Nearly one year ago, I heard a mention of Spark people on television and decided to check it out. Here I am. That, in many ways, is a record for me--sticking it out while trying to lose weight.
I found it interesting that my last blog was in late October. My, but that was about the time that I hit my apparently self-imposed plateau. Oh, I can hear those marvelous words echoing through my brain right now...and they weren't lies. The thing is that they weren't the whole truth either. Things I've learned while Sparking are that change takes time, change is not permanent and that changes may need to be updated. That's why I'm here today.
I love Spark, and the changes I've made during the past twelve months have been good changes. I have made positive lifestyle changes. I've been tracking food, eating more healthy food, being more active, drinking plenty of water, experiencing less joint pain, and
losing weight. Today I weigh less than I have in nearly 20 years. It's been a good year--a better ten months.
The rest of the story? These are some of the things I didn't do during this same time period. I didn't plan out my meals--even though my friend Kelly has set a wonderful example and readily shares meals she's planned for later that day. I guess I thought I had a handle on my food. Though I am much more active than I was a year ago, that activity was to reduce my 250 lb. body and it's not enough at 207 to keep losing. Thank you Jeanine and Pat for the level of activity you maintain and the variety of movement you include in your daily activity and for sharing that on the message boards. (I do have good Spark friends.) I quit looking for changes that I needed to make because I thought I was already there; I thought I'd done what needed to be done in order to reach my goal.
So, where DO I go from here? Though my food choices are definitely healthier than they were a year ago, healthier does not necessarily mean healthy. I have some refining to do in that department. A failure to plan will eventually become a plan to fail, and so I will begin to plan weekly menus. This will keep me out of familiar eating ruts and put me in a position to try more healthy Spark options. While osteoarthritis occasionally keeps me from some activities, I have less pain now and need to expand my exercise repertoire to include some strength training and cardio.
I wouldn't trade this past year in Spark for anything. While it hasn't ended up with the total weight loss I'd dreamed of, it's been a good year. I have many new friends, friends I would hope one day to meet. I can't tell you when I've ended up a year weighing less than when it began or when I've stuck with a program for a year. (That may be very significant given the fact that the last two months I've virtually been at a standstill.)
I will remember this: better is not always good.