Reflection on the past year.
Thursday, December 15, 2011
So I realized this morning that I've been with Sparkpeople for one year. My first food was tracked on 12/15/10! I didn't really get going with the site until April this year but I was still tracking food for 4 months. There are a few things I could've done differently during this year. I could've been a more active blogger. But it's just not something I find myself really enjoying. I like doing it here and there to let everyone know how I'm doing. I do find that it keeps me more involved and I do love reading other sparkers blogs. And I could have been on the message boards more.
I could've been better at tracking food some days. There were some times where I wouldn't track for a couple of days. I also slacked on exercise for the last couple of months (and boy am I feeling it this morning from getting back into the gym). Part of it was because I had no gym membership but that's no excuse.
I could've lost more weight and that ties back to getting in the gym and making sure I track everyday.
Even with the things I could've done better or more of, this year has taught me that there is no "right way" to lose weight. Even with my slacking, I'm 49 pounds lighter than I was last year (267 in Dec. 2010). Even with my slacking, I haven't gained any weight back. I'm still the same weight I was 2 months ago (when I let it all get away from me, stressful time in life too). This is definitely a journey and learning experience and it's not always going to be smooth sailing. I've averaged .9 lbs lost per week and I can be happy with that.
To all of you who get discouraged: it doesn't matter what kind of success you have. Whether you lose 15, 40, or even 90 lbs, only track food, or only get to the gym 3 times a week, at least you're making an effort. And that's what we should be proud of.