Wednesday, August 24, 2011
You know those success stories we all hear and ads ... even those shared here on SP... well my results not typical are in reverse. While the stories we read show the incredible success people have achieved and maintained, and then you read the fine print that the results are not typical...
Well here's my story... I have been at this most of my life. I have weighed in ranges from 115lbs (well don't know if that counts as it was my high school years) to tipping over 200lbs after giving birth to my children. Throughout the years, I have had experiences of 'success' in weight loss, but I'm still here and not at my goal weight - YET!!
I have tried many programs including Weight Watchers, E-Diets, the drug store 'diet' cures, the online ones that drew me in... I have tried the fast and quick methods and I have tried the tried and true diet and exercise - basics of math calories in vs energy out... so why am I still here?
Well I am human and I have also had many life experiences in there that have caused me to go up and down - and I'm not only speaking in terms of my weight now - but also with respect to my spirit. I know that things could always be worse... and I sincerely do appreciate every wonderful day that is given to me, but I have had some trying times... (which I wrote about in a story that was published in a book in May 2010). I experienced marital breakdown, depression, addiction, bankruptcy, job loss, heartbreak, abuse... but through all of this I have also gained some very valuable lessons and do not regret any of the experiences I've lived as they have made me who I am today.
Along this journey - SP has grown to be very dear to my heart. When I moved to a new city - I did not have a friend base and felt very alone... but my SP friends follow me wherever I go and I know that I am never alone. I joined teams and now lead a couple of them and found more and more people that I shared interests with and some that I grew even closer to as we seemed to just 'connect' beyond SP (and now have off line daily contacts).
In my current home town I initiated some in person meetings and now striving to hopefully organize one where I can meet some of my 'international' SP friends ... outside of my city, and country.
Back to the results not typical... well today I did a check in as I prepare to join a new challenge with a new team and weighed in ... and I'm back up to 171.5lbs - only half a pound from where I started in January of this year but you know what - That's OK!! I am still here and I refuse to quit!
Through my stumbles, I learn - as I did with my life experiences, the same is true with my SP experiences. So my friends, if you are like me and sometimes feel like a yo-yo and wonder why bother I say - Because YOU are so worth it!!
Join me and let's show em' our own individual 'a-typical' results and the success we know we can achieve!! Who's with me?!