One year ago. . .
Saturday, December 22, 2007
One year ago, I weighed 160. That is when I discovered and joined Spark People. Unhappily, just "joining" didn't do a darned thing for me! I waited until after the first of the year 2007 to decide to really try to learn a healthier lifestyle. My justification was that my BMI was still in the mid range so I didn't need to worry to much. Got wise when I realized it was at the HIGH END of the mid range. I lost six pounds before I had the courage to let others know how fat I was. How dumb is that? No one cared how fat I was - SP is all about supporting each other no matter where we sit on the scale!
Today, I am in the middle of the mid range for my BMI. I walk each and every day. I do my Strength exercises three times a week. I post on the boards and support others who are just starting this healthy lifestyle journey.
One year ago, I thought I was old and the weight really shouldn't matter! I had earned the right to be heavy - I'd worked all my life at staying slim and it was time to relax.
Today, I hope that I have a lot of years ahead of me. I take no medication, I am slim, I am energetic. I hit my weight goal in August. It was a hard trip to the end of that scale. SP calculated I would reach it in March. This did not take into consideration my age and my sedentary lifestyle. I reached goal August 1 and maintained until Thanksgiving when the scale started to creep up. I beat myself up for the two pound weight gain but that didn't take the two pounds off. They are still hanging around.
Now I realize that quitting smoking October 21 probably did change the metabolism like the experts say it will. I was denying that and thought it was because I am a pig. Well - I did overeat Thanksgiving day, but I have been at the low range of my calorie scale since then, not even going over while visiting my daughter in Utah. She fixed very healthy, nutritious meals and we only ate out once.
I am maintaining and have joined a fun Challenge team. I think I can whip this weight gain through the support of my Spark Friends and keep the nicotine habit whipped at the same time.
I must confess, when the weight refused to come off, my first thought was to start smoking again. DUH! I was an overweight smoker when I joined SP!
Quitting smoking is the hardest thing I've ever done in my life! Much harder than starting college after the kids were grown. Much harder than being a single Mom for many years. I THINK I have Joe Camel whipped and in his place - now I will concentrate on eating less, moving more and staying with Spark People! That weight gain will go in 2008 - I'll make it happen! I'm a tough old broad, I can do this!
THANK YOU SP!