Okay, so technically I joined Sparkpeople on July 17, 2010. I followed an email from Mypoints to get 10 points for signing up. I poked around, even posted a little, but gradually got bored after a month or so and wandered off to other internet haunts.
Last year, though, I got a bug in my butt. I was 211 pounds, larger than I'd ever been in my entire life, and miserable. I'd joined a gym, and was ready to DO SOMETHING. I remembered my Sparkpeople account.
So on August 29, 2011, I logged into my account. I updated my weight, and started keeping track of my food.
I started blogging again on September 8. (Blogiversary coming up? You know it.)
Here's that first return blog: www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
I started down the road to good health fast and furiously. I'm a little disappointed that I didn't maintain the weight loss rate I wanted to... I should have lost at least 40 pounds by now. But you know something? I'm still proud of myself. I've struggled with self control, and overtrained here and there, but I'm happy with how I am so far. I'm active, I'm fit, and I feel better than I have in a decade. I'm setting a healthy example for my children, my husband, and my family, I've helped inspire others once in a while to do better themselves.
If I never lost another pound? I'd be okay with that. I don't think that's as healthy as I can be, but I wouldn't stare at the mirror in disgust and wonder what's wrong. I look good. I feel good.
But I am making a new commitment this fall. I'm going to really bust my hump, and get my attitude in gear, and stop sabotaging myself. I'm going to focus on being even healthier, on eating right and getting my family fit, too. I'm walking a 5k with my mom, in October, and I'd like at least my oldest daughter to come too. 3.1 miles of walking is well within her reach if we walk regularly together.
So here's to a year of healthy living... the first year of the rest of my life. This one's going to be even better.