All the other weight loss programs I tried did not work, and I can identify why. They did not motivate me to make lifestyle changes. I wanted to make temporary changes if any, and I wanted to pounds to fall off and stay off, while I continued my same habits. The only reason I think Spark People is working is that I am using it. I log everything, and then look at my progress. I join in on daily and weekly challenges, and I read about how well others are doing and know I can do it. I try strategies that worked for others to see which ones work for me.
I also decided that I could either decide to continue to eat all the pizza and fried food I loved all the time and stay fat, or I could give them to myself as a very occasional treat and get skinny. Although I am no where near my goal yet, I can tell you that it is already paying off. I went to a party yesterday and a friend I see about once a month hugged me and joked, "where are you girl, there is nothing left to hug". It felt so good! I also notice I am stronger and have more energy and can keep up with my kids better thanks to the daily exercise.
My kids who see me every day even comment on the changes. My oldest hugged me the other day, he is 9 and told me he was proud of how hard I was working on my diet and that he was enjoying the new snacks I had, he really likes the dried blueberries. My youngest is 8 and he mentioned to me that all the "weeds were gone" outside, lol. I joined the 15 minutes of housework daily challenge and my house and yards look better than they ever have.
I miss munching on pizza, and chips with sour cream, and drinking high calorie drinks, but I would miss this feeling of success and self pride more if I went back to it!
No one is in control of your happiness but you; therefore, you have the power to change anything about yourself or your life that you want to change.
Barbara De Angelis
SparkPeople's Official Fitness Starter Kit Team www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
| current weight: 168.6