I was about two paragraphs (or so) into a rant about how terrible I am at sparking, when I realized that today is my 4-Month Spark Anniversary! An anniversary is something to celebrate and therefore, I have changed my blog to reflect on my past 4 months with SparkPeople.
on June 29th of last year. Over this past winter, my size 3 clothing (jeans & shorts...anything with a zipper) started feeling a bit snug on me.
I had attributed this to my age and to having quit smoking 6+ months prior. I had commented about this to my life-partner (who is also a wonderful inspiration!), to which he replied "So, do something about it."....
Just do it. ---- >>> Those 3 words changed everything for me.
I had been a size 3 since my twenties and had maintained that thru the years with my somewhat healthy eating habits and a somewhat active lifestyle. I sadly took this for granted.
Quitting smoking does not cause weight gain. So, that was immediately ruled out. My body is most definitely beginning to change now that I'm 40 (40-something.
)...my metabolism is slowing down, but not that much so drastically. No way.
So...I did it.
I made a commitment to a healthier lifestyle. I began eating healthier and making time for daily fitness activity. I love that I have more energy. I love that I can see muscle definition in my calves, arms and abs. I love that my clothes fit comfortably again. I was feeling good. Real good.
I stumbled upon SparkPeople looking for a recipe on-line and I thought this looked like it would be a good tool for me to be more focused and consistent and, at the same time, helping to motivate and support others.
I had been going strong with my tracking on here.
Then the hot humid weather arrived. With that, it brought eating when I can and whatever I happen to be in the mood for at the time (On most days, my daily caloric intake is under 1,000!) and instead of making time for fitness, I squeeze it in whenever I am able (My fitness minutes have dropped from over 2 hours to under 90 minutes daily!)
And, I work at a computer all day (and night
)...keeping up with the spark just started becoming increasingly more difficult. *sigh*
Time for me to get back on track...set some new goals and better habits.