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10 YEARS?!?!

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Yup, it's true. Today is my TENTH "Sparkiversary."

Okay, so I don't really come onto Sparkpeople as much as I used to. I typed up a great blog for my 5-year Sparkiversary and I couldn't even begin to come up with anything better. I left a link below in case you want to check it out.


Apparently I haven't posted a single blog on here for four years and it wasn't even a good one. I feel like I should have some incredible advice or at least something inspirational to share with you all today. But honestly? I've felt very uninspired lately.

I have maintained my weight loss (and even lost more) since we last talked. Although it wasn't actually due to anything other than chugging along through each day. By being somewhat active and watching what I eat, I've been able to maintain my success.

However, there's so much more to health than a number on a scale or the size of the clothing you wear. Mental health is incredibly important and I've been struggling lately. Struggling to figure out who I am, who I want to be and where to go from here to feel like I've actually accomplished something.

10 years ago today I joined this website as suggested by a friend. I wasn't sure what I was doing at first, but then quickly fell into a rhythm of taking back my life, my health and my body. So much has changed over such a long time and yet I don't really feel much different than I did at the beginning.

I think a lot of people fantasize how different their lives would be if only they were thinner. "When I like how I look on the outside, I'll be able to accept who I am on the inside!" But that's not the case. Liking who you are as a person has to come first. I'm not there yet, but I know with time and effort anything is possible.

Heck, I've lost and kept off over 100 pounds. For a lazy, food-lover like me it seemed impossible. But it wasn't, was it?

Whatever your goal is this year, keep at it. To quote myself from five years ago: "You are worth it."

Reading this back again...I feel like my journey isn't really inspirational, but I am taking it day by day. Does anyone else feel inadequate sometimes?
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    I know you wrote this years ago, but I tripped over it and also a more recent blog of yours. Wow! You are dealing with a lot! And in spite of it, you've come a long way.
    203 days ago
  • JIBBIE49
    I had my 10th Sparkversary in October as well. I finally lost 36# this year thanks to finding a doctor who put me on Metformin, Bydureon, and Armour Thyroid.
    822 days ago
    emoticon Everyone feels inadequate at some time in their life! 🌼 If they deny that, then they are just
    not being truthful to themselves. emoticon
    871 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/29/2018 9:24:18 AM
    I cant believe there is only one comment on here. Congrats,Amber. I hope your hubby has been chugging right beside you!!
    1053 days ago
    I so appreciate your honest transparency! It's so refreshing! I have a lot of weight to lose (80 more, 40 down) and I struggle with consistency, but this inspires me to keep going!😊
    1145 days ago
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