Monday, June 18, 2012
On the 27th December 2010 after reading and searching for eating habit help, I came across Spark People and signed the Pledge.
My expectations were soaring as I read and re read the blogs and other Sparkies ideas, researched the habits and recipes and read of the wonderful results. I was going to suceed and I forged ahead with my food, exercise and thoughts.
I was up up up.
But... yes the proverbial but... but the more I tried to follow those who had gone before and won, succeeded and were on their maintenance plans. I was stuck in limbo, not the good kind of limbo either , the "I have failed and I'll never do it" "there is no plan that works for me""my metabolism is so slow a snail could beat me"" I give up " kind of limbo. I kept up with my tracking and getting points as it kept me on the site and learning.
My great wonderful daughter who is always encouraging me to look at beginnings and small steps and small losses was with me all the way.
WE researched eating plans, WE looked at exercises for people with bad backs and angina and slow metabolisms, WE checked online at medical sites to see if the meals actually worked and were not harmful, WE found "the one" together.
She has been with me on this journey with every step and hiccup and joy and pain I have felt.
SHE TOLD ME TO WRITE THIS BLOG...
Which I am doing with tears pouring down my face at the memories of the fight we shared over this 'giant ' in my life together.
I bought a calipre that measures body fat and muscle so I can keep a track of the fat loss and the muscle gain.
So I happily,esctatically report that on the 5th of February 2012 doveseyes began the greatest journey of her life and has suceeded in finding 'the one' group of exercise, eating, management of emotions, reaching goals, buying clothes as prizes for each one (a size smaller each time:)) and most of all finally having a plan that is a lifestyle not a 'fail style' that works for me.
In 17 weeks I lost 14.60 kilos and am high on life.
The best thing was along the way noticing the changes. Hey I have bones under all this fat and muscle and I can walk for miles and miles and look forward to it.
My daughter and I were at the shops and she said" hey Mum let's get a coffee and cake" and without thinking I said "no thanks I want a salad". It was a Spark moment for me as I really meant it. It wasn't said to cover up the 3 packs of crisps I'd eaten the night before or the I'll eat lots when I get home where no one sees thought. I wanted to eat the food that was right for me to get the outcome I've waited forty years for...
There is a long way to go for me to get to my goal weight but every week it gets closer and closer and and easier and easier.
Hope this helps others like me to just take the small steps and not to give up.
Your ' one' is out there too.