Wednesday, February 06, 2013
Okay, here I am back Sparkin' after over a year's break. I became very busy and stressed over business, family, and other problems and realized that I was spending an inordinate amount of time gathering Spark points and other Spark activities.
Or so I thought. Perhaps I was just looking for a reason to slip back into my old sedentary potato-chip and deep-fried food lifestyle. Regardless, I was very close to my weight loss goal, my heart and breathing problems were virtually gone, and my confidence and energy levels were high so I was sure that I could get by just fine without the tools, advice, and support of Spark.
Months rolled by and the benefits eroded. I rationalized the extra weight, tight fitting clothes, low energy level, and huffing and puffing away. Glimmers of the old Spark ways would occasionally peek through ("Do I really need to eat this when I'm not really hungry?" or "Maybe I should have some fruit instead of a candy bar.") but I ignored them.
But one thing that is really hard to ignore is the sharp clutching heart-pain of angina attacks--something that the healthy lifestyle habits I had learned from SparkPeople had driven away. That was a true wake-up call.
I'm back in the swing of things and it feels like putting on that old comfortable pair of tennis shoes. I reset my goals and plans as if I was a brand new member but I have the advantage of already knowing that Spark really works, the value of interaction with fellow Sparkers and I already know how to use the many tools Spark offers. Regarding the fact that I spent too much time on the computer, that--like eating--requires moderation. Lesson learned.