Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Last year was my first real Spark year. The first year I particpated anyway. I lost quite a bit of weight (55 lbs), and was very happy with that. Joined a gym, worked out regularly, and ate according to my plan. This year, I seem to have been unable to get any traction, and even put on some pounds. Then, recently I posted a blog entry that was a little critical and cynical about the Happiness research that is so prevalent in modern psychology. I got a lot of feedback to that article, and almost all of it I might call pro-happiness. People weren't in agreement with my grouchy critique. Tonight, I read someone's blog entry about how she had been with the Spark for a long time and the path for her has not been a straight line. However, now, she is working on her own happiness level, and feels like she's making some success of it. She is actually reaching a point of happiness and success in her own life through use of gratitude and some of the other points expressed by the happiness writers. Well, I say more power to her. The flood of responses I received to my blog as well as her honest and open portrayal of her own life has led me to reconsider. And this is what I have concluded. I have lost a net of about 40 lbs. I'm still kind of happy with that. Maybe my goal for coming months should not be more weight loss, but for doing the things that will bring more joy into my life. I'd like to maintain the loss I do have, and gradually get back to walking for fitness, but perhaps it's time to start practicing some of the very things I was criticising, and just work on an developing an improved countenance, to use an old word. Maybe then, and only then, would I get back to some new weight loss goals. Thank you, Spark friends.