Why AM I doing this?
Monday, February 01, 2021
Reflecting on past goals and seeing how they've evolved was an affirming process for me this morning.
I really don't remember how I found SparkPeople, but as a frugal soul I know that the price must have been right for me at the time...2015 I believe. I know I was on again/off again for a few years and didn't really have any on-going relationships with anyone else on the site. I've always enjoyed reading other's stories or motivations and occasionally commented or liked something.
I finally really engaged with a group in 2019. I thought that I didn't have anything to lose (but actually did have something I wanted to lose) when I joined a BLC group and was randomly placed with the Azuritas on island time. What a great support this team has been and activities have surely kept me more motivated and active than I would be on my own.
I think 2019 is when I "upgraded" to SparkPeople Premium, just to minimize the ads, but it has brought additional benefits I really didn't expect through coaching and motivators.
Anyway, once engaged I lost about 30# in my first year. I started because I wanted to walk to my 3rd floor office without being winded and getting side cramps. I was able to accomplish that, so goals evolved into smaller sizes, healthier lifestyle and feeling good.
I think most of us agree that we don't like change most of the time. But changing motivators and goals has been a necessity for me on my healthier lifestyle. As a healthcare worker and educator I know that change is almost always for the best, we grow to embrace the new changes...hence I've not been short of breath walking the stairs for a long time now.
While I've hit a plateau for a little while now, I'm grateful that I've not gained and know that I just need to keep at it.