I don't know how many alumni from the class of August 2008 are still around. Nine years is a long time to sustain any relationship and it's certainly a long time for someone with my track record. I could bemoan the fact that after nine years I am still at the same weight I started. The scale has gone up and down many times and every time I've relapsed it was due to poor choices I made.
Funny thing though...I have learned a great deal about nutrition, exercise, stress management, friendly competition, working as a team - all good things- but perhaps the most surprising thing I've learned is to be comfortable in my own skin.
When I exit the shower and towel off in front of the mirror I can look at myself without flinching and feeling discouraged. I'm not 21 anymore or as active as I once was so my metabolism has diminished. I also know that without SP my health and physical appearance would be much worse. Last week I went with my 19 y.o. niece to Universal Studios in Orlando Florida. I went on all the rides (including the "ROCKIT" and the "MUMMY"). We were there almost nine hours. I thought I'd be exhausted but surprisingly I felt energized and chipper. Without SP I doubt if I would have been in any shape to keep up with her.
I also come to understand that it is not just about diet and lifestyle; it is also about reaching out, being vulnerable about my flaws and failures and asking for help when I need it. I've made so many caring spark friends always ready to support me and cheer me up or cheer me on.
It is important to have goals and strive to achieve them but I think it is even more important to acknowledge the determination and motivation required to make the possible a reality. Happy Sparkversary to all who are still striving faithfully to stay on the healthy lifestyle journey. Thanks for taking time to read this blog and thanks for all your support.
Congrats! I have been sparking 6 years. I come and go a bit, but always know SparkPeople is here for me when I need it. I have gone the yo-yo as well, but have finally made it down to near goal (within 20 pounds) and am determined to not go up. I got serious again a little over a year ago and dropped the weight. I am not loosing right now, but watch my input and the scales faithfully every day so I don't gain. When I am ready I will get to conquering those last 20. Right now I'm at a healthier weight than I have been in decades, so that's a win. You look great, and you are healthier just for being on Spark and keeping at it. Happy Sparkaversary! 870 days ago
Happy ! I just reached my 10 year mark. I completely understand what you are saying. I have not met my goal either. I am older, in my 60s, exercise everyday. As you said, I also have learned so much and actually gained much more confidence. That is worth the world to me. Keep going! You are doing. 1188 days ago
WooHoo Girl! WTG!!! Still hangin' in here too. Didn't know that they had a 9 year anniversary emoticon! I'll have to go snag that. Can hardly believe we're still here though. It's been a ride, that's for sure! Here's to another 9. I've made some wonderful, long-lasting friends here on SP! 1188 days ago