Tuesday, December 03, 2013
Two years with Sparkpeople.
To think I started this journey two years ago, with very little faith in what I was capable of, only to be where I'm at now is just overwhelming.
If I've learned anything through this process, it is that progress, no matter how slow, is still progress. Yes, I lost 90 pounds my first year with SparkPeople and only 10 new pounds in my second year. But the point is that I didn't give up or go back to my old ways.
In my first year, I developed eating and exercise habits that I think I'll keep with me the rest of my life.
As I start my third year on this weight loss journey, I still have about 30 pounds I'd like to lose, and seeing how my second year went, I know that I will need to stay more focused and continue to track my food. I think the wedding next November will be a huge motivator to stay on track, but also, I realize I could already be at goal if I had stuck closer to my plan in my second year.
But life happens. My grandma died last December, I was stressed out with Graduation, I started a new job.
And I don't look at these as excuses. Just things that took my focus off my health momentarily, so that I stayed in a 10-20 pound range from 180-200 for almost an entire year.
But that also let's me know that I can be successful at maintenance. Because during that time, I wasn't really tracking much, just was more aware of my eating habits than I had been in the past because of the knowledge that SparkPeople has provided me.
I guess what this rambling blog is getting at is, two years down, and many more to go. I think that SparkPeople will always be a part of my life, because it has helped me become the person I always knew I could be.
So here's to year 3!