Wednesday, November 23, 2011
I have not been participating in SparkPeople as other members have... I lost my focus, stopped working toward my goals and stopped logging my food intake and activity. The result is that I gained back 4 of the 5 lbs that I lost (at a crawl of 1/2 lb per week mind you), AND I was laid off from work - an additional excuse to overeat and stay lazy while feeling sorry for myself.
Instead, I asked God for help before I got out of bed at 4:45 this morning - I chose to return to the SparkPeople site and read the success stories and get some inspiration from my Spark friends, and WOW did I ever!
I am grateful for this website and all the tools and support it offers (articles from the experts, other useful tips for managing the emotional, spiritual and physical nature of obesity), I am grateful for all the courageous people who have willingly shared their setbacks as well as their perseverance to reach their goals - I have read several blogs by members and I realized, I wrote only one blog, back in July and then not until now - ! - I need to participate fully if I want to reach my goals, so here I write, because I know the power of "writing it down" . When I log my food, I am aware of my intake and less likely to overeat, when I log my activity the visual of seeing my calories burned coupled with the benefits of how great I feel when I get my butt out there regularly, does motivate me.
So, this Thanksgiving Eve, I have an "Attitude of Gratitude" and a renewed sense of hope that I can move forward and finally lose the excess weight and live an active, healthy life.
Thanks to the creators of SparkPeople : the book, this website, the folks who share their expertise. To all you members out there - whether you know it or not, you are helping me, helping others and we are all helping each other....
Happy Thanksgiving !