Thursday, April 18, 2013
I started SparkPeople in late December. I am good at starting a diet for about three weeks and then abandoning it as I have too many times I go off it. I started strong as usual and tracked food and exercise for those first three weeks and lost some weight. I also checked in to the SparkPeople site daily. It was interesting reading other people's stories and blogs and a big motivation booster for me. I enjoyed learning about so many interesting and strong people here. I liked getting emails telling me someone I was following had blogged and I had fun with the humor and fun way that people reported their successes or struggles. It was fun making a spark friend who sends an encouraging note or spark emoticon, as I am usually too shy to put myself out there. I felt proud of myself that I did. I started to realize that while I am watching what I eat and staying in my calorie range, I don't feel like I am dieting like I have in the past. I have followed the lead of others on the site and am just making healthier food choices and getting myself moving more. I hit my first plateau which I wrote about and have been sitting here for almost three weeks. I have hit this plateau before many times at just this same spot. But learning again from the blogs I read, I have been patient and just kept up my tracking and exercising each day. I know in the past, I would have given up, saying to myself I never can get below 170. I haven't been below that in 20 years! and for some dang reason, my body won't budge below this number. But I didn't say that this time. I just persisted and waited. Today, I weighed 169 at my weigh in. I felt so happy that I hadn't given up. It made me feel like I can do this if I just keep up the effort. This wasn't really my first goal because I had forgotten this stubborn spot... I have six more pounds to get to my first goal of 25 pounds. For the first time I feel confident that I can get myself there. It is snowing here in Minnesota, five-six inches expected tonight. I can't believe we have lost our spring! But today I am not fussing too much about it. Today I am feeling great and know that a little late snow won't last and I'll be out exercising in that warm sun before long.