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Happy Holidays to My Wonderful SparkFamily!!

Friday, December 20, 2013

I can't believe it's so close to Christmas!! Woohoooooo!!

I know I'll be busy these next few days, so I probably won't have time to post something. But I have words that need to come out and want to share them with you!!

This is the time of year when we look at the people around us and say, "Thank you!" This is the time of year when we look inside and outside ourselves and say, "I don't have it so bad".

2013 has been a freakin' amazing year for me. I have lost over 110 pounds and going on Week 13 of Maintenance, I have remained 160 pounds - yes, 5 pounds over goal, but I have NOT gained anymore!!! I have participated in THREE 5K's, which has just cemented my love for running.

But 2013 showed me more. It showed me that I can't lose weight for the sole reason that society says I'm fat. It showed me that I'm beautiful and wonderful no matter what my size is. It showed me that I need to focus on being HEALTHY FIRST and then my body will adjust to a healthier size.

It pains me to see women call themselves fat and ugly. I know I used to do it all the time - especially when clothes shopping. Nothing would fit, and I would resort to blaming myself. And while, yes, I was the one making the unhealthy food choices, I am more than a size in my pants or a number on the scale!! I am a wonderful human being and I deserve to look sexy and great, size 2 or size 22!!

But what I love most about 2013 is the amount of love and encouragement I've found in my SparkFamily. Because that's what you guys are - you are overwhelmingly positive and supportive. Just like my mom and dad and sister encouraged me and didn't tempt me with loads of fatty foods when I was losing weight, you've been there to encourage me when I felt down and celebrate with me when I was doing well.

SparkPeople is an amazing site full of people who have "been there". We ALL know what it's like to be the "fat one" in the room, to struggle into clothes we fit into a month ago, to have trouble saying "no" to a second serving of pie, to make New Year's Resolutions to lose weight that get broken on January 2nd. And that's what makes SparkPeople so amazing - the PEOPLE. We are a family; we are holding each other up, encouraging each other and supporting each other as we try to make our lives healthier and happier.

Thank you for an amazing 2013!! Let's also clasp virtual hands and make 2014 the Healthiest, Happiest, Most Active year yet!!
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