Monday, October 28, 2013
A couple of days ago I found some old button down shirts of mine I used to wear when I was at my post-illness heaviest. I washed and dried them and hung them up without trying them on.
Out of curiosity yesterday, I tried one on yesterday. OMG. They hung on me like a sack, like I was wearing a really large man's shirt. What happened???!!!!
I say this because I don't feel thinner, smaller, lighter, or different than when the shirts fit. How can this be? I'm wondering if this is normal.
When I dieted as a teenager and lost weight, I always felt different, but perhaps that was youth. I am completely different since Sparking, but I don't feel different. Either this is a very healthy thing or it isn't, lol. I honestly don't know.
How could I change so much and be so completely unaware?
I am boggled, but I'll take it.
Saturday, September 28, 2013
Pig Races at the Texas State Fair, opening day!
Best viewed in HD for all the blazing glory.
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
I don't know how much I weigh; I don't know how much I've lost; and I don't care.
All I know is that I look and feel like myself again and that was always the goal. Numbers were never the goal.
Through Sparkpeople I've developed new habits of eating--very tiny portions!--and new habits of exercise. I still cross train because it's what I love to do, but I apply the TED talk rule of 20 minutes to all my activities because I know I will do them. Twenty minutes suits my psychology and suits my lifestyle, such as it is. No one told me to do these things, but through Spark I was able to discover these things through trial and error. My journey is one of patience and persistence with no quick results.
I plateaued my first 6-8 months of Sparking, but changes--big changes--were happening on the inside, so I stuck to the plan. I always stayed within my calorie range and just rode things out.
The constant support--and you know who you are--has meant everything, too.
So here are the pictures, but not the usual before and after pictures since I don't have those, unfortunately.
The old, healthy me:
And the new, healthy me:
I can live with this and fully plan to.
Thanks, Sparkpeople and all the beautiful Sparkers! Here's to us on our Sparking and sparkling journey!
Wednesday, December 05, 2012
Yes, I've been here a year and what a year it has been. Quiet, calm, steady, peaceful. Okay, well maybe not that peaceful, but I digress. I'm proud to say I've been Sparking for one year exactly today. So what's changed you may wonder?
Me. You knew I was going to say that, didn't you?
I was fumbling for answers and solutions to my fitness and body woes. I went from a very healthy, happy gym rat to someone who experienced congestive heart failure (in '07) very unexpectedly. They found other stuff, too, while I was being treated in the ER that afternoon. The result of the entire experience is that the illness wrecked my body, the treatments wrecked my body, I began to recover slowly (Yay!) only to discover I was left with a wrecked body and little guidance about how to proceed.
Today I'm around 15 pounds lighter--my goal--and now I'm in the process of toning what's left of me... ha ha. And guess what, folks, I'm actually toning up and getting stronger.
I'll never forget the day I joined because I discovered I had shingles (Eeek!) about 2 hours later. I was sick for a few months, but I Sparked every day and hardly ate because of pain. You'd think I would have lot a ton of weight, eh? Yeah, it didn't happen. This is the best description I can find to describe how I lose weight:
I lose around a pound per month, and so help me, if I hadn't caught on to NSVs, I might have given up. I lost inches immediately. I looked less "round" according to one friend. Ha.
I don't have any new photos; my profile pic was taken about a month before joining Spark. I will take some at some point and post them here. I think my new goal is to be a contemporary version of my old self. I felt pretty good here back in the day:
We'll see how it goes!
This progress is all due to Spark and to you, my lovely and amazing Spark friends, who share so much and help so much and who are so constant in my life. I could never thank you enough. I don't believe there are enough Spark goodies to give!
Just accept my love and thanks for everything you give every day and for making life a much better--and healthier and happier--journey for us all.
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