Wednesday, January 07, 2009
Another 100 miles.
That's what my parents used to say whenever I asked that question while on a road trip. It was always the same answer, no matter how far we had traveled. I always just thought I had great timing. I would then (finally, I'm sure my parents were thinking) settle down and go to sleep. We did eventually get there, after all, and they would wake me up. Except for once. They let me stay sleeping in the back seat when we got to grandma's. I'm sure the thoughts that initially ran through my head when I awoke and the car wasn't moving would be fun for a therapist to sort through, but relax. I was in no danger. Grandma's was in northern WI, way back in the woods, on a private road, with nothing more menacing out there to a girl of 8 than chipmunks.
But those journeys are not what this blog is about. This one is about my journey toward a healthy lifestyle. And before some Team Leader puts it in a challenge, I'm calling this one my retrospective of 2008, and claiming the points in advance.
Anyway, this journey started In September '07. I weighed 194 lbs. My highest weight had been 240. A couple of years prior, I had lost 95 lbs in an alarming 6 weeks due to an allergy. Once that was finally diagnosed and under control, it only took a year to put 50 of them back on. A very unhealthy roller coaster indeed. Sure, I didn't weigh as much as I had, but this time, I felt like crap. I looked crappier too. I saw a rare picture of myself and decided I had to take control.
I focused on a goal date of a wedding that I would be attending in January '08 (that blog was long ago if anyone is interested). My main focus was to lose the weight, but I ended up gaining more than I bargained for. Much more.
Along with the weight and the crappy feeling health-wise, I have since realized that my outlook on life had been somewhat crappy too. I wasn't depressed, but I wasn't truly happy either. Just kind of going through the motions. Sleeping through the last 100 miles of my life.
Then I joined Spark People. Or did it join me?
In any case, I started learning about, and watching my nutrition, and the weight came off! I didn't quite make my goal weight by the wedding, but I did just a couple of weeks later. And now, just under a year later, I'm still maintaining that weight loss.
And I've made friends here. Wonderful people that I've actually met. Some I plan to meet (and SOON!). Many that I'll probably never get the chance to meet in person, but you are no less dear to me because of it.
I can't remember ever having a more difficult year than 2008 was, but my outlook is quite different than in prior years. I've been unemployed for 11 months now, but I'm still positive about everything, and stress is nonexistent. I've done a lot more, tried many new things and accepted more challenges. I'm living now, not just existing. I'm going after what makes me happy, and found that it actually IS attainable.
And last but certainly not least, my general health is very much improved. I'm off medications that I had been on prior to losing the weight (cholesterol and stuff like that). I had back surgery in June, and the very next day, went to a .38 Special concert. That wouldn't have been possible carrying that extra 60 pounds. I had laproscopic surgery one week ago, and today I was out and about all day, and walked over 3 miles in the (cold) fresh air. I very likely couldn't have done that carrying an extra 20 lbs, much less 60.
I've been a bit dormant on SP for the past few months. I've kept tabs on all of you, but haven't really posted or blogged, or logged my nutrition or exercise. We'll just call that a rest stop for a potty break.
So now it's time to ask...
Are we there yet?
Let's take a look at the map, shall we? We've passed Healthy Eating, NC and Goal Weight, TN, gone through Maintenance, MO, and Better Health, KS. Climbed to the top of Self Esteem, CO (it's a mile high) and enjoyed Happiness, WY so much that we'll come back often.
All we have to do now is drop off these hitchhikers in Smoking, UT and Caffeine, AZ, and find some rock hard abs somewhere in NV.
Another 100 miles.
Only now, I'm driving so I have to stay awake. And I'm lucky enough to have all my SP friends along for the ride. It makes it so much more fun.