Wednesday, June 16, 2010
June 17, 2009 I woke up with extreme back pain. I was unable to get out of bed due to pain and spasms. My DH worked with all 270 pounds of me and lovingly, slowly, carefully helped me out of bed. After calling in to work, taking ibuprofen and using a heating pad on my screaming back we went for a slow painful walk across the street into our local park. I knew I had to move or I would be in pain all day. I could barely walk but we did. When I returned, I sat in the recliner with my laptop.
I had read a newspaper article the night before that described a woman who had lost 100 pounds using Spark. Well I spent the day on Spark, set up my page and learned how the web site worked.
I lost 4 pounds the first week and 9 pounds the first month. I havenít stopped from there. I put in that I wanted to lose between 1 and 2 pounds a week. My weight loss has been slow and consistent, following the projected graph almost exactly for the whole year.
I have to be honest and say I am very proud of myself. I donít always follow the program exactly but as soon as I deviate I get right back on and start again. I think that has been what has been different about my weight loss this time (other than I have never lost 73 pounds before!).
I am learning every day and loving life and myself more every day. The 3 day a week strength program set up for me by Spark and changed monthly by me has helped me gain back all the energy I lost by sitting on the couch watching TV and eating. My activities this last year have helped me gain back an enjoyment of life I never thought I would find. I swim, walk, bike, take spinning class, use the elliptical, hike and trek. I even trained for and walked a 5 K. I had tried to run but got ITFBS (Ileo Tibial Friction Band Syndrome) and had to stop running. It still hurts 3 months later so I donít know if Iíll try running again, but I certainly will walk and do all the other aerobic activities I am enjoying. I have seen a lot of Sparkiversary Blogs lately which list important things Sparkers gained in the last year so I want to add my list to the group.
1. Living in a healthful, active manner is a whole lot of fun. Food and exercise are enjoyable. When I get up in the morning and get ready to start my exercise, I say to myself ďWhat do I feel like doing today?Ē and thatís what I do. I do Strength Training at least 3 times a week and aerobic activity for at least 30 minutes 6 times a week, but itís different every day and every week. I do what I want to do each day so I donít get bored.
2. People add a lot to life. I have learned something from almost every Spark Blog I have read. The coaches and educators on Spark have a tremendous wealth of information to shareÖif I read it. Getting my 50 points a day enhances my life with new knowledge and things to try.
3. Food is life giving and interesting. I try new Spark People recipes every week and have fun with them. I am eating things I never heard of a year ago. ďHummus???? Whatís that? I think cooking is my new hobby.Ē
4. Itís ok to want to look sexy. I used to hate when people noticed I was losing weight, but now I love it. I beam and say ďThank you!Ē because I know my slowly getting toned body looks more like a feminine body and that is how it is supposed to look.
5. I donít worry about spending too much time on Spark. I spent much more time on eating and watching TV in the past. I still have plenty of time to go places, do things, talk to people and have fun. I am living much more fully now even though I spend hours on Spark.
I donít really know what has made the difference in my ability to stick to a weight loss program this time, but I believe that unless a person is ready, truly ready to change the way they live and eat; consistent weight loss and maintenance wonít happen. I canít lose weight for any other reason than for myself and how I feel. This has been a wonderfully selfish program for me - a selfishness that I have never allowed myself to experience before. I am focused on making Nancy a better person. I love it and I love her.