Wish I Had a Clever Title for My 6 Month Reflection...But I Don't

Monday, July 27, 2009

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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, and THANKS SPARKFRIENDS!

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  • no profile photo CD4556394
    emoticon , you rock! You're an inspiration to us all.
    4214 days ago
    You have done a wonderful job. I wish that I could say that I have reached my goal weight. I have lost 23 lbs. since Jan5th. I haven't lost all of that since I joined SP but I'm still very happy with this. I need to lose about 60 lbs. more and then I can toot my horn. I keeping as a small goal ten lbs. at a time. I decided to do this when I reached my 20 lbs. It has been a struggle but I am positive I will win this battle with the Lords Help. There is a wonderful study that can be used to go along with SP you don't have to use their plan but the Bible Study is well worth the time. Just go to you search engine and type in Lord's Table and then you will see "Setting captives free". I learned about it off of one the message boards at SP
    Thank you for all your encouragement
    4233 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4564436
    Amy, you rock! Congrats again. You have such a healthy perspective. I know everything will come together for you. Thanks for sharing your journey with us. emoticon
    4233 days ago
  • TERIE93
    You are so Sparkly-good job

    4234 days ago
    Wow, Amy!

    To me, you are the star of the team. You've made it. You've worked for it. We all want to be successful like you.

    What a positive message!

    Congratulations for being our motivator of the week!!!!! I'm extremely happy and proud of you.

    4234 days ago
    emoticon on your progress over the last 6 months! emoticon
    I know what you mean about neglecting the house while you're focused on fitness. Wishing you success with sparkin' your house. I know you will succeed there.
    4236 days ago
    Congratulations! It's been a rewarding 6 months. Best wishes for continued success.
    4237 days ago
    In reference to your comment about "sparking" your house, have you ever heard of FLYLADY? ( It's a free website also that deals with housework, etc. I found it incredibly helpful as I tried getting my own home in order, and I use Flylady's tools and motivation hand-in-hand with Spark People. I think they go great together, and you may find it really helpful.
    4237 days ago
  • LINDA!
    Yay for you!!! emoticon emoticon
    4237 days ago
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