When I first joined Spark my ultimate goal was to lose weight. That is still my goal but I have learned sooo much here from others and learned so much about myself. It has been a slow process which is not what I intended. But in being as such I have learned so much more that has really stuck. More than the pounds off is the new way of thinking about weightloss and more focus on maintainance. When I st.arted however I had the intention of making this last and not just a lose and regain thing as in my past. But I still thought I would just get the weight off and then work on maintainance. I guess maybe my biggest lesson I have learned is that maintainance begins with the weightloss by maintaining small goals one at a time for a lifetime. I have always been an exerciser but with the goal of weightloss. My attitude and approach have changed there also. There is just so much that I could list and list and list. Some much too complicated to explain on a message board. I have accumulated so much knowledge, inspiration, motivation, and encouragement from Sparkpeople - creators, contributors and Spark friends. Recommend to anyone and everyone...keep sparking!
A decision made about how much to weigh is a decision made on how to live. (KANOE) I have decided.
current weight: 182.0
Fitness Minutes: (56,750) Posts: 1,164 7/25/12 5:10 P
After a year with Sparkpeople I am now within 2 lbs of my goal. I have lost 57 lbs! I drink more water, workout consistently, eat desserts in moderation, choose healthy foods most of the time and read health and fitness articles to keep me focused. I went from no exercise to now running 6 miles! Accomplished a goal of running a 5K and running a 10 minute mile!
Energy and persistence conquer all things. -Benjamin Franklin
Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. -Ralph Waldo Emerson
Isaiah 40:31(NIV) 31 but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
One year and I have learned that if I stick to my plan, I can still lose weight. I stopped tracking for awhile and when I checked back in, I still lost weight. I got into eating routine things and stuck with it. I still have a way to go, have changed my target goal, but have not regained all I have lost which is motivating.
Edited by: TEACHPVW at: 7/14/2012 (20:57)
"If there is no struggle, there is no progress." -Frederick Douglas
current weight: 151.5
Fitness Minutes: (13,052) Posts: 159 7/14/12 1:24 P
What have I learned in my first year with SparkPeople? It might be easier to answer, "What haven't I learned?"
At age 51, I can finally say I've learned to take care of myself in a loving way. I've learned to believe in myself and trust that I am capable of making excellent choices for my body, for my soul, and for my family. A day, a minute, a choice at a time, I have finally become the me I should have been my entire adult life, and I don't just mean physically. Yes, I have lost 50 pounds. Yes, I've gone from a tight-fitting size 16 to a loose-fitting 6. Yes, I can run most of a 5K, even at 9,300 feet elevation. And yes, I'm incredibly proud that my arms and legs are toned. (My sister told me that my legs look as they did when I was a teenaged gymnast. )
Those changes are all SO good, and they're integral to the most important changes I've undergone: Internal, personal, emotional, social growth, perhaps loooong overdue. I'm HERE. Extremely present, energetic. Vivacious? Mmm, hmm. Ready to take on the challenges of a family and a teaching career. Ready to participate fully and lead the way with more confidence than I'd had as a leader in the past. (I used to question the sanity of administrators who asked me to lead teams or efforts. Now, I think, "Yup. I'm your woman. I can and will (IF I want to*) do what is asked of me.' In fact, I'm back to LOOKING for more ways to contribute to my family and my school, an outlook not possible when I was chronically exhausted by my poor nutritional hygiene and sedentary approach to life.
SparkPeople has changed me from the outside in and from the inside out. I will be forever grateful to the people who created and run this site. I will (I DO) sing its praises every chance I get. You know, that might be one of the most important lessons I've learned: Gratitude. It's a choice. It's a feeling. I was grateful to find Spark on July 10, 2011, grateful that it was free, so I could afford it. But, it wasn't until about two weeks in that a pervasive sense of appreciation started joining me on my morning walks and, like an IV drip, nourished me throughout the day. It hasn't left me. That's fifty weeks of lush, seratonin-producing, CONTAGIOUS gratitude I've sort of been drunk on. God, I'm glad to be alive (new feeling), glad to be part of my little family, glad to have the opportunity to teach and to garden and to run, ride, swim, camp, sail.
Life is flat-out good when you take care of the vessel in which you're living it. Thank you, thank you SparkPeople.
I opened with the notion that it would be easier to share what I haven't learned, but that's not accurate. It is what I've learned by unlearning: slovenliness, defeat, depression, chronic fatigue, a static lifestyle. Me before . . . Now: tidy, methodical, winning, happy, energetic, on-the-go.
Happy Sparking, and congratulations to us all!!!
Love, Sally Momto2too
What others can do, I can do, too.
Changing f-A-t to f-I-t one choice at a time.
“Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." Christopher Robin to Pooh--A.A. Milne
Pounds lost: 33.0
Fitness Minutes: (40,754) Posts: 113 7/13/12 5:02 P
!!! One year ago I rejoined SP. This is the longest I have stuck to any weight loss plan and this is because it is no longer a plan. This is my LIFE! This is how I have chosen to live- healthier and happier. I have made some great friends throughout this journey not only on SP but through numebrous exercise classes. I started this journey at 232lbs and now I am somewhere around 187
What have I learned? PATIENCE This is not something that will happen overnight. It is so much easier to gain than it to lose. I have about another 20lbs until I hit my ultimate goal and I plan to get there with hard work and determination.
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