Monday, May 06, 2013
I have always been a person who was better at starting projects than finishing them. Upstairs at this moment are a half-knitted jumper, a half made embroidered bag and a three quarters completed cross stitch cushion!
Each time I would tell my Mum about some new idea, enthusiastic and ready to go, she would say to me, ďYes, and pigs might fly!Ē
During the last thirty years I have tried every diet, every fad, lost weight, regained it all again, started swimming, lost interest, like the jumper and other projects, my weight remains yet another unfinished project!
So, why should it be different this time with Spark People? According to several of my friends I am on yet another Ďfad dietí! I argue that fad diets are unsustainable, whereas this one is for life. Also this one has strong scientific evidence to back it up, and Iím doing it to perhaps reduce my cancer risk, the weight loss is a side effect!
The difference with Spark People though, that keeps me coming back, is in the community I have found. There is an acceptance of all types of people, and acceptance of all sorts of programmes. Whether Iím counting calories, low carb, paleo, listening to my body or fasting, there is a group for ME! Several sometimes. I have found and made very real friends here.
When a crisis has occurred, and Iíve slipped backwards, whereas before Iíd have shrunk into myself and let go, Iíve had encouragement, and support from my online friends, often more than from my Ďreal lifeí friends, and after a short while Iíve been able to pick myself up, catch hold of myself, and get back to a better way.
Slowly and steadily the scales are sneaking downwards.
So, though I donít think I can ever count my weight loss journey as a project completed,
Mum, those pigs are on the runway, lined up, fueled up and ready to fly!