I have a doctor appointment coming up for my 6 month checkup. To that end I had blood work done ahead of time. I was fairly pleased with the results of all but one, a fasting blood sugar. A few years back I was told I am diabetic. Not wanting to go that route, I became more vigilant of what went into my mouth and in Jan 2010 I joined spark people, setting some weight loss goals in the process.
My family history is stacked with cardiovascular disease and diabetes and I am older than my parents were when they died. So for the first year of SP I was a good steward of my body, eating smart, tracking my food and walking on a reguar basis.
Then came Jan2011. There were a few family crisises this year and I allowed my exercise program to slack. Once it got away from me it was easy to keep putting it off with one excuse or another. (sound familiar?) Not that I was eating bad, because in that 1st year of vigilance I developed much better eating habits. The big difference, I do mean BIG, was the LACK OF WALKING or much of anything else that qualifies as "cardio".
With the blood results came a reality check, a splash of ice water in my face, the reason I joined SP in the first place: to be around for grandkids and be able to keep up with them.
I don't want to take more medications and/or support the pharmaceutical companies, either.
My "re-commttment": walk at least 4 days a week, do moderate exercises the other times, and keep eating smart. In April, God willing, I will turn 70. That is 6 months. In that time my goal is to lose 18#. That is 3# per month...very attainable if I stick to my program.
I am sharing this because I believe I will do better being accountable to you who I trust.
It is such an honor to witness the successes of you in my spark family. Many of you endure challenges beyond my comprehension, yet you persist toward your goals without whining.
Please know that my blog contains no whining, just the truth of what I am capable of.
Thanks for your ears and support. Keep sparking!!