Wednesday, March 24, 2010

A Little "Spark" of Inspiration

It is not without some amazement, and a little amusement, that I write today.  I went to see Melanie yesterday to catch up and when she saw me she all but insisted that I'd lost weight while I was in California.  I shook my head, no I hadn't, I thought, but it's always nice to hear that someone things you look thinner... especially someone who sees you all the time.  I went about my way, thinking nothing else about it, because I had/have a lot of other things on my mind right now.

Then, when I dragged myself out of bed this morning, I accidentally pulled on a pair of pants that don't fit me.  I buttoned and zipped them and went about my way and it wasn't until I'd been awake nearly a half an hour that I realized the pants I was wearing were crops.  They haven't fit me in months, not comfortably at least, and here I was sitting down in them... and comfortably!  Of course, you can imagine what I did next.

Dragging the scale (evil thing!!) out from behind the cabinet, I took my weight... then I took it again... and then a third time.  The thing said I was down 9 lbs from where I was when I left for California!!  I was still sad about my weight, which happens every time I weigh, but I was also more than pleased to see that I'm a few pounds lighter, especially given how hard it generally is for me to lose weight.  So, with that surge of happiness still coarsing through me, I stepped off the scale but didn't put it away.  I decided that right now, on the impetus of that 9 lbs, I'm going to try to make something of it.

While I was in California, I got a copy of The Spark (Thanks, Candi!) which is a book written by Chris Downie, the founder of SparkPeople.  Though I've used SparkPeople before, and loved it, and lost 15 lbs while doing it, I fell off the wagon and couldn't bring myself to keep using their site (largely out of embarrassment).   Well, I've gone back now and signed up for a new account, and am going to work on shedding the excess pounds.  I feel really good about this right now.  I feel like the book, plus the 9 lbs off, makes this a really good time to do something positive for myself.

Right now, my weight-loss goal is HUGE (no pun intended, I assure you).  I'm going to share it with you, because it's important for me to be honest.  Right now, I'm looking to lose 92 lbs.  When I get to that, and I do say when and not if, I plan to try to take off at least another 30 lbs.  All in all, my goal is another 122 lbs.  It's scary and I know I'm going to get frustrated from time to time,  I may even cry and contemplate giving up, but I think it's something I can do.  Most importantly, it's something I WANT to do, for myself, right now!

So, with the help of SparkPeople, today I start my weight-loss journey.  Sounds corny, I know, but it's the truth.  I'm going to go grocery shopping as soon as possible, get Matt out to walk with me, and try Alli again because I really think it helped me last time.  Anyway, I'm off to get ready for school, have class tonight and still haven't had dinner.



  1. Good luck!

    Consider starting with 25 pounds. 92 is a great long-term goal, but start with something smaller so it's not so overwhelming. Take it in 25 pound increments so you have an easier time realizing the goals!

    Oh, and talk to Stepher because whatever voodoo she's using, she's lost a lot in three months.

  2. Thanks for the advice. I'm terrible at losing weight, but I really want to do this right now. My immediate goal is the last 1 lb that will get me to 10 lbs off. Then, another 10 lbs. I have a short attention span, so 10 lbs at a time is an easier goal for me.

    Oh, and I am totally going to talk to Stepher and see what she's doing!

  3. I think ten pound increments are a good idea--it allows you to give yourself that little pat on the back every time you reach that milestone. Good luck Kristyn, I'll be rootin' for ya!

    P.S. Another reason you need to move back to come back lighter. ;-)

  4. See, I knew good ol' SoCal was good for you! Seriously though, way to go!!!
    .-= Shannon´s last blog ..Wordless Wednesday: Shelby’s Hat =-.

  5. It's that magical crisp California salt water air! It does it to me every time! Hat's off to you on your weight loss journey. If you ever need a shoulder or someone to bounce ideas off of, I'm here for ya! I'm an old veteran of the low carb lifestyle. I've given that up for good or exercise & calorie counting. The most important thing? Get off yer butt and move around. I can't express in words how important that is!

    Just a little working out makes the world of difference! I usually do 30 minutes of cardio a day and keep myself under 1500 calories and all is right with the world. The pounds keep melting away.

    Rock on Kristyn!
    .-= Shawn´s last blog ..She just wasn't woman enough... =-.

  6. KRIS! you kick SOO MUCH BOOTY!

    *does the mega happy dance for you*
    .-= Mayren´s last blog ..Song Slash Band of the Week =-.

  7. You can do it, girl! I joined Spark People too. I lost 60 lbs over 18 months, and have 50 more I'd like to lose before October. After that 50, I'd like to lose another 50 to get close to what I weighed before I had my daughter. Baby steps get you there, and lifestyle changes. Look me up on Spark People!!!
    .-= Jennifer Hudock´s last blog ..Goblin Market to Re-Open This Week =-.

  8. Thanks, Jenny!! I friended you on SparkPeople, I think what you've been able to do is awesome! You're truly an inspiration to me! I'm still working on developing good habits, like eating 3 meals a day, and I might be in the Fast Break stage for weeks yet, but I'm getting there slowly. I've slipped up quite a bit, but I really need to get some groceries, that should help.

    Thanks for the encouragement, it means a lot to me!

  9. Thanks, Mayren!! *happy dance, happy dance*

  10. I think so!! California actually helped me in a several really important ways. I lost some weight, without trying, and I saw the need to do this right now. It's not cool to get out of the shower and see yourself naked in full length mirrored closet doors. It shocked the desire into me... and I never used that shower again! ;)

  11. SoCal was awesome, I was so happy to see everyone! Thanks, Shannon.

  12. Thanks, Jodi, I think so too. I feel like 10 lbs is really attainable goal-wise. I appreciate the encouragement!