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One Year Spark-Anniversary

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Wow! Unbelievable! One year ago today, for some reason (don't know why!), I decided I had had enough of being fat. I stepped on the scale and it read 206 pounds - yuck! Too much for at 5'9" tall...

I remembered SparkPeople...something I had signed into back in January, but hadn't used...I decided that August 6th was going to be THE day - and it was!!!

I began to use Spark, and didn't look back! I tracked every morsel of food, stayed within my calorie limits every day, worked out 4 days a week, then 5, then 6 then 7 (using Leslie Sansone's Walk Away the Pounds with hand weights - 2 pounds, then 3, then sometimes 5...Yoga....Prevention Magazine workouts....and a few others)

I immersed myself in Spark for 7 months...joined teams, led one...spent hours with my Spark friends daily instead of eating - and it worked!

I didn't feel the need to go over my calorie limit, maybe because I knew I'd have to report in...and maybe because the scale started to move...sometimes slowly, sometimes backwards, sometimes not at all, but overall it kept moving, and so did the tape measure!

My first thought was that I would try to get to 160 pounds...it became clear that I would surpass that! Then I said 150 pounds - I reached that goal on March 5th - 7 months after starting on Spark!

I have since lost another 6 pounds, and generally weigh 144 pounds - what I weigh today! I keep thinking I should lose a few more, although my husband says absolutely not!

When I started I measured my neck, waist and hips - that's what Spark "asked" for...
neck 14" now 12"
waist: 36" now 26.5"
hips: 48.5" now 37"

Total pounds lost = 62

Today I can fit into my wedding dress - I was married in 1981 and was very slender (I'll have to try to scan a wedding photo and post it!)

I no longer have to weigh and measure all my foods, although I sometimes do, just to be careful and to check myself....I went on vacation for a week, ate out 3 times a day, and came home having gained less than 1/2 pound, which was gone the next day (probably extra water from extra salt in restaurant meals!)...

I feel I have truly made a lifestyle change! Shopping for clothes (even bathing suits) is now fun, and I even love to pose for pictures! I used to wear XL or size 18's...now I wear 4's or 6's or 8's depending upon item, brand, etc...

Most importantly, I feel fantastic!

Another amazing change...I used to be terribly out of shape! Yesterday, I spent the day in the hospital for some outpatient surgery...my resting heart rate was 48! I kept setting off the alarm on the monitor because they expect the lowest to be 50! The nurse asked if I work out - she was amazed at how great my heart rate was! How cool!

To everyone I have met along the way, THANK YOU!

I have been fortunate to have met 3 Spark friends in person already...this weekend I will meet a 4th! YAY!

To everyone still Sparking - You CAN do it! You ARE worth it! One choice at a time! One meal at a time! One workout at a time! Being slimmer feels great!

{{{sweaty hugs}}} Judi

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  • no profile photo CATT113
    You look even slimmer in person than you do in all of your photos! Thanks for being an inspiration and a gracious hostess. It was so tempting to pick up junk last night after all the stress of the ride (and messy discoveries at home), but, aside from not wanting to get back in the car, I knew I could never disappoint you in that way. Now that we've spent the weekend together talking about our weight loss journeys, I feel even more accountability than before...thanks for that:)
    4732 days ago
    You know I worship you, Judi. _oO__ {-- me, kowtowing to you
    4735 days ago
    When I think of some of the best Motivators at Spark People, You always are at the top of the list, Judi.
    I am so proud to have known you during your first year on Spark and all the wisdom and encouragement you have offered to me personally, I look forward to continuing the journey knowing that my "Sister In Sweat", Judi, is still a vital part of the W/LS Team! Continued blessings to you in maintenance. You look FANTASTIC! ~~Hugs, Shelly
    4735 days ago
    Congratulations on your journey. Not only did you lose weight but you became a much healthier person in the process. Happy to say that you are one of my Spark Friends.

    4736 days ago
    Judi, you look fantastic! I wanted to say thank you to you too. You were one of the first folks that I "chatted" with when I joined SP back in January and found the WATP groups. Without all of your encouragement and that of the other team members, I would never have tried the longer WATP walks. I've had so much fun along the way and I look forward to the day when I can share my one year anniversary with Spark People with you too!

    Thanks for being YOU!

    4736 days ago
  • no profile photo 154BYAUG
    Thank you for this great blog. You are proof one CAN maintain weight loss & I have you as a SP role model. That heart rate is amazing!

    I've have my husband walking now with me 5 mornings a week & he has lost some weight too. These behaviors have great 'ripple effects', don't they?!

    Keep up the healthy lifestyle... you are an inspiration! emoticon emoticon
    4736 days ago
    You are too much! I love your reminscing about old times, you look amazing and feel amazing and I am SO happy for you!
    4736 days ago
    Congratulations Judi! You are a great inspiration to all the sparkers that we can do it too!! Thanks for the blog. emoticon
    4736 days ago
    Judi - This is brilliant - and what an inspiration for the rest of us! You have mastered the hard part - keeping the weight off when you have reached target! It is a pleasure and a privilege to have 'met' you - maybe, who knows, we might 'actually' meet one day! I would like to think so! emoticon Well done!
    4737 days ago
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