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My Weight Loss Journey

Saturday, September 21, 2019

I have been overweight for the past 30 out of my 48 years on this earth. I have tried every diet under the sun. I was continually sabotaging myself and could not get past losing 20 pounds before giving up and gaining even more weight than I had lost.

March of this year is when I decided my body had had enough, and I needed to buckle down and lose the weight. My family had heard me say so many times before I am going to lose weight and this time it will work. It was to the point they did not believe I would go through with my promise. However, I discovered something about myself that made a difference. I was looking for a quick fix, not a lifestyle change. I was thinking about my attempts as a diet and not a life long change.

I have been with spark people since 2015 under my current account, and even longer under two previous accounts which I deleted when I was not successful. Through the combination of SparkPeople and Profile by Sanford, I have found the secret to my success. I realized I needed to be held accountable by everyone on SparkPeople and a nutrition coach that I meet with faithfully every week. My coach and I set up the next weeks meal plan and exercise plan. I then track everything that goes into my body as well as all the calories burned on SP.

I have learned to set up my caloric, carb, fat, and protein intake and to set up the proper amount of exercise to maintain a deficit so that my body is always burning fat. We are now working on reading nutrition labels and looking for differences between such things as low-fat labels compared to regular labels, or whole-grain versus whole wheat.

Even though I have about 40 pounds left to go, I am now considered an athlete due to how well my body burns the fuel I am eating. In the past 23 weeks, I have lost 55.9 pounds, and on SparkPeople, I have lost a total of 75 pounds.

I need to thank everyone on SP for all your support throughout this incredible journey. I also need to thank my family and friends for all their support. Most of all, I need to thank God for giving me the wisdom and strength to keep going.
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