This is the end of my first week with SparkPeople, and the only activity I haven't done is to write a blog---EVER, in my life, so here goes. I have never been on a more supportive and encouraging site so I feel empowered to share my thoughts and goals.
Since I'm a teacher (and in the grandmother years), I did plenty of traveling and eating, and socializing and eating, and preparing for fall classes and eating during the first part of the summer. Notice that you didn't see exercise mentioned among those activities. You just can't carry on like that at my age and not pay a terrible consequence. I looked at the 15 pounds put on since May and the zippers that couldn't push over my tummy, and decided I had to get on it. I tried just reducing the calories and walking 3 miles a day and managed to lose a few pounds--then the scale wouldn't budge, no matter what I did.
I'd heard about SparkPeople on a morning show a couple of years ago, but all I could remember was SPARK, so I googled that and found this amazing site. I've spent this week tracking my nutrition and exercise, reading articles, recipes and blogs--the whole bit. Whew, there's a lot of info here!
I've dropped a couple of lbs already but more importantly, that zipper has come up ALMOST to the top of those jeans. So it's time to make a commitment and get serious. I don't want to go through this pain again and again; I want to practice good habits (don't we all already know what they are!) and make a new healthful lifestyle.
Lose 12 lbs
Gain some muscle
Enjoy eating healthfully
My Daily Activities to attain those goals
Track my nutrition & exercise on SparkPeople
Look for additional activities to have fun being active
Rack up as many Sparkpoints as possible (will keep me reading & learning)
Ask for help when I need it
Encourage others (be a Spark myself)
I've seen the lbs lost by many of you, so I know I can do it too! I just have to stay the course.