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Birthday Present to Me!

Saturday, March 09, 2013

Hello SparkFriends!

Today is my 26th Birthday! I started out with SparkPeople a little less than 4 months ago... and today, I have given myself an AMAZING present. I have a healthier body to live in!

When I started out on my weightloss journey I weighed 193.2 lbs. With my 5 foot 5 inch frame, that put my BMI at 32.2 (in the obese category). I couldn't run at all, I wasn't eating right, didn't know how to stop snacking on entire containers of junk foods. Months later, I now weigh 157.8 lbs, which brings my BMI down to 26.2, which is in the lower end of the overweight category! I am working on conquering week 4 of the Couch to 5k running program, I am now eating many more fruits and vegetables than I did, I now know what a serving size actually is for my regular foods, and I have learned to limit and portion out my snacks and treats. I am feeling AMAZING!

I have lost 35.4 lbs total and 22 of them were here on SparkPeople! Guess what! That's 18.3% of my highest weight! WooHoo! I did the math, and I have shed 61% of the weight that I want to lose! The numbers and math are really encouraging today! (and since I'm a language arts person, voluntarily doing math of any kind is nothing short of incredible!)

I asked Mom to make cupcakes instead of a whole cake, that way the servings are already portioned out! Fudge marble cupcakes with chocolate buttercream icing! Have a look!

And here are my new running shoes that Dad got for me!

Today is a lovely sunny day with a high in the 60s! It's a wonderful birthday present from Mother Nature! We're going to go visit my aunt and cousins who live in Conyers. Lunch will be at the family BBQ restaurant! Yum! Veggie sticks! Chopped Beef on garlic toast! Steak Fries! And Southern Sweet Iced Tea! I can't wait! And then I'll be going for a LONG walk when we get back! emoticon emoticon

#StreakingintoSpring and No Snacking After Dinner Day 9 will happen! I'm determined to enjoy myself but not eat until I enter a food coma!

Creative Writing Prompt for the day:
You receive the ULTIMATE birthday present. What is it?

*I would pick two! The healthier me(got it!) and the mega-millions winning lotto ticket (don't have it yet!)
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    I'm a little late, but I'm 'Wishing You A Happy Birthday!" just the same.

    Prompt: Besides the obvious of weight loss and health, I think it would be having my DD decide to do SP with me. Of course, winning the Publisher's Clearing House $10,000,000 would be nice, too. Hey, I'd even settle for the measly $5,000 a week for life!
    2755 days ago
  • WAYNE1997
    Happy Birthday to you and what a fantastic gift you have given yourself! I have a birthday in May and have weight goals planned, I hope to give myself a similar gift. emoticon
    2755 days ago
  • no profile photo CD13331386
    What a great birthday, made possible by your hard work!! emoticon
    Hmmm, my ultimate birthday present.... a weekend trip with my family somewhere new!
    2756 days ago
    emoticon Happy Birthday! And congratulations on all your successes, Julianne. Keep 'em coming!

    emoticon :) Gail
    2756 days ago
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    2756 days ago
    I'm so jealous that you are going to Conyers. I love that place. Too bad I don't live near by...
    Hope you have a great time and keep pushing to reach your ultimate goal!
    2756 days ago
  • ALICIA214

    emoticon You are doing an outstanding job keep up the good work...

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    2756 days ago
    Sounds like a great day! What a great present to get yourself!
    2756 days ago
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