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My Spark Anniversary

Thursday, January 14, 2016

I have been a Spark Member since 2008. What have I accomplished in those years? Friendships! I have always been in the 50, 60, 70 and Older Group. I made a few adjustments in my eating and exercising but through the years I have encountered many circumstances that has prevented me from making great strides. Divorce, health issues, depression and more. . .but I must say that these people I have made friendships with were supportive and a great blessing to me and I have no regrets that I didn't find the skinny Jo I wanted. I have been her a few times to the point of the doctor giving me meds to gain weight! Now that is a laugh. But true. Depression can do strange things to your eating and destroy your overall health.

But today - I have not tossed my friendships aside - they are forever friends. But I have joined a new quest - CHAMPIONS and CHALLENGES. Now whether or not I loose those extra pounds with once again faced with knee problems and now hip. . .I am determined to keep on the road to recovery and weight loss. I have made inroads along the way - as I look back over my life and see that even though I lost weight with Diet Workshop, was secretary for TOPS (Take Pounds Off Sensibly) I kind of said I belonged to the POPs group (Put On Pounds Sensibly), Overeaters Anonymous and Weight Watchers; but the one thing that has always helped me after reading MANY Self-Help diet books and diets that counting calories and tracking my activities was my best way of staying in the limits and not to go way beyond what could have been disastrous results with health. I also rely on mediation and daily devotion time.

Then like we all have moments of casting everything to the wind and indulging in that third scoop of ice cream or that greasy pizza not just one slice but 4 and that bag of potato chips followed by the guilt process and back to the plan at hand. Today my Spark Anniversary - I am committed to working at this and reaching my goals - the small ones that will become the big ones when in 8 weeks or 8 months or another 8 years - It is a life process for many and I fall in that MANY category.

So today do what you can for energizing yourself, pamper yourself (which I rarely do) - I have to rethink this one because I have done for others all my life and put myself on hold. But remember YOU are important and so am I. Think about what you eat before it goes in the mouth for "what passes the lips is forever on the hips." And then don't beat yourself up because you seem to be a the tail end and everyone has passed you, because your day will come - Persistence is the attitude to have and always remember to smile and keep a positive attitude because emoticon and so emoticon too! To all my forever friends and my new friends that have been so special in helping to make this journey fun and even exciting - emoticon for my wonderful Spark Friends. emoticon Jojo
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  • no profile photo CD721297
    Thank you for your beautiful blog.

    Happy Anniversary.

    Proud of you.
    1466 days ago
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    Nice blog! Really is so good to have Sparkfriends!
    Happy 14th Sparkversary!!!
    1466 days ago
  • CAROL_31649731
    You really said a mouthful, with that last paragraph especially. You are a wise woman ... thanks for sharing your perspective and inspiring us again this year. Happy SparkAnniversary, my friend!
    1466 days ago
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    Sometimes just staying in the same place is success! Give yourself credit for all you've learned and achieved in nine years!
    1466 days ago
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    Great blog!
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    Mary Ann
    1828 days ago
    This is an inspiring blog, picked me up, too, today! It is an extra challenge when a person is faced with injuries that prevent them from exercising, but making the right food choices is key to weight loss...a person can't exercise off a bad diet. My DH took off 40# over the past 8 months without a minute of fitness. He had no choice because of bad knees. If fact, his pain from too much weight on his knees is what motivated him to lose the weight. I watched him manage food events and more; he took a taste of everything but really limited the unwise choices. I am very proud of him. Wish I had his discipline, but it was just an up close and personal piece of evidence I always knew: it is amazing what can be accomplished when one is truly determined! Let's do this health and fitness thing this Challenge, steps all the way. Slow and steady wins the race! emoticon ... emoticon ...
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  • CGPS1795
    Happy Anniversary! Great Blog too! emoticon

    And yes, absolutely you can do it! emoticon emoticon emoticon

    1832 days ago
  • BRANDI1809
    Happy Anniversary Jojo. Here's wishing you all the very best for the coming year.
    1833 days ago
    Here's to a great journey, with all our spark friends!

    You can do it, this is the year!

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    1833 days ago
    Happy Sparkversary. This is one great blog. Thank you
    1833 days ago
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