Hello... My Name is Amy
Sunday, February 04, 2018
Wow - I can't believe it's been over four years since my last blog post. I feel like I need to reintroduce myself, lol! I have been on Spark periodically during this time, but I haven't been actively connected to the community. So I've been more of a hermit than an active participant, for various reasons.
Can't remember all the details of the last four years to even give a Cliff Note version of a recap, but life got in the way a few times and I gained back all the weight I had lost, plus an additional ten pounds. Yikes! The strict workout routine I was on to lose any weight just got too restrictive for me and I needed more breathing room in my schedule, but instead of modifying it and slowing down the weight loss, I went full tilt the other way for awhile.
I've recently been getting my mojo back and trying to be even a little healthier. I have lost twenty pounds from my all time high, so I'm back on the right track and trying not to get discouraged about how far I still have to go. I just have to keep taking baby steps and I'll get there. There isn't a time limit on reaching my goal weight - what matters is that I find some balance in my life and keep taking steps towards that goal.
Winter is hard for working out, particularly since I work full time during the day and winters in the north are cold and dark. I prefer walking outside, but that's not doable during the week and only possible on weekends if the weather cooperates. So I try to get to the gym when I can, but my gym is closing this week and I have to find a new workout home. Sigh. I have also been suffering from a compressed lumbar nerve that made walking virtually impossible due to the pain. I spent two months in physical therapy and three months later the pain has lessened quite a bit, but is still there if I overdo it. My therapist didn't want me walking more than about 500 steps at a time, at a miserably slow pace, so I was doing good if I got in 2,000 steps a day. I have since slowly worked up to 4,000 steps a day. It doesn't seem like much, but it's progress in the right direction. I just have to be patient and let my nerve heal and not push myself too much and set my recovery back. Patience is not one of my virtues!
I also haven't liked a lot of the Spark changes and how things have moved around. With each round of "updates" I felt like the features that motivated me were gone or moved somewhere else instead of being right in my face and holding me accountable. It just became harder and harder to stay engaged and the changes made it too easy for me to become disconnected and disappear and no longer be held accountable or be there to cheer others on. Hopefully I'll start making more of an effort and figuring out easy ways to get back to the features that had worked so well for me before. The new layout just doesn't do it for me.
My last blog post was about my kitties, Shadow and Faith. Sadly they are both gone now. Shadow died of cancer two years ago and Faith died of an apparent heart attack almost a year ago. They were both fairly young still, so losing them was hard and unexpected. I do have a new kitten though, a boisterous boy named Boaz who is full of mischief and keeps me on my toes.
With the changes to the Spark site I'm not even sure where this will show up or if anyone will even see it. But if you happened by, thanks for visiting! Hopefully I'll be more regular again about staying in touch on this shared journey towards a healthier life.