First Steps Toward My New Life

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Well I've completed my first week on Spark. I have been super excited to join and am overwhelmed by the powerful feeling that we can overcome this struggle with weight, together. I guess it is really true, there is power in numbers. For the first time I don't feel alone in this, I feel like with the help and support of everyone on this site I can do this. We can all do this.

I have so often heard in life that the first step is the hardest. I disagree. I have taken many first steps in my life. Over and over again I have taken that first step toward a healthier and happier life and haven't gone any farther. Well, I am over that first step. I want that last step. That step on the scale when it reads 150lbs. That seems to me to be the hardest one.

For me the first week is always the easiest. I am excited about a new program, I feel motivated and inspired, I actually have a little faith in myself that I can succeed. It is after this first or second week that I begin to really struggle. I become tired, bored and lose motivation. I feel like as weeks progress the climb up the mountain becomes harder and harder and so I begin to slow down and then eventually give up hope and return to my previous ways.

This is where I hope this site will help me the most to finally succeed and overcome my weight loss struggle. To make this happen I know I'm gonna need to stay active in this community, to be accountable to this community. I'm gonna need the support of this community.
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  • -LISS-
    Wow, everything I was going to say Jess said!
    2311 days ago
    Yay first blog post! Just never forget why you are doing this! Love yourself, let go of the mistakes you may make, and learn! emoticon
    2312 days ago
    2312 days ago
    My journey started at 273 pounds and I joined spark people in the 250s. This site has helped me so much and I have a pretty good feeling that I would have failed if I had not been a member. My biggest advice to you is even when things get hard (and they will) when you have eaten 2000 calories in snacks and said "I really messed up, why should I even continue?", forgive yourself because it happens to all of us and then hop on spark people, let people know your having a hard time (as embarassing as it seems), read a motivational story or look at before and after pictures of others. Plan to get on track the next meal, and even if you dont, dont quit.

    I have quit every other time I have tried this. Then I decided that this time its not a diet, its my new life, and in my new life I mess up, I over eat occasionaly, I skp out on exercise, I tell people that I am going to be good today and then end up at the chinese buffet later.

    The difference this time is I dont beat myself up about it, I forgive myself and move on. I have done all these things and managed to lose over 100 pounds in the last two years. It can be done. I have seen other people here on spark people who have done the same thing I have. The thing we all have in common is we keep going, we keep logging in.

    I have seen others who do well and then mess up (I assume) and suddenly disapear from spark people and I dont see them for another 6 months and they have gained and slid back. They stopped logging on because they were embarassed, they couldnt forgive themselves for messing up so they just threw in the towel. Dont be one of them. You can do this, and if you stick with it through the hard times you will. You will step on that scale one morning and be in the place you want to be.

    I wanted to be that 150, I am close at 157.8 (as of this morning) and if feels just as good as I thought it was when I was up in the 300's. I never thought I could make it here really, but I decided that I would not stop and now I am.

    all you have to do is keep putting one foot in front of the other. Your right, the first step is never hard, its picking up the other foot.

    ~ Jess
    2312 days ago
  • PEARL8264
    2312 days ago
    Best of luck to you!
    2312 days ago
    congrats on your first blog post.
    2312 days ago
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