Hard to believe . . . and it slipped past me . . . but May 10 marked my third straight year here on Spark.
At that point I was recovering from breast cancer surgery, waiting to start radiation treatment, and had permitted my weight to creep up from 155 to 172. Fifteen extra "pity party pounds". Still down from my original high of 230 in 2001. But I was determined to halt the trend right away: particularly because my cancer was the estrogen positive type that is most likely to recur with weight gain . . .
How lucky I was to find SparkPeople! This site turned out to be a great place to peel 'em off again, dip a little lower (142) and learn how to maintain: with the help of Susan Estrich (Making the Case for Yourself), Judith S. Beck (The Diet Solution); Steve Siebold (fatloser.com) and an absolutely dazzling array of Spark People resources: articles, exercises, recipes . . . . it's endless.
JOPAPGH joined the same week I did . . . and he's still here, going stronger than ever with his running and other fitness activities.
Others have come and gone . . . but regardless of the ebb and flow, it's the cast of thousands of amazing Spark People members which remains its greatest asset!!
Those of you who have helped me most and are still here do hear from me often . . . I won't name you for fear of missing any one of you, , but you know who you are.
I do most sincerely appreciate all of your support and all of your wisdom with this most difficult challenge of all: MAINTAINING!
I'm pretty sure it's never going to be "natural" or "easy".
I'm pretty sure I"m going to have to track what I eat every day for the rest of my slim life. (And thank you, SP, for the best and easiest to use Nutrition Tracker).
Too much trouble? No it's not. That's a sabotaging thought. Nutrition tracking takes about 3 minutes a day. That's all. Not as much trouble as lugging around all that extra weight 24/7.
And besides: I'm pretty sure that if I ever stop tracking, I'll balloon back up to 230 pounds in about 15 minutes!
Not happening. I'll be here next year. The year after. And the year after that.
And I will continue to maintain within my range . . . that's my commitment to me.
My commitment to Spark is to continue to offer to others whatever support I can that may be useful, paying forward all of the support so generously extended to me.
YAY SPARK!! What a remarkable worldwide community!!