What I Love About SparkPeople
Wednesday, June 09, 2010
I'm Baaaaaack!! Wow, I didn't realize that I had so many entries from before!
Anyway, when I started this program I weighed about 145. At 5'4" it was not obese or even officially 'overweight' but it was the most I'd ever weighed in my life. I've always been thin but not "healthy thin." Then I hit a 'certain age' and the pounds started to creep on. Then, since I was gaining weight anyway, I quit smoking. Ah... well... something like that. I had pretty much resigned myself to accept the weight as part of getting older and quitting.
Then as part of a company 'greatest loser' thing, my husband started calorie tracking. And I remembered that I'd signed up for this site. And the change started.
Always before, when I'd 'tried' to lose weight, I felt like I was lost in the woods. I had a basic understanding, of course, that weight loss was a function of calories in - calories out. I had absolutely no clue how many calories were in what, or how many I needed in the course of a day. SparkPeople's calorie tracking took the guess work out of that, and enabled me to make intelligent meal choices. And it's good stuff, too!
And the exercise tracker. Whoooo, what a revelation! My idea of a "workout" was riding my bike leisurely around the neighborhood for a few miles. That was enough, I felt, to justify a trip to the frozen custard stand.
Anyway, with the tools that SparkPeople gave me, I was able to get above the trees for an aerial view. They let me know how much I was burning off, and how much I was taking in. They gave me tools to stay accountable and keep track of how I was doing, and didn't advocate any gimmicky "diet plans" that are not sustainable.
With SparkPeople's help, I was able to get back to the "good" side of 120 by the end of that year, and pretty much stay there. I set a "come back to Sparky" weight of 125, to prevent gaining it all back, and I've come back a few times - but the lessons learned are in place now, and all I've needed was a short reminder.