The first year
Thursday, April 25, 2013
A year ago I read an article on Yahoo about a woman losing weight with the help of a website known as SparkPeople.com. I checked it out and officially joined April25, 2012.
Did I meet my weight loss goals? No, I didn't. That doesn't mean it has been an unsuccessful adventure. Far from it. It has been a learning experience and I know I have the power to meet my weight loss goals.
What have I learned? Well, I learned there's a connection between what you eat and how you feel. Duh! Should have figured that one out before. Eating "real" food makes you feel better than junk food. I learned I like vegetables. Even if they're cooked. I am looking forward to zucchini season this year. It's not just for bread anymore.
I've learned there are people out there who I have never met, but consider friends. People care about me. I disappeared for a little while and had people check on me to make sure I was okay.
I've learned I can get real exercise without going to the gym. I like going for walks, but always came up with excuses not to do it. Once you start, it gets easier to say yes. I've learned I can fit exercise in when I make it a priority.
Since my journey began a year ago I have lost weight. Not as much as I would like, but I still weigh less now than when I started. I have realized it is much more manageable to make small goals instead of focusing on the big picture. I have taken time for myself, without feeling guilty and have taken chances.
I may not be where I want to be, but I am closer than I was. Here's to the next year!