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Today is February 11, 2011 is my 3 year spark anniversary!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Hi Everyone!

Actually a little bit late on the post since its a couple minutes after midnight but oh well! I am happy to say that I have been here and continually active with spark for 3 years today! This has been such an amazing journey for me! YES it has had its ups and downs! I am not where I want to be YET but I am NOT GIVING UP til I get where I want to be!

After weighing myself right before my 31st birthday and seeing the number on the scale read 240. I sat down and said wow! Im not getting any younger! The older I get the harder it will be to lose the weight. I need to do something now! Today! So I got on the internet and looked up weight loss. I finally came across this website and that is where my amazing journey began....

I sat up my spark page first and looked at the other spark pages and articles and realized that I was not the only person going through the same thing! As I was setting up my goals and trackers one of the first things that hit me like a ton of bricks was that I was drinking AT LEAST 900 calories a day in Big Red which was 2/3 of my daily calorie intake. I was thinking....you have got to be kidding! Ive got to give up my Big Red AND these articles are telling me to drink 8 glasses of nasty water a day! YUCK! So instead of just giving up the Big Red all together and just drinking that dreadful water. I began cutting back on the Big Reds and drinking a little water here and there! Kind of like when your a kid and dont want to eat your vegtable but your parents make you...lol.

Then this website told me that I needed to exercise because my lifestyle was sedentary! NOT ANOTHER BAD THING! So I started to do little bits of exercises here and there that made me feel like I was dying and made my body hurt so bad that I felt like I was hit by a truck and I hated it! I was thinking cant have any good food because all the good stuff has too many calories, I have to work out which makes me more hungry! AM I GOING TO MAKE IT????

I kept trudging through the days! Doing those things I dreaded...giving up sodas a little at a time...drinking that tasteless water....exercising a little...pushing myself a little farther...looking at labels at the store so I would know what to not take home because if it was there, I was going to eat / drink it!!! Tracking my food enough though at first I went over everyday!

During this I was also looking at other peoples spark pages and looking at their success stories and how people started out just like me! I started to see a glimmer of hope! Then I started making friends and posting on the message boards and joined a couple teams. Then finally that scale started moving down! Which gave me more hope and more strength to continue. The water started tasting better! The sodas werent missed as much! The exercise actually made me feel good! WOW! Never thought that when I started!

Then I started the team Challenge + Motivation = Weight Loss. Which the teams 3 year anniversary is next month! It started out as a small team but we became a group that helped each other through good days and bad. Gave each other support, hope and motivation! I found motivation in helping other people! Things were finally moving forward and I was actually enjoying this weight loss journey! I found that exercise did not have to be boring that you find something you enjoy and make it a workout!

I can not say that it has all be down hill from there because it has not. I still have my good and bad days! But I have so many friends to support and motivate me! My first year I lost 26lbs. Went from 240 to 214 by the next February. Even went down to 207.8lbs. Then winter came and her came most of the weigh back! Went back up to 231lbs! But I still refused to give up! I had came to far to give up! I was determined that it was NOT going to get the best of me! I wanted to get to ONDERLAND and I AM GOING TO! Now Im back down to 208.8 closer to Onderland again!

The point of this long blog is....Its not an easy journey! But stick with it and dont give up! It is worth it! YOU ARE WORTH IT! We just have to take it one day at a time! Dont make our mistakes into moutains. Take them as bumps in the road! When you fall dont sit in the hole, pick yourself up, brush yourself off and continue on! WE WILL GET WHERE WE ARE GOING! Especially if we use all the resources that spark has to offer thanks to Chris (SPARKGUY) and his wonderful team for making this website so amazing! THANK YOU TO ALL MY WONDERFUL FRIENDS for all of your support!

This year is MY YEAR! I am going to make goals! I am going to accomplish getting into and staying in ONDERLAND! I am going to keep being there and supporting my friends and welcoming the new comers! We all had our first day here! So when you see someone new, reach out to them and make this a great experience for them too! TOGETHER THERE IS HOPE!!!

OH! By the way.....TODAY when I drink a Big Red it taste like syrup! I love water! My body actually craves it! AND I find fun ways to exercise and stay motivated! So it wasnt so bad after all!

emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Heres to another year!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!!!!
Marlena
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  • TERESAS_JOURNEY
    That is so awesome. I am really excited for you. WooooHooo!!!!
    3600 days ago
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    Marlena-
    YYYYAAAAAAAYYYYYYY!!!!!
    !!! Happy anniversary! I would never have gotten so involved in a team if you hadn't continued to make me feel welcome. And your team is what often keeps me focused.
    You have accomplished far more than reaching your own goals here...you're helping all of us reach ours! I am so excited for you in the rest of the year. Woohooooo!!!! Can't wait to celebrate with you when you get to Onederland!!!!!!!

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    3634 days ago
  • SAFARIBABE
    emoticon Happy SparkVersary!!! emoticon

    Keep going!! You have such a tremendous spirit and energy! You've accomplished so much in these three years and you WILL achieve all of your goals! You've motivated me to stay strong despite the pitfalls and keep going!!

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    3635 days ago
  • BTRFLY08
    WooHoo!! Happy emoticon

    Great post! Thanks for sharing!!
    3635 days ago
  • CONTENTCHRIS
    Marlena , emoticon on the three years! your doing great losing but even greater helping others. I do not know how long i have been friends with you but do know you are all the time helping inspire others! emoticon for being you! emoticon emoticon
    3635 days ago
  • FLAME42
    Your blog was so inspiring. Thank you for sharing and forming our team. Here is to another year!
    emoticon ...that is clear pure water in the glasses!!!
    3635 days ago
  • JERESS26
    emoticon Thank you for such a team that encourages us to keep going. I don't know how many teams I've been on and I tried to lead some, but there wasn't participation. It got so discouraging, but here I have found a home. Thank you. Jean

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    3635 days ago
  • AUNTB63
    emoticon HAPPY, HAPPY SPARKAVERSARY! Keep up the great attitude.......that is one of the keys to success and I see nothing short of success for you. emoticon WE will do this together emoticon
    3635 days ago
  • MISTYRIVER64
    Happy Anniversary to a wonderful friend and motivator. You are my inspiration! emoticon
    3635 days ago
  • RACHGLAZE
    Happy Anniversary!

    emoticon Woo Hoo!
    3635 days ago
  • BELIEVING-N-ME
    emoticon Keep up the good work. Thanks for the words encouragement. emoticon
    3635 days ago
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