Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Like many of you all, I've been on Spark People for two years (some of you are much more experienced than I!). Like many, I had early success.. lost close to 90 pounds from my absolute highest weight .... and like many I've been diligent enough to maintain and change my life style.
It isn't a diet, I tell everyone who asks. Most of my friends are now accustomed to the new size 14/16 me instead of the old size 24 double knit/elastic waistband me. The ones who loved me then love me now. No change there. My husband has been on the journey along with me and he's lost about 60 pounds and gone from a 42 inch waist to a loose 36 inch with eyes on the 34. Our doctor loves us both. Numbers are good.... blood sugar, cholesterol, lipids, you name it. My resting heart rate has gone from over 90 to the low 60's/high 50's. We bought Fitbits over a year ago and have racked up some consistent successes.
But still..... but still. I wasn't at the magic numbers I wanted. And over the holidays (roughly described as from Halloween to New Years) neither of us was very disciplined about eating. Too many social occasions, too much temptation, too much stress and hurry, too much chocolate, cheese, and fried stuff. Sigh. Shame. Fear... I didn't get on the scale for well over 6 weeks. I can tell by my clothes that it wasn't dreadful but it also wasn't good.
Some consistencies I kept. There were only two days between July and New Years that I did not meet my goal for fitbit steps. I checked in daily on Sparkpeople, read articles, recorded food some days, etc. I didn't cut the umbilical.. and I'm so glad.
I registered for a health/fitness class at the college where I teach. Yesterday was my day of reckoning. I had to get on the scale fully clothed to do the initial assessment before I can start working out. To my surprise, fully clothed (corduroy jeans and a sweater, even) I weighed only a pound more than my lowest point last fall. Amazing. And today even less on the scale in the early morning.
The takeaway? In spite of sloppy eating for a while, I've been able to come back and recharge success. I have eaten deliberately and healthily since early January and now the scale is headed in the right direction again. In past years after past losses (I'm 63 and I've done this before!) I took years to get back on track... but I owe much to Sparkpeople. Without the consistent support of the people on it and the features of the community, I'd be off lost again. Now I feel strong, fully able to work on those last 35 pounds.