Wednesday, March 20, 2013
So, I have been on SparkPeople for a couple years now, at various levels of involvement. Having only lost about 7 pounds since I first started, I'm not sure if I'm super qualified to talk about my "journey." BUT...why not?
Because I am already within a healthy weight range, even when I was at my heaviest, I think I am able to be a lot more forgiving of myself. There has been very little "pain" involved in my journey--yes, there have been disappointments, and times when I have felt like I'm "missing out," but it has not become an obsession or anything that I dread.
An interesting shift has happened since I became more involved in SP this time around. It seems like several of the "small steps" I'd implemented in the past are now adding up. The small shifts in lifestyle change have helped with my overall energy, my health (I used to get sick 6 or 7 times a year. I did not get sick ONCE in the 2011/2012 school year, and was only sick once in 2012), my food choices (although I still go off the rails sometimes!) and my fitness. And I'm happier! Event though I'm only 7 pounds down (more, if you count the weight I GAINED after starting SP, then subsequently took off), I am grateful for the journey.
Now, with my fitness and my eating habits, I treat it with curiosity. What can I get my body to do now? What latent abilities will I discover? What recipe will knock my socks off? I have also learned a little bit about moderation. Why not have three Hershey kisses? Just be balanced!
SP kicked off a wonderful journey for me. The small, steady changes have given me a lot to work with. Ultimately, my attitude of healthy living is the best it has ever been and, despite some minor setbacks that I'm sure will occur, I know this attitude is a permanent change.