Thursday, December 20, 2012
Well today is my six month Sparkversary, and I am happy to say I've come a long way, baby! In the six month I've been here, I've lost 60 pounds. That's ten pounds a month, so I'd say I've been pretty successful. Overall, I've lost 78 pounds. That's more weight than I've ever lost before. And using Sparkpeople as a tool, I am confident that I can keep it off this time. I have decided to lower my goal weight to 125, so I have 25 more pounds to lose now, as opposed to 15. However, at least I'm only 10 pounds away now from a healthy BMI. I've given myself until June 2013 to reach my revised goal, so really, I only need to lose five pounds a month to do that. I think I can do that. What's nice about the extra time is that my daily calorie range is now higher. I do need to start eating more, as I have started to feel rundown lately, and I'm sure part of this is from not eating enough. My body is telling me "enough with the starvation already!" Plus, I am at the point where I am more comfortable with my body, and where losing too much weight too quickly will become more detrimental to my health. I'll be okay if I only lose between 1-1.5 pounds a week as opposed to the at least 2 which was my ultimate goal up until this point. Of course, I know there might still be some weeks where I don't lose at all, or even gain, but c'est la vie. I will take each moment as it comes.
It's been an interesting journey, with many ups and downs, but I think it's been mainly successful. I believe my biggest accomplishment is that I have managed to keep up with my new lifestyle for the most part even when under stress. And I've had a lot of stress lately. This tells me that these habits I am forming will be more likely to be life lasting, which they need to be in order for me to keep losing and then to maintain the weight loss. This stress is really taking a toll on me, however, as I am feeling so tired all the time, and therefore haven't been able to keep up with my exercise. I'm still dong as much as I can, but I think my body is telling me I need a break. I am hoping that my upcoming holiday time off will give me the chance to recharge a little, and re-invigorate my spark. I know I am too hard on myself sometimes.
One of the best things about Sparkpeople is all the new friends I have made here. I couldn't have come this far without all your understanding and support, so thank you. You have made the world of difference to me, and I am eternally grateful. I think this might be my last journal entry of this year, so I just want to wish everybody the best of holiday seasons, filled with health and warmth and happiness and love, surrounded by all your friends and family. I am looking forward to a 2013 that will be just Sparktacular for us all!