And I'm back. First time around I lost about 35 to 40 pounds, got down to a size 4. Kept there for a couple of years, but then boom! all of a sudden I gained like 50 pounds in a year. So I am back and at my highest weight ever. ;( However, I am confident I can lose the weight to get back to where I want to be if I get diligent with Spark like I did last time. Glad to know I'm not the only one and there are a few others back as well!
Total SparkPoints: 16,937
SparkPoints Level 12
Fitness Minutes: (57,866) Posts: 1,582 1/29/12 12:47 A
I am starting over yet again. I keep trying to lose then something upsets me and I have to start all over again. This time there is an added challenge my husband is going to start on Nutrisystem. Drumroll please.
current weight: 148.0
Fitness Minutes: (109,075) Posts: 21,644 1/21/12 9:53 P
Hi, I officially started with Sparkpeople April 27, 2007. I went on to lose about 30 pounds by the next year. Its a long story, but I have slowly gained back the weight over the last 4 years. Part of that story, was a new job 3 hours from home and in the last year, some family stress. I want to get back to what I was doing back in 2007 to lose the weight and get healthy. So, joining this team is part of that. Cindi
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current weight: 174.0
Fitness Minutes: (109,075) Posts: 21,644 1/10/12 12:34 P
Its comforting to see that I'm not the only who drifted away only to come crawling back come new year's resolution time, but I guess I should reflect a bit on what brought me back to put an end to this biennial ritual :)
I went through some life changes between 2010 and 2011- moving, new jobs and hanging out with new crowds of friends. On the bright side, I lived with some health-conscious roommates for a while, who got me to try and add more vegetarian / vegan-friendly foods into my diet. On the down side, the stress of the new jobs and sometime the boredom from not knowing anyone in a new town made me more prone to emotional eating. Then, when I do hang out with friends, it is with big drinkers so I took on this unfortunate vice as well.
By fall 2011, I was feeling more secure in my professional life, at peace with my personal life, and comfortable with my financial situation. I started looking for activities to fill up my spare time such as dance and zumba classes, but eventually settled on pilates and yoga. The fitness classes kept me busy, which cut down mindless snacking, helped lift my mood, and made me more conscious of my body and my health - can't really get a good work out session if I'm under-rested or overindulged. Then, I realized that despite having added more physical activity to my life, I'm still about 10 lbs up from my comfortable maintenance weight.
I guess all the drinking and eating out, coupled with a slowing metabolism has pack on a few pounds, and I would like to lose those and even get to my ideal weight this time. I want to push myself harder and really make the most out of my twenties. Previously, I've been more focused on portion control and mindful eating, but now that I am a little more active, I would like to combine the two and see what I can accomplish.
So that's my story, guys! What about you? Class of April 22-28, 2007, come out come out where ever you are!
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