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My nickname is Life, so kind of works that I'm here to make some real life changes.
I had a Spark Page a couple of years ago but I never really got into it, but at the time I was at my peak fitness and ideal weight and it never occured to me to track.
I went back to it last month to try and kick my ass into gear, but it just felt like a dead weight around my neck, I wanted to start afresh. So I have said goodbye to the old page and welcomed in the new one!
This time last year I was still enjoying my fittie body but since moving to Thailand to teach all I have done is eaten a lot, drunk a lot, and done very little. Ergo, fattie body.
I'm 23 now, and I figure if I don't have body confidence now, when will I?
But, I have a few goals, not just physical, so spark is becoming a bit more than just a gym buddy for me, I'm thinking tracking and blogging will help me see my progress or if there are any glaring errors in my plans, in all aspects of my life...
And will be more truthful then I am with myself!
I realise I've got to be more flexible too because if I follow a denial diet or try too much long cardio I yo-yo - and even more tragic - I know how wrong that is and how it won't help me lose weight!
My motto this time is moderation and maintenance.
1. Get back to 58kg which is my ideal weight.
2. Be able to run 10k in 51 minutes, my previous best time.
3. Be able to swim a mile in 45 minutes, breast stroke. My previous best time.
4. Limit alcohol consumption to once every 2 weeks, no more than 2 large glasses of wine, until reach goal weight.
5. Sleep 8 hours a night - ideally 10 pm to 6 am.
6. DRINK! 8 glasses of water a day. (I always forget and it's really bad especially with the heat here!)
1. Save 50,000THB by September 30th.
1. Learn the Thai alphabet.
2. Learn basic Thai vocab for 20 topics - speaking and writing.
3. Have my English courses perfected by the end of September.
1. Spend less time out drinking with friends and more time out doing something active.
Get back into the gym 5 times a week and do the 28 day bootcamp 10 minute video every morning when I wake up.
Be open about my goal with my friends and try and get them to do other activities while I substitute with soda water,
Make time to "wind down" every day. Hot shower, and reading, no laptop just before bed.
Stock up on bottled water at work and home and carry a small bottle everywhere.
1. Budget! I have one, so now I need to follow it.
Learn 3 Thai letters a day, how to write and say them. Learn speaking for vocab, and when perfected, writing.
Use free lessons to finish course syllabus
Do at least one active think each week as part of a group, either walk, swimming or aerobics.
I'm from England, but I live in South Thailand as I teach English there, at college level.
I'm looking to move to Bangkok in October with my (fitness instructor!) boyfriend, which will be the first time we've lived together in a 4 year relationship and will definitely be wanting my fittie body back for our sexploits!
I'm very dry, sarcastic, and I think I know it all - but I'm shy at first, have more than a few body hang ups and very emotional; I'm just a girl who wants to be loved!
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Just sending a note to all of my wonderful Sparkfriends to have a happy and healthy weekend!
1769 days ago
Adding you as a friend- you CAN do this- and you have online SparkFriends to help you out along the way!
1822 days ago
Congrats on taking the next step to reaching a healthier you by getting active with SparkPeople - it's a great community, wonderful resources and fantastic support. You're off to a great start already, just by posting here, introducing yourself and sharing your story!
Please check out the SparkTeams - I think you will find a lot of others 'just like you' including many with the same challenges, circumstances and goals. I specifically suggest the Determination & Positive Attitude team as one that will be quite motivational. You can choose SparkTeams by age group, lifestyle or interests, geographic location or several other ways.
Some of the other teams I like and think you might like include the Official 10-minute Daily Exercise Streak Challenge, Starting Over Weekly Mini-Challenge Team, 10k Steps A Day and Motivation & Positive Attitude Plan - but there are so many to choose from, you can have a great time looking for the ones that seem to fit you best! In fact, I suggest joining more than one group, post your intro there and write blogs as often as you can - you will find tons of friends and support that way, I promise!!
In my experience, SparkPeople is like a in some ways - it's lots of fun and easy to make friends because we're all in this together. I like the way a HEALTHY LIFESTYLE is emphasized instead of a 'quick fix wonder diet' so it's good for people wanting to lose weight, maintain a previous loss, get healthier, improve fitness and many other goals including gaining weight or saving money - it's about waaaaaay more than 'just' losing weight so you have definitely come to the right place!
If you ever need any help using features of the site, there are tutorial videos under the HELP section that can show you how to use the features of the site. You can also find them on the START page and several other places on the site.
Be sure to read and 'study' The Spark book because it outlines the overall program and is compatible with most types of eating plans. It's available in printed version, as an audiobook or as an ebook for Kindle - you can download the free Kindle reader for your computer or read it on a smartphone so you don't have to actually own a Kindle device to take advantage of this offer - I have it on my Blackberry and can read bits of it whenever I'm waiting in a line or feel like I need a 'reminder' of what I'm trying to do so check it out!!!
If you haven't already discovered the SparkDiet linked at the bottom of the START page, check it out - the program is simple but extremely effective. There is a TON of information on this site - so much it might even seem overwhelming but fortunately we don't have to 'digest' everything at once! The FastBreak program is a good way to start.
Another nice thing about SparkPeople is that we have permission to be human - we don't have to change everything at once or be in a hurry to reach our goals. Take a few baby steps and then a few more and before you know it, you'll have completed a long journey - I hope you enjoy this community as much as I have - it teaches us how to make positive lifetime changes because that's the only thing that will work over time!
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