Those who know I am losing weight, ask me in person a lot how much I have lost. They usually don't ask what my GOAL is. I have had pounds lost as my focus for a while now. I keep saying "I lost 77 so far, and I want to lose 1 more pound by the end of the month". I looked at my ticker now, and I should be saying WOW, I have 18 pounds to lose until I get to 155! For my height, 155 is at the high end of the healthy range. I haven't weighed 155 since 2005.
When I first started Spark, I was outside walking everyday and thought I would every day! Unfortunately, that stopped after two weeks because other parts of my life were "more important". I still ate foods like cheese fries, mozz sticks, cheeseburgers, and chicken fingers. I had to completely change my eating habits to fit in more veggies & fruits. I tracked all of that "bad" food, and I had a hard time saying No to foods like that. I changed my eating habits, and now it is easier for me to say no to most foods. (except french fries but hopefully I will fix that soon!)
Over the 13 months of Spark, I have tried to track almost every day. I realized I don't have the motivation right now to workout everyday. Instead of seeing exercise as a chore, I decided to schedule it. That's right, I schedule my exercise in my daily planner. Exercise is something I want to do and have to do to stay healthy. So I have 5K training tonight, a Doctor's Appointment Friday at 10a, Zumba Friday at 6:30p, and the 5K walk Saturday at 9am. If I treat exercise the same way I do with dinner with friends, meetings, birthday parties, and other appointments, it really helps me out. I tell myself I can't miss it and then I won't! I know this won't work for everyone, but I am glad I realized what I need to do to keep moving forward!
This 5% Fall challenge is really helping me see my goals differently. Instead of focusing on the high number of pounds lost, I want to keep my big goal in mind. It is nice to say I lost X pounds, but the whole point of this isn't to get a high number. I want to be at a lower number to be healthier and happier. Once I reach my goal, I want to keep going. I don't want to maintain at 155. I would like to keep working hard. When I was 16, I weighed 140 pounds. I don't know if my body now will ever get that low, but I would to at least Try to get below 155. I am not trying to be a size 2 or anything, but I don't want to reach 155 and then be done.
I am so grateful for Spark & the wonderful community here. The articles and tools on the website really are great, but my favorite part is definitely the members! Reading other blogs really helps me! Thank you to everyone that has supported me in one way or another! Spark has taught me that the scale isn't my enemy. I am in control of me! Keep on sparking and goals will be reached!