SP Premium
25,000-29,999 SparkPoints 29,066

I'm Back and Ready to Get Started

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Wow...It's been 8 1/2 months since my last post. Since I was last active on SparkPeople. That makes me very sad. I love this site and the motivation it brought me. I left last summer because it was too hard to track all of my meals. I was on an elimination diet and I was not repeating meals. I felt it would have taken too much time to input all of the recipes I was making. The diet was really good for me, though. I really worked on my self control. I ate whenever I was hungry, yet I lost quite a bit of weight. I was at my goal weight and I looked and felt great! Most importantly, I learned that nightshades were causing the awful eczema I had last year. I am now avoiding tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, and all pepper derived spices.

However, without SparkPeople or access to a kitchen, I slid back hard when returning to school. I ate poorly and didn't exercise - I gained back all the weight I lost over the summer, plus a few more pounds. I felt awful about myself, but I didn't have the motivation to do anything about it.

Then the new year started and I went abroad for a month. I walked a lot, but I ate in restaurants every night and just felt crummy about myself. I needed support to control myself if I was going to lose the weight I had gained. I needed motivation from streaks to get me to the gym. I also decided to cut out gluten, since wheat products tend to be a problem food for me and eating nothing but pasta in Italy for two weeks made me feel awful.

So I got home, returned to school, and got back on SparkPeople. I've been tracking my food again for about a week, taking shots of Slim & Sassy from doTERRA ( www.mydoterra.com/howwef
) to help with my cravings, and I'm feeling much better about myself and my body.

The biggest leap forward for me was signing up for a running/jogging class and not dropping it. I read through my old blog posts about how great running made me feel, and I want to feel that again. On our first day, we had a timed mile and a half and it took me 17:58. I had a horrible side cramp and was having trouble breathing. I had to walk too much of it. Then we did intervals and I could barely jog the running part. It's been 8 months since I've run regularly and that is not okay.

I want to be back where I was, so I'm going to keep up with this class. I'm going to eat well. I'm going to be proud of myself again.
Share This Post With Others
Member Comments About This Blog Post
    2479 days ago
  • no profile photo ELRIDDICK
    Thanks for sharing
    2479 days ago
  • Add Your Comment to the Blog Post

    Log in to post a comment

    Disclaimer: Weight loss results will vary from person to person. No individual result should be seen as a typical result of following the SparkPeople program.