Wish I Had a Clever Title for My 6 Month Reflection...But I Don't
Monday, July 27, 2009
So inspiration doesn't always come when you really want it. But I must say that 6 months ago, SparkPeople became a BIG part of my inspiration to lose weight and get healthy. While so many things came together to give me the push I needed to "get off my duff" and DO something other than just WISH I were thinner, SP has been the vehicle that has made it possible for me to do so well on my journey so far. I say "so far," even though I've reached my goal weight because I realize the journey continues for the rest of my life. I truly believe and hope I'll always remember that what I've done for the past 6 months is to establish a new lifestyle. I need to remember that if I go back to old habits, I'll end up having to lose weight all over again. And that will be harder and harder the older I get.
Now that I'm working on maintenance and weaning myself away from measuring and weighing everything I eat, I'll still keep track of my weight and measurements to see how I'm doing with sticking with my new lifestyle. I've really appreciated the SP approach of moderation, not depriving myself of EVERYTHING that is tasty or even unhealthy. The SP program has helped me think about eating more fruits and vegetables, as well as eating actual serving sizes of desserts and other goodies. What this all means is that I can live a "normal" life with my family and friends and not be a rigid, austere person who can't enjoy the occasional goodie.
I think for me, maintenance will also be about finding more moderation in my exercise routine. I racked up a lot of time at the YMCA over the last 6 months. I was a woman on a mission, and the house would just have to take care of itself. I wrote in an earlier blog that this would be my new goal and focus..."Sparking" my house. Easing up a bit time-wise with my exercise, calculating my calorie range accordingly, is all part of the moderation.
I definitely see SP staying a part of my future, because I'm sure I'll be much more successful with maintenance by keeping active with SP. The tools for tracking are a big help to keep me focused. The articles have been inspiring and helpful. But most of all, the friendships made here have been SO important in helping me along the way. I've found that not only do I appreciate being supported and encouraged, but I really enjoy supporting and encouraging others.
So all in all, I'm extremely pleased with and proud of myself for my accomplishments these past 6 months. I'm excited for the progress all my SP cohort members have made as well. Congrats everyone! And I'm optimistic for my future...being able to maintain my healthy weight, become even more fit (get rid of the saggy belly skin), and apply the principles I've learned through SparkPeople to other aspects of my life.
So thanks SparkGuy, thanks SparkPeople.com, and THANKS SPARKFRIENDS!