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Taking Stock

Monday, July 15, 2013

I joined Spark People on November 21 of 2012. For the first week, I concentrated on logging all my food – but changed nothing about it. I wanted a clear picture of what I was eating and what would have to change. I have to say I was very pleasantly surprised to find that what I was eating wasn’t really that terrible. Eating restaurant food was all too common though. Not so much fast food – but I DO get a Christmas card every year from the local pizza restaurant! emoticon Lol (Well maybe not this year! emoticon )

Anyway this week marks 8 months with SparkPeople. Although I still have a lot of weight to lose, I have already dropped more than 40 lb. It’s time to take stock on my achievements thus far:
1. I am feeling so much better!
2. I have much more energy
3. I am looking after myself better than ever before
4. I am not only becoming healthier physically, but emotionally and spiritually as well
5. I am becoming much more of a participant than a bystander in my own life!
6. I am moving my body a lot more
7. I am wearing smaller clothes
8. I have lost many inches from my frame
9. I can move much easier
10. I am feeling more confident
11. I appreciate and enjoy food more
12. I have learned a whole lot about nutrition & exercise
13. I view food in a very different way: not good or bad. Nutritionally, healthy or healthier
14. I have learned there are always choices, some better than others
15. I have learned that a bad choice is just that. Follow it with a better one.
16. I have tried new foods
17. I have learned new ways to prepare foods
18. I feel in control of food now, as opposed to vice versa
19. I have met some fantastic people – that I wouldn’t have met otherwise
20. I feel compelled to push myself
21. I am excited about what new things the future might bring
22. I feel more gratitude than ever before
23. I have been able to shake some of my old thinking that only held me back
24. I am learning to give to myself what I’ve only ever been able to give to others: love, support & appreciation
25. I can climb out of the bath tub much easier
26. I have learned that life & success don’t follow a straight line

Best of all – I have learned I am worth this and more. The plan, the support and all the tools are here – I just have to carry on as I am. Push myself on days that I don’t feel like it and most importantly, reach out to others to offer & receive love, support and encouragement.

This is what Spark People is all about! My fuse is lit and there’s no stopping me now!
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  • no profile photo CD13629552
    This is a great list of achievements in only 8 months!
    2924 days ago
  • no profile photo CD13425678
    Oh hooray, reading this made me feel so happy! I agree with you about every point and am so glad to have stumbled across Sparkpeople. You are doing great and you are right - nothing can stop you now!
    2933 days ago
  • no profile photo CD13994672
    A very good list! I am so impressed and proud of you!
    Making this list helps others to be encouraged on what to look forward to. I know it has helped me.

    I'm still giggling over... a card from the pizza restaurant? That is too funny!!!
    I'm even checking the I liked this box!!

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    2938 days ago
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    Outstanding! I love this and I am so happy for you Katy. You're doing great.

    Thanks for sharing and thanks for walking this road with me.

    YOU ARE emoticon
    2938 days ago
    Katy ,

    This is pure Awesome ! Look at all you have gotten back .. honey you put all that out to others and you got it and more right back.. LOVE YOU !! Love all that you have accomplished so proud of you friend..

    hugs and love ,
    2938 days ago
  • no profile photo CD13838073
    SO DANG AWESOME, Katy!!! So happy for you! You are such an invaluable part of this process for me and I wouldn't want to do it without you! I couldn't be happier for your progress! I love you so!!

    2938 days ago
    This is fantastic.I love this post. Looks like we have two professional writers here! Way to go! emoticon My very best wishes and congratulations for you Katy. Keith
    2938 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/16/2013 3:27:29 AM
  • no profile photo CD8522718
    That is so awesome, you lost 40 pounds! WOO hoo!
    You are so awesome, and inspiring!
    2939 days ago
  • no profile photo CD13985079
    Excellent! Thrilling! Exciting! Did I mention excellent? It is awesome to see you listing all your progress. It's nice to look at this list and think that, after all the soul-searching and effort, there is a payoff. And it is ongoing. I'm wonderfully proud of you! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2939 days ago

    You have come such a long way, in such a short time. Congratulations! I am glad you are on Spark because you are such a support and an inspiration. You go girl! emoticon
    2939 days ago
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