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My Weight Begins with a 1!

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

This is epic. This is amazing. Pardon me while I celebrate with a few fireworks.
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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!
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FIFIFRIZZLE 7/21/2013 4:17PM

    Next week I will be in Onderland too. How awesome it will be.
Good for us!
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FLORIDAGHOST 7/10/2013 12:19PM

    Great job on reaching wonderland. I'm working to get there too and it's in inches of being obtained by me. I have to keep going and I have also made all the changes required to get there. Your story sounds like mine. Hanging on forever and my hardest part was giving up the fat and I don't know why, but as soon as the doctor said, NO FAT! because of the pending GB surgery, I followed his instructions and cut out ALL FAT, which is nearly impossible to do as there is fat in almost everything. But I did my best and weight started coming off, almost 1 pound per day. I lost 8 pounds, had the surgery, gained 4 pounds back because of all the fluids they poured into me and now I've lost those 4 pounds again and I'm moving on down. I will get to onederland too. Congrats on a job well done! How exciting. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PAMNANGEL 7/3/2013 7:47PM

    Congratulations on reaching Onederland!

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JILLYMAUI 7/3/2013 7:36PM

    OMG!!!!!!!!! Girlfriend!!! That is so wonderful ! YOU are going to DO IT!!!! I am so proud of you and so happy, you give me HOPE!!!!!

Love!

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THINAGIN2 7/3/2013 4:06PM

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on your success
and a job
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GYPSYROVER 7/3/2013 1:06PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon That is so awesome! Enjoy that longed-for number - you've worked hard for it and it's going to continue to get lower & lower! emoticon


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MADABOUTCATS 7/3/2013 12:30PM

    Congratulations!!! emoticon

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