Monday, March 18, 2013
I've become a bit of a Spark People evangelist. It's not possible to be private about losing 46 pounds! There is no way to hide the fact that I'm much thinner now - not that I really want to. But there is a twinge of slightly embarrassed self-consciousness about all the attention my new look generates at times. Still, I'm also excited about what I've accomplished. I do look dramatically different, even my face is thinner! People notice and wonder and ask questions. So I find myself sharing the good news about Spark People. I talk about how it has given me the tools to know how to lose weight. I talk about the improvement in my health and the fact that I no longer need medication to control my cholesterol level and less to control my blood pressure. I share about the motivation SP has helped me find to consistently work at my goals even when I'm sorely tempted not to. I'm eager to explain the 10-minute exercise challenge that got me moving and the encouragement from Spark Friends who get me back on the wagon when I fall off. I especially enjoy telling how I have learned to eat (savor) chocolate most days while losing weight. It's wonderful to see how an occasional 22 calorie (Hershey) kiss fits so nicely into a diet plan!!! I admit it. I'm excited to be so close to my target weight goal. This past week I lost another pound so I'm one down two to go for the final three. I remember how discouraged I was with my decades-long failure to control my weight. Five months ago when I started in earnest to work at this, I had little confidence that I could succeed and only dared set a modest weight-loss goal for myself. Now I'm going for healthy and I see benefits in knowing better how to accomplish other goals in my life as well. I feel spiritually renewed along with the improved physical health and I want others to know it can be done. So hang in there through the plateaus and ups and downs of settling eventually into a consistent routine that works. Draw strength from God and Spark Friends. This is very hard work but its worth it. Interestingly, I've also noticed that the exercise and new healthy habits which were so difficult to start and get established initially have now become an enjoyable and deeply satisfying part of my life. So, while the disciplines continue to take work, I've found they do get easier in some ways the longer you work at it. It can be done. I'm a believer now! I've gotten several others started on Spark People and its great fun to see them making progress as well.