I have been on this journey since May 9th, 2011. I like to call this my "Magical Mystery Tour".
I call it that because I have experienced the magic of losing 70 lbs., feeling great, achieving fitness goals I never dreamed I could do and finding love for myself. But, the mystery part comes in when I fall off track and can't find my "spark" or when I do everything right and still don't lose a pound for several weeks. I lost my way for 9 months and gained back almost 30 lbs.
I wasn't completely lost...I was still exercising some and trying to eat healthy. I just let myself get depressed again and started eating sugar which makes me crave carbs....which makes me crave sugar...which makes me not want to exercise much and sleep during the day...which makes me depressed. You see the cycle.
I still have the foundation of healthy living that I layed when I first joined Spark. I am not starting from scratch. I am jumping back in before I gain everything back.
I am still determined to reach my goals someday. It is harder the second time because everything is not shiny and new. I am not dropping 5 lbs. the first week like I did in the very beginning. But, I still know...deep down in the "positive" side of my brain, that I CAN do this if I follow the steps. It is a simple plan...just not an easy plan. I have to DO THE WORK.
My goals for 2013 are as follows:
Drink at least 8 glasses of water per day. (my plan is to drink 2 glasses with each meal and with a snack)
Exercise 6 days per week. (my plan is to go to Zumba class 2 days per week, walk 2 or more miles 2 days per week and do an exercise DVD with weights 1 day per week)
Eat healthy everyday. (my plan is to log my food, keep healthy food choices on hand, resist buying sweets and junk food that will tempt me, not skip any meals. stay in my calorie range and indulge in a treat once in a while so I don't binge)
Get more sleep. (my plan is to be in bed by 11pm so I can be asleep by midnight allowing for 7 hours of sleep per night...this is the hardest thing for me since I am a night owl)
Staying positive. (Keep positive thoughts in my head and encourage myself with motivational visual aides in the house plus, allowing time to be on Sparkpeople.com)
Staying focused. (keeping myself accountable by weighing once per week, keeping active on Sparkpeople and thinking about the wonderful feeling of being lean and healthy when I reach my goal.)
My goal is to lose 65 lbs. this year. I want to weigh 190 lbs. by Dec. 31st, 2013. I know this is possible if I do the work.
I have already lost 2 lbs. Now I just have to repeat that about 31 more times this year.