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To Blog or Not to Blog, that was the Question

Sunday, March 09, 2014

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'!

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    I was reading some of your blogs and your profile and decided to add you as a friend. I like your determination! I am a yo-yo gainer and loser. I've lost weight these past two springs but gained it back each winter. This spring nothing clicked. I turned 70 in February and thought about a slower metabolism... I also have two bad knees and am probably not exercising enough to lose weight. My doctor changed one of my medications and I have been able to lose 13 pounds, but I need to lose a lot more. I don't want to have knee surgery at this weight because it could be dangerous for me, and recovery would be more difficult. I'm hopeful to lose what I gained last winter or more, which would put me at a better weight to tolerate surgery.

    I am married and our 49th anniversary will be here soon. We have five children and ten grands. I am seeing a psychologist who is helping me with cognitive behavior and a weight loss program. I'm hoping it helps make my progress longterm. I have things I want to do, people to see, and places to go. These bad knees are hampering my lifestyle! I'm going to go read awhile and then lights out!

    Good luck on your journey, and more success with your writing! emoticon
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    Comment edited on: 8/6/2017 2:12:03 AM
  • JILL313
    Marti, I loved reading your blog and it's a great way to communicate to SP friends. It's wonderful that you discovered Sp and it already sounds like you're very committed to losing weight the healthy way. My Journey to Weight Loss has been slow but I'm very committed to getting there the healthy way. I've had my ups and downs that's for sure but I love SP and feel very blessed to be a part of it. I'm very happy you joined in the Over 60 Team. I hope you'll come to like it nearly as much as I and many others do. The best way to get to know other people on the Team is to Chat with us. The Thread for that is at the top of our Team page. I'm looking forward to getting to know you. Keep up the good work on becoming slimmer and healthier. You Can Do that and so Can I.

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    1412 days ago
    emoticon Congratulations on your success thus far!

    1413 days ago
    This is a great post; I'm really glad you've decided to keep a blog here at SP. Miss Sophie is precious. (I look forward to having a small dog companion someday. Right now I have a big, lovable galoot.) The way you described sliding into weird writer habits sounds SO familiar.

    Have you asked MADEIT3 to add your author blog to the Writers links?

    I'm a new co-leader over there, and I've been busy familiarizing myself with the board and tweaking things. (Okay, mostly setting up a lot of structure ... I like structure.)

    It sounds like you're doing really well with your primary teams, but I hope you'll stop in and see what we've been up to. There may be some threads and challenges that would add to your SP experience and we'd love to support you on your journey.
    1413 days ago
    Lovely & Motivating…. congratulations on your weight loss and best of luck to reach your target weight….

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    1413 days ago
    I am glad you decided to start a blog here!
    I find that blogging here on SP has helped me a great deal. It gives me a safe way to vent, cry ,be joyful, and I love the feedback from those who read it. Many times the advice and encouraging words have kept me going, so that is the big reason why I always recommend keeping a SP blog because it can help in so many ways.

    I look forward to reading more blogs from you!

    We are all in this together and I know you can do it. emoticon
    1414 days ago

    Glad you found Spark and I hope you'll be active on the Writers Team! For all of us fast gainers and re-gainers, Spark has a lot to offer.

    Like you, I have an external Blog that I write about gardening and I'm thinking about yet another Blog. Blogging on Spark has taught me a lot about consistency, routine, and having the discipline to get things done outside of corporate America. And boy howdy, has that helped with my eating and exercise plan!!

    Looking forward to getting to know you better!
    1415 days ago
    Keep focused for success. You can do it too. Go for it.
    1415 days ago
  • LADYBUG1943
    Welcome to Spark People. I enjoyed reading this post, and I hope you keep up with the blogging. It'll be interesting to watch your journey.

    I've added you to my "friend" list so I'll be notified the next time you do.

    1415 days ago
    It doesn't matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop.
    1415 days ago
    a great story and stick with it, slow and steady wins the race!!
    1415 days ago
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