OMG - 200!
Monday, October 30, 2017
So, as I look over my Spark journey (and hiatus) I see a woman that was depressed, tired and overweight. The year was 2007 and I was close to 190 pounds. In December of 2007 I decided to make a commitment to eat clean and exercise. I had 2 young children (5 and 3 years old) and I was, amazingly, able to pull it off... in about 5 months actually. I lost about 35 pounds. I felt great.
Fast forward 10 years. One masters degree, shoulder and knee injuries acting up and 40 pounds back on. I have been, quite effectively, ignoring my crisis. When I was having trouble walking 3 miles (just plain exhausted after about a mile) I decided to take the bull by the horns. First I had to actually see how much weight I had gained back. So this morning I stepped on the scale and it was 197. For all intents and purposes, I am 200 pounds. 200 pounds. That is a scary number... 200.
My mom is overweight. My husband is overweight. My 13 year old son is overweight. I am most definitely a problem in this circle, and I have to do something about it.
So, I'm back on Spark. I know that I need to do 2 things, those 2 things that every overweight, unhealthy person needs to do. Eat better and exercise. They are both very difficult for me and for so many others. But I look at those "after pictures" of 2008 and I know I CAN do it. I DID do it before. I CAN do it again. There are new roadblocks (harder work and injuries that I will have to be careful of when exercising that weren't there 10 years ago, just to name two) but I have got to get to it and have a plan.
I don't know what that plan will be just yet. Right now I'm concentrating on the following this week:
1.) drink the water. drink the water. drink.the.water. (Something else I let go, besides exercise and healthy eating)
2.) dump the sugar (actually, not all that hard for me as I don't LOVE sweets)
3.) track and track and track... keep aware of what goes in my mouth and how much it "counts" for... not calories, necessarily, but yes - calories, nutrients, protein, etc. Spend calories on good stuff, not crap.
I can't figure out exercise right now, but I will. One week at a time... starting with this one. Water, cut the sugar, and track. It's all I can do right now, but it's a start.