Friday, August 26, 2011
I've been trying to Lose a Significant Amount of Weight since I joined Spark in 2010. At first I was really motivated and rapidly lost 15#s and was so excited that my Goal was to Lose 60#s by the end of the Year. Well, 2011 came and due to my unhealthy Choices and Inconsistent Exercising I wasn't even close to that WL when I "rang" in the New Year of 2011.
I was Discouraged but Never Thought of Giving Up as I guess I thought by just Sparking and having Good Intentions I would lose the weight by "Magic" and Wishing It Away. Well, I'm no Princess and this isn't a Fairy Tale so my Only wanting it and not working hard towards my goals I was only down 20#s after a whole year of Sparking. I was very unhappy with myself and my lack of Determination, Willpower and Choices. I was actually embarrassed that friends might be critical of the fact that my Weight Ticker was stuck for many months and never moved. As, I was always telling them, You Can Do It and Make Healthy Choices even if I wasn't following my own advice.
Then a few months ago one of my Spark Friends asked me to be her Accountable Buddy. I was game even though I doubted it would help me with my "Stuck in the Mud" attitude. Since then, after every meal we report what we ate and how many calories and it's surprising how that makes you think before you put something unhealthy and high calorie in your mouth. The Goal is to stay within my calorie range every day and give each other helpful suggestions and comments.
The first month I plodded along even though my Accountable Buddy was doing well and she gave me great suggestions and comments on my excess eating and lack of exercise. She is a very Smart and Determined Lady and slowly I stopped "Yo Yoing" or gaining 3 pounds one week only to Lose 2 or 3 pounds the next hence I was in a Standstill with no WL progress. It was around that same time that I had a "lightbulb" moment and realized she seemed to want it for me more than I did! I realized no one but me could make this WL happen but me! I was only hurting myself if I didn't make those necessary choices and changes.
So, I have a much Healthier Mindset and realize a significant WL will happen for me if I keep on making healthy food choices in proper portions and exercise. I've Lost 7#s this Month so I'm "Happy Dancing". . .and will Continue to until I reach my WL Goal of Losing 100#s. I only have to drop 1 more pound to have lost 10% of my Starting Weight!
I so Appreciate my Accountable Buddy and have grown to Love Her Like a Sister. She gave me hope and encouragement and seems to love me Unconditionally. I'll forever be grateful for her. If it wasn't for her and her great idea I hate to think where I would be with the Unhealthy mindset I had. So Don't give up on yourself as there is always hope. . . and with God's Help may we all work hard towards our WL Goals!!
Love & Hugs,