Saturday, June 04, 2011
We were asked to write a blog for our upcoming Summer Challenge...talking about what we expect from the challenge and how we'll stay on track. Some of you know my story from previous blogs and I would guess that most of us share similar stories....heavy most of my life, losing and regaining the weight more times than I can remember. I even found SP a few years ago, went to the trouble to set up a page and then left before even getting started. My daughters and I decided to start a new program to get healthy last September. I wasn't looking forward to it...just didn't know if I had the energy to start yet another diet...already thinking I'd last a few weeks or months and then fail again. I finally realized that I needed to step up and do whatever it took to make sure my daughters don't have to go through this same story in their lives....I needed to lead by example and let them see that they could get healthy and still enjoy life. After all, if Mom can do it at this age with this much weight to lose, they could surely do it. So...with that mindset, I sat down and made a plan. I found a free app for my phone where I could track my food and I made a promise to myself that I would be totally honest in tracking and would not give myself an excuse to miss tracking. I put in my information on the App and it told me I could reach my goal in May of 2012. That almost made me stop before I got started...the thought that it would be that long before I would reach my goal...how could I do this for that long?? Then I realized something that changed my life...May of 2012 is going to get here whether I do anything or not...it's my choice to get started and actually be healthy by then or let myself be defeated and still be obese and unhealthy. I chose to get started. I used the original App for my phone for a week or so, then remembered SP. I came back to the Website and then found the SP App. I decided to join some groups and get involved. After a short time, I got an invitation to join a challenge with the Sapphire Beauties team. I wasn't sure what to expect but thought it couldn't hurt to try a challenge. I just never knew how much it would help on my journey to get healthy. There are some amazing women on this team. They are there when I need them...supportive whether I'm doing great or need encouragement to keep going. The weekly challenges are important to my success at losing weight...they motivate me to workout, not only for myself and my weight loss but because I don't want to let my team down. I want to do what it takes so that we all can be the "best us". I doubt that I would be as successful with my weight loss as I have been without this team. I know that this challenge, like the others, will inspire me to do my best. This is the team that I want with me when I reach my goal....whether it takes 2 years or 5 years...I know they'll be there to cheer me on. When I'm tempted to get off track, I just remember that I'm accountable to my team. Thanks Sapphire Beauties for being there for me! There are so many things that I can enjoy doing now that I had been missing out on. I walk and don't worry about gasping for breath. Last weekend, my daughter and I took my granddaughters to a beach about an hour away...I was able to walk in the sand and enjoy it...life has so many new possibilities. As of this morning, I'm 76.8 lbs down and can't wait to continue on this journey with you all!