Saturday, November 19, 2011
Today is the first chance I've had to do my Sparking all week. My husband was in the hospital since Monday, just came home yesterday afternoon. It's been a very busy week. He had abdominal pain last weekend, was sent to the ER Monday for tests. Diverticulitis with a perforated bowel was found. He was on IV's, IV antibiotics, liquid diet, pain meds. Fortunately he did not need surgery, the perforation seems to be healing on it's own. He's home now, feels much better, the pain is gone. Still on antibiotics, by mouth now, for another two weeks, then goes for a follow up doctor visit. He's allowed to get back to his normal routine as tolerated. He's to be on a low fiber diet for now and then a high fiber diet when the meds are done. He looks good and says he feels much better.
Wednesday, November 09, 2011
- Lost 40 pounds
- Maintained weight loss for more than 3 years
- Changed the way I eat, making healthy choices most of the time
- Exercising regularly now, most days of the week
- Still eat too many sweets
- The weight loss did not help the pain as I had hoped
- I still worry about falling back into old habits and regaining the weight
This is the first time I ever reached a weight loss goal and maintained it for any length of time. In the past if I got to my goal, a big IF, I was never able to maintain it for more than a few short months, if that. I know without a doubt that the difference this time is SparkPeople. The resources, forums, teams, articles, etc, all helped. I had always tried to lose weight on my own, no outside support of any kind. This was the first program I ever tried, and Spark isnít even a diet, itís a healthy lifestyle support site. I used the info at Spark to make my own program, both eating and exercise. In the past I always felt I couldnít lose weight because I couldnít exercise because it hurt too much. Spark showed me that any movement is better than none, and that as little as 10Ē at a time would work. And it did. Thatís how I started. 10Ē a day. Then 10Ē twice a day. I tried different exercises, cardio and strength, keeping those I could do and discarding those I couldnít. Now I do some form of exercise, at least 30Ē, most days of the week. I usually break it up into smaller sessions, whatever I can handle on any given day.
My eating habits have completely changed. I would go days without any fruits or veggies. Now my diet is mostly meatless. Iíll do chicken once a week or so, no beef, and Iím trying to develop a taste for fish. I do veggies, beans, grains, fruits, eggs. If you had told me a few years ago that I would be eating like this and loving it Iíd have laughed and asked what planet you came from ! Now I canít imagine going back to the way I ate before.
The one area I still have problems with and just canít seem to get a handle on is sweets. I love my sweets and tho I donít eat them every day, when I do I go overboard. I need to come up with a plan to get the sweets under control, not eliminate them because deprivation does not work. Iíve made positive changes in meal planning and getting regular exercise. I can do this too.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Thank you Spark for helping me reach and maintain my goals for 3+ years and counting ! The first time I've ever been successful at weight loss !
Before I found Spark I had tried many times to change the way I eat and lose some weight. I never succeeded long term. I once lost 20 pounds, went right back to my old way of eating and put it all back on plus extra for good measure. The only other time I reached a weight loss goal I lost 29 pounds trying to get a handle on a prolonged flare of arthritis of my spine. Unfortunately I reached my goal the same day I left work for the last time. I was forced to quit working. That was a jolt but I was determined to keep the weight off and do everything I could to get back to work. But, six months later I had another major flare and gave up on trying to keep the weight off. Emotional eating took over and I regained the weight and more.
I was never able to lose the weight again until I found Spark five years ago. The first few months I "lurked", reading articles, posts, blogs, but nothing more, just reading. Then a few months later something clicked, maybe all the positive things I'd been reading. I woke up one morning and said to myself "Today's the day. I'm ready to change the way I eat, to change to a healthier lifestyle. I'm going to exercise however I can. And Spark is going to help me". I knew with certainty that this time would work. And it did, thanks to Spark.
Since reaching my goal I've had some slip ups, times when I haven't followed my healthy lifestyle like I should, but I always get back on track.
I've changed my goal weight range a couple times. Initially I think I set it too low and had trouble maintaining it. I want to keep it at a range that won't be a struggle to maintain. I now have it set at 153-157. I'm hovering around 157 right now, would really like to be closer to the 153 but I'm in range and that's fine.
I continue to exercise as tolerated, pushing myself a little, stopping when I need to. I used to think that I couldn't exercise at all because of the pain. But when I started my healthy lifestyle change I told myself any movement is better than nothing, so I started very slowly and tried different exercises, eliminating any that increased the pain. Trial and error showed me what I could and couldn't do. Now I'm proud that I exercise regularly and I don't compare myself to anybody else.
My goals from here on - to continue my healthy lifestyle, to maintain my weight loss, to keep on moving, never to go back to where I was before Spark.
And Spark will help me do that.
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