I want to Spark like it's a marathon, not a sprint.
Friday, April 06, 2012
I joined this site on November 4, 2010. Wow. Seems like yesterday. And nothing I have done in the last 20 years has changed my life so much (other than having children). I had dieted and exercised before, but I was really just bouncing around in the dark. I love the structure and flexibility that SP gives me. I can eat anything I want. Anything. And still lose weight. I just can't eat everything I want. I can exercise how I want. If I want to eat more, I know I can change my goals to lose weight more slowly, or I have to exercise more. I am not following a rigid plan set up for the general public. Love that.
I am a part of two Spark Class teams. The one I "joined" when I signed up for SP, and the one in which I was made co-leader. Periodically, I will check the leaderboards for fitness minutes. My original Spark Class has dwindled down significantly, and I am 5th on the leaderboard. With 250 fitness minutes, I am 35th in the rankings in the Spark Class of March 11-17th, 2012. I'm not even on the front page. I remember when I first started sparking, I wanted to be top ten. I spent two hours working out most days. Now, not so much. Even though I liked being one of the top in fitness minutes, I have accepted that I probably won't be able to compete with the newbies. After all, I have lost over 50 pounds. The next 20 pounds are not going to come off as quickly as the first 50. I have to do something that I can sustain for the rest of my life. Can I work out an hour or so 3-5 days a week? You bet! I can't do the 2 hours, 5 days of week. And that is ok. I was a sprinter in the early days of my Spark journey. I may not be able to run like so many of my Spark friends, but I can Spark like it's a marathon. Slow and steady may not win the race, but I can certainly finish!