Got the radio on, "Heat of the Moment" by Asia comes on, and that first line triggers a bit of thinking on the "how I got here" (weight wise) topic.
Little flashbacks to being a bit pudgy around the middle in high school, a soccer coach commenting on it while helping me off the pitch after an injury. Recalling back to college, and the all too infrequent trips to the gym. Remembering seeing a stat somewhere along the line that 25% of Americans eat out at least once a day, and scoffing at it at the time, and years later, remembering that info, and realizing that I totally fit the profile. Wonder what that percentage is up to now? Didn't help having a job that provided a cheap cafeteria with good (both taste and quality, if not always healthful), and using it for lunch daily, and then going out for dinner. Having an ex-girlfriend who could cook, and enjoying her efforts. All too infrequent gym trips through the first 60% of my 30s.
Yeah, that all added up. Sure, summers, I'd be playing ultimate frisbee and softball, and every now and again, I'd play a semi-regular game of basketball. But it didn't keep pace with what I was putting in me foodwise. It wasn't until I found this place that I really started paying attention to the details, rather than shoveling down whatever was in front of me. Granted, it hasn't entirely stopped me from shoveling down whatever's in front of me, but at least I'm paying attention to the details while wielding that shovel.
That said...I'm still not entirely sure to what degree the site itself is responsible. I mean, the information that's available here is also available elsewhere, whether it's the nutritional stuff or the exercise info. I just needed an excuse to do the right things, and I jumped in on spark at a point when I was ready to do so. The "FREE" nature of spark people certainly helped, as I suspect any effort at weight watchers would have been defeated by annoyance at having to pay for something that I wasn't entirely committed to. The fact that I could dabble around the edges, that certainly helped, too, letting me feel it out before deciding, yeah, this is useful.
Whatever the reason, however much of my success over the past 502 days is due to spark people as a website, I'm glad it exists. And if you're reading this, I'm glad you exist, too. Couldn't have done it without you.
Asia's version of the title song: www.youtube.com/w