Monday, November 26, 2012
Hello Sparkpeople. From following the blogs of a few others I see that blogging can help me maintain my focus and increase my accountability. I’ve been looking for an appropriate time to start blogging and I think I’ve found it. We’ve been traveling the past week or so visiting family and friends and with limited access to the internet. As a result, several of my Sparkstreaks came to an end and now it is time to re-set. Sounds like a good time to start blogging as well - don’t you think? This will not be a daily thing but maybe once or twice a week. We’ll see how it goes.
So, here’s my story. Growing up, I was one of those “90 pound weaklings” who couldn’t gain weight if I tried. Grad school brought on a lot of changes, including weight gain – eventually reaching a high of 230 as a post-doc. As I approached 40 I decided I needed to be more active and eat less but was never consistent and did dumb things like skipping meals without a real plan and yo-yo’d like crazy. As I approached 50 I knew I had to get serious and began looking for what was right for me. I knew some people on Weight Watchers but that was a too “cultish” for me. As a scientist, I am very leery of all the gimmicky diets out there. I knew the key was not some gimmick but tracking my exercise and nutrition. I joined the campus step-tracking program and looked for a way to track exercise and nutrition. I cannot remember how I found Sparkpeople but as soon as I checked it out I knew it was the right system for me. It is hard to believe I have been using this site for almost four years now. I initially had great success, reached my goal (175) and thought I had it all figured out. I slowly stopped tracking and before I knew it I was back over 200 lbs. It took a while to re-start but I eventually did and got back to my goal. Once again, other priorities got in the way and I started slipping again. I managed to catch myself before topping 200 again but it was close. Now I’m on my third try. This time around I’ve discovered the Sparkpeople community and realized how important that support structure is. In the past I never really paid attention to the stories or blogs – I had the false perception that it was just an extension of the reality TV world. However, I wanted to take advantage of more of what Sparkpeople offers and started checking out some of the Sparkteams, looking for teams that were active enough to keep my interest and hold me accountable. I paid attention to some of the blogs and discovered some real people with inspiring stories or just good old fashioned common sense. I looked to see what teams my favorite bloggers belonged to and checked them out. I finally found one team (50+ Males) where I now feel comfortable enough to call “home” and a few other teams where I feel like I fit in. Through the people I’ve “met” on my journey I’ve now learned about this thing called maintenance which I can see is actually a lot more work than I thought but with the help of the Sparkpeople community it should be easier than doing it alone.
So there you have it. I’m a pretty private person so it feels weird to be blogging but I think this will help me keep on track. I also try not to take myself too seriously so I hope to have a lot of fun with this as well. Thanks for reading – hopefully, future blogs will be more entertaining.