Saturday, July 25, 2009
Got a big shock yesterday. Somehow I've managed to painlessly (not counting sore muscles) lose over 20 pounds since joining SparkPeople.
I originally joined because I wanted to develop a consistent exercise habit and liked the reports and tools SparkPeople had available. However, when I visited my doctor in May she sent me home with FOUR! maintenance medications. I came home and explored the Nutrition Tracker for the first time.
Simply logging what I eat each day was pretty revealing. Wow - did I REALLY get 50% of my calories from fat today?!? How is it possible my calcium intake is so low when I'm using 1/4 cup of cream in every one of the 8 cups of coffee I'm drinking?!? (Yeah - I finally measured how much was going in the cup).
I haven't made huge changes as a result of the Nutrition Tracker, but I'm certainly more aware. Sometimes I'll have oatmeal with raisins instead of a bagel. For the first time I cruised around the message boards looking for palatable substitutes for cream in my coffee. After 9 months, I finally set up a SparkPage (thanks to my sister for holding my hand during the process!).
And I have set a weight goal - one that takes me to a BMI for "normal" weight. I know getting there likely won't be as painless as it has been so far. But I have a great life and a great family, and I can't think of any better thing I could do for myself than invest in my health so I'll be around for a long time.