Monday, June 24, 2013
Today's SparkCoach daily community task involves us writing a short blog about our weight loss journey and the whether it has been a painful or an adventurous trip for us. Huh, what can I really say about this in a short amount of time. Usually I do my community tasks in my journal instead of my blogs because I'm more reserved and don't open up that easily. But - here goes:
As I look back on the past 2 years I find that a majority of the blogs that I've written have been positive. I guess you could say I'm an optimist and try to keep my blogs upbeat as much as possible. But yes, my journey has been trying and hard. It took me a lot of years to get as out of shape and heavy as I had gotten. While 35 pounds wasn't as much as a lot of people are faced with it still was a lot for me and more than I had ever had to lose.
And, yes, I wish I would have started to lose weight earlier, while my kids were little, so I could have had more energy to run and play and swim with them. BUT, if I hadn't have gotten to that point, then I wouldn't have come across SparkPeople when I did and had the positive experience that I've had! How can a person NOT be positive when you look at it that way, right??
Look at all of the (virtual) friends that I've made and discoveries that have fallen into my lap just by the keystrokes I've made on my computer and the books and articles that I have read that have helped (re)shape my outlook and make me into that positive person I've become. I'm not crabby and sick and tired anymore. Two years ago I didn't even consider the possibility that I could be a runner or a weight lifter or even a healthier "me". I guess if I could afford to join a gym my journey might be a little more EXCITING but I don't have the extra $$ to do that so I'm left with doing what I can afford and making the best of it. I can run for the cost of a new pair of shoes every once in awhile and I can borrow workout videos from friends or the library or find them cheap at the local used book store. When I'm feeling down all I have to do is check in to SparkPeople and it's like an immediately uplifting experience!