Sunday, April 14, 2013
I'm back again. I never really left, but I did appear to go for long enough to forget my password. That can't be a great sign...
Just getting reacquainted with my Sparkpage. Updating my goals, revisiting my history of weight loss. And something suddenly occurred to me - the last time I reached one of my 10lb goals was around 2 years ago!
Since then I've had some time with Weight Watchers... I've also just left Slimming World after around 9 months of membership. I lost a bit, I gained a bit... but actually, I ended up in the same boat that I was in when I began using 'diet clubs'... In 2 years, the overall results has been... ZERO.
Unless you count the £5 per week that I've spent. Plus the weekly support from other members. Plus, to be fair... at some times during my membership(s), my state of mind was such that without the weekly monitoring I might have gone off the deep end... and put on everything I've lost so far.
Okay, so I've spent £520 on weekly diet club dues... and the result after 2 years has been maintenance. Not a horrible result, but not a great one either.
In all honesty, the only time I have managed to successfully lose a significant amount of weight (everything I've lost so far in fact), has been using SparkPeople, on my own.
Sometimes I get too busy to fill in my food diary. Those days are tough. Sometimes I forget that there is a ton of support here... all you have to do is get online and you'll find inspirational blogs, recipe ideas, community discussions and videos.
I don't have to wait for my 'weekly weigh-in' to get support. And I can dip in and out of any number of groups and discussions here.
All I need to do is make the decision... that THIS is the club I want to belong to.
For me, Sparks has been the only 'group' or 'club' that has worked so far. I'm still 54lbs lighter than when I started.
And it doesn't cost a penny!
I think that I might put £5 in a jar, every week that I experience a weight loss. And when I get to goal, I will take that jar and cash it in for a nice holiday in the sun.
Okay... that does it! I've decided that I am back... I might not be perfect, because life isn't perfect... but I'm going to do my best to track my meals (I'll probably do that around 85-90% of the time). And I will weigh in every Saturday morning. Just like I would at one of the diet clubs.
And I'll get my support here at Spark People... because I know from experience that the support here is unlimited.
All you have to do is log on and everything you need to succeed is here.