Monday, January 20, 2014
Spark People and me... a continuing journey.
I'm overweight. I am... obese.
I hate saying that... hate admitting it... hate making it real. But it's true... it real... and it is, at this moment, what I am.
It's been this way for quite a long time. I can even pinpoint exactly when it began: March 1991. At that time... I stood 5' 3" and weighed 135 pounds. And now... it's 250+. No one is to blame -- but me.
I lost my Aunt Louise. She had been my best friend, running buddy, and co-conspirator all of my life. And in March of 1991... she slipped away from me, ravaged by COPD and an addiction to cigarettes as powerful and debilitating as an addiction to heroin.
I took comfort in food. I ate to forget and I ate to hide myself away from the pain. If I had known I was Clinically Depressed, I might've sought a doctor. But I found solace in food. By the time I was 7 months pregnant, I weighed 200 pounds. That was 1992.
In the weeks just before I gave birth, I lost my Pop. In August of 1994, I lost my Nanie.
In all, I lost 27 family members in less than three years. I just kept on eating. Gaining and eating... sometimes, I would only eat once a day... but that's WORSE than eating three times a day!
Finally, in April 2009, I decided enough was more than enough. I looked around for free weight loss programs on-line. I found Spark People.
In the year that I followed the Spark People program, I lost 66 pounds. Oh, I was within reach of my goals. But I just stopped. Fear of success? Laziness? Stupidity? I don't know. I stopped and haven't really gone back.
I am not going to allow food and depression control me. I am 53 years old and this is MY life and my time to shine.
If you want to lose weight, get healthier, maintain your weight, learn to eat a better diet, etc. then Spark People may be for you! You can track your nutrition, weight loss, fitness... you can do that at Spark People!
Blogs, forums, trivia, polls... It's all there!
I have a Team that I created several years ago: Team Stitchaway where you meet others, post, talk about anything.
I hope you'll join me at Spark People and start your journey on the road to a healthier you!
DISCLOSURE: This was post was not sponsored by nor affiliated with Spark People. The opinions expressed herein are my own and I received no compensation of any kind.