Friday, April 13, 2012
"Being content means acceptance without self-pity...Developing greater contentment within certain of our existing constraints and opportunities is one of our challenges." Niel A. Maxwell
I started my weight loss journey about 5 years ago. I had started a new job and with all the stress involved and a dramatic change in my exercise habits, I had put on a few pounds when I was already overweight. My friends and my doctor recommended Weight Watchers. It took me 1 1/2 years but I lost 55 lbs. By then I had a new boss and more confidence in my job. I felt good, but I was tired of watching my calorie count. I was always hungry and my doctor and husband both told me to stop losing.
The effect was immediate when I started eating all I wanted anytime I wanted. I hadn't been content with myself I felt sorry for the calories I was missing. I wanted those treats I had passed up. I didn't want to buy the new Points plus program when I could see I was going up in weight so I stopped going to meetings. I found Spark people, but just looked at it now and then. Then a Spark Buddy found me.
I LOVE spark people. I am so grateful for my spark friends and 2 in particular that help me through everything along the way. For the first time in my life, I am content with a new lifestyle that includes managing my calorie counts. I have had to accept the limitations that I put upon myself through my weight loss goals and I am learning that I am not depriving myself of sugar laden foods and extra calories as much as I am gaining control of my weight and health filled future. This isn't an easy journey, but it is worth it and I am glad to be here with people that are really here for me. Even though it seems as if I still have miles to go, I know I am on the right track and I am content. Thanks to all - but specifically my two buddies.