I started my SparkPeople journey 2 years ago today - June 13, 2011. There is so much that I've gained on this path that I've embarked upon. One of the most noticeable is the 25 pounds that have disappeared from my body. I wish the last little bit would go away, too, but it seems to be sticking on longer but it took me 20 years to put it on . . . I can't expect it to just melt away, though that would be nice.
I finally HAD ENOUGH when I tried to find a dress or something that would fit and look half-way decent for my daughter's high school graduation in May 2011. I ended up with a size 14 dress and I was so upset with myself that I swore that I wouldn't have the same problem in two years when my second child graduated!
I stumbled on SparkPeople when I was trying to figure out how many calories were in one of my standard dishes that I make. Low and behold! I found SparkPeople recipe calculator and then looked through the SparkPeople site and found out that 1) IT WAS FREE and 2) it had all this exciting information that talked about common sense things that you could do to start on a healthy life style change and 3) IT WAS FREE.
As you can see, the fact that it is a free site plays a big part in what got me started here but once I got started and figured out just what I could do with all the information that was available to me. I jumped right in and joined the 5K Your Way walking training plan on July 3, 2011 and walked my first 5K on 8/13/11. I remember how hard it was to start walking (especially in July in Omaha) but I stuck with it and walked that first 5K in 53 minutes. I moved on to the 5K Your Way Rookie Running plan (did that in 38 minutes) and then the 5K Your Way Running Plan (in 44 minutes).
I then found the Jeff Galloway training plan while searching for other training plans to run a 5k. They have a Jeff Galloway team that I joined and I've found that a run:walk interval training works better for my running than just straight running/jogging. I can see how much more beneficial this is for my body - definitely a mental thing but I am 53 years old and I know that I can't run the 60 second 400 that I ran in high school!
Since I started running I have run 3 5k's and a 10k and am training for my first half marathon. I plan on running that in the beginning of September. I'm hoping that I can run it in 2 hrs 30 minutes!
Oh, and I joined the 10-minute exercise challenge and today was day 595 of my 10-minute exercise streak! Most days I do a lot more than 10 minutes of exercise but even on my "lazy" days I make myself just do a little bit and it often turns into 20 or 30 minutes.
Some great products that I've grown to love are:
These people at SparkPeople are AMAZING!
SparkPeople.com is AWESOME!
I am still in AWE of everything that I'm constantly finding here.
Can't wait to get started on The Spark Solution. That's my next mission.
I hope that my journey is motivational to someone - I know that so many people have SPARKED me to get me where I am so far.