Friday, March 22, 2019
I just started playing around with SparkPeople yesterday. As a general rule, I don't believe in diets and I'm not a huge fan of counting calories, but I do need to learn more about portion control and get a better idea of what I'm eating. So at least for now I'm trying it out.
I just turned 31 in January and I have never been my ideal weight as an adult. As a kid I was extremely active. Not traditionally athletic, but a tree-climber, roller skater, etc. Once I hit my teenage years, depression and insomnia hit me hard and my health never really recovered. I'm in a much better place in my life now, though, and I'd like to get back to where I should be. I aspire to be a hiker, kayaker, and possibly rock climber, and I've been capable of all of those things in the past. So my motivation is wanting to lead a more adventurous life.
In that vein, this all started with my upcoming trip to Colorado to visit my brother. I've wanted to visit the cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde since I was 11 and it looks like I'll finally have the chance. Even if we don't go hiking, the park is at an altitude of around 8,000 ft and I realized that I don't want my lifelong dream marred by pain, exhaustion, and breathing trouble. I'm still fairly strong and active for my size, so my short term goal is just to try and lose 10 lbs by the beginning of May and to train myself a bit for more strenuous exertion.
When I started on SparkPeople and got the estimate both here and on other sites, that I could potentially be my target weight this time next year if I kept at it, that was really a wake up call that the life I wanted wasn't impossible. So even after the trip, I'm going to try and keep up with this. Who knows? Maybe I can even change my life.