Me? SP's Motivator of the Day???
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Although I didn't look like Miss America when I woke up this morning, I sure felt like Miss America when I checked my phone to discover that I was chosen as SparkPeople's Motivator of the Day. Wow! What an incredible honor. I have SparkPeople and all of you to thank for my success. It's been a long journey full of ups and downs, but since joining SparkPeople in June 2009 it's been mostly downhill weight-wise, but uphill health-wise...if that makes sense.
You know how they say you don't get to choose your family, but you can choose your friends? Well, even though my family knew my lifelong struggles with weight, they weren't always the most supportive of my efforts to lose weight. In fact, many times they were the ones who made comments about me gaining weight. My weight has been the topic of conversation at every family event because I was either losing weight or had gained weight, so I've heard "Wow, you look great...you lost weight!" or "Oh no...you were doing so well...what happened?" Ugh! I know right now you are all shaking your heads up and down saying "Been there, heard that!"
When a co-worker told me that she joined a health and nutrition website (for free!!) called SparkPeople, I listened. She told me that she had made friends with a few people and that they were cheering each other on to living happier, healthier lives. She said that every day she logs on, she reads articles on ways to live better, cook healthier and be more active. I was sold, signed up right away and logged in daily for my dose of good vibes from all of you with the "we're not quitting this time" attitude! You became my healthy family full of optimism.
So here I am 3 1/2 years later. I'm down a total of over 150 pounds from my original starting weight of 335, I chart what I eat every day, I workout at least 4x a week...and get this...I like it! I challenge myself to be better to myself today than yesterday...not to beat myself up over food choices anymore...there are no "good" or "bad" foods...it's about portion control. I eat everything and anything I want, but I now balance it with exercise. That was the missing link for many years. No regrets...it took me a long time to learn this lesson, but I think I've learned finally. This is a lifestyle...NOT A DIET.
Thank you, SparkPeople!