Hello all my Sparkfellows.....
I've been away for a long while, but I still check in and respond to messages, goodies etc. I haven't given up on losing weight, or my Sparkfriends at all!! I've actually maintained my weight for months --- but losing is still a great desire and a goal I will re-set for myself in 2014. I follow a calorie counting program and track on my smartphone..... I still have a problem with night eating, but I work on it everyday. I'll want to be more active with Sparks --- I miss all of you! This time of year is one of reflection for me. Thinking back - and thinking forward......
I've spent the last hour or so going through my 'friends' listings....haven't finished them all yet.
I was really surprised at how many people have been inactive for long periods of time. Each one of them has a story to tell - why they quit Sparks. Have they given up? Have they lost their way? Was it too much work? Or - on the happy side - have they achieved their goals and decided to go it alone. I can attest that going it alone sucks!! In weight loss - as in life - we all need people to 'have our backs' ---- and I've found that on Sparkpeople, many times, my friends have had my back. This is a great, supportive community.
I'm still adjusting to my sedentary lifestyle - not without some anxiety. And I'm still living with chronic pain.....although I'm not as angry anymore. Unfortunately, and without an ounce of self-pity, I've had to come to the conclusion that I'll never have back the life I had. And yes, it's depressing. But I'm a great believer in hope - and each day I work hard to acclimate to a new approach to life. But I'm lousy at setting goals.......and meeting them.
So --- I'll keep it simple for 2014.
One - I'll continue on my food program - and work harder to keep the calories in check. I'll set small (5lbs.) goals at a time to achieve.
Two - to stay involved with the Sparks Community - regularly!
Three - to add whatever physical activity I'm capable of doing every day!! (this is harder than it sounds). I'm in Physical Therapy at the moment - and plan to continue. I need to strengthen a million muscles!!!
That's it. If I can do just those three things --- it will be a good year!
I wish everyone, from the bottom of my heart:
A HAPPY, HEALTHY NEW YEAR!!
Big Hugs, Libby