Hello Spark friends!
It has been a while since I blogged about my maintenance journey! For all of those on your way to be in maintenance, to all of those in maintenance to all of those who were and are no longer as things went a bit awry, we all know the struggle is real.
Once you reach your "perfect" weight, the goal is to stay there. I know there are many people here who have been able to achieve that number on the scale and stay there, but I know many sparkers who go up and down and some who go up and can't find the way back down.
I have gained at least 10 lbs since my lowest weight. I have tried to get rid of it, but it seems quite happy to stay right where it is. So as I contemplated this struggle the other morning as I was walking before work, I was thinking, why do I want those 10 lbs gone?
Will I feel better? Will I look better? Is it more a mind thing? Will my jeans fit better?
I think the answer to all of those questions are "yes!"
But then I asked myself another question. "what if you can't lose those 10 lbs?" then what?
Can you still be happy? Are you still very active? Can you still do everything that you want to do? Are you still physically fit?
And the answer to all of those questions are also yes.
The other thing that I think of as I walk, is how amazing Spark friends are, how we much we lean on each other for support. How we know that there are people here who check on us each day, who let us know that they are here to support and encourage and they really care.
I am so happy to part of this awesome community. To be able to encourage and support others who are trying their best to be healthy and to make good choices.
This journey will never be easy for me. I love food, and my husband is an excellent cook, and I have really enjoyed trying new recipes from this site and finding ways to eat healthy foods in new ways. I will always love sweets in moderation, and I do love a glass of wine with my dinner. But I will keep on doing my best to stay where I am now. To stay healthy, to be active, to walk as much as I can each day, and to get back on the elliptical and maybe even get those spark dvd's out again. The struggle is real folks, so don't compare yourself to others because it looks like another person can lose the weight easily and keep it off. Very few people can.
Keep on logging into Spark and make friends with others. We are all here for the same reason. To be healthy and to lose weight!
We can do this friends, one day at a time!