They say time flies when you're having fun. Boy, I guess it does! On Sunday I celebrated 6 months on Spark People.
I remember the day I found SP. I had already begun my weight loss journey, but was really just getting going. I was really looking for something to track what I was eating. I remember Fox News had a story about people's New Year's Resolutions. Of course, weight loss is right up there every year. They talked about tools to help with weight loss and SP was one of them. I was so intrigued, I immediately went to the SP site to check it out. After looking for a few minutes, I quickly set up an account.
In the beginning, I wasn't even weighing myself weekly, since I didn't have a reliable scale at home. I did eventually get a scale...some time in February. Since I began weighing weekly, I have had only 2 weeks that I didn't lose. One week I stayed the same, and one I had a small gain. There were reasons for both of those weeks. I know that this is work and takes effort, but at the same time it has been so easy! I never would have pictured that I could be even as remotely disciplined about my eating as I am now. Believe me, I do enjoy small treats now and then, but I don't want to put garbage into my body. I want to feed it foods that are good for it and will strengthen it.
In the beginning, I did not exercise. I just couldn't seem to find the motivation to get myself going. Now I try to do at least a little something every day. Currently, my weekly goal is to burn 2250 calories. Several months ago I even dragged out the old Nordic Track...still works! Now I'm thinking about getting some Zumba DVDs...to practice the steps. I'm considering attending a local Zumba class, but only after I've had a chance to practice a bit. I don't know if I'd prefer to exercise over watching TV yet, but I will do it rather than watch TV because like the results of exercise. In February, I gradually began adding in cardio - walking the dog. Still, I did not strength training. I started that in March, but it wasn't much.
In March, I joined my first challenge - the Spring 5% Challenge. I really didn't participate much...just didn't have time. But I did keep losing weight. I lost a little over 6%. Then I joined the Summer 5% Challenge. I lost 6.76%! I am definitely on a roll!! My next challenge - Sizzling Summer 5% Challenge - starts on Saturday. I can hardly wait to get started.
What is the most amazing about SP - that I think really differentiates this site from others out there, is the Community. People on SP are soooo supportive and encouraging. If you're having a down day or an off day, there's always someone to cheer you on and tell you, "You can do it!" Even when you're having great days and accomplishing a lot, there are folks congratulating you and cheering you on. It is simply amazing! I love it!! I am on Facebook, but I find that I spend much more time on SP than I do on FB.
I am happy to report that I have several boxes of clothing that I am donating to our church's garage sale, which will be on the 25th. I have no reason to keep all those clothes (that are now falling off of me) around anymore. I just tried on my next size down again tonight, and I am happy to report that the size 18 pants that I have I can wear now. When I started I was between a 24 and 26 depending on whether it ran small or not.
I can now see differences in less noticeable places...like my jaw bone. It seems more defined. My shoulders are narrower. My upper chest seems to have less there...more boney. I don't have those protruding collar bones yet...but they're coming!! Eventually, I'm going to have to get my wedding rings resized. They have become quite loose...already. Even my forearms seem smaller. I realize this has all been happening quite gradually. I'm just now starting to notice even these little things.
When I started I was Morbidly Obese. Now I am down to Severely Obese...fast on my way to just Obese. I'm hoping to be past that and reach my half-way point by my birthday, Aug. 30.
When I started, my blood pressure was high. Now I know that much of the high readings were a result of what is called White Coat Syndrome. But even when I took outside readings, it was a little high - prehypertension. I am happy to report that for the most part my readings are now consistently below 120/80. Most of the time I average 115/70 with a resting pulse of around 56-60. So it may not have been as bad as what appeared at the doctor's office, but it definitely needed improvement, and I'm seeing it. What a wonderful feeling!!
I need to get (or borrow) a digital camera, so I can post some updated pics and you can see what I see.
Keep on sparking! And remember...if I can do this, so can you!!