Friday, October 05, 2012
This week we started off "the season" at our clubhouse--from October through April it's buzzing with activities all day, every day. During the summer, many of our members head north for cooler weather, so we slow the pace and only play cards, have weekly social gatherings and of course the swimming pools are always open (and much needed in the summer). Tuesday night was our first night of Bingo, and I'm the manager and bingo caller, which means going up on stage in front of the crowd. Most of the people hadn't seen me since April and I was overwhelmed with all the compliments about the weight loss. It's the reaction I was hoping for a couple of months ago when we started going to the socials again, but at that time nobody noticed (or at least nobody said anything). But this week I felt like Queen for a Day!! It's obvious that I still have a long way to go--at least another 100 lb. to get rid of. But nobody said that--they all were very positive in complimenting me on how well I've done so far and encouraging me to keep up the good work.
I've said it before, but I can't say it enough. This would not have happened without SparkPeople and all the support YOU have given me here. I know that for sure because I've spent a lifetime losing weight over and over again (and gaining it all back over and over again too). And each time I lost weight, I'd get discouraged and fall off my program with drastic binges every so often. Not this time. And each time before, I managed to avoid exercise, using my injuries and mobility issues as my excuse. Not this time, because I've found friends here who are even MORE limited than I am who manage to do SOME exercise and that inspires me to do something too. And the changes aren't just limited to food and exercise, although those are major. SparkPeople has truly saved my life. I am getting back the life I had 30 or 40 years ago. I feel like a new woman. Thank you again.