180 days of sparking...
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Today is 180 days of Spark People. Since I lean toward nostalgia anyway, I like to look back at what has changed in 180 days.
My weight of course, 6 months later I am 24.5 lbs lighter. I weigh under 150 for the first time in 10 years.
My stamina, when I began on this site I could walk 2 blocks. Now I normally walk 3.3 mi in an hour and then go on and do my day. Big change.
My joints. The first signs were about 15lbs into the weight loss when I noticed my knees didn't hurt anymore. My shoulder changed. I got a new one after several years of chronic pain with the old one. And a change I just noticed yesterday was that I can now sit on the ground and get up by myself. I know it doesn't sound like a big deal, but it's been years since I could do that.
My attitude. It's not a diet. It's a healthy lifestyle. Sometimes I eat stuff that isn't so healthy, or miss a walk or a work-out, but I'm choosing the healthy choices most of the time now because I feel better and it is what I want, even more than the triple layer chocolate cake or a dozen cookies or even couching it watching tv. I had to go take a walk last nite at 8 o'clock because I just couldn't sit any longer, moi?!
My lifestyle. I became unemployed and am still seeking a new career. My old career and the way I have earned my living all my life involved 8-10 hour days in a car, sitting most of the time. It took a toll on my body, especially knees, hips, neck and shoulders.
I really don't want to go back to that lifestyle any longer.
My numbers. I have gone from being a stroke waiting to happen who was pre-diabetic to being normal. I like normal, it's A-OK. It makes sense to me now to eat to support my body's health, instead of my mouth and mind's desires.
My relationships. I think that because of the communication on SP I have become more revealing about myself in personal ways. It makes for more interesting relationships for me and my relations.
My house and my garden. Due to unemployment, new shoulders, lack of pain, increased mobility and the fact that housework and gardening burn a lot of calories, my house and garden are both looking better than they have in a while. Elbow grease. I've got it!
My family. My husband and daughter have both lost some excess weight since I started sparking. Mostly because of the food that I cook and keep in the house, but also because I'm more active, everyone else is moving more too. Gotta catch the moving target! My daughter is preparing to move into her first adult apartment and my mother is in a full care facility.
I am finally going to be an empty nester.
Me. I'm 59 this month, the last year of my "fabulous 50's". I'm in better shape than I've been since my late 40s and I have great reason to believe that I can carry this program way into my "strong, satisfying, and scintillating sixties". Menopause is behind me, yes my friends, you will get past those hot flashes and they will just be a memory.
I'm calm, happy, energetic, and eager to see what lies ahead in the next 180 days.