Wednesday, July 21, 2010
June 21-July 21, 4.5 weeks…. Month #1
I joined SP the day before my 63rd birthday on June 21, 2010, and was “Sparkling” brightly by the 4th of July. In the first week my attitude about everything had improved 100%. Physically I felt better than I had in years (partially because I hadn’t even admitted to myself how poorly I felt) Emotionally I got honest in private and then with others by going public with my blog and as the mental and emotional purging began I just got lighter and brighter. I was beginning to face my stuff instead of stuffing my face.
Week two, I was riding HIGH and busy surfing the SP website finding the tools that worked best for me. The nutrition tracker became my new bible. I’d caught the Spark and was happily following the light while showing good results on the scale. My dear husband gave me all the time I needed to explore my feelings and begin to get comfortable with the real possibility of change. My physical presence was finally getting in line with my spiritual beliefs... thank you GOD =]
Week 3, started off with all the July 4th traditions, I was confident I wouldn’t be tempted to over indulge while partying, unfortunately my husband got sick with the flu and we had to cancel our plans. My attitude took a nose dive and all I wanted to do was eat which brought up some new insights about myself. Thank God my attitude adjustment didn’t end up including a margarita or over eating! The week ended with a fresh outlook and I began encouraging others with the reminder that” Motivation is what gets you started; Habit is what keeps you going.”
Week four, started with a big family celebration that included champagne and dessert. I didn’t used that dirty four letter word (diet) but did have to say “No thank you” more than once while being encouraged to over indulge and really began enjoying my new mindset & lifestyle. I got pretty good utilizing the SP website and found more and more people just like me. Their stories are moving, some times heart breaking, always inspiring. It’s very comforting to be able to admit out loud that I’m human thus flawed, a glorious work in progress, filled with hope and falling back in love with my self and my life. I started reading The Spark and by week’s end had reached my 1st short term goal… I lost 10 pounds and rewarded myself with a new scale.
Here I am in the middle of week 5, celebrating my first month with SparkPeople and no longer wondering when this love affair with life is going to end. The whole experience has been no less than a miracle for me. I’m not that naïve to think that it won’t be difficult some days and I might begin to slip back into destructive habits but now I know I can forgive myself and get back on track no matter what thanks to Chris and his Spark Team and the community who have welcomed and supported me the past 30 days. I believe this is just the beginning of a life long journey and I’m excited to support others who believe in miracles too.
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