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  Week of 8/23/2012 - Featured Blog Post

Breaking News!

First at 11:00...Woman gets motivated to change her lifestyle to a healthy one! We have a reporter at the scene!

This is Penelope Jackson, here with Susan Rodriguez of Washington. "Susan, it is rumored that you are making healthy changes to your lifestyle and not falling prey to fad diets. Would you care to comment?"

Well yes, Penelope, I am making healthy changes and diets are no longer a part of the plan. Let me say that I have spent many, many years trying to lose weight. I have also spent lots of money going from one diet to another. I had some success but it was short-lived. These plans could only take me so far. Some of them left me so deprived that I couldn't make it through a whole week! That is not living in my book!

I have made a decision (a quality, no turning back decision) that I will no longer turn to a diet to lose the weight. I decided that the only way to make lasting change in my health was to make a lifestyle change.

I was, what you might call, an emotional prisoner in my home. I couldn't leave my house. If I even though about leaving, it would trigger a panic attack. After finding and joining SparkPeople.com, I have begun to leaving my house. I keep in contact better with my family. It isn't perfect but it is lots better.

I will be honest and say that I don't like exercise but since joining SparkPeople.com, I have exercised every day for 55 straight days. I have lost a total of 39 pounds 21 which I lost since joining. I recently found out just how important this site is to my success.

"Please share with our viewers what you discovered".

Well, recently I was not feeling well. I had a few days where I wasn't as active on the site. When I say active, I mean that I wasn't blogging or commenting on other blogs or SparkPages or in my teams like I usually did. What I found what that it was easier to eat things that I wouldn't normally eat. Or maybe I planned to eat something for dinner, but I didn't watch my portions. I don't have that problem when I am active on the site.

You see, SparkPeople keeps me accountable. It keeps me motivated and energized to keep pushing. What you find here is that people care about your success. When you ask for help with recipes, you get recipes! When you post that you need support, you get support! When you have a great week, there are folks there cheering you on! When you are struggling, there are people there taking the steps with you and encouraging you to stick with it! I was ill and people were wishing me a quick recovery.

"Wow Susan, that is incredible. You have had great success and SparkPeople sounds like a great site!"

It is Penelope. It was an answer to prayer for me. It has changed more than my weight. I know that this time, I will make it to my goal and I will be cheering others on to their goals! That is a great feeling.

"Thank you Susan for sharing with our viewers today. This is Penelope Jackson reporting from Washington. Back to you in the studio!"

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