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Thursday, December 05, 2013

November 21/2013 marked my first year anniversary with Spark. This news comes in late for a few reasons that I may or may not get to yet. You see I was also going to write a blog about procrastination, but then thought –“Well maybe another time!” emoticon

When I look back, I am amazed that I decided to try Spark People a month before the Christmas season. Not only was it the Christmas season, but we had planned to spend Christmas in Las Vegas with friends. We went and had a great time. I was 3 lb heavier when I returned but knocked that off the following week. Little did I know that Spark had already begun to weave its magic into me right away.

At that time, I was reluctant to open a Spark Page and was convinced that if I just did my homework and followed the plan, I could do this on my own. But soon I realized that if I was going to visit other peoples' Spark Pages - that maybe I should also have one of my own. I was not prepared for the incredible support and inspiration that flowed from this! Also I began to realize the give & take concept had an incredible pay off! The more I reached out with love & support for others, the more & more inspired I became! Honestly, at times it was overwhelming!

You see, my initial plan when I joined Spark was to get healthier and lose some weight. I’m pleased to report that I achieved both. emoticon

What I wasn't even remotely aware of though -- was all the changes that would occur:

To date:

I now see food in terms of nutritional value as opposed to “What can I eat?”

I have learned a lot about the importance of patience and persistence.

Despite many other attempts in my life to lose weight, I have finally discovered that it’s really an inside job – much more mental than a physical challenge.

I now exercise every day.

I have taken up yoga.

I eat new & healthier foods. (Quinoa with Greek yogurt & nuts for breakfast!)

I have met so many wonderful people who support me sight unseen.

I have learned a tremendous amount from my Spark friends – about food and life in general.
I have learned so much about nutrition.

I have learned a lot about my health.

I will never diet again.

I view my body in much kinder, healthier terms.

I have been inspired to try many new things.

I even signed up for college courses.

I replaced some bad habits with healthy habits.

Despite chronic illness, I feel so much better!

My overall health has improved physically, emotionally and spiritually.

I have dropped my BMI by more than 10 points!

I have released several inches off my body.

I am 65 lb lighter than I was last year.

I have surprised myself with my success!

I feel more gratitude than I have ever felt in my life.

Thank you Spark People! Thank you Spark Friends! Together life is better!
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Member Comments About This Blog Post
    GREAT blog! I thought it said 2014, not 2013! But I bet it still has GREAT comments for you, right, kitty?
    2403 days ago
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    Wow. Great blog entry. Thank you for writing this, it's very powerful.
    2786 days ago
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    BEAUTIFUL blog from a BEAUTIFUL LADY!!! :-)
    Wow...a whole year!!! So happy for you Sweetheart! WHAT PROGRESS!!!!
    And I love the expression of this being an inside job. It is INDEED that!!!
    I am so grateful the Universe brought you my way...and so grateful that it brought both of us to the SPARKiverse!!!

    I love you KatyMay!!! :-)
    stephi :-)
    2792 days ago
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    wow, Katy, this is SO INCREDIBLE! Changes from the inside, out.
    I am so happy for you!

    Love, Ginger
    2793 days ago
    65 pounds! Way to go. That is really something to be proud of. Looking back on the year and seeing your progress and how you've grown is so rewarding. Congratulations on dedication and loving yourself enough to enhance your health and well being. Well done, lady!
    2795 days ago
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    emoticon Katy. I'm so glad you joined "Sparks" you truly are a wonderful & inspiring friend. Not only are you achieving your goals you are helping other too. Looking how far you've come in a year gives me the encouragement to believe I can do it too, although it's taking me a bit longer I will get there.
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    2795 days ago
    Wonderfull!, Wonderfull!, Wonderfull!. You are such an amazing person. I could not be more happier for you. What an incredible fantastic post. Music to my eyes. POW!, POW!, POW!. emoticon emoticon Keith
    2795 days ago
    Woo Hoo Katy your success is AWESOME just like you !!! I am so glad I have been with you on this journey !! Here is too the next year and more Awesomeness !!

    hugs and love,
    2795 days ago
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    You have done so well, my friend!
    2796 days ago
    Good for you! It sounds like you've had a great year!
    2796 days ago
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    Hurray for you!
    2796 days ago
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    You go Girl! Blow your horn, raise your banner, you deserve it! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2796 days ago
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    Wonderful blog! And you are such an inspiration.

    Keep up the good lifestyle!!!!!!
    2796 days ago
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    Great blog and fantastic accomplishments! Look how much you've done in one year!
    Congratulations and keep up the phenomenal work!

    2796 days ago
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    emoticon There are so many positive points in your blog! Your belated blog was worth the wait!

    emoticon Amazing achievements and success! You rock!
    2796 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/5/2013 12:56:09 PM
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    Thanks for posting as I was getting worried about you. Look at your list, I hope you put all those in your WooHoo jar. You deserve every happiness in life and conquering food demons etc. will help you along your way tremendously.

    Thank you for always supporting me in my Ironman adventures, it means a lot to have someone in my corner when the chips are down.



    a.k.a. Iron Maiden
    2796 days ago
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