Throughout the years of being a member and employee of SparkPeople, I have seen many success stories on the site. While a lot of those success stories started out being weight-loss related, they turned into so much more. As many of those members lost weight, they also gained much more than that: confidence. Confidence is not always something that comes easy for many, including myself.
When I embarked on my weight-loss journey back in 2004, I never imagined that I would get so much more out of reaching my goals. For me, I gained confidence in myself and the ability to do whatever I set my mind on. After reaching some of my goals with SparkPeople, I started doing Tae Kwon Do and stuck with that for several years (until I moved to a new state where there isn't a place to train nearby). That was a huge step for me as I could never imagine all the things that I actually did when I was training in martial arts.
Beyond the physical part though, I also moved on to learning more about myself and all that I am capable of. I have added on other personal goals and new hobbies (learning to play guitar and photography), which has also helped me gain even more confidence in myself. Beyond that, I have even taken trips to new locations and gone for a few hikes on my own just so I can get new ideas and perspective for my photos. I have also become more outgoing. Prior to SparkPeople, I considered myself to be more shy than outgoing, however, now I consider myself more outgoing than shy. Those are all things that the "old me" before SparkPeople would have never done or dreamed of doing.
I believe this all leads back to the fact to the goals that you set and that even if you start with small goals and work towards them, you feel great when you have accomplished them. Each little step you take in reaching your goals will help give you more confidence in everything you do. For some, it may take a little longer to realize this, but trust the process, it does happen.
Like I mentioned before, I have seen a lot of weight-loss success stories on SparkPeople, but also about the other successes of our members, such as having a book published, getting further in a singing career, opening up to others for friendship, etc. The possibilities really are endless when it comes to reaching your goals (small or big). Open yourself up to those possibilities, continue working toward your goals and continue to trust the process. In the end, I'm sure you will find that you have more confidence overall, which will allow you to blossom into a wonderful success story of your own!
What has your weight-loss journey with SparkPeople allowed you to do? Do you feel more confident the closer you get to reaching (or having reached) your goals? Have you started any new hobbies, projects, or jobs as you reach (or have reached) your goals that you never thought the "old you" would do?
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