Most mornings come with a smile and a happy mood. At a restaurant, salmon or a grilled chicken sandwich with no cheese, mustard, and a whole wheat bun is the preferred meal. 5K training is once or twice a week & cardio kickboxing is every Wednesday. Who is this? It is ME! Sometimes I am still in shock on how much I have changed over the past two years. I used to never exercise, I ate cheesesteaks and burgers with extra cheese, and I felt and looked unhealthy. Even though I still eat French fries sometimes, now I automatically think about what I am going to put into my body before I eat!
I posted some pictures at the bottom. When I look back at my old pictures, I don't feel like that was me. But, I do have to remind myself that I have to keep working hard to keep the weight off! My weight fluctuates every day, but I know I need to continue making smart choices to keep the weight off!
I can't believe it has been two years since I started using Spark. I don't know where I would be if I didn't have all of the weight loss tools available on this website. Well, I would probably still be unhappy with my weight. Who knows where I would be if I didn't have the support of this amazing and helpful Spark Community! Although I am so close to my BMI healthy goal weight of 155, I know I won't be there for a long time. I kept pushing back the date for many months now. Instead of focusing on the numbers, I am living day to day now. I have a regular workout routine now - I am the one who is in control of my actions, but I still am so thankful for Spark and my SparkFriends!!!
Spark Start Date: August 17, 2011
Current Date: August 16, 2013
Spark Start Weight: 250
Current Weight: 158
Healthy Goal Weight: 155
Ultimate Goal Weight - if I can get lower, that would be great. (I won't stop at 155)
Spark Start Pant Size: 22-24
Current Size: 8-10-12
Spark Start Shirt Size: 2X-3X
Current Size: M-L
September 2012 Waist: 41
Current Waist: 35.5
September 2012 Hips: 44
Current Hips: 40
September 2012 Thigh: 24
Current Thigh: 20
September 2012 Forearm: 10
Current Forearm: 8
Unfortunately I didn't start using the tape measure until a year after I Started - but I am still happy with the progress!
I looked back at my One year blog to see if anything of my views changed since then! Besides my weight loss and body changes, my mind has also transformed. My mind is more open, and I try to be more realistic with myself.
-One Year Sparkversary: "It is hard to say NO to food - but it is worth it instead of feeling guilty later"
-Two Year Sparkversary: I still say NO To certain foods. Other times I say Yes and try to limit how much I eat. Instead of feeling guilty, I realize that every day gives me a chance to start fresh. Even if I over-ate yesterday, I can try to stay within my goals today!
-One Year Sparkversary: "If I feel hungry, I drink water first. Sometimes that really does fix my "problem" "
-Two Year Sparkversary: I still drink a lot of water - during meals and throughout the day. Sometimes water really does do the trick. If it doesn't, I try to have a healthy snack!!!!!!!!! If I do end up having a not-so-good snack, I do my best to not beat myself up too much. I track it anyways and usually being out of my calorie range pushes me to do better the next day!
-One Year Sparkversary: "Spark is amazing. When people ask how I lost all of this weight, the first thing I tell them is "I use Sparkpeople online". I get funny looks - but then I explain how great this site really is. I love every aspect of this site even if I don't use all of it - I know other people do use it, which really inspires me to keep going!"
-Two Year Sparkversary: Spark is AMAZING! People don't ask me as often about losing weight, but I still have some people asking me how I KEEP the weight off. I tell them that I still use the trackers, read the articles, and love the support of this caring community!
-One Year Sparkversary: "Don't give up - it is ok to feel sad or mad or lost sometimes. I look back at my old pictures and see how upset THAT makes me. I look at myself now & I know I am doing such a great job. I know I can't give up!"
-Two Year Sparkversary: DON'T GIVE UP! I still look at my old pictures for motivation. If I feel like I am having a 'fat' day now, I like to look back at where I started. Instead of just looking at the extra fat I had, I see how unhealthy I was. Today I can run 5K races without feeling like I will have a heart attack after! My recovery rate has improved so much since I have been working out on a regular routine!
-One Year Sparkversary: "Be happy! I try to cheer myself up as much as I can. A smile on my face actually does make me feel better! Then I keep going from there and try to get out of that funk!"
-Two Year Sparkversary: Happy = Great! But I do realize that some days I wake up feeling awful. I don't want to exercise, I would rather sleep in bed instead of going to work, and I wish I could slap people who made me mad! BUT I also realize that the stinky mood will pass. A new day will come where my mood will be better. Instead of being super grumpy to every person I meet, I try to keep to myself and let the mood pass. I am in some control of me even in the worst of moods!
-One Year Sparkversary: "I try to fit in as much exercise as I can - I take the stairs, park further away, offer to go get something from someone in another room, etc. I know I am still having a hard time with the daily workout routine, so I am trying to make up for it a bit in other ways!"
-Two Year Sparkversary: I still try to park far away from stores! Sometimes I take laps around the work parking lot when I have some free time before lunch ends. When I am slacking on exercise, I break out my calendar and mark down which days I will exercise! When I plan it out, I am more likely to complete the exercise.
-One Year Sparkversary: "I CAN do it! and I have been! I just have to make myself do it! I am starting Zumba & Yoga next week. I am so excited about it. I hope it jump starts me to finally work out more often"
-Two Year Sparkversary: We ALL can do it. I do work out more often. Besides doing 5k training, zumba, and yoga, I am now doing cardio kickboxing and I will be starting pilates in two weeks! I also tried kayaking and indoor rock climbing. I will be doing archery and frisbee golf this month! Trying new things is great for my body and for my mind! Even if I don't feel like spending a lot of money for a gym membership, I get a local online deal. Some nights all I do is a 10 minute SparkVideo - I realize more now that it ALL counts!
-One Year Sparkversary: "Mini-goals are great! and I don't worry anymore if I miss a goal - I know I am being healthier overall and that is most important"
-Two Year Sparkversary: Short-term, long-term, and mini goals are all super important to my success. If I know I am going to over-eat at a party I will be attending to in 5 days, I try to cut back on how much I eat for a week. I try not to do this often - but sometimes it does happen!
If you feel discouraged, remind yourself that you are here on Spark. Even though some goals look easy to complete on paper, each step you take is hard and important! Every one has their own reason for being on this website, and I appreciate the time every one takes to better themselves & to help others!