Thursday, July 29, 2010
Early June this year found us praying our way as a family through a medical scare with my brother. God answered those prayers generously and now in solidarity as a family we have embarked on a “FAMILY FIRST HEALTHY CHOICES CHALLENGE” that runs from 6/21/10 to 9/6/10, and beyond for some of us, as we tackle weight loss, heart disease, high blood pressure, smoking and exercise issues, as well as drug and alcohol dependencies and all the emotional baggage that goes along with any addiction.
My personal goal was to get below 300 pounds in those 11 weeks. Which meant I should lose 2 pounds a week. So I joined SP but was too embarrassed to put my true weight out there for everyone to see so I choose to use the weight loss ticker set for a 23 pound loss with the 6th of September as my deadline.
Our family challenge goal charts are weekly and include a place to calculate our weight loss percentage which has to be verified by our spouses.
Uh oh… I hadn’t told my DH what I weighed in decades so this was going to be another problem for me.
So the first issue I had to face when I joined SP was coming clean with my hubby about my weight. It really was hard for me but I did it and in doing so that one step has made each issue easier to face and erase. And as I continued to share shameful secrets like cockroaches they scurried to hide every time that light went on above my head. What I’m learning is they can only be eliminated if squashed by the truth, owned by their keeper, and acknowledged out loud.
Today, six weeks after joining SP, we are half way through our family challenge but I’m feeling 100% better and the physical and emotional improvements have been life changing.
I’m looking forward to adjusting my ticker on September 7th to proudly read what I weighed when I started SparkPeople and the 143 pounds I plan to eliminate along with the anger, guilt and shame due to emotional eating. I won’t have an end date in mind this time, I don’t care how long it takes. With the tools available and this wonderful community surrounding me how could I possibly lose faith in myself or the goals I’ve set?
SparkPeople lightens the load and illuminates’ the path towards a healthy life style.
Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works
And give glory to your father who is in heaven. Matthew 5:16
Monday, July 26, 2010
Don’t you love the commercials on TV about all the side effects you can suffer while taking a prescription drug…
Example: Could cause a bad taste in mouth; changes in sex drive; constipation; diarrhea; difficulty sleeping; dizziness; dry mouth; exaggerated sense of well being; headache; impotence; nervousness; over stimulation; restlessness; sleeplessness; upset stomach. Rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue; bizarre behavior; chest pain; fainting; fast heartbeat; pounding in the chest; shortness of breath; swelling of the legs and feet; tremor. The most severe manifestation of chronic intoxications is psychosis, often clinically indistinguishable from schizophrenia. Yikes!
Believe it or not I actually took all those symptoms from a commonly prescribed diet drug and best I could tell the recommended dosage is 3 pills 3 times a day at approximately $1.00 each. Double Yikes!!
Now, my drug of choice is SparkPeople and it’s FREE.
I could list a couple dozen GOOD side effects since joining. So far the worst side effect I’ve experienced using SparkPeople is the increased urination.
If I had known how many trips to the bathroom I'd be making before I started five weeks ago I would have bought shares in Procter & Gamble before I started because of all the toilet paper I’ve used!!!
Side note: As of mid 2010, P&G is the 6th most profitable corporation in the world, and the 5th largest corporation in the United States by market capitalization, surpassed only by Apple, Exxon Mobil, Microsoft, and Walmart. Thanks to meeeeeeeeeeee and my increased urination.
Careful don't squeeze me to tight!!!!
Happy peeing everyone
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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