Saturday, August 18, 2012
Wow! This is a tremendous milestone for me. I have never been a person known for "stick-to-it-tive-ness" so being an active member of Sparkpeople for 4 years is a real accomplishment. When I started out I was "kicking it at 56", now I am still "kicking it at 60" For a while it felt like it was "kicking me". I was gagging while trying to drink all those cups of water. Exercise was my main nemesis. There were countless cycles of: exercise - pain - pain goes away - slack off exercise - start back exercise - pain - pain goes away - slack off....you get the picture. I gradually learned to accept that fitness is more important than weight loss and not let the scale rule my life.
The most significant change for this self-sufficient, introverted, super private person, was to open up to an online community of sparkfriends and accept support and encouragement. Sounds like that should have been the easiest part, but it was tough for me. It took months before I even set up my spark page, posted to a thread or joined a team.
If I had taken a before picture to compare it with now, you probably would not see much difference - externally. I have lost about 10 lbs, which seems excruciatingly slow to me.
However, on the inside there have been many changes: my BP is lower, cholesterol is lower, overall muscle strength is increased, cardio fitness much improved. I have a lot more energy, I sleep better and my mood on most days is
Best of all this is finally beginning to feel like a LIFESTYLE! It's not just a program or a diet. Some bad habits are gone (hopefully for good) and many new good habits have taken root. It is by no means a "piece of cake" and I still get frustrated at the slow pace of progress; I guess that helps to teach me patience.
I thank God for all the blessings in my life - Sparkpeople being one of them. I am really going to celebrate this week; not with ice cream and cake, but with a luscious bowl of fruit salad and a nice tall glass of (agave) sweetened lemonade!
Thanks for all the love and support over the past 4 years.