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A Sparkling Year

Friday, October 04, 2013

One year today with Spark people and I'm amazed at my successful journey. emoticon

I lost my weight in 7 weeks and have maintained this loss for just over 10 months now.. I ended up losing more because of my gastric problems, but have put a couple of pounds back on. I'm happy at the weight I am right now, even though it's a bit below goal.

It's been challenging at times, especially in the beginning when I was setting up all my favourite recipes in the "recipe maker". I went on to make my own special cookbook of all my favourite meals, which I find quite handy. And, then getting all my favourite foods into the tracker took a fair amount of time and effort, but was so worth it. Now tracking is just something I take time to do each and every day.

The fitness tracker keeps me on track also and I've faithfully used my stationary bike for the past year at least 3 times a week. My other fitness is mainly walking, yoga and a bit of gardening, not huge calorie burners, but good for my arthritic joints, body and soul.

I did have a long spell with gastric problems and finally after 9 months of ups and downs with this, I've had 2 weeks without any problems.. emoticon I feel like I'm on the mend from whatever was wrong. The Dr. said it's like an irritable gastric system, like IBS.. maybe it is?? As long as it stays away, I'll be happy!!

I have been caffeine free for over 4 months and have stayed off gluten for 4+ months also, but I really don't notice much difference from not eating it, so I may introduce it back into my diet and see how that goes. I am sleeping better being off the caffeine and all those of us with fibromylagia, know the value of a good nights sleep!!

Another tool that has helped me maintain is joining the 8 week challenges that the At Maintenance and maintaining team offers.. I think I've done around 4 of them now.

I have always followed the spark recommended dietary balance of 50%carbs, 30% fat and 20% proteins and it's worked for me. Being small in stature and older, I've found I have to keep my calories in the 1300 to 1500 range to maintain, thus I went back to the old tracking system as the new one was always telling me I was under eating!! I still weight myself daily also, just as a tool to see if I should eat a bit more or less each day.

Most of all, the support of my spark friends and the community helps keep me motivated! I love sharing in everyone's daily ups and downs and giving support when I can. I sure appreciate all the support all of you have given me over this past year!!

Here's to the next year... emoticon

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  • no profile photo CD14171584
    thank you for the comments on my glad to have found and read your wonderful weight loss achievements. I think will add you as a friend just so I can keep up with you.
    2728 days ago
    Congratulations on a wonderful year! emoticon
    2740 days ago
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    Congratulations on your success!

    2741 days ago
    Way to go on a whole year of maintaining a healthy lifestyle! You deserve a HUGE emoticon
    2770 days ago
    Thank you for sharing your maintenance experience, very interesting!
    I had similar experience with the Nutrition Tracker: I had to invest a lot of time to have all my favorites and groupings an recipes entered, but now all is set, handy and easy to use.
    I'm glad the GI problems ceased, and you are feeling well.

    2771 days ago
    Happy Sparkaversary! You have done so well and found the method that works just right for you. Congratulations on maintaining your weight, eating healthfully and keeping up with your fitness routine. emoticon
    2771 days ago
    Happy Anniversary! I use the tracker too and have printed out my favorite recipes to keep handy. Good job maintaining - sometimes that is the hardest part!
    2771 days ago
    Congrats! I am so happy to have you as a SparkFriend and team mate.
    You're absolutely right about being a support. I know for certain that you have been such a blessing to me this past year.

    I'm really glad to hear you're making progress on the issues that have been plaguing you. Tracking your nutrition does make a difference when you're trying to sort out what works and what doesn't.

    Looking forward to journeying on with you and wishing you the greatest success and best health!
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    2771 days ago
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