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Saturday, August 22, 2020

I posted a blog after an absence of a year... and on top of that I have been inconsistent on this site for literal years... but there are always Spark Friends there to encourage me when I pop back in. It makes me feel so silly for ever leaving in the first place. When I lost 90 pounds in 2012-2013, I was super active in this community and blogging a lot. I had so many Spark Friends and they were not only encouraging and supportive, but it was fun to share in their journey with them as well. To feel like we are all in this together is probably what I'm missing. I have tried so many times off of Spark to re-lose the regained weight but I can never quite get a handle on it. I know exactly what works for me, but I think I forget just how important Spark was in me losing those 90 lbs and keeping the weight off for the two additional years.

I remember being so excited to log in and change my weight loss ticker when I would lose some weight, or add those "I lost _____ lbs with Spark People" photos to my profile. I remember how kind and uplifting everyone was when I would have a bad day or a major screw up. No matter if I had good news or bad news to share there was always so much support here! I definitely think that is the missing link.

Someone commented on my last blog, and said to choose just one thing that is part of my re-gain and stop that habit. It really reminded me how I started the journey that led me to 90 pounds down. I did baby steps... they were super simple and some steps lasted longer than others. Each time I would successfully conquer one step and make it a habit, then I would add another. Now I feel like I am always just trying to jump in with both feet and do all the things at once, I get overwhelmed and I shut down. So we are going to go back to what worked in 2012 and start with the tiniest of baby steps... working on drinking my 8 glasses of water, because I have not been even close when it comes to that. Then I will build on that once I get this fairly easy task down.
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