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FIVE Years, Still Here, Going Strong.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Thank you Spark
Thank you Spark Friends.
Thanks to all Spark members who I have interacted with during my five year journey here on Spark.

I was already working on my weight loss on May. 17. 2010. Sitting in my office staring at a list of support groups my dietitian had given me to contact. Spark was not one of them.
I happened to glance at a stack of magazines I was giving away. Top one was Good Housekeeping. I didn't think I had looked at it.
When I opened it up I saw an article of two women who had lost weight using Spark People.com.
After reading the article, I signed up on Spark.
One of my all time best decisions I ever made.
I had started weight loss at 335.
My weight was 285, when I joined Spark. No picture at that weight.
I had a long way to get my goal of 145 lbs.

In the beginning I spent lots of time on Spark.
Read articles, joined groups. Read message boards.
I immersed myself into the concept that one had to change mindset in order to lose and keep the weight off.
There's no losing the weight and then return to previous eating habits.

Been there done that too many times.
But in the past 20 lbs or so was all I ever had to lose.
This time I had to lose 140 lb.
I worked hard, reached goal August 2011.

I was , still am very opinionated .
But during the last five years I have mellow out some.
I have changed some of my previous ideas, thoughts.
It has been a trial and error process.

I no longer need to weigh in daily.

I no longer need or willing to exercise 3.4 hours a day.

I don't need to be the perfect size.

I allow myself to eat in moderation certain foods that once were strictly off limits.

I might have made changes in how I eat and workout ,but one change I haven't made is to leave Spark.

Spark. my Spark connection with my friends have seen me through some tough times. But better yet is the good times, the friendship, the support, I appreciate them so much.

They say it takes a village to raise a child.
Well it takes Spark to help with the strength, determination and knowledge one needs to achieve success in weight loss and the maintenance needed through the following years.
At least it does for me.
I have been consistent ,in logging in, tracking food and exercise.

I have been asked," Why after you lost weight do you still log in to Spark.?"
It's simple. Spark helps me stay in line. It's my "12 Step" program. I had become a food addict, and once a addict, a relapse is ever present.

It's reassuring to log on to Spark.

I never will forget the ordeal of being morbidly obese.
The struggle of regaining my life.
Twenty minutes a day I give to Spark is a small price to pay for the reassurance it gives me.

Everyone has to make their own decisions.
I choose to stay here on Spark.
It fulfills my need.

I'm 73, happy in my own body.
Looking to be here for a long time.

Funny story happened a few days ago.
Was at a store on their senior discount day.
I asked the cashier for my discount.
She asked for my ID.
I said, "Are you kidding?"
She explained that store policy was 60 and up, not the usual 55 that most senior discounts start at.
I laughed and told her," You can see my ID anytime you want, at 73, I'm happy to show it."
Needless to say it made my day.

Next year, May 17. 2016, I will blog again celebrating 6 years on Spark.

But for now it's been 5 Spark years, going strong . Not looking back, only forward.
Peace , Love
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    Congratulations on your 5th Spark Anniversary Tisha!Your' no~ nonsense' approach to diet and fitness is refreshing and you are 'The Real Deal' in every way! emoticon
    It's always fun to read your blogs about shopping trips,gardening, check out all your lovely jewelry and your sweet and loyal pal Titan is high on my list too! emoticon
    Wishing you health. peace and joy! emoticon

    2144 days ago
  • QTEALADY20031
    Tisha, emoticon blog as always. I have been away from Spark other then my one challenge and I am finally getting back to Spark by reading the blogs and checking in and being accountable. I had lost my Fitbit One which I wore every day like I brush my teeth and I lost it in NJ when I was just there to see Emma's lawyer.
    Well, to make a long story short, they replaced it and did not charge me and I received it in the mail today. So stepping again. I also have the Spark tracker that I purchased when I thought I lost the Fitbit a year ago and then I found it. I like the Fitbit as I don't have to go on line to see how far I am so that is why I like the Fitbit.
    Isn't it great when someone asks you for your ID and you are way past the ID years.lol I had that happen one day in Macy's on Senior Day and she said to me I need to see your license and I believe I was close to 70! lol Tisha, I am always reading and re-reading your blogs. I am losing but slowly and the surgery on the ankle has not really helped. A lot of it is arthritis in both ankles and the left is worse but I do the best I can with it. Looking forward to catching up with you. emoticon
    2147 days ago
  • no profile photo CD13354694
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    2151 days ago
    Congratulations on your 5 year anniversary! emoticon
    You are an inspiration.
    2154 days ago
    Happy emoticon . emoticon

    You are success story for real. Keep up the hard work.

    Take good care. Blessings.
    2155 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
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    2155 days ago
    You are so inspiring! Happy 5 year Spark Anniversary!!
    2155 days ago
    Tisha, you are such an inspiration. I thank you for always encouraging and always sharing. It's exactly what we (I) need!

    2155 days ago
  • RDEE22
    Congratulations on your 5th Sparkversary. You are emoticon I treasure your Spark Friendship emoticon
    2155 days ago
    Very encouraging and it motivates me! Thank you! I, too, have a long road ahead of me...I've lost my first 20 lbs...and have about 130 to go...Spark is becoming the lifeline..Im committed to it to get my life back and keep it!

    It's great to hear from someone who has 'paved' the way!! ..and a fellow thriftier to boot! I love, love love the picture!! Happy Sparking! emoticon
    2155 days ago
    Awesome blog, Tisha!
    I can't imagine not keeping Spark in my life...it keeps me connected to my
    Lifestyle and keeps the mindset I want to continue!
    Thank you for staying...it helps those of us not at goal, or the newbies see what can
    be accomplished!
    Love & Hugs,
    2155 days ago
    I feel the same way. Spark is a way of life now. I don't plan to 'give it up'!

    2155 days ago
    You look great and you blog dang near made me cry. Very emotional and I can so relate to what you are talking about.
    2155 days ago
    You are an inspiration to us all! emoticon
    2155 days ago
    Awesome! emoticon
    2156 days ago
    You're the greatest, Tisha!! Well done! Hugs, Jeannie emoticon
    2156 days ago
  • SPEEDY143
    So honored to have known you all these precious years... YOU are SparkPeople to me emoticon and I love you emoticon emoticon
    2156 days ago
    I love that picture of you!! You have done amazing. You started on my birthday!! Happy sparkversary!
    2156 days ago
    I am always inspired by you and your blogs. Whenever I am down and feel like I just can't do this anymore, I go back and read some of your blogs. I still have about 45 pounds to lose and it just gets harder and harder and the loss slows down more and more, but like you, I believe in my heart that it is worth it. I am worth it.

    I hope to never forget either what it is like to be morbidly obese. My top weight was 238 but I am only 4'11 inches tall so I was wider than I was tall.

    Keep blogging--your fans out here depend on you and your positive nature! emoticon
    2156 days ago
  • no profile photo CD15500509
    This is very motivating to me. Thank you for sharing.
    2156 days ago
    You look absolutely awesome. Congrats.
    2156 days ago
  • no profile photo DIASTER
    Always love your blogs. When things get tough I tend to go back and read your story. It gives me hope that us older people can still make a difference. You have shared so many helpful tips over the years. Plus love hearing about your shopping trips and your dear dog.and of course your jewelry line.
    Best wishes for the next healthy 5 years.
    2156 days ago
    Awesome and "liked" blog!! Literally :). Yay!! And happy anniversary!!!
    2156 days ago
  • no profile photo CD12068097
    You are one of my heroes. . I am so glad you are still here and blog once in a while. HUGS.
    2156 days ago
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