Six months ago today, I joined SparkPeople. I read about it in an article on Yahoo about losing weight and joined without thinking about it much at all. It just seemed like it was worth a try. I had been considering joining Weight Watchers for a while, but the meeting times near my house didn't work with my work schedule and then there was the cost - not that much really, but money is tight these days.
So I joined SparkPeople and set a cautious goal to lose 100 pounds in 5 years. This gave me a livable daily calorie allowance and I started exercising more regularly than I had been before. Well, it worked! In the first few weeks I lost enough to feel like I had some momentum and increased my confidence about this process.
I moved my goal date sooner. Then I dropped my goal weight down, increasing my desired loss to 140 pounds.
Things continued to go well through the fall and into the holiday season. I never took a day off from tracking - even on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. I tracked it all. I was afraid to get off track if I took even one day to throw caution to the wind. I would indulge in things I really wanted and went a little over my calorie range a few times, but I kept on. As of Christmas week, I had lost 40 pounds. Merry Christmas to me!
Early in January, I moved my goal date up again (now May 2014) which reduced my daily calorie range some, but so far so good. At the same time, I became more focused and diligent about getting my 8 glasses of water a day. I am proud to say that I am on a more than 60 day streak of getting all my water and that I have not gone over my target calorie range since January 1 (I did go over New Year's Eve).
It wouldn't be the end of the world if I did overdo it on my calories for a day, but it has become like a game, staying within the lower half of my calorie range each day and shooting for a calorie differential of about 800 each day. I get a little kick out of it. And the (so far so good) steady weight loss doesn't hurt to keep the motivation going.
I have had days when I longed to eat with abandon. Wishing I could just dig in to whatever I wanted without thinking about it. But the feeling passes. Sometimes I write it out, sometimes a walk helps and other times drinking water does the trick. If it's late enough at night when the feeling comes, I may just go to bed.
When I got started here, I never expected to be so diligent. I never expected to go six months without taking one day off from tracking. Or that I would give up my iced tea (having given up soda years ago) and drink only water with lemon. I just made little improvements. I made changes for the better and faced each decision with as much care as I could muster. I made some decisions that I felt weren't right afterward, but I kept moving forward and learning from those choices.
6 months on SparkPeople
63 pounds lost
BMI down to 36 (from something like 46)
3 pants sizes down
Bring on the next 6 months!