Wow....It's been almost 6 years since I joined SP! I had great success in the beginning, then I just quit logging in every day. I came back off-and-on and then completely went AWOL for quite some time.... and slowly but surely the weight crept back on. I thought I was eating healthy but without actually tracking my food, small things have a way of adding up. Without the daily motivation and accountability it's way too easy to say "I will work out tomorrow" and those tomorrows have a way of adding up. A lost workout day sometimes turned into many days in a row of not working out.
So I've returned to try to recapture some of the past weight loss success I had here at SP. I've been back for a little over a week now. I'm settling back into the tracking and posting. I've joined some new teams and revisited some of my old teams. It's good to be back! Note to self - Stick with this! Don't go AWOL! You need the daily accountability and the resources that Spark provides!
At this point my scale is not cooperating at all though! Even with being back on SP I have not lost a single pound. I'm trying to find motivation in other things though and look for the non-scale victories.
Here's one small victory ....
Reflecting back on my journey, the first time around, the weight came off relatively easy (at least in the beginning). But while I stayed within my calorie range most days, I probably did not choose the healthiest diet (it was full of processed and diet foods). This time around it looks like the weight is stubbornly sticking to me. I'm older now and dealing with hormonal fluctuations now, but I hope that this time around I will be healthier in the long run by choosing to forego the quick, processed foods and eat whole, organic food and pay more attention to the essential nutrients my body needs.
I have given up diet drinks, fake and refined sugars ( I just use stevia, agave, and occasionally some raw honey). I've ditched wheat/gluten, processed junk food, and frozen dinners (except the occasional Amy's entree). I'm concentrating on improving my digestion by eating fermented foods like kefir, kombucha, and cultured veggies and taking probiotics and digestive enzymes. I'm slowly getting back into a consistent exercise routine, but I trying to listen to my body more this time and I don't push myself as hard.
Some other non-scale victories....
*I logged in every day and tracked my food and fitness...YAY!
*I participated in some of my teams and used the free trial of Spark Coach...WOOHOO!
*I'm relearning healthy habits and have set new goals for myself...AWESOME!
Starting over kinda bites, but I'm looking at it as a life lesson and a huge learning experience. The weight will come off when my body decides it is time to release the pounds and I'm here for the journey and not so much the destination this time!