I Finally Found Something That Works

Sunday, March 03, 2013

I've been dieting for what seems like my whole life.
After I turned 35 it seemed like nothing I tried in the past was working.
In 2011, just months before my wedding day, I came across Sparkpeople and decided to give it a try. Did I try? Not really, not as much as I know I could have. I needed to lose a lot of weight to be the bride that I had in my head - but I didn't give it a 100% and only lost 4 pounds in a couple months.
Fast forward to spring 2012 when I was playing with my son outside and had my "AHA" moment. My son wanted me to play swords with him and I needed to sit down to play.
What was I doing? How was I benefiting myself or my family by carrying all the weight that had haunted me for years.
On May 28th, 2012 I went back to Sparkpeople with the determination of finally doing something for myself (and my family).
Weighing in at 220 pounds, I jumped in with both feet and took Sparkpeople to heart.
Today is March 3, 2013 and I have officially lost the weight to get to my original goal - I have lost 50 pounds!!
I say original goal, because I now see, that with the help of Sparkpeople, I can do more and I will try to lose enough weight to get me where I feel I really need to stop.
I think that without Sparkpeople I never would have been able to do what I've done.
I'm sure we've all made the same dieting mistakes in the past... skipping meals, eating non-nutrious meals, just to avoid the calories and try to get the weight off.
Sparkpeople is not a "diet" in my mind, it's a way of life. It has taught me so much on my journey, something that I will always carry with me going forward.
That's not to say I won't have those moments when I slip a little and "cheat", but I now know what it takes to stay healthy and put the right things into my body.
What are the things I love the most about Sparkpeople? There are so many things; the support from my Community and Sparkpeople friends, the tracking, as I'm a visual person and I think this tool was the most important one for me, and the fact that I didn't have to pay hundreds or even thousands of dollars to join a club that required me to purchase their food and take their supplements. All I have to do is make smart choices and still be able to have the odd indulgence when I want to.
Now 8 months may seem like a long time to lose 50 pounds, but the most important thing to me is that I didn't give up and the result came eventually.
I will spread the spark to whomever will listen, as I am a true believer and forever grateful.
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    I'm not sure why 8 months might seem like a long time to lose 50 pounds? Maybe all the overhyped "lose weight fast" solutions try to convince us it should happen much faster, but a slower rate allows the body to adjust better, don't you think? I love your statement about SparkPeople being a way of life. It really is!
    1900 days ago
    Wow..loved your blog.
    I have 50 to go
    Lets do it!!!
    1907 days ago
    emoticon and thanks for sharing your story. I look forward to hearing more about your journeys accomplishments..
    1907 days ago
    Congratulations on your success!!
    1907 days ago
    Thank you for sharing your inspirational story! It helps us all believe that we can truly make our goals. emoticon
    1907 days ago
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