Sunday, December 26, 2010
I have learned a lot this year. I started out in July, looking for ways to make myself better and to lose weight. I found Spark People on July 11th and could not be happier! Spark People has taught me so much in just 6 months.
I have learned 1. About myself - physically and probably more importantly mentally. The way we think really has an impact on all that we do. We want results now and if we don't see them immediately we get discouraged and quite, thinking all the while that we are worthless and we can't do it. I have learned to think about myself and weight loss in a whole different way. I have found that just because I didn't lose 50 lbs by the end of the year doesn't make me a failure, I didn't lose 50 lbs, but I did lose 15 lbs and that is a start! Slow and steady wins the race.
2. I have learned that goals are great and can be kept. They don't have to be really hard either. Starting out small works better than starting out big. Sure, it is good to have a main goal, but at the same time if it is a little to unrealistic and you don't set smaller, easier to obtain goals, you will get discouraged pretty fast and probably fail. I always thought about my goals, I thought that all I wanted was to lose 60 -70 lbs. I didn't care how, but I did care about the when. And the when was now. I have now found that I went about it all the wrong way and I was thinking negatively. I found out what I really wanted and started making smaller, more realistic goals that I could actually reach and feel good about myself.
3. Weight loss was not the only thing that I wanted, sure I would have felt great losing weight, but would I have been happy? No, and Spark People has made me see that I need more than weight loss to make me happy, I need to make myself happy and take control of my life.
All that Spark People has taught me these last 6 months has really made a difference, but so has the people here. I have never met a more understanding, kinder, helpful, willing group of people! Everyone has given me so much love and support. I am so excited for the New Year! I will keep on pushing towards my goals, meeting each one and continuing on. 2011 Will be a great year, I will make it so. :)