Thursday, July 04, 2013
As I look forward in my calendar I can see that it will soon be a year since my first visit to SparkPeople. When I first thought of that I felt ashamed. Ashamed because it has been ten whole months and all I've only lost was 12 pounds. What have I been doing? What exactly have I accomplished? Then I thought about it. Ten months ago I was so tired and ached so bad I couldn't even stand up to exercise. I found all the sitting exercises I could and did them. Then I graduated to walking. I walked one block and prayed to get back home. I didn't push myself to do more than I could, but I didn't stop either. Ten months ago, I didn't know what portion control was. I couldn't eat just a handful of nuts. I didn't know eating too much fruit could keep you from losing weight.
My progress might be slower than most but I've accomplished much. Today, I can power walk for a mile. I've taken up Yoga and can even do Hip-Hop Abs! I found out I can eat a lot of veggies, pull back on some of the fruit that I love and add reasonable portions of protein and that seems to work for me. I'm not dragging myself out of the bed in the morning, my afternoon lulls have stopped and I feel good. And heck, I lost 12 whole pounds. Those are my blessings and I know there are more to come and I'll be sure to count each one.
So, to all of us who appear to be struggling with our weight loss, remember the journey isn't over. That's why they call it a journey and there will be many blessings along the way as long as we don't give up.