Everyone finds a different motivator. KEEP LOOKING until you find yours. I've been on SP for 7 years and lost 15 in the beginning that I kept off. Then I quit to have a baby. Since then, I've kept off the first 15. I've "played" with an additional 10....down, up, down, up. Then I noticed my pants were getting tight again which meant I was gaining back some of my 15. Nope! Not going there. I still have another 25 to lose. I am NOT going to live in stretch pants and I am not going to buy larger sizes.
So, as I always do when I want to lose, I came back to SP. I reset goals and noticed a new one I hadn't noticed before....walk 20 miles in a week. Hmmm...... I hate the gym, I'm not a huge fan of swimming, I've tried countless videos and work-out-at-home routines and I just don't like any of them. The only thing I find refreshing is walking in the evening after work. We have an excellent neighborhood for walking and after being cooped up in an office all day, the fresh air is wonderful. I thought.....hmmm.....20 miles a week. I can do that (I think). Multiply that by 52 weeks and that's over 1,000 miles in a year! WOW!! That's something to brag about. But, I have to give myself wiggle room so while my official goal was 20/week and 1,000 this calendar year, I told myself 1,000 miles is 1,000 miles whether it takes 9 months or 13. I'm shooting for 1,000 miles regardless of how long it takes and I'm just going to try to get it ASAP knowing full well, it's a one-year goal. No more focus on the scale. Instead.....eat well and get those miles in. It seemed like walking those miles was something I could control. So often......I CAN'T control the scale and it de-motivates me very quickly. Walking, I could control. I thought....if I walk, the scale is bound to move in my favor, right?? Eventually??
The first week, I walked 13 miles. The second week, I walked 5. Not the best start. The 3rd week, I walked 18. SO CLOSE! Seeing the 18 gave me determination...I only needed 2 more. During these weeks, no weight loss.
I bought The Spark. It was one of the best things I have done. For the first time in 7 years, I feel like I WILL do this......no longer is it "I can" or "I hope" or "I will try" as it always was before. I have fairly decent eating habits (not perfect, but decent) but I'm just too sedentary. Chapter 3, on exercise and how it helps with so much more than mere weightloss, really inspired me since I'm also trying to switch careers in the next 2 years.
I saw the BodyMedia advertised on here and looked into it.....they want a monthly fee after paying $100 for the unit. Yea, I don't do monthly fees. So then I found the FitBit which does all the same things with no monthly fees. It tracks all walking, and climbing of hills, etc and it syncs with SP. I log food on SP as so many Sparkers do and then use FitBit to track activity. FitBit calculates your calorie needs based on your activity levels, not merely on an average. Since it seems more personalized than SP's calorie calculation, I wanted it. I LOVE it!! Now, I take stairs I wouldn't normally take, I walk at lunch, I walk after work. I'm averaging 35 miles/week so I'm blowing that 20/week goal out of the water!! And, I've lost 5lbs and several inches. Although, I'm too chicken to measure, the waist is definitely trimmer, the pants that were tight now almost need a belt and folks at work have noticed.
I've decided I'm going to walk as many miles as possible this year (definitely MORE than 1,000). Whatever that number happens to be at the end of Dec 31, my goal for 2014 will be to surpass 2013. For the first time in my life, I'm enjoying exercise. Oh, I still have times when I don't want to walk --- particularly lunch hour at work --- and sometimes I skip it. But the family walks are getting longer and more frequent and those are the ones I truly enjoy. My teenager prefers to ride his bike and it's a good thing because it has pegs on the back so when our 5 year old gets tired of walking, he stands on the pegs and big brother gives him a ride home.
Hopefully my story will inspire you but if not......keep reading.....keep trying different things......you'll figure out what works for you. I just hope it doesn't take you 7 years as it did me. =)
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