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5 Year Spark Anniversary!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Wow! I've been Sparking for almost 5 years now. My Clean Eating team has grown to over $17,000 members. I started that team on my own several years ago, and it's my "baby".
Anyhow, I wanted to write a brief blog on how using the Spark trackers, tools and community have helped me.
I started Sparking and I lost about 50 pounds. Things were great until... I was almost at my goal weight, when... I started having some trouble. A plateau, I guess. It was at that time that I really started to AMP UP my workouts and I really got into "clean eating".
I did P90X and several other fitness programs, and I started following the "clean eating" regime of "never skipping breakfast" "eat 5-6 small meals per day", "eat low fat, lean foods".... GOSH! After another year I had put back on ten pounds. And then this year I was back up to my original weight. But, HOW could this be???? I was doing all the "right things". Or was I???
My fat was tenacious. Really stubborn! I would get up in the morning, weigh myself. Feel like crying! I really didn't deserve this. I wasn't sitting on the couch eating bagels and bon bons... I was eating, clean healthy food. Watching my calories. Working out (which I LOVE, buy the way)

So, this is where using Sparks tools really helped me out. Since I had so meticulously kept track of every calorie, every meal, every workout I had done since I started Sparking, I was able to look back... I printed out some charts of my progress (and lack thereof) of my weight, etc.
So, after a year and a half of complete and total frustration, what I found out was actually quite surprising. It goes against what 90% of all health websites and health experts will tell you to do.
However, I'm not writing this blog to post my personal weight loss strategies, but only to say, that if you track everything it can be really handy to be able to look back and see what works, and what doesn't for you. Since we are all individuals there is no ONE solution for everyone. (As I have learned the hard way).

So, I'm back on track. Down 16 pounds (again). But at least it's progress.

So, I want to thank Spark. And even though Sparkpeople and I certainly don't see "eye to eye" on a lot of issues, I really am grateful to be able to use this website for my benefit.

Keep Sparking!!!
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    Thanks for this Laura. Glad you're on track again!
    2048 days ago
    emoticon emoticon ... love the blog, thanks for sharing. Like you keeping track of what I eat is key. emoticon

    ~ Dee emoticon

    2065 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/28/2012 11:13:06 PM
    I had to re-evaluate my progress also, and the tracking helped to lay it all out so I could see. So I was able to change some things around and having measurable success again. emoticon

    Good for you for cracking your code and getting on the Make it Happen program!

    Thanks for sharing!


    Smile and Enjoy the Rest of Your Day!
    Melinda (gopintos)
    Wheat Belly Team
    Perfect Health Diet Team
    2068 days ago
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    2070 days ago
    Thank you for your faithfulness to this team! And thank you for being such a great example of what it means to be dedicated to good health. You don't give up, you seek knowledge, you don't go along with popular notions but diligently seek out what really works for you. You walk the talk girl!
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  • LAC936
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    2071 days ago
    emoticon on 5 years with Spark! And thanks for sharing. I am always curious on what methods get weight loss moving for different people. I am in the process of doing a serious reevaluation on my own weight loss and what I need to change to get things moving in a positive direction.
    2071 days ago
    emoticon on your close to 5 yr anniversary!! ........ I agree with you that tracking is such a vital tool ........ and sometimes I have pondered why I was not having better results and looked again at my food tracker. Little things like tracking the cream in my coffee ............. I was recording one cup, when actually, I drink two, so this doubles the cal's there .......... Looking for better ways to doctor my coffee for one .............. Mostly, I think it is the little things ............ but overall, I see you keep yourself accountable and take the time to look at the big picture .............. also emoticon work w/ your team ............ w/ Clean Eating .......... Best to you ........... emoticon
    2071 days ago
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