Five weeks ago today, my husband and I started on SparkPeople for real (I made an earlier short-lived attempt in January by myself, but I was overscheduled at the time and didn't really have the mental bandwidth to learn what I needed to do and then do it).
I think it may have been the best thing we've done for ourselves and our family in a long, long time. I'm a big believer in what we're doing, and I hope that everyone who wants to become healthy and live a more fulfilling life can find out about this amazing resource.
I feel like I have been living in the pickle jar (as in, I had gotten myself into a pickle, healthwise) for the past couple of decades. Things were not going in the right direction, and my blood pressure and cholesterol numbers have crept upward, along with my weight. I felt lousy, with low energy, and I wasn't getting enough sleep. We ate good, homecooked meals most of the time, but I cooked with too much red meat and our portions were WAY out of whack.
Now, five weeks into sparking, I feel such a sense of commitment to what we're doing. We're tracking our food and exercising, and the weight is going down generally between a pound or two per week. My energy level is much better, and I'm more intentional about getting sleep. Our meals have become more varied, and I'm cooking with less oil, less beef, and more fruits and vegetables. I'm trying new ingredients, too, and our snacks of cheese and crackers have been replaced by tasty, yet lower-caloried choices. We're hardly ever drinking alcohol, and we measure it and track it when we do.
I guess that I'm just really happy with the way it's going. Would I love for the weight to come off instantly? Sure, but I feel the confidence that this time - with slow and steady work - it will come off and STAY OFF. If that takes a year, or even a year and a half, so be it. At least I'm making progress! I also want to get off the blood pressure and cholesterol pills forever.
So while I have a long way to go to fully climb out of my personal pickle jar, I will make it. I'm absolutely confident that I'm on my way out!