3 years ago today
Thursday, September 10, 2015
3 years ago today I joined SparkPeople.
I didn't overthink it. I just did it. I read an article about people who had lost weight using SparkPeople. I needed to lose weight. Simple as that. Only not. Of course not.
I had been struggling with my health. With my relationship. With my ability to get my butt into a roller coaster or airplane seat.
I joined SparkPeople and I tracked my food like my life depended on it. I was miserable to live with for a good 18 months. All I talked about was calories in and out, fat and carbs, fiber and sodium. I was a woman on a mission. And I did it. In 18 months I lost 140 pounds.
I may have also lost my mind. I started hoarding food - well just chocolate really. Then the binges started. The binges actually started before I hit my goal weight. How I still managed to lose the last few pounds I couldn't say.
I maintained that lowest weight for a short time. Again, in spite of the binges. But of course it eventually caught up with me. I put on 25 pounds and then leveled off for a while.
Then a few months later I put on 15 pounds more.
That means in my first 18 months on SparkPeople I lost 140 pounds. And in the following 18 months I put on 40 pounds.
So where am I now? I am relatively binge free. I did have two servings of chocolate back-to-back last Friday afternoon. But in comparison to 5-9 candy bars in one sitting, it's an improvement.
I am still exercising (darn near) every day. I would say every single day, but I may have missed one or two days over the last year. Nothing too hardcore. Mostly walking, stair climbing and yoga. I need to do more strength training. Hiking when I can.
I am more healthy than I was before. I am physically more healthy than I was at my highest weight. And I am working on having better mental and emotional health.
I don't track my food and don't plan to start back up any time soon. But I do track my fitness. I still login to SparkPeople (darn near) every day.
I am grateful for SparkPeople.
Take care out there, SparkPeeps.