Approaching Level 12
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Well, it looks like I'm going to hit level 12 this weekend. I have mixed feelings about that. When I first found SparkPeople (almost 4 years ago), I was the heaviest I've ever been. SparkPeople motivated me, I was dedicated, I felt great. This thing is working. I lost around 25 lbs over a 7 month period. I still had 30 to go, but knew I was on the right track. I loved my new lifestyle.
Then... the winter holiday season happened. I backed off a little. I said "I'll go into maintenance mode for the season and pick back up after the holidays". It seemed like a good idea. And it just might have been too, but...
That January I started a new business. The business became my life; many hours, little sleep, etc, etc. No time to grocery shop let alone prepare nutritious meals on a daily basis. Exercise? You're kidding, right? I'm exhausted, I'm ALWAYS exhausted.
Over the past few years, I've "tried" coming back to Spark, but it seams that I only have time for it a week or so at a time. I lose weight, I gain weight, but for most of it, I pretty much hovered around the weight that I was after losing the initial 25. I was able to convince myself that after 3 years I was still "in maintenance mode" so it's ok.
Until this past winter holiday season came along. Apparently I wasn't very careful. I gained back 20 of those lost pounds. When I came back to to Spark this time, I weighed just 4 pounds less than I did when I started back in 2009.
Which brings us to today's blog. I've been back with SparkPeople for two weeks now. I've lost 4 pounds, which is a healthy 2 pounds per week. If I keep this trend, I'll be exactly where I want to be by June (the tracker told me so). The business is flourishing and I've been able to cut back my work hours a bit. Football season is winding down so I'll have a few extra hours on the weekend to prepare for the week. As I'm allowed more sleep these days, I'm not quite so tired all the time so I "should" be able to get a little exercise into my schedule. This time might be the time.
So, do I deserve to be at level 12? Probably not. But... I'm going to use that as a motivator. I AM going to deserve to be at level 12, because I'm going to reach my goal this time.