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5 months...56.8 lbs. Gone...Feeling oh, so Grateful!!!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Today marks 5 months on Spark for me. I thought it was time for a little reflection about my journey. emoticon

When I started this process 5 months ago, I was at my absolute lowest emotionally and the heaviest I'd ever been in my whole life. Spark was the last stop for me before doing something more drastic. I found out about Spark in a magazine and thought what do I have to lose? So between Spark, prayer and a supportive husband here I am today...a new woman weighing in 56.8 lbs. less than when I started.

Back in February, when I first joined Spark I didn't tell anyone about it. Not even my husband at first because I didn't want to fail and have everyone see me as a big fat loser. I hated myself and what I had become. After sticking to my new healthy lifestyle for a couple of weeks I was ready to start sharing my journey with people outside of Spark.

Honestly I was in awe that I was actually losing weight. I was getting in the bare minimum amount of exercise...30 minutes a day for 3 days a week for about the first 2 weeks I was on Spark. I hated exercising, my energy was low and I was just plain grumpy. Two weeks in I gave up diet soda. That was really hard. I had headaches, my energy level went even lower and yes, I became even more grumpy. Coming off of the caffeine was really hard. It took a couple of weeks for me to start feeling a little normal again. Amazingly enough, a lot of my stomach issues went away once I got rid of the diet soda. I don't drink coffee, tea or alcohol so I didn't have that hurdle to cross.

My other big thing that I was addicted to was Hot Tamales. You know, those sugar laden, cinnamon flavored, chewy...you get the idea. I did give those up cold turkey the day I started Spark. I do have to admit though that for a while when I'd go to the grocery store and see a box I'd pick it up and smell it. My daughter thought I was nuts. Now looking back, maybe it was a little nutty, but at least I didn't buy them and eat them.

I became a little obsessive about weighing and measuring my food. To the point of driving my family crazy just a little. For me though it was all or nothing. I couldn't guess...I had to know EXACTLY what I was putting in my mouth. Still do. I soon realized that if I picked up my exercise that I could have more food to eat. Seemed like a win-win situation, so I went to work like gang busters with the exercise. Guess what? I LOVE to exercise now. It helps me feel better emotionally as well as physically. Just so you know, you can over train. There is a balance to all of this and it's taken me a while to find my balance. I am still learning how to take good and proper care of my body before, during and after exercise.

My newest passion is riding my bike. My husband loves to ride and did two 100 mile charity rides this year. One for Diabetes, the other for MS. My original goal was to be healthy enough to be able to join him on one of his rides next year. As many of you know I rode in my first event earlier this year, June 5th, to be exact and rode 80 miles. I volunteered for the MS ride (that was in June as well) and was able to be a Ride Marshall and cycled the 75 mile route. My husband and I did an 80 mile ride together as well as a couple of 50 milers, a couple of 40 milers and I've done numerous 20-39 mile rides with him, girlfriends and on my own. I have ridden a total of 914 miles since May 15, 2010. That is a HUGE accomplishment...914 miles in 2 months and 3 days. I have a 50 miler planned for this Wednesday. I usually ride some every day except for Sunday. I love the way it makes me feel. Probably much like a runner feels when they run. I could go on and on and on about cycling.

Long story short...I love my life now. I still have a long way to go, but it's nothing I can't handle. I just take it one day at a time, one good choice at a time. I owe a lot to my friends on here. The support you all have given me is overwhelming. My heart is full of love and appreciation for you. I just want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart! I wish each of you success in your journey and happiness in your life. We CAN do this!!!!
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    awesome blog!
    3621 days ago
  • no profile photo CD7774637
    Thank you sos so much for sharing your story with us. You are such a success and such an inspiration for me.
    3622 days ago
    You've ridden your bike about half way across the country!! Good job!! I love it! I'm going to have to look online for charity rides. That sounds like a lot of fun! Congratulations on the weight loss! Keep up the good work!
    3623 days ago
    Wow what an amazing achievement, you must be so proud - you are such a great inspiration to us all on SP. I got back on my bike this week-end - and I agree it does make you feel so good - kind of free. emoticon
    3624 days ago
    Amazing story you're creating with your life... emoticon
    3625 days ago
    Fantastic!!! Congratulations on all that you've accomplished! Hurrah for you!!! emoticon emoticon
    3626 days ago
    Congrats on your achievement, and just WOW for the bike riding. I couldn't ride that far to save my life right now, so I'm hoping to emulate your feats at some stage in future.

