What I've Learned After Losing 27 Pounds
Friday, October 04, 2019
I am now 10 pounds from goal so I figured I would take inventory of what I have learned since joining Sparkpeople in 2016.
1. Tenacity pays off.
I think I lost maybe 12 pounds my first 2 plus years here and I did a lot of staying the same weight too with some bouncing up and down. I never threw in the towel completely. I just had slips. When I used to give up completely, I gained rapidly,.
2. Maintaining any weight loss is a win!
Even when I was nowhere near goal and would go many months without losing, I realize in retrospect, I was winning because I wasn't gaining. I hadn't found the right formula for losing more yet, but I was sticking to healthy habits.
3. Morning Walks Feed my Soul and maintain my mental (and physical) health
I need to get them in as often as possible. There is something so meditative and beautiful about spending time outdoors, looking up at the vast sky and admiring the beauty around me, even if it's raining or snowing.
4. Exercise is a need, not a want
Zumba class is my happy place. Workouts are my mood boosters.I feel very fortunate that I get enough boost from exercise right now that I can feel calmer and happier afterwards.
5. Boundaries are essential.
It's OK to say "no" even when people insult you and demand you say "yes." It's OK to disappoint takers.It's OK to protect your exercise and down time (unless there is a major emergency as opposed to a supposed emergency).
6. People Pleasing should only be used in moderation.
I want to please those who are truly my support system. I have needed to let go of pleasing people who manipulate and take, take, take.
7. I can survive challenges without numbing myself with food.
In fact, eating healthy and exercising helps me face challenges, deal with difficult emotions and move through.
8. I cannot expect others to support my efforts.
I am pleasantly surprised when they do, but I encounter plenty of food pushers and rather than be indignant, I just deal with it calmly and use my words to say "no thank you."
9. Medical challenges may have a hidden gift.
Reflux forced me to stop eating 3 hours before bed. Stopping eating that soon kept me mid to bottom of my ww food points range. I finally started losing more consistently.
10. Life challenges contribute to resilience and even happiness.
I am stronger from adversity. I enjoy and savor little joys more and can experience true happiness because of the times I have suffered.
11. Sparkpeople is a wonderful place to get support.
I didn't confide in IRL friends much about my weightloss journey, but here among other warriors, I shared a lot. I got such warmth and kindness here. Thank you! You helped me lose weight. You helped prop me up.
12. Weightloss does bring me joy.
You know how people say not to expect to feel different after losing weight and don't expect it to make you happy? Well it does bring me joy, though I wasn't depressed before I lost weight. I also do feel different. I feel stronger and more powerful!