Me Sept 2010
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| current weight: 201.0
Thanks for the friend add- I added you back :)
2115 days ago
thanks for the add, I love meeting new Sparkbuddies!! keep at it and dont hesitate to drop me a line if you want to chat!
2165 days ago
If you've been part of SP for 2 years & don't have a single comment on your Spark Page, I'd say you're trying to "do it alone" & haven't connected much with other Sparksters. For me, I couldn't exist without all the support, info & encouragement I've gotten from everybody else.
While maybe 20-25# overweight, following my divorce almost 9 years ago after 30 years of marriage & only 4 months after having moved from IL to TX & with NO family or friends around, I turned to my old familiar friend: food & in less than a year I ballooned to 205# on my 5'2" frame.
After more than 2 years in SP & knowing I'd turn 60 before the end of the year, I decided.......if not now......when? Not getting any younger, I bought , began reconnecting with people (as evidenced by my Spark Points), made a commitment to healthy eating & exercise (had been vegetarian 15+ years, then added back fish/ seafood) & did the ONE thing that's made the biggest difference of all: began logging my meals/snacks on the food tracker EVERY SINGLE DAY for EVERY SINGLE meal & snack. I also began training for the couch to 5K program (when I was 15# heavier) by downloading the podcasts to my iPod (music, along with the guy who recorded it who prompts you to do a brisk warmup, jog 60 seconds, etc.). Best two things I ever did to update & re-jumpstart my program.
Also, I noticed your weight hasn't changed: is that because you actually haven't lost any weight; recently set a new goal or just haven't updated your progress?
I spend a minimum of an hour a day on Spark sites--logging foods, connecting with/being supported by/supporting others, logging my fitness minutes, etc. Unless there are extenuating circumstances (like recently when I've been sick with sinus/upper respiratory infections & fever), I 'earn' a minimum of 50 points a day. And even being sick, I didn't want to blow my streak of exercising at least 10 minutes every day--which had been going for 6 months or more, so I either jogged in place or walked around my living room for 10 minutes.
Point being, if we TRULY want a healthy, fit life (which I've been trying to encourage in my sister for several decades now), we have to make sacrifices (less or no TV, maybe spending a little more for fresh produce, looking up Spark (or other) healthy recipes, taking time to prepare healthy meals & snacks & spending time exercising! But like The Spark & Chris Downie says.....start small, which I can't emphasize enough. I used to be "couch potato one day; Olympic athlete the next" & that JUST doesn't work! Follow the program (& the book) to start walking (or whatever) just 10 minutes every day & then gradually add to it; give up one unhealthy item a day & then gradually add to it (like 1 hour less of TV); add one healthy item each day & then gradually add to it (like adding a fruit or vegetable). Once I stopped everything I was doing & started doing this thing the RIGHT way--GRADUALLY, it finally kicked in.
My favorite thing is to read success stories of other Sparksters, seeing their BEFORE & AFTER photos. I mean, these people go from stretched out, somewhat distorted bodies & faces (myself included) to some GORGEOUS human beings! It's incredible & every time I'm always so amazed.
Have you tried to plug into teams to see if there are other Sparksters in your area? I'm part of a group that's gotten together a few times; was part of one in TX before I moved back to IL & it can be very helpful. Do you have a friend or family member who wants to lose weight & you can do this in tandem? Have you made friends with other Sparksters online, regardless of where they live? I was part of 50's+ group a few years ago & we arranged a 5-day weekend where several of us met up at a B&B in TX a few hours from where I lived, with the gals coming from CA, AZ, TN & GA & we are SUCH fabulous friends! A couple of us even visited the GA friend this past summer in her NC mountain home. I want to participate in a race or several with other SP'ers, meeting up somewhere around the country, so........this is an INCREDIBLE source of support & camaraderie that is available to all of us.
2186 days ago
Comment edited on: 12/9/2010 12:53:17 PM
Thank you for your comments on my Spark Page. Weight does get to us doesn't it? It's not until I saw the picture that I have on my Spark Page that I realized that I was FAT (no other word can be used-- OK obese can be used also). I was in denial. I used to be active -- danced, walked, but I looked like .....! I don't want to put the word down on here. Then my sister introduced me to this site by challenging me to a Bootcamp on April 30, 2009. I've been hooked since. I love this site.
Good luck on your journey! Many
2186 days ago