Monday, September 23, 2013
Well, I missed my deadline. I made a goal of writing a blog within my first year at SparkPeople and missed that mark by two days. Nonetheless, I am undeterred so writing today—one year plus two days from my join date Sept. 21, 2012.
It was purely by accident that I found SparkPeople in the first place. I often read articles about health and fitness and one was posted here at SP. I had no idea reading that tip would lead me to where I now am.
The back story is I had been struggling to lose weight gained in the years after my Mom died. At that time I had also just become, um, a woman of a certain age, so to speak. Menopausal, to be more precise. Then a little more than a year after Mom passed, my sister also died from breast cancer. That was 2008.
My challenges continued to increase, but all of us face difficulties of some kind. It is part of the bargain in being alive. Which brings me to what I feel is one of the most significant aspects of being a member of the SparkPeople community—the courage.
I am continually impressed with the forthright sharing displayed by our members. I have read so many blogs about people facing themselves in their own process to have better lives. And in reading about others I find strength in myself.
I have generally done well with my goals and in the grand scheme didn't have too much weight to lose. My original goal was 15 pounds. I met that one and revised my goal to lose another 5 pounds by fall of this year. I had been on track to meet timeline but life intervened. There has not been enough time to exercise and I've made poor food choices. So, I've gained some weight back.
Yet if there is one thing I'm continually reminded of here at SparkPeople, it's that I can get right back on track. Each day, even every hour, is another chance to make better choices, to start a new streak.
So I'll close my first blog by saying a community wide thank you SparkPeople. I read lots of your blogs and check out your articles. You make me laugh and sometimes I cry. You nudge me out of stagnant state and help me engage, though I'm still kind of shy about it. You touch me with your honesty and inspire me to be true to myself.
And one more thing SP. I have a new goal. I hope to post more than one blog in my coming new Spark Year.