Dahlias from my garden
In Puerto Rico, February 2005.
Pants Off, Dance Off...very funny!
Wow! I just realized that I've been using SP off and on for the past three years. At first, I used SP for about 3-4 months consistently. Now, I use it when I feel like I need to check-in and track what I am doing nutrition-wise and fitness-wise.
Since I started with SP in Dec. of 2006 (see below) I've had a baby (in Feb of 2008) and have started playing tennis regularly. In fact, I even played in a USTA league this past summer! That is a first for me. I've never participated in organized athletics of any kind. I had a great experience working with my trainer throughout my pregnancy and I really think that helped me to bounce back physically from the pregnancy, along with starting tennis at about 8 months post-partum and nursing until my daughter was 12 months old. I had a great birth without any complications or drugs (didn't even have an IV) and I think that staying fit during the pregnancy also helped with the birth. It was great to see the look on guys faces at the gym when I would step out there, put on my gloves and lift weights at eight months pregnant!
So, now here we are, post-holidays. I allowed myself to indulge so need to shed a few of those cookie-induced pounds and want to continue to improve my tennis game! As always, I am glad that SP is here for me when I need it.
Hey there! I am so thankful to have SparkPeople as a tool to help me become the fit and active person that I envision myself to be. This site is such a great resource.
I am currently 34 years old. I live in the suburbs of Detroit (my husband and I moved here a little over two years ago). We both work in medicine and we've been together for 10 years now (married for 7.5 of those years). Our pursuit of education and career has taken us all over the world. We've lived in England, on the island of Grenada, in *glamorous* Bakersfield, California and now...in Detroit. And we are loving our lives in Detroit! Really!
Only problem is that we both work long, stressful hours and over the past two years we've been eating out more and more. I think our metabolisms are slowing some, too, as we get older. I was gaining weight more quickly than I ever have and having "mini meltdowns" from the stress of my job. I knew from past experience that exercising would help my mood and solve the weight issue, but I couldn't muster the willpower to go use my gym membership. My husband has always been really regular with going to the gym...he always makes time for it. Me...not so much. I've never made exercise a regular part of my life.
Things changed for me in March of 2006 when I talked with the trainer at my gym and she made me a great offer. I told her that my goals were the following: (1) to make exercise a regular & routine part of my life, (2) to lose about 10 pounds, (3) to feel more fit and active. I committed to a 12 week package of personal training, and I've never looked back! I am still working with my trainer, Lisa, and plan to do so until at least March of 2007. I exercise at least two times per week now and can't remember the last time I cried over my job.
I wish I could say that the exercise was all it took, but all of us who use SP know that fitness is only one part of the solution. Lisa kept telling me that I needed to look more closely at my diet and that I probably needed more protein. I was very resistant to the idea of altering my diet in any way. I've always thought of myself as a healthy eater and just didn't want to consider the possibility that I needed to "diet".
Around Sept. 2006, I started to feel frustrated about the fact that I hadn't lost any weight even though I was exercising more regularly than ever. I knew that I was more fit and felt fantastic, but it bothered me that the scale hadn't changed. I knew that I had probably lost fat and gained muscle, but still, it bothered me. I don't expect to weigh the same as when I was in college or grad school, but I don't see why I should accept more weight just because I am getting older. I was discussing this with my husband's cousin at Thanksgiving in Cincinnati and she told me about SP.
Tracking what I'm eating has definitely been an eye opener! I've always been a healthy eater. I like veggies and fruits, eat only lean meat, use lots of soy products. I was eating the right stuff....I was just eating too much of it. And, what is so amazing is that I'M NOT STARVING! I haven't changed what I eat, I'm just eating more common sense portions. I am getting more lean protein into my diet and it is working. I don't feel like using SP is "dieting". I've told lots of people about SP and I don't ever say that I am "on a diet". I am simply making better choices about how much I eat.
So, here I am, 15 days in to using SP and I've lost 3 pounds. More important, every day I am renewing my commitment to being healthy inside and out. I appreciate that SP doesn't just focus on diet and exercise. Having a healthy spirit and healthy relationships is a big part of creating a life that is worth living. I have found that I now have more energy to give to my relationships and my patients at work because I am truly taking care of myself!
SW: 145 lbs.
GW: 135 lbs.
Recent fitness accomplishments: (1) shaved five minutes off my 5K run time, (2) found my backhand swing this summer!
Goals: (1) To feel healthy & fit, (2) to have an "active" lifestyle, (3) to make exercise a regular part of my life.
My program: (1) tennis 2-3 times per week (2) weight lifting twice per week (3) being more mindful about what I am eating
My interests include women's rights/feminism, reading, tennis, rock climbing, knitting, genealogy, animal welfare/rights issues, environmental/conservation issues, travel and gardening.
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Just wanted to say how superfantastically grateful I am that you are such a fabulous source of good information! Thanks for being so informed and level-headed!
3419 days ago
Hey, great page and I relate a lot to what you share here. Keep up the great work! :)
3427 days ago
Hey TLOGIRL, Thanks for your kind comments...I'm actually amazed that anyone else is reading my blog! It's always a pleasure to meet a kindred spirit...I wish I was in Detroit so I could be part of your feminist body issues group! I'm sure you know all about the work that NOW is doing in the area of women and body image...it's so great that they consider this as important a part of the ongoing work of feminism as the fight for choice or equal pay. For me it's really a gift of being older...once I hit 40, I really no longer gave a rat's a## about society's expectations about how I "should" look...and that eventually lead to this little spiritual journey I'm on losing weight. How wonderful that you have arrived at this place so much younger... Best of luck to you on achieving your goals. And if you ever come to Dallas, give a shout! I'll buy you a beer! -- Shirley T. in Big D.
3484 days ago
Good for you, TLOGIRL, for your sticking with the gym and for your continuing to look for a way to lose weight when the exercise didn't work.
I have the same incredible experience with SP that you have had--I'm not hungry between meals. And tracking what I eat has been good, well, mostly.
I love your dahlias. There's a flower garden in Fort Bragg that has dahlias that I think are wonderful.
What is your area of medicine?
I work (semi-retired) in health care ethics. Used to be a hospital chaplain.
3487 days ago
WELCOME TO SP, IT IS GREAT AND HAS HELPED ME LOSE WEIGHT AND MEET FRIENDS, I LOVE YOUR KITTIES I HAVE ONE, HER NAME IS DIANA, SHE IS 16 YRS. BUT ACTS LIKE A TEENAGER INSTEAD OF THE OLD LADY SHE IS. SHE WAS GIVEN TO US WHEN SHE WAS 5 WEEKS OLD, SO SHE HAS LEARNED A LOT OF HUMAN TRAITS, SHE GETS TOYS ALL THE TIME SO I AM GIVING GIFTS TO PEOPLE, SHE ALSO GETS KITTIE TREATS, SHE GETS ADVANTAGE ONCE A MONTH AND HATES IT BUT IS FREE OF FLEAS, AND GETS HAIRBALL TREATMENT TWICE A WEEK TO RID HER OF HAIRBALLS IN HER TUMMY, SHE IS FAMILY AND SO LOVED, AGAIN WELCOME AND HOPE TO HEAR MORE STORIES ABOUT YOUR FURRY FAMILY.
WILLL LOSE IT
3487 days ago