SP Premium


If It Is To Be, It's Up To Me!

Saturday, October 02, 2010

About seven years ago I lost over 40 pounds on Weight Watchers. I maintained for several years. However, a serious ankle injury and a pretty bad break up led me to revert to bad habits. I looked for solace in the bottom of many cartons of Ben & Jerry's. Big surprise -- I didn't find it there.

Even after maintaining a 40 pound weight loss for a long time, I found it very easy to fall back to unhealthy ways when my personal life went kerflooey. While I can forgive myself for that, I'm determined to undo the damage to my health and to avoid repeating that pattern. For me, maintaining good health habits takes constant vigilance. I can't ever afford to get complacent. this means I have to be honest with myself (tracking my food and fitness helps tremendously), and also push myself a little (try a new fitness activity, be willing to go to bed a wee bit hungry, and so on).

Now that I'm in my mid-40s, with an 8 year old kiddo, I know it really is do or die time. Diabetes runs in my family, as does heart disease. And depression. So my goals are to get back to my best level of fitness, to wear a size 8 again, and to feel lots of vitality. I know that if it is to be, it's up to me.

I'm taking this journey gradually. My focus is on living a healthy, balanced life today -- not trying to force the scale down at a breakneck pace. I am living today the way I plan to live while maintaining (making good choices for nutrition and activity). The scale will get to goal eventually.
Share This Post With Others
Member Comments About This Blog Post
    A small beginning; I just read your latest blog!
    I KNOW a couple of years down the road, I will also write victory blogs! I'm happy for you, my spark friend! emoticon

    2808 days ago
    Welcome to the Community Team - spounds like you have made a good plan to get your health back and maintain it. I have to admit, altho I know Ben & Jerry aren't really my friends, I do love them so!
    3917 days ago
  • no profile photo CD6063397
    Read my sparkpage on Diabetes...
    3918 days ago
  • LISAD1220
    Good for you! Glad you find your way back to wanting only good things for yourself, and good health and wellbeing is a wonderful gift! I saw myself in your blog because 9 years ago I lost 45 or so lbs on weight watchers and maintained in for a few years, then gained about 20 back and lost it again and then found myself climbing again. I, like you, am going to have to NEVER get complacent as those bad habits are lurking, just waiting to resurface, all the time. I am never going to be "fixed". I know that now. Now I am striving for lifestyle change. Every day is a challenge, but it is right there for the taking, and I am going to take it.

    I wish you the best, and if I can be of help, feel free to contact me! We are stronger together!!
    3918 days ago
  • Add Your Comment to the Blog Post

    Log in to post a comment

    Disclaimer: Weight loss results will vary from person to person. No individual result should be seen as a typical result of following the SparkPeople program.