Sunday, September 22, 2013
Since I joined SP last November I have noticed an improvement in my chronic depression. Joining SP has given me more than I could have imagined or figured out on my own. SP encourages and assists in making lifestyle changes that will lead to a healthier body as well as mind and spirit.
I dieted for years and joined other programs to lose weight and I did lose weight, however it always seemed to find its way back. The lifestyle changes that SP encourages and the nutritional tracking and exercises at all levels of ability take away the feelings of helplessness I felt with the other programs when the weight came back. A doctor telling me that I needed to lose weight was well and good, but not telling me HOW made weight loss like a ride on a roller coaster. There were highs
in how I felt when my weight went down only to go up again as the ride continued. Weight loss made me happy
and I thought I could reward myself with food only to find out that weight gain
made me unhappy
and I searched for comfort, through food. That was like a crazy merry-go-round ride, up, down and round and round. SP has helped me get out of the amusement park and helped me take a walk on the bright side of the street.
I'm thinking, "I can do this, and I can lose weight. I can learn how my body works in relation to what I eat and how much I move. I can keep track and figure it out. I can learn to enjoy exercise and I can relish in feeling better when I do." I AM feeling better, even though my weight loss is slow. I'm learning something new every day, and my Spark Teams are helpful when I have questions of any kind. The positive feedback from my SP friends has been a tremendous help to me. Now I'm giving back as I move into the community and help other SP find their way on their journey to wellness. SP has been a positive improvement in my life and is giving me hope for my future even though I know my journey might take months or years. I now have reason to hope that my healthy and wellness can improve. I can see it and feel it and measure it and enjoy the journey, and mySpark friends cheer me on with every positive comment, suggestion or idea they share.