Monday, October 22, 2012
Wow! I've been Sparking for almost 5 years now. My Clean Eating team has grown to over $17,000 members. I started that team on my own several years ago, and it's my "baby".
Anyhow, I wanted to write a brief blog on how using the Spark trackers, tools and community have helped me.
I started Sparking and I lost about 50 pounds. Things were great until... I was almost at my goal weight, when... I started having some trouble. A plateau, I guess. It was at that time that I really started to AMP UP my workouts and I really got into "clean eating".
I did P90X and several other fitness programs, and I started following the "clean eating" regime of "never skipping breakfast" "eat 5-6 small meals per day", "eat low fat, lean foods".... GOSH! After another year I had put back on ten pounds. And then this year I was back up to my original weight. But, HOW could this be???? I was doing all the "right things". Or was I???
My fat was tenacious. Really stubborn! I would get up in the morning, weigh myself. Feel like crying! I really didn't deserve this. I wasn't sitting on the couch eating bagels and bon bons... I was eating, clean healthy food. Watching my calories. Working out (which I LOVE, buy the way)
So, this is where using Sparks tools really helped me out. Since I had so meticulously kept track of every calorie, every meal, every workout I had done since I started Sparking, I was able to look back... I printed out some charts of my progress (and lack thereof) of my weight, etc.
So, after a year and a half of complete and total frustration, what I found out was actually quite surprising. It goes against what 90% of all health websites and health experts will tell you to do.
However, I'm not writing this blog to post my personal weight loss strategies, but only to say, that if you track everything it can be really handy to be able to look back and see what works, and what doesn't for you. Since we are all individuals there is no ONE solution for everyone. (As I have learned the hard way).
So, I'm back on track. Down 16 pounds (again). But at least it's progress.
So, I want to thank Spark. And even though Sparkpeople and I certainly don't see "eye to eye" on a lot of issues, I really am grateful to be able to use this website for my benefit.