Monday, February 20, 2012
Like everyone I've had my ups and downs trying to stick with a plan of eating well and exercising but I just realized I've been on Sparkpeople since the end of December. And since December I've been more good than not - eating well, exercising most of the time, tracking what I eat, and most importantly - getting back on track right after small slip-ups. These used to be excuses for spending a few days...weeks...months...on a diet holiday, since after all - don't I deserve it? It's been a tough day and who wants to suffer even more by being hungry?
So as I write this tonight I realize I'm facing a challenging week (aren't they all?) since I'm traveling. That's where I tend to indulge in the always available food and lavish dinners and am usually too bored to exercise in the hotel fitness room (where there is no zumba or something fun).
But I think it's different this time, and has been for the last three months. With this site and the support, motivational information, and encouragement I receive from all of you I feel a little stronger and more motivated. I've lost 17.5 pounds so far (though I'm a weight loss rerun and have lost the same 30 pounds a few times), but it's not the weight loss but the attitude that is different. Gone are the feelings of just hanging on, waiting until I can finish this diet to eat something fattening. While I still can't keep certain foods in the house, I have indulged since December. And I tracked the food eaten, or if it was too much too fast I let it go and got back on the "wagon". I continued to read the stories of strength and triumph and struggle you've all posted...and felt I can be stronger myself. And because of this I didn't give up but just keep going, even if some weeks barely moved the scale.
So with this blog I just want to say "thanks" to all of you and to the creators of this site. Though I didn't realize it, I guess I did need some support and encouragement to help me be successful in reaching for my goals. I still need to continue this journey to be the healthiest me I can, but it seems like it's easier now with the support and the people here.