Reflecting Back On Seven Years With Sparkpeople!
Thursday, May 07, 2015
I have to say, this is probably the longest I have ever stuck with anything, so there has to be something to it. I think first and foremost are the friendships that are formed. Some came and went, but I have also made some friends that I am sure will be friends for life; Jen, Dedrie, and Darlene, to name a few. There are way too many to name them all, but I met my Significant Other online over 18 years ago and we are still together, so it stands to reason that I will still be communicating with a lot of you for years to come.
Aside from the social aspect, I really use the tools and read blogs for motivation. Because of SparkPeople, I started walking for my health. That lead to jogging and I joined C25K to learn how to get ready for a 5K race. I became one of the Co-Leaders of that team and entered my very first race at age 60. During that time, I also became a certified running coach. I competed in 5Ks, 10Ks and three half marathons. Now that my knees are giving me trouble, I don't compete like I used to, but I do love doing the virtual races because it gives me that since of competition without the financial outlay for an in person race. I push myself just as hard and I get some real gratification when I have completed one (albeit a lot slower pace than I used to do).
We recently celebrated our one year anniversary at Camp WannaBeFit and that has been a wonderful team to be associated with. I don't feel any pressure, but get all the benefits of belonging to a group of fun campers. It motivates me to do cardio and ST training and eat a clean diet.
As you can imagine, over the seven years, although my weight continued to go up and down, I finally learned the healthy benefits of eating a clean food. I did the Whole30 several times and still use a variation of it today. I am pleased to say that my blood pressure in normal, my cholesterol is normal and I don't have any signs of a "fatty liver" which I had when I first joined. My BMI is also in the healthy range and my % of body fat has dropped below 20%.
So, if I was able to accomplish all that in seven years, Bring On The Next Seven!