6 years on SparkPeople - A retrospective.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

I realized today that it will shortly be 6 years since I joined SparkPeople. A lot has happened. I started it with the goal of starting my thirties feeling fit, fabulous and confident. How do I feel now that I'm in my mid-thirties?

Well, if I were to judge by my stats over the last 6 years. You could say that I failed... miserably.

Over the last 6 years, I reached my goal twice and am now starting all over again. But strangely enough, I don't feel like I've failed. Yes, I look at the scale and feel sad about the number I see. But I also see how far I've come. I can honestly say that I can feel confident despite the number on the scale. I understand the reason why I'm at this point. I had a work accident that burnt my foot to the bone. I was unable to wear shoes or walk for 3 months. I went from walking 8-10km a day to hopping/limping from the bed to the sofa. Since it has healed, I've had many problems with my feet, making strenuous exercise painful. But I also know how to get back to where I was.

I no longer view eating healthy as restrictive. I've seen what a poor diet does to my health and I remember how I felt when I ate well. I appreciate how I feel after working out. Granted, I sometimes need to give myself a stern talk to get exercising but the feeling of wellness and accomplishment afterwards is so worth it.

For the last two years, I was in an increasingly extremely stressful job, working 7 days a week, sometimes for 17-18 hours. I saw what it has done to me emotionally and physically. I am proud to say that I have taken back control of my life and quit my job. How could I do that? Because I have learnt in the last 6 years that I deserve better. I deserve a healthy work environment. I deserve a healthy lifestyle.

I am no longer working out and eating well to hit a goal by a certain date or for a special occasion. I am exercising regularly and eating well because I feel damn good when I do! If I lose weight while I do this, great. But I am not doing this for the number on my scale but to be the strong person that I know I am!

Hiking in Iceland, Sept 2016
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    I'm so glad that the horrible job and injury is behind you and that you are taking back control of your life! I am glad to see you back on plan!
    1516 days ago
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    Wow! You have come a long way through a difficult struggle. You are likely miles ahead of us weight loss fanatics that are so focused on one (maybe the wrong one) aspect of our lives. You have forced me toward some serious thinking about my own directions and motives.
    I am adding you as a friend so I can follow your journey.
    1516 days ago
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