Monday, June 24, 2013
This Spark motivation slogan sums it up pretty good!
2 years of Sparking and now calling my own success because though I have not yet fully attained my original goal, I have maintained a 40 lb weight loss for over a year. I still Spark, track nutrition, blog, read up and check in with Spark friends and teams because this journey is not over. I work to continue making healthy choices that promote weightloss, maintainance, fitness, and emotional well-being. Sparking works for me! Special thanks to all fellow Sparkers who share inspiration, information, even setbacks and heartaches, then more motivation. Keep Sparking!
I am so grateful for Sparkpeople.com. I never thought I'd stick it out this long with tracking and following the site. There is still soooo much I have not explored here. Some days my interest wains or I get "too" busy but I always come back and continue. I read a post just tonight that made me realize why I like this place. I think it has a lot to do with making this journey a lifestyle and Sparkers here show how all this works or doesn't work in real lives. Spark has also taught me to refocus and retrain my DIET MENTALITY. I cringe when hear friends say they are trying a "new diet" or "diet supplement." Yes, I have to restart time and time again but each time it's just l little more "tweaking." I don't have that just ditch it forever, I can't do this anymore mentality. It is sooo good to have a solid foundation that just needs to "tweaking."
My mental state is just as reformed as my physical state. That feels awesome. So keep Sparking everyone!
Sunday, May 12, 2013
I can finally take a pic and feel comfortable sharing. This is me on the left with my daughter, Michelle, May 2013 graduating college with a doctorate in pharmacy. I am so very proud of her!
I have been on this weight-loss, maintenance, gain a few/lose a few for almost two years now. I am now 6lbs from my goal weight. I am planning and working on making this a lifetime commitment to a heathy lifestyle that will maintain this weightloss.
I have struggled with the yo-yo all of my adult life, contributing the cycle to emotional/binge eating and using food for comfort. I concentrated my efforts on the mental and physical this time in hopes of regaining control over food. I have for the first time managed the process for two years! I still cannot believe it! If asked how, I would say it is a lifelong process. But it can be done! Never give up. Refocus, regroup, reset, and keep on going!
I have to look at new pics over and over to realize that this is really me. And it was me in December and it was me in August! Not just this week or month!
Saturday, April 20, 2013
I have been working out a few kinks with my plan...let me see if I kind find a few words to focus on: reboot, re-establish, reset, renew, re-apply. I guess those will work. I am staying away from back-sliding, starting over, rebounding, yo-yoing. Those are kinda negative and when I think clearly and optimistically they really don't describe the place I am in. In the past they most certainly did, but this time I just never quit or gave up. I took breaks, rested, refocused, reassessed.... And so with the help of other Sparkers my journey continues.
It amazes me that so many people motivate and inspire here at Spark many without ever knowing the full impact that their stories even have. I go to friend pages to see what the journey is like on a particular day and say woohoo, if she's still at it then why not me. These are all real people leading real lives with ups and downs and yet they persevere with healthy eating and moving. Then I come across those who are struggling or have fallen and I have compassion and sympathy because I I soooo know that feeling. It's saddens me when I come across pages that are no longer active because I wonder what happened???!!!?! I am so supported by all Sparkers with each and every post. Even after Sparking for almost two years, I am still an amateur at navigating the site, but often times I just link to someone who is posting exactly what I need to hear!
So I shout out a grand WooHoo! and a great big Thank You! To fellow Sparkers. And to any newbies who may come across this page, you will find motivation, information, and inspiration at Spark.
I have finally learned that this weightloss and management is a lifelong process and can only be done in ways that you can live with forever. There are quick starts, reboots, failures, and successes. I have not yet mastered this but there are many here who have lost and maintained for years! Many of them still do not claim to be masters because it is a lifelong process. But those lifelongers all say it is worth the effort! So I too, Keep Sparking!
I am shedding my winter coat slowly...down 2.5 of those 10lbs.
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