This is epic. This is amazing. Pardon me while I celebrate with a few fireworks.
For at least 20 years my number on the scale has always started with a 2. There have been gains and losses, ups and downs, but never during that time did I make it past that 2 barrier. Pushing through just now wasn't easy. For weeks I have been at a plateau that made me wonder if my scale was capable of going any lower. Turns out that with patience, persistence, and consistency, it is!
I've been working on this a long time. I joined the site in 2009 and got to work first on the exercise. Tracking my exercise, building streaks, getting rewarded for something positive I was doing for my health was very reinforcing. The streak just flashed on my page: 230 weeks of at least 90 exercise minutes per week.
The food part of the equation just lurked in limbo. I hate counting calories. I hate tracking food. I hate feeling like there is a ticking meter in front of my jaws. Nonetheless, by the beginning of this year, I was ready to get to work on the food angle. Soon after I got started, a spa visit reformed some of my attitudes and expectations. (See previous blog post) It wasn't easy, but suddenly it was do-able. I had already changed some of my eating habits for the better; I changed a few more and strived for better consistency. And, of course, nothing succeeds like success. Trite but true. When the scale shows a lower number, when your pants get loose, when you can feel those beautiful muscles better under a shallower layer of fat, you want to keep up those good feelings.
The sparkpeople web site has doubtless been an element of my success so far. It has infinite patience with my slow pace, recognizing my positive achievements while not hounding me about my deficits. I help other people; they help me; we are all in this together. It takes what it takes, which is something unique for each one of us.
I still have a long way to go to where I want to be. My BMI is still well into the obese range. But my belief in my ability to get there has increased massively with the crashing of that stupid 2. Patience, persistence, and consistency. On I go.
Thanks, fellow sparkers, for all you do!