I might be a little more dedicated than some, but then my need is greater too.
At 210 I was a heart attack in the making. Genetically speaking, I was on borrowed time. Both my parents started their heart problems at age 57-58 and I was already 56 and getting heart flutters.
I am built like my Dad (his life is in mortal danger if I ever go bald) and he had 3 heart attacks and at least 1 mini-stroke. I made the decision, lose the weight or face the consequences. I simply cannot afford his medications and wouldn't want to be on them even if I could. He takes a dozen daily.
My mother passed away in 2004 and I have had quite an education in doctors and medicines since I had to start helping my Dad on a daily basis. I now have 2 seniors that depend on me daily and no time for poor health. (My Ray is 87.)
So I came back to SparkPeople and started doing the Spark Program. I knew I had to get 45 lbs off at the minimum to be able to maintain what I believed I could handle, 165. I found the Spark Program to be so easy on me that I changed my goal to 148, 135, 130, 125 and now 119.
I am blessed with a walking partner that needed to walk daily even more than I! So we talk non-stop every day it doesn't rain and walk 4-5 miles. I get up at 5am to be able to walk with Cathy at 6am during the summer months which have already started here in Mississippi. Dedication.
Just dedication, determination, devotion and a bit of effort on my part.
Except for yesterday!
This is actually sort of funny.
Well, my weigh-in day is Sunday. Dad's freezer quit on him and I had a 5 lb bag of shrimp that had thawed and he was afraid to use it. So I cooked it all at once. That wasn't the bad part. I ate about a pound of shrimp, 48 shrimp more-or-less with 1/8 cup Shrimp Sauce. Nope this still isn't the bad part.
I was well within my calories! Yahoo! I was going to get through this unscathed!
Yeah, right. Now the bad part. I used Zatarain's Crab Boil. Uh huh. Good old Zatarain's 100% salt it seems, my sodium in the Zatarain's was over 5000, lol. So I went up 2.6 lbs and poor Ray went up 2.7 lbs just since yesterday!
I know it is temporary but today is my weigh-in day and today I am up from last Sunday. So, I fall down and stand no more in the "Last One Standing" competition in one of my teams. I only hope the weight goes down again this week. I never understand why we can gain overnight but take weeks to lose it again.