!
    2324 days ago
  • AWESOMECAROL55
    Congrats on your one year Sparkversary!1 I'm so glad you are here and glad you are my sparkfriend!!

    hugs...Carol
    2324 days ago
  • AJDOVER1
    Happy Sparkversary! emoticon

    I'm so happy you had those 7 unwanted pounds! If it hadn't been for them, we wouldn't have met. Somehow I thought you've been here much longer, though. Isn't it amazing how a when we search for what we think we need, we end up finding something much different.

    I love the pictures of your happy grandbaby!

    Hugs,
    Aurlie
    2324 days ago
  • TRAVELGRRL
    How clever, and every word is a true discription of Spark!

    Leslie, you have given so much more than you have received...we are blessed to have you in our midst!

    Happy anniversary!!


    2324 days ago
  • LARSIL
    emoticon Yay, Leslie! Congratulations on the Sparkiversary!

    It's been great to see you on "the boards" for the past year. Cheers, and here's to more success as we travel the road together.

    Larry emoticon
    2324 days ago
  • ROXELLS_WARRIOR
    Leslie, happy anniversary! I hope you know that we are blessed as well - you are a great contributor, cheerleader, sounding board, and friend. I'm happy that you have joined my life.
    2324 days ago
  • SHERRY666
    I REALLY ENJOYED YOUR BLOG LESLIE...... THE SAME THING HAPPENED TO ME..... I STARTED OUT WANTING TO LOSE WEIGHT AND THAT WAS IT....... AFTER BEING ON SPARK FOR AWHILE.... I LEARNT SO MANY THINGS.... THAT I NEVER KNEW BEFORE...... WHEN I DECIDED I WAS GOING TO GET HEALTHY.... THE WEIGHT STARTED COMING OFF.... I FEEL BETTER THAN I HAVE IN YEARS...... AND I SO LOVE TO SHARE THIS WITH YOU...... BTW...... YOU LOOK TERRIFIC..... AND YOUR LITTLE GRANDDAUGHTER YOUR HOLDING IS LOVING GRANDMA... emoticon
    2324 days ago
  • BETHGILLIGAN
    Great blog! Beautiful smile! Adorable grandbaby!
    2324 days ago
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