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Thursday, January 02, 2020

If you're new to SparkPeople, Welcome!

You've found a hidden gem on the Internet. Okay, with millions of users it's not "hidden." But it's not some of the other big name programs (Hello MLM and Paid Programs) you've heard of.

And I'm not speaking ill of those programs at all. I'm currently a member of WW and have had some success in the past months.

But if there's one thing that you should get from this blog, it's that even after 8 years of being a member, and many times away or not updating, I ALWAYS COME BACK.

Why you ask?

Because. SparkPeople. Works.

Say it again LOUDER for the people in the back.

I joined in December 2011. I was 275 pounds and unhappy. In my first year with SparkPeople, I lost 91 pounds.

Did I stop eating bread? No.

Did I stop eating sugar? No.

Did I give up ice cream, pizza, or fast food? No.

I started moving more and eating less. I tracked what I was eating to learn more about my calorie intake and I started walking. Then I started jogging. And then I ran a half marathon. Then I ran another and did a sprint triathlon.

I maintained my weight loss for close to 3 years, got married, and then got pregnant with my amazing son Henry.

At my highest weight in pregnancy, I was 280. At Henry's first birthday, I was down to 230.

And then I lost my way again. I don't really have a reason for it, but by the end of August 2019, I was up to 290.

Now, January 2nd, I weighed in this morning at 259. Down 31 pounds in 4 months.

And no I haven't been logging in daily or tracking my food in SP.

The first time around I lost my first 30 pounds in 50 days. That's almost 2 months faster.

Now, I'm in a different place in my life than I was then. Back then, I was a graduate student in college and had plenty of time to workout and meal prep. I worked 10-20 hours a week and took 3-4 classes a semester but other than that, I was focused on making myself better.

Now, I'm focused on potty training, preschool and puzzles. No, being a mom doesn't give me an excuse to not care about myself. I just need to be realistic and know that losing weight this time is going to take me longer than it did at 22.

And I need to do it for myself and for my family. I don't really want to talk about it a whole bunch, but I'd hoped to have a sibling for Henry by now, and it just hasn't happened. And the only thing I can guess is that my weight is affecting my fertility.

So here's hoping that 2020 is everything you want it to be. And that if you're wondering if this website and community can help you achieve your goals you, we can.

Welcome to SparkPeople.

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