Monday, April 29, 2013
I keep changing my mind about the best thing about Spark People. And since reading this featured blog today,
my current best thing is people like the author, Kanoe10, who have reached maintenance, maintained and lived to tell about it, to share with us. Because I know I need to wrap maintenance ideas around my head and understand it this time.
With 54.5 pounds gone, and 30 - 50 more to go (still pondering that issue), I'm way past the point where I would have quit in the past. I'm way past the point where I would have said, "ENOUGH!" and then started putting the pounds back on, because I know the G-BALAM syndrome well. (Gained back all lost and more).
Now, don't get me wrong. I manage to push past those thoughts of quitting. Mainly because of friends here. But the science fiction qualities of maintenance for me have caused a few nightmares and sleepless nights.
So, I am very grateful for the bloggers on Spark People who have helped me to chill out, and just keep on keeping on with the plan. I can rest easy with the knowledge that it is possible to reach my goal, whatever it turns out to be; that I WILL be able to maintain my weight loss; and that all of this effort won't be wasted once again. I had enviisoned that I'd lose the weight and be outta here! But not these people. They stick around and continue to support us, to lift the fog from that unknown wasteland known as MAINTENANCE.
And there have been blogs like this on every stage of my journey so far.
The most memorable:
the one that told me about the Full Plate Diet when I was so hungry, ready to eat the door on the refrigerator.
the one that told me about the fitness resources for those with limited mobility
the one that reminded me that I needed to have fun while working out, while living
the one that shared the idea of the New Years Eve jar (kind of like MostMom1's WooHoo jar) where you write milestones on slips of paper, store in a jar through the year, and then read them on New Year's Eve.
and all of the others that shared the learned knowledge and their ups and downs that showed me that I was not alone.
So I say Spark Community Support Rocks!