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Weeeeee - let the roller coaster ride begin…

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Well today is day 78 of my infamous return here to SPARKPEOPLE and I’m emoticon every moment of this return. Although by records I originally joined SP 11/10/2006. That is I opened my account here on Sparkpeople. Oh I did actively participate for a month or so…but obviously not fully into it - yet.

Then I would jumped in and out from time to time, most often towards the end of any given year. Guess it’s the humanistic trait in all of us to regroup towards the end or beginning of every year. Sort of check-in time to see where we’ve been or where we are going.

So again towards the end of 2013 I too began looking into where I’d been and looking forward to where I was going. I wasn't thrilled for all the stop and starts I had done along the way, but let’s just call these “bumps in the night” and be done with them.

Then a crazy thing happened when I flipped the calendar on November 12, 2013 and that date struck me like a sledgehammer. The number sequence was something sort of phenomenal of its own right. We have one more sequence date that we will see in “our” lifetime, December 13, 2014, but that will be another story of it’s own.

So when this date (11/12/13) came, something inside of me yearned to make it something special, unique, something that I would and could remember for a lifetime. So that is when I decided right then and there to truly take this idea I had been playing with (on again / off again) of getting my act together. At which time my health numbers were not looking great - borderline high blood pressure, beginning to see signs of pre-diabetes, oh and the scale…well seeing some all time record HIGH numbers were there too. I use to tell everyone “oh it’s soo hard to loose that baby fat, after having children.” Problem was - my children are now young adults, ages 22 and near 21 - so as Dr. Phil’s known line “And how’s that working for you?” Obviously NOT!

So I jumped onto SP once again and began tracking my food, every bite or sip that entered between my lips. Then I picked up an old issue of THE SPARK, pre-SparkPeople. But also had the same analogy of setting small goals, measurable goals, attainable goals, reasonable goals, teachable goals - DAH Look what that stands for S-M-A-R-T, where have I heard that before. The book goes on to explain on SPARKING (activity) in only 10 minute segments. Well, 10 minutes is doable for anyone, even me the person who professes to HATE THE “E” word!! And thus began my return back to SP and back to life itself.

Today I am thrilled. Thrilled with my health numbers - see previous blog on 12/18/13 - Psyched and MOTIVATED!!!! I am thrilled with my activity level - 29 days & adding of 10,000+ steps per day, this a feat beyond any comprehension of mine. Oh and when I jumped onto the scale today, I had to re-jump on 2 more times as my eyes could not believe what it saw. I WAS BELOW GOAL WEIGHT! WHOO HOO!!! I have finally succeeded in loosing that ‘BABY FAT” AFTER 20+ YEARS, of never even coming close.

So as in the title of this blog “Weeeeeee - let the rollercoaster ride begin”, which I now equate to MAINANTANCE! AHG And to think I thought the hard job was in loosing, ya right. Oh don’t get me wrong as obviously 20 years to loose 30 #’s is what, about 1.5 lbs a year…OUCH! But now the real work for me truly begins. It begins to incorporate what I have been doing the past 78 days here on SP and make it a lifestyle and that means “continued activity”, no returning to Ms Potato head and beach on the couch now that I’m at goal weight! No way sir’re - not for me! Although I doubt how long I can keep up keeping up with all the tricks of the trade to gain SP points but one thing I do want to maintain, other than my weight, are SP fitness minutes.

I am so glad 11/12/13 came along during my life time and I’m more than ecstatic that I made the decision to return to SP and become active. Thank you to all my emoticon for your help, support and encouragement along the way. I only hope that I can extend the same, in any way or fashion to you or a new emoticon. God Bless... emoticon
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SARAHSTEELIO 1/31/2014 11:48AM

    Ha! My son was due on December 27, but didn't come until Jan 12. I like to think it was because he was waiting for the birthday 1/12/12! Sometimes dates really do get your attention. Thanks for this inspiring post. I especially like your attitude toward all the other false starts as "bumps in the night." I've been back at SP since December and the scale has gone down... then up. I like to think about it as a learning curve: I'm learning that I do great for 3 or 4 days (or maybe a week), then weigh myself, don't like the number, and give up. After a day or two of giving up, I log back on and try again. The more I'm aware of these "bumps in the night," the easier they are to predict and avoid. And it's always helpful to read stories like yours! If you can lose that baby fat after 20 years, what's holding me back? NOTHING!

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