Oh, Spark, you lovely springboard!
Thursday, June 24, 2010
I did it!! I reached my goal—and then some. When my sister and a couple friends who were Sparkers turned me onto the idea, I said I'd give it a try. I set a good goal: 10-15 pounds in three months. As of this morning, I'm down 16 pounds from when I started!
I was pretty excited to see that number on the scale, especially since it's been over a week since I've been using the trackers, and four days since I've done any type of exercise video just to cram in my 30 minutes of cardio that I pledged to do every day. I'm staying active but in lifestyle ways—biking instead of driving, taking public transportation and spending the day walking around downtown instead of in a museum or library, not hesitating to chase my kids up and down the hills at the park.
But I'm done with tracking cardio minutes. I'm done with videos like the 30 Day Shred. They propelled me to lose the weight and get used to daily physical exercise, but they don't have a place in my everyday life.
I'm also done counting calories. But I'm so much more aware of what I eat now. I know when I'm full. Today, for example, I can tell that I probably overshot that calorie range a bit, just based on how my stomach feels. I pay attention when I prepare my meals—protein, fruit, veggie, carb. And from three months of tracking, I have a pretty good idea on the calorie counts.
I wish I had listened sooner to those who told me to switch things up a bit when, twice during this journey, I hit plateaus. Consume more calories, they told me, which sounded like horrific advice. But based on the fact that it took me getting off my religious obedience to my calorie count and fitness minutes schedule, treating myself more often and loosening up a bit, to finally lose those pounds—you guys were right!!
It's also time to say good-bye to Spark. I'm very aware of how time-consuming this process is. I could NOT have achieved this weight loss without the Spark tools and especially this community, and for that, I thank you. But I've learned so much that I'm aching to get back to a healthier life: one in which I enjoy breakfast in the morning with my husband, without the laptop booted up to log my meal; one in which I munch on a healthy snack with my kids without scribbling notes on how many grams of carrots I consumed to log during nap time; one in which I take the kids on a bike ride without tracking the distance to see exactly how many calories I've consumed.
I'm done reading Spark emails. I've actually started a book on how to raise chickens in my backyard!
I'm not completely gone—once a week, I will check up on those of you who would still like my support until you reach your goals. You've been the key to me achieving mine and I have no intention of leaving you high and dry!
I have lost 16 pounds. I'm in the middle of my healthy BMI. I feel good. Thank you for the springboard; Life, here I come!!!!!!!!