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I AM ACCOUNTABLE . . .!!

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,

Jill
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SLIMTHICK2 9/22/2011 7:31PM

    Beautiful blog, I love it and I am so glad for you. emoticon

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2MUCHRUTHIE 9/17/2011 5:40AM

    I wanted to check in on you to see how you were doing. I am so happy and proud of you! I remember when your spark was just down to a tiny spark and I said that the Lord would blow on it to restore it to a bright flame; well, He did ...in the form of this
Spark Buddy and GONE forever are 7 pounds!!! Keep encouraging each other..it works!

Blessings and Prayers
Ruthie



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OZARKMARY 9/5/2011 8:59AM

  emoticon I'm so happy for you my Friend! Great blog and inspiration. You WILL do it this time, I just know it!! So happy you have an accountability friend. What a wonderful idea. Keep up the great job! It's cooling here, finally, so no excuses not to get out there and walk. Have a wonderful day and week! WE/ emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PATTYCAKE17 8/31/2011 3:50PM

    BRAVO, BRAVO,BRAVO dear friend! you are such a cheerleader for so many others and now I get to say Congrats to you on your wonderful 7# weight loss. I'm SOOOOOOOOOO proud of you! You have so motivated me today!! Keep up the good work! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FATGRAMS61 8/29/2011 10:59AM

    What a great blog! I enjoyed reading it and have added you as a friend. I believe that overeating is an addiction like so many others and most people cannot get rid of an addictive by themselves, no matter what that addiction may be. Your eating buddy will make you accountable and if we're truthful, we don't like to tell when we've been bad....so enters the buddy. Finding the right one is finding a life long friend! Glad you did it. Please continue to blog because in doing so, you do help us all... emoticon

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MOMFAN 8/28/2011 6:47PM

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TORTILLAFLATS 8/26/2011 11:32PM

    Jill, Wonderful Blog. You should write them more often.

Accountability is wonderful when you have a buddy to share it with. I think it is your buddy that is Blessed having you to share her journey with.
Hugs, Gail

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JAKEANDNELLIE 8/26/2011 8:44PM

    What a great idea! I need to find a accountability buddy to help me maintain my motivation! Congratulations on the 7 pounds this month - in fact, here's seven woohoos for you! I'm so proud of you!
Sheila
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CTUPTON 8/26/2011 8:10PM

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Congratulations. I am glad you had such a great friend! Chris

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SPEEDY143 8/26/2011 7:20PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon So glad you stuck with Sparks and are making progress because YOU have been one of the best cheerleaders emoticon emoticon on Sparkpeople and have made so many contributions to ALL of our successes emoticon

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JINLYNN 8/26/2011 3:43PM

    Words of wisdom - we have to find our own motivation, but it is nice to have that supportive friend there to cheer us on.
Congratulations on your progress.


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CAZ5346 8/26/2011 1:36PM

    emoticon BLOG JILL. emoticon YUP WE CAN WANT IT BUT IT'S WE THAT HAVE TO DO IT.. I AM SO PROUD OF YOU.

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VTMAID 8/26/2011 12:07PM

    I am so happy for you, Jill! And, doesn't that progress feel wonderful?
I am kind of at a plateau right now, but I know I'll be fine once I see a couple more pounds drop. I try really hard not to be discouraged, because I do know I am doing the right things.
I am so proud of you, Jill!!!!!
Take care,
Karen

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ESILBO 8/26/2011 9:50AM

    emoticon I AM SO PROUD OF YOU...WE ARE ALL IN THE SAME BOAT AND SP IS THERE TO MAKE US BE ACCOUNTABLE...BUT...
ITS A CHOICE WE HAVE TO BE HONEST WITH OURSELVES AND DO WHAT IT TAKES TO REACH OUR GOAL...
YOU LOST SO MUCH ALREADY, YOU ARE ON THE RIGHT TRACK...KEEP GOING, AND GOING, AND GOING...LOL
LOVE
LISE
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IOWAGRAMMA 8/26/2011 9:30AM

    I am not sure why it takes so long for us to have our "light bulb moment" but it sure takes one to get our attention! So glad it is working out and that you are making truly great progress!!! It feels great to get to that 10% landmark and you'll be there before you know it. WTG, Jill!! Jeannie
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BLUEANGELLK 8/26/2011 9:04AM

    Congratulations. You are well on your way!

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COOLMAMA11 8/26/2011 6:35AM

    A great big* Rah Rah* for our wonderful friends, that is what Spark is all about, helping one another along this Life Journey to better health and awareness! I am so proud of you Jill...keep working toward those goals, we will accomplish all we set out to do!

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BEANZFRD 8/26/2011 6:05AM

    Glad to hear you're doing so well!! Good job, and keep on going towards that 100#s!

Robin

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SUSIEPH1 8/26/2011 6:01AM

    Thats just awesome Jill !! great blog and congratulations ...
We must be accountable for what we eat and what exercise we do... This is the only way we will conquer our love of food.
Well Done love! I am so very proud of you ..
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