Sunday, December 11, 2011
Tomorrow is my one year Sparkversary. What a year it has been for me. When I stumbled on this website, I was disgusted that I had let myself get 40 pounds overweight and have no will power to do anything about it. I was dedicated for 2 days and worked out until I had to crawl up and down stairs. Then I would do nothing for a week. Then, you guessed it, I would torture myself again to the point of pain..... ahh the cycle. And food? I would eat no carbs and rebound with weight gain. I would eat no fat and rebound ....eat no sugar and rebound....now it sounds like basketball and that is what my stomach was looking like too!
With Sparkpeople, i rediscovered how much I liked to exercise the right way. I rediscovered my passion for yoga and combined that with a reasonable elliptical and weight workout. Sometimes I am a bit sore but not to the point of agony! I love looking forward to exercise and thinking of it as "my" time. I have developed a pretty consistent workout routine through the year.
With the food part, I did not do as well. I lost 20 pounds at one point and then did the worst thing I could do. I had not developed enough of a habit to abandon the food tracker, but I did just that. And once I wasn't logging the food, I also lost portion control logic! I found myself cutting out breakfast again because I was too busy to eat! I stopped planning ahead so I had no food to take with me to work. I gained back 10 pounds. But, by looking back I can see where my mistakes were. Next year I will log my food daily and be mindful of proper portions. I will make the commitment to plan ahead and NEVER skip breakfast. I will continue to incorporate vegetables and fruits into my daily intake.
So, did I fail? Hmmm Isn't it interesting we look at things as pass or fail. Maybe that could be another thing to work on next year....not grading myself! I have to think of it as a life long journey to becoming the best me possible and taking care of the only body I will ever have. I want to remain active and healthy for as long as possible. I want to be an example for others. I want to respect the temple God gave me and look at this journey as a thank you to Him.
Speaking of thankful, I am so thankful for finding this wonderful site. It has educated me and encouraged me to push myself and set goals. I met wonderful people that encourage and support me along the way. I am looking forward to setting new goals for next year! I am looking forward to discovering more about life! Namaste my dear Sparklers.