My Journey So Far

Friday, August 01, 2008

Today is my anniversary; my anniversary with Sparkpeople, that is. Simply put, I have been eating sensibly (well most of the time) and exercising according to plan. Along the way I shed 35.5 pounds. Woo hoo!! Where’d they go!!!! It took me a while .. but that’s fine by me. I got a healthier heart and a whole new outlook on life in the fitness lane. So, as I pat myself on the back saying “well done!!!” I realize I have come a long way. And I’m not going back.

Funny thing about this journey though. It appears I must have met some of you before .. because we seem to be coming from the same place; a place none of us will be going back to. I feel sorry for anyone stuck back there … it’s not a nice place. It was full of fatigue, discomfort, low self-esteem, displeasure, you name it .. it’s there.

So, if you are stuck back there. Now is the time to get out. It’s relatively easy. Who knew! Just put one foot forward .. and the other will follow and just walk. That’s all you need to do. Walk at least 30 minutes a day, in segments if you must. You don’t need to walk fast .. just at your own pace until you get fitter. And the fitter you get .. the more you’ll want to do. Oh! And while you are learning to walk .. start to make healthier food choices. Instead of candy .. eat fruit. Instead of cake .. eat fruit. Instead of soda … drink water. Instead of a bags of chips .. an ounce of nuts. Follow the Sparkpeople healthy eating program .. you’ll surely learn a thing or two.

All these small changes will make a big difference. Trust me. It may be slow in the beginning .. but once you get the hang of it .. it becomes more of a lifestyle.

Oh, yes, I forgot to mention, unfortunately, you may hit a few stumbling blocks along the way. That’s all a part of life. But, continue on this journey towards better health and a fitter body .. and along the way the unwanted pounds will be lost. Lost where!! No one really knows .. but who cares.

So continue to Spark .. and wonderful things will continue to happen. I still have miles to go .. but I am doing them .. one day at a time.

By the way, if you are not a member of a team .. you should be. There are many. That’s where you will find support, comfort, motivation, inspiration, and friendship. It’s really a never ending journey .. but it’s the journey toward longevity .. and we are all going to get there .. eventually..

Thanks for listening

This is Anne
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  • -LORI-B
    Thanks for your blog, they touch my heart I hope when my anniversary comes along that I will have awesome successes to share also. Congrats for all you have accomplished. Lori
    4388 days ago
    Hi QUEENANNE i was touched by this BLOG. It is so true regarding the stumbling blocks. Even though i want to get frustrated i have to keep going because i remember that pound i lost. I love what you say about it not comming off fast enough. Who care's is right. You just uplifted my spirits. Just keep doing what you are doing remember Elisha i will reach my goal. Thank you QUEENANNE for this blog and your positivness you have always had on the dissusion page. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!! YOU ARE DOING A GREAT JOB THAT SOMETIMES YOU HAVE NO WORDS TO EXPLAIN!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Keep your positiveness it has spread.
    4659 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/3/2008 1:49:43 PM
    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY MOM! WAY TO GO! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    4659 days ago
  • NDAWS001
    Hi mom!!! Congrats on your 1 year anniversary and especially congrats on the 35.5 pounds, I am so proud of you. I know once you told me that I motivate you to exercise, but I just want to let you know that you are a great motivator as well. Keep up the good work.

    P.S. Our 5k is 1 week from today!!!!!

    4660 days ago
    Hi Sis,
    Congrats on your 1-year anniversary with Sparkpeople. As usual, your words say it all. Very positive and upbeat. Keep up the good work. Keep inspiring us. The Lord knows I need inspiring. I jumped off that unmotivated rollercoaster ride a few days ago and I feel like I am on a direct path to success. Keep up the good work. Love you, Sis.
    Tricia emoticon
    4660 days ago
    I am sitting here with egg on my face. I'm sure by now you've read my Spark Mail I sent you. I saw the post about it being youranniversary so I immediately sent you a message.... happy anniversary, I'm a day late, thinking it was your wedding anniversary. Then I went back to your post and discovered the link to this site.

    I am so happy I took the time to come here, what an inspiring message you have left for all of us. It's back to those baby steps once again, making those small changes, that through the year will add up to .... 35.5 pounds gone. emoticon

    So once again I will say happy anniversary and this time I totally understand it. emoticon

    Love ya, and thanks for all the wonderful and meaningful posts your provide every day. emoticon

    ttfn Love Barbara emoticon
    4660 days ago
    Wow Anne, we read, we laughed, then we thought.......this is so absolutely true and really not that difficult. Thanks for giving us a renewed vigor to keep going.
    4660 days ago
    Hi, this is Anne! LOL
    Inspiring blog, journey to longevity-- I love this.
    You have sparked me many times in the short time
    I have known you and for this I thank-you.
    There will be no going back for you, I know you have
    found the way!!!

    Leave it up to Jo, to send you cyber emoticon
    I will send you emoticon for one whole day!!! hahahaha

    Best to you on your 1st. year with Sparks!

    Luv Mary
    4660 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/2/2008 12:24:59 AM
    You are so wonderful- how inspiring!!- Thank you for sharing... You are a great writer and motivational speaker!!- Did you know this..lol
    Happy Anniversary and let's get this journey moving - this is the year!!!
    Just one piece of cake to celebrate - even if it is just cyber cake--lol emoticon
    Your friend Jo emoticon
    4660 days ago
    emoticon HAPPY emoticon ANNIVERSARY! And look at all the emoticon you've shed..and for GOOD! I'm glad that we've met, even if we are far apart..on this journey of no return! Thanks for sharing with us! emoticon
    4660 days ago
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