Sunday, February 25, 2007
Today is my first anniversary with Spark People. Amazing changes have happened. I started this journey weighing 214 lbs and now I'm 153 lbs. Total lost is 61 lbs; averaging almost a pound a week. I was on three blood pressure medications; completely off them now. I wore size 20; now I'm size 8.
I was a couch potato. The only exercise I got was from going from the couch to the refrigerator. I started to track my food first and concentrated on one thing at a time. Then little at a time I added exercise. Started with Leslie Sansone's Walk tapes. Then started to walk outdoors and added little jogs here and there. In the beginning I was gasping for air after 30 seconds but I stuck with it. I can be stubborn. In August I started a running program: Running 101 from Runner's World. It took 10 weeks but at the end of it I was able to run 3 miles. October 22nd I ran my first 5k. That was the best. I don't know if I'll ever run an other race but I now know I can. I love running; run 3-4 days a week now. Yesterday it was 2 degrees with the windchill but I ran. Waiting for spring and warmer weather.
This has been the best year. I have great buddies. The support from Linda, Jeannie and Dawne has been tremendous. My team has helped in so many ways. Go Sapphires!
I still have a few more to lose but I'm in no hurry. With the new habits and support I know I will get there.
Thank you Spark People for this amazing program.