Saturday, February 19, 2011
I have been on Sparks for nearly four years!!! I find that astounding. I also am still pretty close to the same weight I was when I started! I have actually lost 17 lbs, but some of that is gaining and losing the same few. Not too long ago I was up several pounds and they weren't retreating. I finally decided to try to kick things up and felt I had to reset my trackers. I was not pleased...especially as I see so many who have lost literally hundreds of pounds in much less time.
So, what have I accomplished other than making some WONDERFUL friends here? (FRIENDS have been the BEST part of this journey!!!)
When I started I was living a sedentary lifestyle. I could tell I was not exercising enough and knew I wasn't eating very well. My blood sugars were gradually climbing and my Dr. was wanting to add more prescriptions to try to help me. I resisted.
A friend, in an effort to motivate herself and others, issued a walk a mile a day challenge for one month. I could do that...and I did. Knowing what I know now, I think that challenge probably saved my life. I hadn't started trying to fix things soon enough and ended up with two stents in my heart that Fall.
NOW I am exercising daily...some days more than others but something EVERY day! I have learned where my diet was really a mess and how many extra calories I was consuming each day...sometimes just with mindless munching. I realized that the things I was doing still, despite much improved health, weren't getting me the desired results so I felt I had to kick things up.
I had to add more variety to my workouts..and make them longer. Still, the scale just sat there. I keep tweaking my diet...trying to adjust it for better choices and to fulfill the dietary requirements for good health. Tweak, Tweak, Tweak. Still, the scale just sat there.
I decided to join the 8 week Diabetes Challenge. More exercise...more tweaking and logging. Week one...week two...week three...still no change. Blood sugars are dipping a little..but not enough yet.
I had a Dr app't to renew my two Rx. I honestly could tell him I FEEL TERRIFIC! But still the scale mocks me.
I am now nearly to the end of week four on the challenge. I still have room for improvements. I know my clothing is fitting differently though the measurements belie that. I KNOW I feel good...really good.
My "official" weigh in day is Monday..but this morning...could it be? finally? Did the scale give in on this battle and nudge...two pounds...maybe?
I've lost these two before...and didn't manage to stay put. This HAS to stop. BE GONE!!! Could it be...this time? We will see Monday!