Monday, August 22, 2011
When I started Sparkpeople last winter I really didn't know what I was getting into. I soon found myself not only becoming healthier and lighter, but I was becoming connected with a whole new community. One that always encouraged, always built up, and was always there when I needed it.
My progress has been wonderful. At my most I weighed 315lbs. That's not good when you're only 5' 9". When I found Sparkpeople I was around 300. I now weigh 265lbs. And I have dropped over 8in off my waist since January! I feel great and I see changes happening in my family; although slower than I'd like. Even at work others have either joined Sparkpeople or other plans and are working on their own health goals. I love to see the "Spark" being spread.
I even have a group of guys at church that are joining SP and are wanting to get together locally to support one another.
But with all this going for me something happened a few weeks ago. Life happened. I just got busy with birthdays and anniversaries and events and work and... well, you get the point. I stopped logging my food and workouts. I stopped working out. And I felt a lot of the old ways and habits sneaking back in. In a hurry? No problem swing by McDonalds. Ugh!
Not beating myself up over it much. It is what it is. But I am declaring a restart. A new push toward my health goals. Today I got up and went for a run. It was a short run, just under 2 miles. I was expecting a hard run since I hadn't run in a few weeks. But it was one of my most enjoyable runs to date. I ran almost a complete mile before I took a walk break. It really energized me. I was reminded how awesome it feels and how much I love it.
So here's to new challenges and new goals, and a new leg to my journey.