MOTIVATE- Week 1 (and a HUGE Thank You!!)

Sunday, November 20, 2011

I can’t express the gratitude I have for my DONE girls…

I was in a really dark place with my weight loss these past months and it felt as though I had nothing left in me to keep pushing. I drifted away from Spark, missed weight watchers meetings, and made poor choices with eating and activity. I just didn’t want to do it anymore. It’s not really that I didn’t care; it’s more like I was just burnt out. I have been losing weight so slowly that I (and everyone else in my family) lost the excitement and enthusiasm we had when I lost that first 5, 10, or 25. Hell, I forgot that my weigh in yesterday (212) meant that I’ve hit the 60lbs lost mark!! But after a plea for help and an invite into an AMAZING challenge, my done girls pulled me out of it!
I am so excited! And that is something I haven’t been able to say in a while now. Thank you ladies so much for the warm and loving home you have created for so many, and even when I wasn’t really participating, you still held out a hand to help me up.

So!! On to the MOTIVATE Challenge!
“For the main challenge this week, think about what motivates you. What brought you to motivate, to spark? Why are you ready to take on your weight loss goals now? And if you have been struggling, what is getting in your way? Think about your journey here and post a blog or to your team page with a response for 30 points.”

I came to spark after reading an article about a woman who lost a lot of weight with Sparkpeople. I had been fed up for a while about my situation and spark was just the thing I needed. I followed stage one religiously and knew that Spark’s way of working towards a healthy life was the right one for me. After I lost my first 20lbs or so, I decided to utilize as many resources as I could. I talked with my doctor, joined Weight Watchers through my insurance, and joined a gym. Up until two months ago, I was doing great. I am so ready to get back to that point. After reaching out to my DONE girls, one of the ladies suggested I join this challenge. The timing could not have been more perfect! I was worried I wouldn’t be able to get into it, but I have now been added to the Sunny Gals!! I’m not a super-religious person, but I can’t explain it any other way than a gift from god. This was exactly what I needed at a time I needed it most. (here I am getting gushy again! ANYWAY!)

I am ready to take on my weight loss goals now because it’s about damn time! I am so ready to get my butt in gear and get going with this already! I’m 12lbs away from my first big goal and only 42 away from my healthy goal weight! I have been struggling with every aspect of my weight loss, but I am going to get back to basics and focus on this challenge to get myself back on track.

My official plan will be posted as another blog, so stay tuned! :)

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    Congratulations!!! You will make this an amazing challenge and bring the new year positive, happy, and lighter! You go girl!
    3415 days ago
    Congrats on the 60 lbs!!!! So glad you're a sunny gal!
    3425 days ago
    First of all CONGRATS on the 60lbs lost!! That's Amazing! I like you have just gotten past my 60lbs lost and it's taken me forever to do it. All I can say is everyday jump in the chat thread having people to talk to is the best way to stay pumped and motivated. We are all here for you and so glad you decided to join the Sunny Gals and the challenge!
    3428 days ago
    Woohoooo on the 60 pounds! That is AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I know what you mean..it is REALLY hard to lose and sometimes we need that extra push!!! I'm SO glad that I picked you to join the sunnies! Out of 15 girls on the wait list your page called out to me!!!! I can't wait to get to know you more! If you'd like to exchange cell numbers or anything else please let me know!!!!!

    3428 days ago
  • UNICORN212
    LOL - The competition is all in fun anyway - we are all supposed to LOSE! So it really does not matter if a friend is on a different team (unless the competition makes you push harder and lose faster!) Lets roll!
    3428 days ago
    I am so happy that you didn't give up.
    Thank you for sharing this with us.
    I know we are on competing teams emoticon , but I know you are going to ROCK this challenge!
    3428 days ago
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