Friday, January 2, 2009

The Weight Is Over

It has occurred to me that in order to keep up with my various blogs (writing them, not reading them), there is going to have to be a bit of cross posting.

What follows is from my Spark Page. A quick word about Spark People - I'm a firm believer in the free weight-loss community. The free tools, like the food diary and exercise tracker were great motivators for me. With Spark People's help, I was able to lose 45 lbs! (Of course, I have backslid, you'll read why in a minute - but I failed me, Spark People did not fail).

For all of you whose goal is to lose weight this year, please do yourself a favor and check out Spark People. Tell them SURFETTE729 sent ya!

And now onto my Spark People blog post:

Always Sparking

I've been on my Spark Journey since January 1, 2007. I have yet to reach my ultimate goal of 140 lbs. And now I know why.

Like alcoholics, we can't deal with food the same way 'normal' people do. We tend to go overboard. When we do, we fall way off our program (which ever program that might be) and start regaining the weight that we lost.

This is what happened to me. By May of 2008, I had lost 46 lbs. I was feeling great! I headed back home to VA with my family for a summer family vacation. I was fit! My clothes were looking fabulous. I was on top of the world.

It all started out simply enough - a french fry here, some ranch dressing there. I came home a week later to find that I had gained five pounds.

"No problem!" I told myself. I'll just get back to Sparking.

Well, it didn't happen. I never fully got back on the Spark program (which works, btw), and as a result, I have gained 16 of those 46 pounds back.

WHOA! BACK THE TRAIN UP!

What happened?

My friend LIZZ1176 said it best - "We will always be Sparking. And there's nothing wrong with that."

I do not have a healthy relationship with food. I am an emotional eater. I tend to overeat. I NEED Sparkpeople to keep me on track. And chances are, I'll be Sparking for the REST OF MY LIFE.

But that's not necessarily a bad thing, right? After all, the people who don't have issues with their weight 'spark' whether they know it or not. We're just making the conscious effort.

So, join me as I resolve to Spark for the rest of my life. But first, I have an ultimate goal - to reach 140 lbs by my 33rd birthday - THIS June!

Reaching goals in '09,