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3 years ago today

Thursday, September 10, 2015

3 years ago today I joined SparkPeople.

I didn't overthink it. I just did it. I read an article about people who had lost weight using SparkPeople. I needed to lose weight. Simple as that. Only not. Of course not.

I had been struggling with my health. With my relationship. With my ability to get my butt into a roller coaster or airplane seat.

I joined SparkPeople and I tracked my food like my life depended on it. I was miserable to live with for a good 18 months. All I talked about was calories in and out, fat and carbs, fiber and sodium. I was a woman on a mission. And I did it. In 18 months I lost 140 pounds.

I may have also lost my mind. I started hoarding food - well just chocolate really. Then the binges started. The binges actually started before I hit my goal weight. How I still managed to lose the last few pounds I couldn't say.

I maintained that lowest weight for a short time. Again, in spite of the binges. But of course it eventually caught up with me. I put on 25 pounds and then leveled off for a while.

Then a few months later I put on 15 pounds more.

That means in my first 18 months on SparkPeople I lost 140 pounds. And in the following 18 months I put on 40 pounds.

So where am I now? I am relatively binge free. I did have two servings of chocolate back-to-back last Friday afternoon. But in comparison to 5-9 candy bars in one sitting, it's an improvement.

I am still exercising (darn near) every day. I would say every single day, but I may have missed one or two days over the last year. Nothing too hardcore. Mostly walking, stair climbing and yoga. I need to do more strength training. Hiking when I can.

I am more healthy than I was before. I am physically more healthy than I was at my highest weight. And I am working on having better mental and emotional health.

I don't track my food and don't plan to start back up any time soon. But I do track my fitness. I still login to SparkPeople (darn near) every day.

I am grateful for SparkPeople.

Take care out there, SparkPeeps.
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  • WHITE-GREEN
    I am always so eager to read your blog posts! Thank you soooo much for sharing.

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    I would love to hear how you managed to diminish the bingeing. What did that take?
    And what do you think caused the bingeing? You did not binge BEFORE you started SP?

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    1721 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/12/2015 4:56:35 AM
  • RORYLYONS
    emoticon your awesome & Happy Sparkversary! emoticon
    1723 days ago
  • MSHEL7
    Congrats on your journey. You've done well my friend. Ups and downs and you've still done well. You are an inspiration. Thanks for sharing-now I also know that I'm not the only one who only speaks in cals, micro-nutrients, etc.
    1723 days ago
  • no profile photo CD15145828

    Happy anniversary to you. It's so refreshing that you are willing to say you are not perfect. Who the heck is????? What a difference three years has made in you.
    More important than even the physical changes- which are sensational- it sounds like you treat your body so well, now. I love that!!

    Congratulations, sweetheart, you're a winner.
    1723 days ago
  • SUBMOM2
    Happy Sparkversary! Being binge-free, being active and feeling healthy are all wonderful victories!
    1723 days ago
  • BETH49
    Thank you.
    1723 days ago
  • ADARKARA
    You ROCK!! HAPPY Sparkversary!
    1723 days ago
  • ROBBIEY
    emoticon and inspirational journey. I wish you much future success.
    1723 days ago
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