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The long road back to Spark......

Thursday, September 01, 2011

It is so good to be back on Spark and back on the path to a healthier, fitter, leaner me. It has been a rough year for my family. Almost lost my father-in-love in April. This is the only man that has ever been a father to me. Spent many months helping to nurse him back to health and now that he has made a full (and miraculous recovery), I knew it was time to refocus on myself. I lost my way, so I had to find the road back.......

I had been a previous member of Spark for several years under the name Sweetpea0214. I thought I was doing everything right - exercising faithfully, eating right, tracking, sparking daily and was even a Spark People Motivator and Team Leader. But then one day last August, I just woke up and felt so overwhelmed by it all. I was trying to be everything to everyone both on Spark and in my personal and professional life that I didn’t have anything left for just me. I lost interest in sparking, in my friends, in myself. Oh, I sparked on for a few more months, sporadically, making excuses, just hanging out in the fringes of spark. And then I just quit coming back at all. I quit participating in my team challenges; minor injuries that I used to work through (a broken toe, back pain, shoulder tear), I let become an excuse for not working out for a few days, that eventually become a few weeks, then a few months went by and before I knew it, all the hard work and muscle that I had gained, became fat again. And that one piece of candy that I let myself eat, eventually become a whole bag (and I’m talking full-sized bag) and before I knew it, the 20 lbs I had lost, became only 10. And when I stepped on the scale and saw that the number had crept up dangerously close to 150 again, the spark bulb went back off in my head.

I realized that I can not complete this journey on my own. It is a fact that those that have support lose weight and keep it off more than those that try to lose it on their own. I know that if I have others to help motivate me and inspire me from their own stories, that if I get a swift kick in the butt when I slack and an “atta-girl” when I achieve a goal, that I will be more motivated to stay the course. So armed with that realization and knowledge, I rejoined Spark on August 2nd full of renewed energy, determination and willpower. And I shed my old self (sweetpea0214) and created the new me (GeorgiaDeb). I wanted a fresh start, a clean slate, taking a different route this time.

My first goal was small - lose 3 lbs in August. Track my food, eat 1300-1500 calories a day and complete Phase 1 of Chalean Extreme. Most of these goals were accomplished with the exception of the weight that I lost. It wasn’t 3 lbs., but it was 2.5 lbs. For me that was the single most weight I have lost in one month in a long time. I am MOST pleased.

One other goal I put in place was to give up my beloved candy. I love candy. I love the sweet of it, the chewy of it; I love it for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. But I realized that the sugar was holding back my weight loss. I eat clean - mostly fruits, salads, lean meat, veggies. Wasn’t really losing any weight though. So I took the leap and told myself that if I was really going to do this - I had to give up this one last addiction that was holding me back. I am pleased to announce that I have been CANDY-FREE for 30 days now. At first I could have eaten my weight in it. The first three days were the hardest; but slowly, and with the help of my Shakeology Protein Shake, the cravings have subsided for candy and I can now walk into a convenience store - look at it and keep on walking. I haven’t given up all sugar mind you - I still like a teaspoon or two in my coffee, but I have given up the hard stuff (candy). Never have been one to eat cakes, cookies or pies and I am lactose intolerant so I don‘t eat ice cream, so those empty calories really don’t tempt me - but the candy does. So I’ll take it a day at a time and rejoice for the time I’ve been “clean”.

I have met new Spark Friends, I have rekindled friendships with old friends and I have joined a few new challenges to keep me on track. My goal is to be at my goal of 122 by my 50th birthday on February 14th, (5 ½ months away).

I am so glad that I am going to finish this journey where I started it - on SparkPeople!!!
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    Keep up the good work, your plan is working!
    Your swimsuit picture is a testament to that!
    3325 days ago
    30 days candy free?!?! You are a total inspiration to me. Can't give up Mt Dew to save my soul.

    So glad to have you back, Deb.

    Wonder Twins... UNITE! emoticon
    3331 days ago
    emoticon I am so glad that you made your way back to SP and that we ended up on a team together again! I feel that I'm going to get to know you MUCH better this time around!
    I love that you set small, attainable goals for yourself. You didn't come back with these super high goals that would take FOREVER to meet. You set yourself up for success and you are doing it girl! Awesome!!

    3331 days ago
    Welcome back to SP and congratulations on your 2.5 loss in August and quitting the candy. That takes strength! I'm excited to be on the same BLC17 team with you and getting to know you better.
    3333 days ago
    GREAT JOB on being Candy free for 30+ days! I think you are on JUST the team to help keep that spark ON FIRE and for the extra kick in the pants for days when it flickers :-) Glad you came back, and can't wait to get to know you better :-)
    3333 days ago
    We all take detours at time for many reason,but you came back for yourself to feel better and that is great One day at a time my friend emoticon
    3336 days ago
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