Tuesday, August 25, 2009
I'll be celebrating my 1 year anniversary with Spark on Sept. 1. How have I progressed in the last year??? Well, it started out pretty slowly trying to learn how to navigate the site and use all the wonderful things it has to offer. I'm not much of a computer whiz so it was very confusing at first, but with perseverance and the help of my daughter(ThinkthinB) I eventually figured it all out. I started out just focusing on my calorie intake . Learning what I should and shouldn't be eating and what the correct portion size is. I faithfully logged everything I ate and was amazed at how the weight started coming off ! Portion size really does make a difference! Then I gradually started adding my exercising. I've always enjoyed going for walks, so I started with that. Then I dug out all the exercise videos that had been gathering dust for years and started adding one of those to my routine every day. My hubby gave me a treadmill and I love it!! I crank up the stereo and away I go! With all my steps in place I was slowly but steadily losing weight. It all sounds familiar, right?? You've all done exactly the same things I have. We're trying to be the best and healthiest we can be. So....if everythings going great what is this blog about???? Well, it's about how easy it is to let yourself fall back into your bad habits that got you overweight to start with.
The end of July I made the decision to only work part-time now. So for the first time in almost 30 years I'm not having to get up and go off to work every morning. I'm not sure that was such a good decision! I had my routine everyday of what time I got up, when I would fit in my exercise, and always had all my meals planned out ahead of time. It all worked out great. But now, I guess since I think I have all the time in the world, I have no routine at all!! I'm still getting my exercise in every day, but my eating has been horrible. I haven't planned out a single meal this entire month!! I decided I would allow myself to eat whatever I wanted for the first couple of days to celebrate my new freedom and then I'd get myself back on track. Here it is 4 weeks later and I'm still eating whatever I want!! I'm shocked at the end of the day when I realize how many calories I've eaten, but the next day I do it again. I've already gained back several pounds that I worked so hard to lose. I can't believe how easy it was to let myself slip back into all my bad habits that got me here in the first place. So here I am almost a year later starting from the beginning again. *sigh* I know all the right things to do and it's up to me to do them. There are no vacations from a healthy lifestyle. It's a lifelong commitment. Today is day #1.