Tuesday, July 13, 2010
This is a continuation of my Spark Journey. I keep it in my blogs to save my main page from becoming weighed down (pun fully intended! LOL)
My Spark Journey Part Four.
7/11/10 Here I am on Day Four of being back at Spark People. I am so happy!
February 13, 2010
I've joined the weight-loss challenge at work. It's amazing how that has sparked my inspiration and determination levels. :-) Weighing in at 198 this morning. I'm not as "hung-up" as I used to be about how quickly I lose this weight, just as long as it keeps coming off, ounce by ounce.
January 12, 2010
It's been just over a year since I joined Spark People, in December, 2008. At that time, I weighed in at over 240 pounds, and to say I was desperate would have been the understatement of my life. I knew my weight wasn't going anywhere but up, and it scared me. I hated the way I looked and felt. I'd prayed for God to help me lose weight, and He led me to find SparkPeople.com, which changed my life.
For the first seven months of 2009, I was doing well. I lost sixty pounds, using the wonderful nutrition tracker, the exercises suggested by SparkPeople, and with lots of encouragement and support from all my new friends here.
Then, stress in the form of financial hardship, and some other family issues reared it's ugly weight-gaining head. I started slipping up, in my eating, and charting, but I didn't give up. I kept checking in, reading an article here and there, and trying to chart my food, but for some reason I couldn't seem to find the motivation I'd found so plentiful for those first seven months.
At first my weight simply stayed the same, but suddenly in December, I started gaining big time, as I started a new job, and yet another stressful situation occured in our family.
It scared me. I wondered if all my efforts had been futile. Would I end up back where I started or worse?
That's when I realized Spark People had changed me.
Every day, every bad choice day, the voice in my mind said, "I don't care how bad today is. I'm not giving up, and I'm not quitting. I will get there. I can do this. Tomorrow is a new day, and a fresh start."
It wasn't easy charting that weight gain on my spark page a week or so ago, but as soon as I did, I felt that "weight" lift right off my shoulders! Now it's coming off for real, and I know I will reach my goals.
Before I joined SparkPeople, I didn't believe in myself. Now I do, and that has made all the difference. This morning, I re-entered the 'one-derful club' as my weight dropped below 200 pounds once again.
I'm still over forty pounds lighter than I was at this time last year. I'm looking forward to the challenges that face me this year as I work toward my goals. All the better if I can encourage and inspire others along the way.