My Journey, Revisited September 28, 2011
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
I just had some one comment on a blog post I made on October 28, 2010 - ELEVEN Months ago. I had to re-read it to see why anyone would care to read it.
It has helped me this morning to realize WHY I am doing this...
*Since I started SparkPeople I am 58 pounds thinner & 9 pounds below my Spark People goal...trying to make maintenance my new way of life!
Here's that Post...
Thursday, October 28, 2010
My Story: How did I End Up at Spark People Anyway???
I had a new Spark Friend ask me to tell her more about myself and my journey.
As I wrote my reply to her, I had to sit back and just go through in my mind when and how this Journey all got started.
I will share those thoughts here today, as they have helped me understand and put it all into better perspective.
It’s a journal entry that is shedding some light on various issues for me.
Here’s a bit about me & my journey. I’m married (22 years), a Mom to one daughter in college (20). I worked in business for 31 years (28+ in banking) left my job at the end of last year and gained 27 pounds from January to June, 2010 on an already overweight body. I like to cook and bake and want to find a way to continue to do so but in a healthier manner.
I have struggled with weight issues for as long as I can remember. I went on my first diet when I was 16. I weighed 150 pounds (5’6”) and thought I was overweight – based on all my shorter, skinny friends. I thought 125 sounded like what I should weigh – so I went on a diet that summer. I lost 15 pounds – not 25 and thought I was a failure…can you see how we get sucked into believing there’s something wrong with us at such a young age and we can’t shake loose of it? From that point on, I gained weight. I sure wish I weighed 150 right now! LOL!
My Mom was a chronic dieter. She belonged to TOPS and Weight Watchers…so that’s where I got the idea I needed to diet and that 125 should be my goal…because that was her goal (she’s only 5’2”). How unrealistic was that?
Yes, Weight Watchers was a good program. I lost 80 pounds on it when I was 19 -21 years old. It was a diet. I thought I had to diet to lose weight. I have thought that most of my adult life.
Until I got to age 45. I said to myself “enough dieting, I’m not doing this anymore!” “If dieting doesn’t work? What does?” I always thought if I could just eat like a thin person I’d get thin.
I started by walking…I bought a pedometer (Digi Walker SW-200) that just counts steps. I really researched which one to buy. I wanted a simple step counter that was VERY accurate. I started using it and discovered that I was walking 4,000 to 4,500 steps a day (real shocker!).
My goal was to get to 10,000 steps a day. I had read that people who count steps move more than people who exercise for 30 minutes a day. I since have determined that is true! 10,000 steps is approximately 5 miles.
As I focused more on increasing my steps…I found I was eating less, making better choice in foods. The weight started to drop. I went from 200 pounds to 155 in about a year. And I wasn’t dieting. I thought this was the way to go! I felt so good!
Then for whatever reason…I wasn’t walking as much, I started eating more and not focusing on my choices. I lost the magic! I realize now there is no magic. I need to stay aware of what I am doing.
So here I am, using those tools that helped me on that leg of my journey.
But I also realizing after talking to my doctor that I need a program that helps keep me more accountable.
He suggested Weight Watchers…I told him that I think DIET when I hear Weight Watchers.
I had read about Spark People. So I came to the website on Wednesday, June 16, 2010. I had been to the doctor on Friday, June 11th – had a nephew’s wedding on the 12th – started to be aware of what I was eating and started walking again on Monday, June 14th. I also weighed myself that day. Since that day I have lost about 25 pounds.
I eat healthy foods that I want to eat. I use the calorie range Spark People has given me. But I choose the foods.
Do I eat perfectly? No – there’s no such thing. I do eat better and well.
I exercise almost (I schedule 6 days a week with Sunday off – but still want to reach 10,000 steps) everyday for about 60 minutes. I walked outdoors during the summer.
Some days for 60 minutes at a time, other days 20 minutes 3 times a day… I tend to break it up.
I live in Minnesota so I needed to find a plan I could use indoors for the winter months. I am using Leslie Sansone’s Walk Slim and right now am using 3 Fast Miles. It’s 45 minutes. I add additional walking or yoga to it.
I’m not breaking any records here, but I am moving forward slowly and surely. It doesn’t feel like a diet. I do have to motivate myself to exercise. But I am always glad when I do because I do feel good. I’m trying to take it a day at a time.
And, yes, I pray about it – everyday.
And my Spark Friends are an awesome help to me!