Previous SparkPage Introduction
Saturday, February 28, 2009
Today, I'm updating my SparkPage. I like to keep the previous SparkPage content in a blog for posterity. This one was written 2/22/2008:
My Weight Loss Journey
I'm a single mom of two boys, ages 17 and 9. After my older son was born, I put on weight over the next 6 years until I realized that I was way too heavy when I looked at myself in photos. That year (1997), I joined Weight Watchers at Work and started taking a low-impact aerobics class at the YMCA two to three days a week. In 8 months, I lost 52 lbs. Then I moved to California. I managed to keep the weight off and lose a bit more over the next 5 months after we moved, but I did not lose enough to get into a healthy weight range for my height (according to the BMI charts). Then I found out I was pregnant again. I made the mistake of letting myself eat whatever I wanted while I was pregnant, thus undoing many of the good habits I had developed while I was following the Weight Watchers program. After my younger son was born, I managed to lose about 30 lbs anyway, but I never really got down into the healthy weight range for my height.
My husband decided to leave our marriage in 2002. We had both been pretty unhappy with our marriage for a while before then, but I never imagined he would consider divorce before ever making any effort to improve our marriage. We did not have good communication in our marriage, however, and I'm not sure we could have worked things out. At any rate, while our marriage was gradually becoming more unhappy, I put on weight, and I put on some more after he decided to leave, leaving me in an emotional maelstrom. I know I am an emotional eater. It's one of my biggest challenges in losing weight and developing a healthy lifestyle.
A couple of years after my marriage ended, I started taking better care of myself and lost a bit of weight. Then, I had some major issues at work that took several months to get worked out, during which time I was always worried that I would lose my job any day. During this time, I overate again to cope with the stress. I gained weight again.
I joined SparkPeople in June when MyPoints offered Points to view their website and more points if we joined. At first, I did not really use the website at all, even ignoring the "Fast Break" emails that came to me. Then, around August, after my work issues seemed to be resolved and my job became more enjoyable, I decided to track my eating in the Nutrition Tracker. Man, can I consume a lot of calories! Yikes! After a couple weeks, I decided to complete the Fast Break phase and start trying to follow the SparkPeople program. So far, I have lost 16.5 lbs from September to February putting me at about the weight I was when I started WW in 1997. My progress is slow, and I struggle to stay in my calorie range each day. I would say right now I go over my calorie range about 75% of the time (or more even), which is not good, but I have reduced the number of calories I eat significantly since when I started.
If you've made it this far, thanks for reading all this. I'm sure I'll change this again when I have made more progress.