I put some pics at the bottom - I don't have a full body shot of my current weight yet.
Today is my one year Sparkversary. I really can't believe it has been a year since I joined this site. Later today I want to read over my old blogs to see how I was feeling this past year. I have had ups & downs - not UP in weight, but in the struggle to stay down!
I lost 73.4 pounds so far! I started at 250 - I still don't know how I let myself get to that weight. Instead of looking back, I keep looking forward at what I want to achieve & what I will do! I am glad I opened up my eyes to see how unhealthy I really was. I had terrible high blood pressure & actually felt super unhealthy. Besides feeling a bit skinnier now - my body feels healthier. I enjoy jumping around and walking more. I am more flexible, and I enjoy being alive a lot more than I used to!
Here are some things I have learned about myself in the past year:
-It is hard to say NO to food - but it is worth it instead of feeling guilty later
-If I feel hungry, I drink water first. Sometimes that really does fix my "problem"
-Spark is amazing. When people ask how I lost all of this weight, the first thing I tell them is "I use Sparkpeople online". I get funny looks - but then I explain how great this site really is. I love every aspect of this site even if I don't use all of it - I know other people do use it, which really inspires me to keep going!
-Don't give up - it is ok to feel sad or mad or lost sometimes. I look back at my old pictures and see how upset THAT makes me. I look at myself now & I know I am doing such a great job. I know I can't give up!
-Be happy! I try to cheer myself up as much as I can. A smile on my face actually does make me feel better! Then I keep going from there and try to get out of that funk!
-I try to fit in as much exercise as I can - I take the stairs, park further away, offer to go get something from someone in another room, etc. I know I am still having a hard time with the daily workout routine, so I am trying to make up for it a bit in other ways!
-I CAN do it! and I have been! I just have to make myself do it! I am starting Zumba & Yoga next week. I am so excited about it. I hope it jump starts me to finally work out more often!
-Rewards are great for me! I realize now there are many types of rewards! Not just "bad" food or $$ items. Sometimes I tell myself... if I walk for 30 minutes today, I can put off doing laundry until tomorrow. It may sound silly, but sometimes that extra relaxation really helps!
-Mini-goals are great! and I don't worry anymore if I miss a goal - I know I am being healthier overall and that is most important
For my current Mini goal - 1.6 pounds more to lose to get to 75 pounds LOST! I am super excited. I want to get there by Sept 1st. I know I can do it!
Hopefully everyone has a great weekend! and hopefully you all keep sparking! Don't give up!