Tuesday, August 04, 2009
Where has the time gone? It seems like only yesterday that my massage therapist was telling me about this wonderful site called Spark People. It only took her 5 tries to get me to join! lol Flash forward a year and here I am. I've learned so much this year and made so many friends. I feel blessed.
I got an opportunity to share the leadership of our local SP team/group. This has really been rewarding. I can't tell you how helpful having a local Spark group is for support (as well as fun :) ) . Putting a face with a name makes SP so much more personal. We meet monthly for dinner and have had quite a few team walks. The members in our local group are a wonderful, supportive team of people. They make such a difference; I'm so lucky to have them in my life!
I found that I've only been really sick once since I joined SP because I've been taking much better care of myself. I won't lie to you, it has been a very stressful year. In October I strained my back, at Thanksgiving my father died, in December I became allergic to my gym's pool water (water exercise is a major part of my program), in January I broke my foot and irritated my Achilles tendon, in the spring my spine started acting up and in May my daughter was in a very serious car accident. I learned something very valuable from all of this - my weight number isn't as important as my overall health (although it certainly does affect it) and it's important to have balance in my life.
The balance between mind, body and spirit is essential. Lately I've been obsessed about the fact that my weight has jumped around so much. Some of that is my fault and the rest has been beyond my control. I will control what I can and let the man upstairs control the rest. The good news is that my mind and spirit are so much more in balance now! Wow, what a difference a year has made! I know that the number on the scale doesn't define the person I've become. This is a HUGE step forward for me! Healthy habits are mostly in place and all I have to do is settle back into my Spark routine and I know that I'll be successful on my journey to health. Wow! How fantastic is that?
So, I'd like to thank Spark People for a wonderful first year. Without you and the help and support of my Spark Teams and Spark Friends, I wouldn't be where I am today.