    Stay strong, you're an inspiration! emoticon
    3632 days ago
    Words fail me. That could have been me. Instead I've put weight ON since joining Spark (my own fault, just never stay consistent) and wonder why its not happening for me!
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    Jackie x
    3633 days ago
    This is a truly inspiring blog! Congratulations!! emoticon emoticon
    3634 days ago
    You have come so far! You should feel great and be proud of all that you have accomplished in these short months! What an inspiration you are to others!!!

    Keep up the great work!!!

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  • OKANE13
    First off, thanks for visiting my Spark Page and extending the welcome to the team along with all of the encouraging emoticons. More importantly, congratulations on your huge success. WOW !! Your discipline has really paid off. You must be very proud...Jane emoticon emoticon
    3637 days ago
    Oh yea! Another passionate bike rider! You're singing my song!

    I also love the way I feel when I'm out on the bike. Especially when I ride the wind. There are day's when all I think about is my next ride. Obsessive? Maybe, but riding is sooo much fun.

    Congrats on your weight loss (I'm right behind you), keep riding, and may the wind always be at your back.
    3638 days ago
    You are just as amazing as your journey. You inspire me and in so many different ways. I am so proud of you and how far you have come..

    Love and Hugs,
    Lauren, Zion, and Larry
    3638 days ago
    What a good blog and congratulations on your success!
    3638 days ago
    This is great, and so are you! emoticon

    Congrats on what you've lost, and what you've gained.
    Thanks, for what you've shared, and what you inspire (me! and others!)

    3638 days ago
    I thought of you with your 80-mile ride as I slogged my way through a 31-miler this morning. It's my longest to date.

    Isn't it amazing what can happen in just five months? Did you have any idea five and a half months ago that you'd be where you are right now? Congratulations to you on having the courage, perseverance, and obsessiveness (yes, a very good thing in this case) to make the changes that will continue to change your future in a very good way.
    3638 days ago
    What an inspiring story, I'm so glad you shared your journey with us! Too bad we don't live closer, we could be bike buddies, as that is becoming my new passion too.

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    3638 days ago
    wow excellent :)
    3639 days ago
  • MOETR345
    LOL - I have a hard time picturing you as grumpy! You are always so positive & supportive! I guess that just shows what a difference a few months can make!

    Congratulations!! You are awesome!
    3639 days ago
    With the exception of the whole biking thing (which I realize is huge), you sound exactly like me! I could cut and paste most of this and put it on my own page (but I won't - I promise!) Isn't it GREAT to feel better?!! Way to go!
    3639 days ago
    so glad you joined spark , you are such an inspiration of what can be done when you stick with it and find what works for you, I have talked to my hubby about biking and he wants too but he works nights and I work days so I will have to get him to do it on the weekends.
    keep on sparkin!
    3639 days ago
    Great job at turning your life around to what you want it to be!!! Congrats on your weight loss and your biking!

    It's great to reflect where you were and where you are!
    3639 days ago
  • FITKAT2010
    You are a poster child for bicycling and Sparking hon. YOU are the one who did the work. YOU are the one who stuck to it. YOU are the one who will continue to stick to it hopefully even when things get a little rough.

    Here's to another 5 months...heck to the rest of your long and healthy and happy life!

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    3639 days ago
  • MARIA928
    Congratulations! What an accomplishment!
    3639 days ago
  • no profile photo CD3291619
    Awesome progress... both your weight loss and your biking!

    I'm trying to work up to a 100 mile ride but I'm not there yet~ emoticon
    3639 days ago
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