Well, hello there SparkPeople! I've been gone for forever, but I'm back - ain't ya thrilled?
The necessary background issues:
I've been overweight all my teen years and up to now (I'm 24), though I remember being a skinny 9 year old thinking I was fatter than every other girl - where does that come from?!
In March of 2010 I found SP and started C25K. The running was the most motivational thing I'd ever experienced. Such noticeable change week to week was so fulfilling. I ate healthier, but never REALLY tracked everything for an extended period of time. Even so, I lost 30 pounds with SP.
I started my first job and college that fall - and fell off the wagon. But it was a slow fall. The biggest change was my motivation to lose weight. It was gone. And the weight came back...plus a little more...
Since then I've half tried, on and off. Last year I bought a cheap elliptical and a heart rate monitor, hoping to give myself that drive. But it wasn't there, and it's something I haven't learned how to fake.
Then, wonderfully, it came back! I don't know how to explain it - it's like something finally clicked back into place. That SP time back in 2010 is still teaching me SO MUCH. Back then I was never satisfied with my weight loss because it was so slow, like a pound a week. Today I look at a pound a week and think - WOW, OMYGOSH, AMAZING!!! - because it really is! This time around I will appreciate the journey, and not obsess over the finish line. This time it's really not just about weight, it's about improving the health of my mind, body, and spirit.
What I'm doing NOW:
I just "started" this week, and have already seen success that I've never seen before! I've tracked my food for 5 days straight! (And stayed in range too!)
I haven't done much exercising yet, but I am planning to start C25K next week. Or tomorrow. I can't decide what works better with my schedule.
So, though I'm heavier now and I have new challenges and stresses, I am back. That's the hard part, right?
Love you Sparkies!!