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Almost a month???

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Yep, nearly a month since I last blogged. Why I struggle with this I'm not sure but yet another area to work harder on.

This past week I celebrated my 2 year sparkversary. Hard to believe two entire years has passed so I thought I might do a bit of reflection.

When I started this journey I wanted to get my weight down and feel better, have more energy, and yes, wear smaller clothes. Why? For me and no one else. I had gone thru a period in time when I was miserable and my appearance said it all. I'd done the hard work to change my life that I was so miserable with and now it was time for ME. Me to take care of myself, exercise and enjoy living.

My initial goal weight was 140. I had gotten as low as 129 but have crept back up into the 135-138 range. Earth shattering? Not at all as I keep exercising and have kept the lower region toned that my clothes still fit well. When I'd gotten at that low end, I had more people tell me that I was too skinny and you know, I didn't feel that great. So I am okay with where I'm at but would like to fluctuate between 132-135 so a bit of work to be done.

I have learned that exercise is key for me in many ways. It keeps me focused and provides more energy. Those days I don't get out of bed and move before work, I struggle all day long. Last month was tough. This month is starting out much better and even with the long hours at work as of late, the time for me in the morning is crucial.

I know that I personally must view this as something other than a diet. I'd a given up long ago if I had. I must practice ALL things in moderation and I refuse to beat myself up if I have a bad day. I'm able to keep moving and do better the next day or even meal.

The old saying of what works for me may not work for you but if someone asks for ideas, then share them but don't TELL anyone what to do. We're all different and respecting one another is important and in many ways crucial. A bully has no place on Spark.

I have learned that the friendships formed on Spark are so very special and many being life-long. Meeting fellow spark friends is also a wonderful, and enlightening, experience. True spark friends never judge one another - we totally accept one another as the individuals we are and in most cases, embrace them.

I took a class once at a past employer and the 5 basic human needs were the focus. The first and foremost was POWER. Not the kind over people but the kind from within. I have learned that I do have the power to do whatever I put my mind to. Example is I want to learn to run. I've stalled a bit with the heat and humidity but have a desire to even jog when there was a time when I thought that "I" couldn't do it. I've done some and even got the DH involved. We've not done any long distances but we've done up to 5 miles using the Galloway method. I'm quite tickled about it. There are many spark friends out here that are a 'true' inspiration and I enjoy following them and reading about their successes. Mine may not be as great but you know, it is fine. I'm trying and again, I thought I would NEVER want to let alone do it.

Anyway, I apologize for the length of this but just got on a roll and since I'm very inconsistent with my blogging, I'm making up for lost time. Yea, that's it! LOL

So to all of you special people out there, just remember we may falter, we may have doubts, fears, injuries, and setbacks but the thing we do and do well, is we NEVER GIVE UP!!!

Enjoy your weekend.
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  • MEADSBAY
    Happy belated Sparkaversary- what a wise woman you are.
    Thank you for sharing your journey.
    Have a great school year!
    xoxo
    elizabeth
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    3791 days ago
  • SEKSUNSHINE
    Oh, my friend, no truer words have ever been written. Can't wait to see you again so I can give you a big "real" hug! You have done so well, and come so far, you are an inspiration to many. emoticon emoticon
    3793 days ago
  • WALKINGGRANDMA
    Congrats on your second anniversary. It has been a long journey and part of it is finding what works for you. I agree that moderation and having a life is very important. I don't know that I could live with a lifestyle that was restrictive and not about choices.

    It has been fun learning more about you from our first encounter that I remember (100 steps per minute) to now.

    Have a great day tomorrow and enjoy your week.
    3793 days ago
  • DIFROMWYOMING
    Oh happy 2nd year and I cannot IMAGINE spark without you here. You have been such a wonderful support and inspiration to me on more occasions than I could count. I may not be active on all my teams but in every case they have led me to someone that becomes a vital part of my journey, and that is YOU.
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    3793 days ago
  • LIBBYFITZ
    Lovely to hear from you. a big congratulations on the 2year anniversary.You do what you can. emoticon Thanks for taking time to blog. emoticon emoticon


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    3794 days ago
  • TUFFYBIRD
    Happy emoticon I would hate to have missed it! You are so right about the whole judging issue (well, and the rest too). I hope things settle down for you soon so you can get back on schedule. emoticon emoticon
    3794 days ago
  • COUNTRYJANE53
    I would have been sad not to be able to say:

    Happy 2nd Sparkversary!!!!! emoticon emoticon

    I'm glad you reminded us. Your blog is not too long--you made some great points we all need to be reminded of. Three of them are "What works for me may not work for you", "Embrace each other" and "Never Give Up." If you don't mind, I am borrowing those thoughts for a local support healthy living group I'm facilitating (not as an expert, just as a cheerleader!)

    Thanks for all your encouragement WEEZIE. You are an inspiration to many!
    3794 days ago
  • BUTEAFULL
    my first anniversary is coming up soon hmmm, I always look forward to your blogs so keep em comin
    3794 days ago
  • PJSTIME
    Great blog. You have done a great job and your clothes still fit. I love the self confindence that comes with taking care of ourselves for the sake of just that and not to please anyone but ourselves.
    3794 days ago
  • DAS92687
    emoticon for clothes fitting well, regardless of what the scale says .... and also for the power that comes from within.

    Congrats on the progress of your journey :)
    3794 days ago
  • KNITTABLES
    Well said and thanks for sharing your thoughts, congratulations on your second year with sparks. You are and inspiration and a great friend. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3794 days ago
  • THE_SILVER_OWL
    Congratulations on your 2nd Spark Anniversary. Your positive attitude and success are an inspiration for those of us still in the trenches walking toward our goals. Thank you for setting a great example.

    Hugs,
    ~JJ~
    3794 days ago
  • BZYBOYSMOM
    You rock!!
    3794 days ago
  • SHARONSPARKLE
    Happy emoticon ! I almost missed that one! You have grown so much in the last couple of years and look at all you have accomplished - you are an inspiration for me as well as many others. We love your warmth and caring which shows in all you do. I cherish you as a Spark Friend so keep on Sparking!
    3794 days ago
  • IMJUSTFLUFFY
    Congratulations on your success.
    Rhonda
    3794 days ago
  • LIVE2RUN4LIFE
    Happy, happy Sparkversary! How time flies.
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    You are doing great. The fall temps are just about here for good. We will all be much happier runners! I'm looking forward to hearing about your progress.
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    3794 days ago
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