My name's Kathy and I am a SP Weight Loss Pro. Don't that title fool you, though. I've never quite made it to my healthy weight. I've been here twice before and come close both times. I know exactly what I need to do to lose weight in copious quantities and have done it twice already.
What I don't know how to do is "FINISH". For some reason, despite all my success, I manage to fall off the old SparkWagon just when my goal is in sight, and go right ahead and gain it all back again.
This baffles me. All my life, I've been able to set goals, work toward them for the long haul, and achieve them. And I'm talking big things here like graduating from college, while raising a son with Autism on my own and working fulltime. I was also able to save enough money while I was working to be able to retire early, when I was just 55 years old. I've taught myself to play the guitar and I'm now taking piano lessons and making good progress with that, too.
It's this weight loss and healthy LIFESTYLE thing that eludes me.
And I HAVE to succeed at this because I'm starting to really feel the effects of obesity. I'm tired ALL the time and I ache. Recently, my blood sugar has started dropping and scaring the living daylights out of me and my back is aching. I know the answer to my ailments is to lose the excess weight.
So, today is day three back on the old SparkWagon and I'm on my way. I might ache and whine about being tired, but I'm in this to go all the way this time.
Some things I need to do differently:
1. Study the lifestyles of people who are thin -- what and when they eat, how they eat, their activity, their relationships. I have to learn and adopt their habits.
2. Come up with a way to make quick, simple, and healthy meals for myself. It's not that I can't cook or even that I dislike cooking. It's just that I have so many other things I'd rather spend time doing. So, that means I eat out way too often and make poor food choices. That has to change.
3. The biggest thing I have to do is stick with it. I have to stop giving up! I know I can do this -- I've been successful at this before. I just have to keep going and remake myself mentally so that inside my head, I AM that thin person; not just somebody pretending to be thin. Every day, I have to remind myself, "Don't Give Up!"
I can and will be that healthy person I know is inside me. This is it!