2014 has not been the best year. I've regained most of the weight (actually all of the weight) I lost., and was feeling very discouraged until I got an invitation to join a new team next month with the goal of losing 5% over 8 weeks.
I know, it is such a cliche to start a weight loss challenge at the beginning of a new year but there is something to be said for that unmistakable feeling of motivation and momentum which seems to grip hundreds of thousands of people, and 5% seems a very reasonable and attainable goal. If there is one thing I've learned at SP accountability is a crucial component to success.
So negativity is out; cynicism is out; discouragement is definitely OUT and I'll just pick myself up and start over.
I joined Spark People in 2008 and -SURPRISE- I'm still here! The surprise is for myself. I am not noted for longevity on any site. Usually after 2-3 years interest wanes and I move on; so there must be something really special about SP.
I was hoping I'd be at my goal weight by now. I've been up and down; discouraged and fired up; lazy and motivated. At least I have not gone above my start weight (163); I've been as low as 142 but watched it creep back up when I stopped doing what I'm supposed to do.
I can always depend on my friends at SP to support and encourage me during the hard times and cheer me on when I'm going strong. I am sure that without you I would be a lot heavier and more unhappy.
On a more positive note I've learned so much about healthy eating and good habits, and exercise is no longer a chore - I actually look forward to it.
If anyone from the class of Aug 17-23, 2008 reads this blog please stop by and say "hi" and let's drink a cup of green tea for old times sake.
I started round 2 of the "Tame Your Sweet tooth Challenge" about 2 weeks ago but my life has gotten so hectic of late that I haven't been able to give it much attention. So I've decided to defer it to a later date when I can concentrate and focus better, (probably after Labor Day)
I am 5 days into round 2 of my "Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge" (I took this challenge about 1 year ago with pretty good success). At home I did not have any problem staying away from sweets. Away from home it was a different story. Meals in restaurants and a road trip over the past weekend really did me in : ( I found a place which sold about 10 different flavors of fudge, including key lime pie (my favorite). There was too much dipping into the box to where the "box" became a "serving".
Of course my weight has suffered as a result of these overindulgences and I'm feeling pretty low right about now. One of my strategies was to replace artificial sweet treats with natural sweets i.e. fruits. There are so many choices this time of year. I am also trying to drink herbal tea with little added sugar, just focusing on the flavor and aroma of the tea. As for fruits, I'm not a big berry fan. I prefer the sweeter fruits like mango, pineapple and cantaloupe but I am trying to appreciate the higher fiber/low sugar content of blackberries, raspberries and strawberries. I know change takes time so I have to be patient.
Thanks for your support and encouragement. Have a blessed day!
It has been a rather disappointing year. I had hoped to be at my goal weight by now. I've been a member of SP for almost 6 years but my weight continues to fluctuate as does my motivation. One big problem has always been my consumption of sweets. All manner of sweet treats: chewy, creamy, crunchy will eventually find their way into my mouth. (I have enriched the pockets of several dentists over the years.) Last year I took the "Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge" and did quite well, but now I think I need to apply that discipline again. So here comes round 2.
The same reasons still apply in addition to learning that health experts now recommend that women consume no more than 100 grams of added sugar per day for health reasons. I shall be tracking and blogging at least 3 times per week and would appreciate any and all support and encouragement. I've already won the victory over salt/sodium since I have high blood pressure. One of my life goals is to eventually get off BP medication by weight loss and lifestyle changes. By controlling sweets I hope to stabilize my blood sugar in the healthy range (I am now pre-diabetic) and avoid having to go on medication for that.
The "Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge" begins with a self-assessment quiz which showed me that I have poor impulse control on special occasions when sweets are in abundance or when shopping if I'm hungry or tired. So I have to beef up my self-control skills. Hopefully, by the end of the 30 days I'll be able to put a cap on that sweet tooth and show it that I am the one in control.