Wednesday, September 03, 2008
Someone asked me how I stay on track...which by the time I got to answering was asking me how I stay motivated. I really had to think about this. My answer to her really is my overall motivation...and I still need to examine what works to "stay on track" at a daily level.
I have been on SP for a good while now...about a yr and a half. I actually did budge a few pounds, then gained five and couldn't shake it. THAT is finally back off. Several things work here...I am diabetic and in the beginning of this adventure, my sugars just kept climbing...I NEEDED that to stop. It has. Then, last September, someone suggested a mile a day walking challenge...so I finally got moving again. (long story about that, too) Then I had a scare with my heart...thought I had had a heart attack...appears to have been angina. THAT took from Mid Sept to mid Nov. to get taken care of and THAT was a huge motivator to get me more active and more diet conscious.
Another personal factor is that we have no health insurance. I MUST get and stay healthy.
Since I have been on SP I have found motivation in some of the challenges offered. Also, since the SP site began the "streak" thing, I find I am determined to log in (no problem there) and to WALK daily and record it. The walking is mostly for my heart, of course, but maintaining the streak is fun. I missed recording one day though I had walked and had logged in..but it broke the streak and that continues to aggravate me.
I will gladly partner with others for mutual encouragement...and perhaps we can challenge one another somehow. I want to get and stay healthy and I want to get and keep my blood sugars under control.
Years ago, my first success with weight loss was through Weight Watchers..I got to goal and became a free lifetime member. THERE it was not the diet but the process of having our leader lady, Barbara, checking on you and speaking to you about how you were doing. I was highly motivated by HER. Later efforts with WW were not as successful with other leaders. I learned from that, that having someone else keeping an eye on your efforts and progress is good stimulus.
With the start of the new service year....I would like to get things MOVING again on the scale. I want to get the next five pounds OFF again...and keep them off. I think it is ridiculous that others on here lose hundreds of pounds and I can't get 25 off!!
Now, how about you?
THANK YOU for the question that brought on this long epistle..but you got me thinking about this...and that is good.