Thursday, September 02, 2010
Today marks day 1000 of my Sparkpeople membership. Truth be told I only played around with it for the first 16 months or so. Sure, I watched what I ate and ran 15 miles a week and thought I was doing fine. I didn't always use my food diary because I didn't think had to. After all, I was running 2-3 miles a day. Why would I need to track my food? Obviously all that running would keep my weight down.....right?? Why step on a scale...the clothes I've been wearing are loose....right?
Things changed in early January of 2009. I had an appointment to see a new Doctor for a check-up. Before I even saw the Doctor I was shocked to find out that I was 40 lbs larger than had thought was. 40 POUNDS!!!! My blood pressure was high despite the 2 meds I took to control it. On top of those meds I was also taking Prozac for depression. That trip to the Doctor changed everything.
That day I went straight from the Doctor's office to my computer to begin what is now my current Spark Streak of 606 days. It has been a incredibly rewarding experience. The morning after that appointment I went out for my morning run. I had in mind to go farther than I had been. I did...4 miles to be exact. From that point my miles grew in the next couple of months to the point that I was running 25-30 miles a week and logging most anything that went into my mouth. The first couple of months were also frustrating because despite all I was doing there were very few results. But I kept at it. I knew the results would come, I just had to keep at it.
It really wasn't until the 3rd month that the results started to show. Weight started coming off at a pretty good pace. I was really noticing the the results and so were the people around me. All the hard work and sacrifice seemed to be worth it. Between months 3 to6 was when my weight loss was at it's highest. I lost around 30 pound in those months. I wasn't doing anything different than I had in the previous months it just seemed my body was catching up with the work that I had done. After 6 months I was down 40 pounds. But that wasn't all. In month 7 my body underwent an amzing transformaton. Without losing any weight I went from a size 46 jacket to a size 42! The whole shape and size of my 6-1 frame changed in what I can only call shape-shifting. The human body is an amazing thing.
Fast forward to today. I still run 30-35 miles a week. I still track my food. I still post to the message board. I still do all the things that got me to the place I am today. I refuse to become complacent. I no longer need meds to control my blood pressure (110/72 last week) nor am I taking meds for depression. I am very proud of the work I've done and continue to do to keep my weight and my life right where it is now.
After 1000 days this is my 1st blog post. I have no idea if anyone will read this or not but if you are one of those that are frustrated by lousy results in the early stages of your journey all I can say is keep at it. It will happen. It may take longer than you want but it will happen!