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Looking Back-- So Happy with Today

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Today I took a look back at where I started (weight wise) on Spark and visually saw the graph of my yoyo dieting pattern. Lately I have really felt very strong in not judging myself by the number on the scale, but instead to judge my progress by the non scale victories.

So I know that overall I have not made a huge dent in the amount of pounds I want to lose. However there are so many changes that I have made in my life that I am very proud of. Almost everyday I walk at least 2 miles, and often I walk over 4 miles a day. Some days I climb 2 flights of stairs, but generally it is more like 15 flights. My blood pressure is almost always at 115/70 - Most days I keep my calories under 1600 for the day and my diet is balanced and healthy. I always drink at least 8 glasses of water per day.

Lately I have been successfully conquering some much bigger obstacles of emotional eating. Very rarely do I bring home junk food anymore. I will look at different things at the store, and then leave them on the shelf, all the while telling myself that these choices are not helping me keep to my healthy life changes. And I have been challenging myself by pushing to exercise just 5 more minutes, or adding one more exercise to my workout. It has been quite awhile since I have binged on any food - and lately haven't even had an urge to binge.

So even though my weight is not too much lower than when I started on Spark several years ago, and even though I have lost the same weight over and over again several times, TODAY --- I am very happy with where I am at. My mental and emotional state of mind is much more balanced than it was 6 years ago. My body is stronger, my endurance and stamina have improved. My health has improved. But mostly I am so proud of myself and finally can say that I love me. That is a huge improvement and I look forward to where my future is heading.
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  • INTHEGAP
    I love the optimism, Joann! I guess I need to start looking at what I did do, and not the things I didn't do. Thank you. emoticon
    2496 days ago
  • no profile photo CD13989785
    emoticon Such wonderful progress!

    emoticon Here's to You & more in 2014!
    2497 days ago
  • no profile photo CD13966857
    Wow! All great news! You can be so proud of yourself.
    2498 days ago
  • PKCTTS
    It takes a long time to change a lifestyle, sounds like you are on the right track.
    2499 days ago
  • _BABE_
    Your success is proof that it is not just a number on a scale. emoticon
    2500 days ago
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