Wednesday, December 08, 2010
Yesterday, I entered my most recent weight, and I realized that I am halfway to my goal. I can't believe how far I've come using SparkPeople. I'm down two sizes and fifteen pounds, which, compared to how much some of the amazing people on here have lost, may not sound like a lot. But it's huge to me! It's ten percent of my body weight - well, my current body weight at least.
This weekend, my kids, mother, and I went on a trip to the Smokie Mouuntains. I knew I was going to eat badly, and I did. But I also found myself making smart decisions as well: when we stopped at the gas station for a snack and bathroom break, instead of picking up a bag of Corn Nuts - one of my traveling faves - I picked up a bag of microwavable popcorn instead. Rather than gorge on the hotel buffet, I had an egg white vegetable omelet for breakfast. And, rather than the Mexican restaurant, I had Subway for lunch.
I'm not saying I was perfect; I ate fudge, nachos, and countless apple fritters. But, I had the tools to make smart decisions most of the time and even managed to sneak in a work out. Perhaps even more important, Spark People gave me the motivation: I knew I'd have to go face my team members if I didn't meet my challenge goals.
Fifteen pounds still seems like a lot of weight to lose, but I'm determined to make it happen. I'd love for it all to be gone tomorrow, yet I also know that nothing worth having is that easy. It's a process, a slow process. A marathon, not a sprint. A journey, not a quick trip. A life-style change, not a diet.
Being halfway there means if I quit now, I have as much to lose as if I have to gain by sticking it out and reaching my goal. It's not worth it to give up now. I've come too far.