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I know how lucky I am

Friday, July 29, 2016

I don't know the exact statistics, in how many people lose weight, and are able to keep it off, but I know, after being on Spark for over a year, that a lot of people don't make it. I was thinking about this, and how fortunate I am, this week.

I have kind of a double whammy. I quit drinking over 25 years ago, and the odds of succeeding at that are not good either. I feel awesome about that decision, and being a sober Mom and one who hopefully set a good example, at least in a few things.

Losing weight, and keeping it off, requires certain discipline. I started off slowly. I got stuff that wasn't good for me out of my kitchen. I had one rule, if it was not good for me, it didn't come home. I still have that rule, and always will. I don't NOT eat things, I just eat things that are good for me and that I actually like now. There is no sugar in my house, no trans fats, no white stuff. No salt. Do I miss any of it? NOPE. If I want an ice cream, I get a nonfat frozen yogurt. I don't do that often anymore, because I have found so many things I like better.

I count calories in my head, and learned how to do that by tracking food every single day, every single bite, every single meal. I know where I am at any point during the day. I know how many calories I have left, and sometimes, have to struggle to get enough protein and calories in. Especially if I have been exercising.

Exercise is a very important component of this. It makes you FEEL good. It is empowering. It is something that you MUST find a way to do. I do yoga every day, walk around a park every day, and swim almost every day. I love to do all of them. I hurt, but I move forward. Hurting and sitting around, are the wrong approach. Getting the fluids moving in your bones, and getting your muscles activated, makes them feel better. Sitting around is terrible for you.

I believe that everyone can be successful here. You have to believe in yourself, you have to try, you have to learn to love healthy food. It can become second nature, and if you make the effort, it is one of the best feelings in the world.

Spark on.
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