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One Year and Still Counting...Er, TRACKING

Thursday, February 14, 2013

A year ago today my scale hit 173 pounds, my blood pressure was up, and I’d lost my “umph”. At 65, I was fortunate to be pretty healthy, but I recognized my life wasn’t going to get better—and possibly would get worse--unless I acted.

I joined Spark on Valentine’s Day, 2011. I didn’t know how tracking food and exercise would go. It seemed obsessive and boring. But I remembered: my life wasn’t going to get better unless I acted.

So I began.

I thought I knew a lot about food and exercise and it was true, I did. I’d read, I’d exercised off and on since my 20’s. I liked to cook with unprocessed foods, loved fruits and veggies. What was missing was consistency. What was missing was portion control. What was missing was focus.

Spark helped me focus every day on living a healthy life. I decided acting really healthy was as important as my other roles in life: right up there with my job, being a wife and mom, and a grandmother. I decided that being healthy was essential to doing all those roles.

At first I just used the trackers, and pretty much ignored the community aspects of Spark. But gradually I reached out and spent time on message boards and teams. I discovered that healthy living wasn’t boring at all! The Spark Community became and remains my source of information and inspiration. When I need to talk about my journey, the community is there, and I try to lend a hand to be there for others as they are for me.

In September 2012, I reached my goal of 30 pounds of weight loss. I live an active life, including forms of exercise I had never tried before. This year I learned how to kayak and to stand up paddleboard! I have a circle of active friends both on and off Spark. My health is excellent and my blood pressure is under control.

I’ve maintained my weight loss for 5 months, and continue to focus daily on consistency and motivation with Spark Coach. But I also focus on shaking up my exercise routines, cooking creatively, and setting mini goals to increase my satisfaction with my life in general. I don’t feel “obsessed,” and I don’t feel bored. I feel engaged and alive, and so grateful to have found Spark.

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  • JLITT62
    You are a great success story!
    1927 days ago
  • TANYA602
    I ditto these same sentiments regarding SP! Happy anniversary,and Happy Valentine's Day! Do you SUP regularly? I started about 2 years ago and love it, but am a cold weather wimp and am waiting for spring before I get back out again.
    I love that at 65 you are living life young and strong!
    1927 days ago
    Great Blog and what a great year it was for you! emoticon
    1927 days ago
    Congrats on your sparkversary! I, too, joined on Valentine's Day, though it was 2011, so we share this special day! Glad you explored the social part of SP. The social aspect has made a huge difference for me, as I can trumpet successes (mine and others), ask for support, and give support to others.
    1928 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/14/2013 8:08:05 AM
  • KANOE10
    Great blog and so true. Consistency and support are so important. Congratulations on maintaining for 3 months and for losing 30 pounds. Sparking is wonderful.

    1928 days ago
    Way to go! You rock!
    1928 days ago
    Congratulations! You have an easy anniversary to remember. You've got it exactly right. Keeping our focus is such an important part of this journey.
    1928 days ago
    Congratulations. Sparks certainly hones our awareness and lifts our knowledge on all aspects of healthy living.
    1928 days ago
    congratulations on your sparkiversary! i totally agree about the "focus" part of the journey, and it's keeping that ultimate goal in focus once goal is reached that is so important! keep on sparking!
    1928 days ago
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