In 2011, I lost 63 pounds over the course of about seven months. I was SO dedicated to tracking my nutrition and exercise here (under a different username). My kids, sisters, and co-workers were cheering me on. After more than a decade of discouragement, I was very pleasantly surprised that the whole experience was fun and felt almost effortless. While I did not make my final goal weight then, I was feeling wonderful (even sexy!), both physically and mentally!
Some unpleasant things happened at the end of 2011 and mid-2012. I don't believe I went back to comfort eating, but I surely did lose my focus on health; I've said yes to too much junk food and got out of the exercise habit. Over the last 19 months, I've gained 40 pounds back. Ugh.
The return of the weight bothers me, of course, but not nearly as much as the return of the old symptoms of poor general health: higher blood pressure, higher blood sugar, poor sleep, migraines, moodiness,, frequent heartburn, etc. Essentially, in 2011, I was "in remission" from all of these health problems, and all of my blood panel numbers were virtually perfect. But through my own carelessness, these have all returned.
I am disappointed in myself. I am NOT, however, discouraged or forlorn! Today, I am, in fact, excited and energized to begin anew! I have my previous successful experience to remind me that I CAN take charge of my health again. I have re-enlisted the support of family and friends, returned to logging my eating and exercise, and here I am looking for challenges and community here on SparkPeople again.
Yesterday was my 49th birthday. I have a new goal to lose 70 pounds before my 50th birthday, which I know is a reasonable goal, given my history. So, I'm here to say, Hello again, SparkFriends! I'm looking forward to making new acquaintances, and sharing encouragement, ups and downs, successes, and lessons learned as we each work to overcome the every day challenges we face.