Saturday, December 08, 2012
As part of my spark coach assignment I will be writing about my journey thus far on Sparkpeople and how it has been both painful and joyous. I have been a sparkpeople member since May of 2011 and there have been both ups and downs along the way up until now.
Here are some of the joys I have experienced:
Making new sparkfriends and being able to cheer them on or encourage them in their journeys.
Getting together with my sparkfriends here in Montreal and being on the Montreal Sparkteam.
Learning about and joining various sparkteams according to my needs and interests.
Participating in different challenges to maintain healthy eating and exercise habits and to lose weight.
Sparklive classes where I could see and talk live to the teachers and other participants and learn something new until it's cancellation back in September.
Sparkcoach where I am motivated and encouraged everyday and also challenged with tips and assignments.
Sparkgoodies and my sparkpage and Sparkfriends' visits and notes on my page.
Lots of great tips and tools to use along the way.
Here are some of the pains I have endured along the way:
Not being able to lose any weight. I have lost up to 10 lbs but then gained it back or I will lose a few lbs and then gain them back so it has been a vicious up and down cycle.
Not being able to deal with my emotional and mindless eating despite joining sparkteams and challenges.
Having self esteem issues and them affecting me emotionally and also affecting my relationship with my boyfriend.
Missing out on exercising by making lots of excuses and then having to start all over again several months later.
Being at home late in the day or evening and finding it hard not to go to the fridge or pantry and eat continuously.
Although I have had more joys than pain I need to find solutions in order to lessen the pain.
For the emotional eating and self esteem issues I have just started to work with a life coach who will be helping me to change my way of thinking and to be able to connect more with myself.
For exercising I am working with a coach who is helping me to stay accountable although I am not 100%. If not for her I would probably find excuses not to go like "I don't feel like it" or "I'm too tired". In January she wants me to improve my fitness levels so I have no excuses not to go to the gym in December despite the holiday craziness.
In order to be able to lose the weight and keep it off I will have to find other solutions instead of putting food in my mouth. Choices include distracting myself with other things or getting out of my apartment.
I am hoping that once we are in January 2013 and settled back into an ordinary routine that I will be able to improve upon my setbacks and move forward on my life and weight loss journey. I am not working so it will be a challenge but I will have to stay focused and find other ways to occupy myself and my mind.
Let's all get healthy in 2013.