When I joined Spark People the end of January, I already had an author blog (I publish under the pen name Stephanie Michels), a personal blog, and a blog I am part of for my writers' group. It's all I can do most weeks to post on those -- or even on one of those. So I thought, "why on earth I would want to start a blog on Spark People, too?"
So I opted not to start a Spark blog back then. But as the weeks have progressed, I realized there are things I'd like to say about my journey and successes or failures that I don't necessarily want on any of those other blogs.
Miss Sophie (or The Princess Dog as my kids sometimes refer to my Yorkie), really doesn't care about my weight loss journey either. She just wants her dish full, someone to pet her, and for me to play fetch with her.
And that's why I am starting this blog journal. A bit late on the uptake, but better now than never.
So let me introduce myself. My name is Marti, I am 66 years old, and I decided to take an early retirement about 2 years ago from the corporate world to focus on my writing. Unfortunately, after working all my my adult life, I failed miserably at being retired. Less than 6 weeks after retiring, I started a "part-time job." After a little over a year, the part-time was edging toward FULL time, so I decided to retire AGAIN.
That time, I managed to finish two books and have them accepted by a couple of e-Publishers. I also found myself sitting in front of a computer most of the day, snacking at weird hours, and going to sleep at 4 or 5 in the morning. I managed to hone the fine art of procrastination as I had all the time in the world to do my writing, housework, cooking, etc. Often as not, those things did NOT get done by the time I crawled in bed again.
That life style added about 25 lbs, to my already seriously overweight 5 foot nothing frame. I was tired, achy, and feeling like an old woman. I didn't like it. So, I decided to take matters in hand and start a diet.
Over the years, I think I've tried every diet imaginable - WW, Atkins, South Beach, High Carb, Low Carb, Grapefruit, Mayo, Richard Simmons...You name it, I've probably tried it. I'd lose a few pounds fast then get bored and fall off the plan. Invariably, the pounds would come back home and bring a few friends along with them. Therefore, I wasn't really expecting any sort of miracles when I sat down at my computer and typed in "Free Calorie Trackers" in my search engine.
Interestingly enough, one of the sites that popped up was an interview with the creator of Spark People. I was curious, so I watched the video. Then I checked out the site. I was hooked. I signed up on January 21 and haven't looked back. Once I got the hang of the site, I joined a couple of Spark Teams (the one for my class and one for others like me who have a lot of weight to lose). I joined a few others in the weeks since, but those two -- especially the 100+ team -- have been my mainstays.
The daily messages of encouragement, the monthly challenges, they keep me fired up. I huddle with them every day, read the boards, look forward to the daily, weekly, and monthly challenges, and have had a lot of fun.
I shared the news with my daughter a couple of days after I joined, and she told me she was also a member, but hadn't been very active. Once she found out what I was doing, she started getting more active on SP, too, and is now having wonderful success with her weight loss journey. In fact, she's signed up to run a marathon this summer.
To date, I've lost 15.2 pounds. That's a lot slower than I'm used to losing on a diet, but this time, I'm sticking to it, and the slow loss is also steady. More importantly, I have a lot more energy, and I'm making much better food choices that have really tamed my snacking habit and sweet tooth.
So now, I'm living the Spark Life, and I can hardly weight to step on the scale each week. And that, my friends, is a miracle in itself.
Have a great day, and keep on Sparkin'!