Friday, March 01, 2013
I just spent time reading blogs from other members, some made me cry - grateful tears from all the support everyone gives to everyone.
The general theme of "fear" of losing motivation to exercise, to keep going, to fear of what you will become has me thinking of myself and what kind of motivation I have in my life.
What got me motivated to finally do something about me, for me, was a coworker who, thru SparkPeople, JUST DID IT.. no drama, no nothing, just ate correctly and exercised, figured out the "science" of loosing. She went on a cruise, she went on other holidays, and just kept going - my thought when she came back from her cruise? Oh, this is where I would fail... not her, she kept going. She kept going, thru the holidays, thru her vacations etc, after a year she had lost 65 lbs.
One day I took a good look at my life and said to myself, what is a year? Last Sept my husband and I celebrated our 12th anniversary - at the time I remember thinking -wow that was so fast. When my (step) granddaughter turned 8 I thought, wow, that was fast, where did the years go? Life is passing by so fast, and here I am gaining more and more weight.
So with these thoughts, and with my coworker, all my coworkers encouragement, and of course SparkPeople, I "allowed" myself two, three years - I had/have a lot of weight to loose over 165 lbs basically I'm chopping myself in two! ha, (where is the surgeon for that!?! ha)
So here I am almost one year into this, I've lost 46.5 lbs, I'm stronger than ever, my asthma is "almost" non-existent, and I'm still as motivated as when I began. I have so much support, support that was always there, but never allowed it into my life. I am excited that I am on track to reach my one year goal a of 50 lbs in a year in a couple of weeks. And guess what! this past year went so fast! and happy to say, I'm loosing and loosing now, instead of gaining weight, I guess you could say I'm gaining and gaining strength everyday!
My other motivation tools include two jars of marbles, one with 46 marbles (lbs lost) and one with a lot of marbles (lbs to loose)... I am also going on my first cruise in December - I have a picture of a cruise ship on my treadmill that I "walk" the deck in my mind while on board the treadmill. I have also posted a picture on my fridge of a lb of fat and a lb of muscle...
Good luck to all, keep going and thanks to Sparkpeople of having such a great website that allows us to keep each other motivated...