Thank you Spark
Thank you Spark Friends.
Thanks to all Spark members who I have interacted with during my five year journey here on Spark.
I was already working on my weight loss on May. 17. 2010. Sitting in my office staring at a list of support groups my dietitian had given me to contact. Spark was not one of them.
I happened to glance at a stack of magazines I was giving away. Top one was Good Housekeeping. I didn't think I had looked at it.
When I opened it up I saw an article of two women who had lost weight using Spark People.com.
After reading the article, I signed up on Spark.
One of my all time best decisions I ever made.
I had started weight loss at 335.
My weight was 285, when I joined Spark. No picture at that weight.
I had a long way to get my goal of 145 lbs.
In the beginning I spent lots of time on Spark.
Read articles, joined groups. Read message boards.
I immersed myself into the concept that one had to change mindset in order to lose and keep the weight off.
There's no losing the weight and then return to previous eating habits.
Been there done that too many times.
But in the past 20 lbs or so was all I ever had to lose.
This time I had to lose 140 lb.
I worked hard, reached goal August 2011.
I was , still am very opinionated .
But during the last five years I have mellow out some.
I have changed some of my previous ideas, thoughts.
It has been a trial and error process.
I no longer need to weigh in daily.
I no longer need or willing to exercise 3.4 hours a day.
I don't need to be the perfect size.
I allow myself to eat in moderation certain foods that once were strictly off limits.
I might have made changes in how I eat and workout ,but one change I haven't made is to leave Spark.
Spark. my Spark connection with my friends have seen me through some tough times. But better yet is the good times, the friendship, the support, I appreciate them so much.
They say it takes a village to raise a child.
Well it takes Spark to help with the strength, determination and knowledge one needs to achieve success in weight loss and the maintenance needed through the following years.
At least it does for me.
I have been consistent ,in logging in, tracking food and exercise.
I have been asked," Why after you lost weight do you still log in to Spark.?"
It's simple. Spark helps me stay in line. It's my "12 Step" program. I had become a food addict, and once a addict, a relapse is ever present.
It's reassuring to log on to Spark.
I never will forget the ordeal of being morbidly obese.
The struggle of regaining my life.
Twenty minutes a day I give to Spark is a small price to pay for the reassurance it gives me.
Everyone has to make their own decisions.
I choose to stay here on Spark.
It fulfills my need.
I'm 73, happy in my own body.
Looking to be here for a long time.
Funny story happened a few days ago.
Was at a store on their senior discount day.
I asked the cashier for my discount.
She asked for my ID.
I said, "Are you kidding?"
She explained that store policy was 60 and up, not the usual 55 that most senior discounts start at.
I laughed and told her," You can see my ID anytime you want, at 73, I'm happy to show it."
Needless to say it made my day.
Next year, May 17. 2016, I will blog again celebrating 6 years on Spark.
But for now it's been 5 Spark years, going strong . Not looking back, only forward.
Peace , Love