Reflections on my 1 year Spark-anniversary!

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Today it is my 1 year anniversary at One year ago today, I signed up after reading about in a magazine. I had been on another monthly pay as you go program and had lost weight, but disliked paying monthly just to keep my account active. I overlapped the two programs for one month and found I could lose weight successfully using I bid adios to my monthly pay as you go program and cheerfully joined

My initial goal was to lose weight so that I could get a partial knee replacement. I had the arthritis of a 90 year old in one knee and was in constant pain. I did lose that weight easily, and then some prior to my surgery in November last year. I continued to lose weight after surgery and then hit the holidays.

Like many people, I went in the holidays with flying colors and came out hanging my head in shame. I did the classic diet no-no and let a bad day continue on. Slowly over the next couple of months, I slowly regained half of the 30 pounds I had lost. I knew what the right thing to do was, but just had a hard time restarting.

As I pondered why I was having a hard time restarting, I realized what I had been doing with my daily eating wasn't really working for me long term. I made some changes and recommitted in July of this year. Fast forward to my 1 year anniversary and I have lost those 15 regained lbs and 12 more. So in my first year on, I have lost 43 lbs. Not too shabby!

When I started, I had plans to lose all the extra weight by this time, but don't we all have grandiose plans when we start? As I think about my first year, I am very happy with it. Not only have I lost 43 lbs, but I have met on-line a terrific group of people who encourage, advise and cheer me on. I celebrate their milestones and important events in their lives. We encourage each other and support each other with life's curveballs.

One year after joining, I am eating healthier than I have ever in my entire life. I have exercised regularly for a year now. I have the knowledge, tools and support to work on getting the rest of my excess weight off. I still have more weight to lose, but I am sure I can do it and feel like I have a plan that is flexible enough to handle the weekly unexpected food challenges.

Even though I have a ways to go to hit my final goal weight (I have broken my final goal weight into smaller, less daunting goals), I am already looking ahead and learning about maintenance. I have successfully lost weight before, but never maintained or learned how to maintain. has a boatload of information about maintenance and it is free for the reading. You don't have to be at goal weight to learn about it and I believe it is important to think about it before you get to that point.

So 1 year after joining, I am healthier, happier and armed with knowledge to continue to keep getting healthier. I still have my ups and downs, but I know I will succeed this time. So thank you,!
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  • no profile photo CD12499805
    What a wonderful story!! I love it because it shows that when we work the program, it DOES work! You have done a lot to get where you are today and I congratulate you on your 43 lbs. loss and I agree, not to shabby! emoticon I look forward to your friendship here and another successful year for both of us. God bless you and have a fabulous weekend. emoticon
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  • MOGAL1946
    emoticon Way to Go! You are doing fantastic. emoticon
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  • no profile photo CD10764669
    Congratulations for sticking to a plan, making a commitment and losing weight!!! Even when you gained some back, you knew what to do - that's progress!! Continued good luck on the weight loss and the new replacement!

    2752 days ago
    Congratulations on a fabulous year!
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  • RDEE22
    Congratulations......all the best for year 2. Great attitude. emoticon
    2753 days ago
    " . . . 1 year after joining, I am healthier, happier and armed with knowledge to continue to keep getting healthier." That in itself is awesome. The weight loss is the bonus.

    Congratulations and hoping that this 2nd year is even more successful. HUGS
    2753 days ago
    Happy Anniversary Teammate!!!
    Tomorrow is my 1 year anniverary.
    Isn't it great to be here NOW. . . rather than there then?!!

    I can feel the inspiration and energy in your blog.
    You've come a long way and have learned so much.

    Let's keep on Sparkin our way to health!
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    2753 days ago
    What a great blog! You are definitely a success story!

    I am encouraged and heartened by people who lose weight steadily if slowly. I think you have learned the skills to keep it off -- much MUCH more impressive than losing 40 pounds in 4 months and then not knowing how to keep it off!

    I too have lost, regained, and lost it again, so instead of losing 36 pounds it's probably been more like 50 or 55! But even though I may lose a battle I refuse to lose the war!

    emoticon Spark on!
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  • L*I*T*A*
    awesome results!!!
    you should be so soo proud of yourself!!

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    2753 days ago

    You're not only making great progress, but a lifelong habit of being healthy! What a wonderful gift to give yourself!

    Keep up the GREAT work!
    2753 days ago
    Congrats on staying with SP, for being committed to yourself!
    43 pounds is a big accomplishment! WooHoo!
    My 1-year is on the 20th of this month. Like you, I had planned to meet goal by then but am woefully lacking. But still here!
    Best wishes for your continued success!
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  • LADYJ6942
    Woo hoo, congrats and good luck as you continue your journey. I've been here just over 4 years and absolutely love it. While I never tried other programs and I've not run the diet gauntlet I'm a huge supporter of Sparkpeople.
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    You've come a long way in one year! I am so excited for you! You are figuring this thing out and getting it done!
    2753 days ago
    Congratulations on a year's worth of learning and losing! emoticon emoticon emoticon
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    Comment edited on: 10/1/2013 10:21:06 AM
  • no profile photo SHARONCAPPS
    What a wonderful journey you are on. It is good that we find that we eat healthier and we exercise more. It is not all about the food. Thank you for sharing and congratulations.
    2753 days ago
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