Guess what?! I'm baaaaaacccccckkkk!!!
Where do I even begin? I've been gone so long...
First of all, it's a bit scary how fast time goes. I was looking back at my blog and realizing I hadn't really blogged since 2014. WHAT?!?!?!??! Where did those two years go, when I wasn't looking?
Secondly, I have had a couple pretty big realizations about my issues with weight/health, SparkPeople, etc.
For example, I have been marching around feeling pretty good about myself for having lost 19 pounds. But here's the thing...because I wasn't keeping track in SparkPeople, wasn't looking back at old data, didn't have any solid goals set, etc., I didn't realize that I've been down these 19 pounds for over 100 days! Sure, it's good that I haven't gained them back, but the point is that I can't keep patting myself on the back for losing 19 pounds when I haven't continued on that trajectory! Looking back at my data on SparkPeople has made me realize that I need to do more in order to get losing again...
Here's another realization. It relates to the fact that I have been exercising fairly regularly. Generally, I walk on the treadmill probably at least 4 days a week. I've been keeping this up for a few months now. Now, that's great in that it has been paying off in several ways--improving mobility and energy level, easing pain in my joints, increasing endurance/stamina, etc. BUT...it really hasn't caused the scale to budge. I know it's not all about the number on the scale, but in addition to all of those other benefits I listed, I would like weight loss to result as well. It appears that I am now exercising enough that I finally stopped gaining weight and it has helped me to maintain that 19-pound loss. BUT, clearly it's not enough to make me continue to lose weight. At least, not alone.
Here is where SparkPeople comes in. I have come to the realization that I MUST track my exercise AND my food intake so that I can make sure I'm staying in a healthy calorie range and will lose weight! (Wow. Who knew, right?!)
So, those are my insights as of late. I realize my lightning-bolt epiphanies are probably pretty banal to those of you who have been following the program properly. (You're probably like, "Duh!") What can I say? I'm a little late to the party.