On August 24, 2012, I got back on SparkPeople for the second time. I hit my goal weight on November 24, 2012. Maybe my lucky number should be 24!
It's a small victory but I'll take it. I have lost weight several times over the last 20 years but the minute I was able to buy smaller sized clothes or someone complimented me, BAM! The scale inched up again. So keeping my weight down for three months is a bit of an achievement for me!
Thanks to my spark friend Sususuzzi, I joined the group At Goal And Maintaining + Transitioning to Maintanance. They are a great group of people that really keep me focused. I also belong to the 1 Day Challenge team. Mkate88 is great at leading a challenge each day. Today I joined the SparkPeople Four Week Stress Busting Challenge. I've come a long way but still need to get a handle on managing stress.
It seems that there are so many gizmos and plans on the market to help you lose weight but not so much in the area of maintainance. So many ads out there.... "look at me in my bikini or size four jeans after two months." so much focus on getting skinny, not so much on overall health and wellness.
On SparkPeople, there is so much education and support AND IT'S FREE. It's not just about a number on a scale. I am constantly inspired by the blogs I read. There are so many people out there facing more difficult challenges than I do and they are making themselves healthy and changing their mindsets.
It's nice being more slender than I used to be but what I love more....
I can run up the 40+ stairs to my car every day after work and feel ok
I can run 5Ks when I never used to be able to run half a block
I can do 20 push-ups on my toes when 10 used to be a struggle on my knees
I can do a full plank for 60 seconds
I am beginning to see muscle definition in my arms
Making healthy food choices, eating smaller portions has become easier
This is the stuff that really makes me feel good about myself, more so than my size. I want to have strong muscles as I age and I want to live life as I age instead of living from one doctor's appointment or hospital visit to the next.
Here's to three more months of maintenance!