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Day 369 - Success is no accident

Friday, December 04, 2015

Thanks, Pele!

Success IS no accident! I've discovered over the past year that it takes hard work, and a LOT of perseverance, to achieve your goals. This site makes it possible by giving you the resources and the tools to make changes in your life, but you have to walk the walk, and talk the talk, if you really want to make those dreams your reality.

I've learned so much by doing this program. The biggest things I've learned: portion control (that includes weighing and measuring all the time) and daily exercise that is as high in intensity as I can handle, while also being willing to push myself.

My changes have been dramatic and amazing. I'm now down 47 pounds from the start of this program. I started at 209.9, and this morning I was 162.9. I honestly cannot remember when I weighed this little. Back in 2004, I lost 40 pounds and was 164 at my lowest, so to be a pound below that, especially in my late 50s, is totally remarkable.

If I can inspire anyone who is new to Spark, it is this message: you have to work at it, but the WORK is WORTH it! As Pele says, you can LEARN to LOVE what you're doing. As long as you know that the results are worth the energy.

You CAN do this. I BELIEVE in you.

Keep Sparking, friends!
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  • 911BRAD
    You must feel like a new man.. Great job my friend!
    1909 days ago
  • no profile photo CD15118206
    Needed that message this morning! Thank you!

    1911 days ago
    And, I believe in you.

    Congratulations on that awesome weight success. It feels awfully good to be in clothes, and in weight that has not been there EVER.

    I put on a leather jacket of my Daughter's yesterday that she wore in High School. We were getting rid of more stuff, and I thought, hey, that's kind of cute, and maybe if it fits I might keep it. It zipped right up and she said, Mom, I have not been able to wear that since i was 16. YES.

    Pathetic that it was still hanging in the closet. It is a nice butter black leather jacket...I don't have the heart to throw things like that away, luckily!!

    Have fun at your parades. I LOVE your neighborhood. No parades here but the HUGE Holidazzle parade, which is such a huge crowd, I don't ever bother to go, plus it goes for like three weeks.

    Spark on, my friend.

    1911 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    I am working it right now,, lost another pound this week.. no rush, it will stay off if I eat healthy and stay eating healthy.
    1912 days ago
  • no profile photo JEANNETTE59
    emoticon and emoticon and then you quote Pele emoticon you truly are emoticon

    Have a great weekend!
    1912 days ago
  • CRACKERS4554
    You really have to be willing to do the work to get the results you want! Thank goodness for SP and people like you who care enough to share! Thank you!
    1912 days ago
    Great blog! You always lift my spirits.
    1912 days ago
    Hey, Congratulations! How awesome that this is not only your lowest adult weight but you are maintaining it! And after being put through holidays, and various situations that involve eating! That's the real test! Wow!
    I hope you have a great Friday and a great weekend to follow!
    1912 days ago
    I agree. Luck comes to those who are prepared. I call it "pluck."
    1912 days ago
    Congratulations on your lowest adult weight!! Thanks, Steve for the timely reminder not to get complacent about things! Just off to deliver envelopes to all our departments, rushing up and down the stairs to get my heartrate up! Have a happy Weekend!
    1912 days ago
  • FITNIK2020
    You really have a lot to share.i am grateful that you chose to share it here. Keep sharing. We need you and your hard earned wisdom.
    1912 days ago
    so very true.

    we have to find reasons, and quit looking for excuses!
    1912 days ago
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    1912 days ago
    Yes Steve, I don't recall anyone telling me that this journey is easy. It is a challenging one and as you wrote on your blog, so worth it!!! I hoe everything works out on your job situation! Hugs!
    1912 days ago
  • GRACED777
    So true! I am in maintenance but still deciding how bezt to use my energy. It takes constant vigilance, but it is very worth it! Have a great weekend. By the way, I learned to name my journey from you...
    1912 days ago

    God bless,

    1912 days ago
    Your weight loss is inspiring! Keep up the good work!
    1912 days ago
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