Six-Month Progress Report
Sunday, June 06, 2010
I have been actively Sparking for about six months now, so I figure it's a great time to stand back and take stock. Unlike most Sparkers, I didn't set goals other than the big weight loss goal and I have not set a time line. I travel too much for that to be realistic. So I decided not to stress myself out by even worrying about it. Instead I decided to focus on the process, not the product. I'm a process person in general, so this approach has worked very well for me.
Here are my stats:
weight - down almost 15 pounds
chest - down 5 inches
waist - down 2.5 inches
hips - down 6 inches
thigh - down 4.5 inches
upper arm - down 1.25 inches
Although I would have liked to have lost more weight, the inches more than make up for it. I have dropped a clothes size and a bra size. The clothes size feels awesome - I actually feel sexy again. But dropping a bra size can only be described as sheer relief. My boobs are under control for the first time in three years.
I think that I have fully integrated 4 basic healthy habits into day-to-day life: eat right (balanced diet within my calorie range), drink 8 glasses of water a day, exercise daily, and sleep 8 hours every night. My SparkStreaks back this up. But I no longer really have to think about any of it. Junk food no longer appeals to me. I keep 2 Nalgene bottles on my desk at work and see to it that they are both full in the morning and empty before I go home. Exercise can be hard to fit into my workday but my company gives employees three hours on the clock to exercise every week and I insist on taking them. I add exercise to my daily to-do list every day and consider it as unbreakable a commitment as everything else on the list. I've always been one of those people that needs a lot of sleep, so SP actually helps me prioritize and justify getting enough. This one is also relatively easy for me. So, yeah, I chalk up "lifestyle change" as a major win.
Still, this isn't the best part. The best part is how I feel. I feel strong and healthy. I handle stress about 1,000% better, according to DH's estimate.
I can focus on what needs to be done in the current moment instead of stressing out over my never-ending to do list. (I'm sure a lot of you can sympathize with this. Never-ending to-do lists seem to be the bane of the modern American woman.) My energy levels are high during the day, even during that dreaded mid-afternoon time when I used to slump HARD, and I still have enough juice at the end of the day to enjoy cooking and hanging out with DH.
The weight will continue to come off slowly but surely. (Hooray for the Slowest Loser team!) This lifestyle is here to stay. And I love it!