Friday, October 07, 2011
I have started over again. And for the record, I began last June.
I began to chat with my old team-mates (Healthy Canada). They rallied around and encouraged me. I found notes in my mail box and telephone calls which brought me back to Sparks. First lesson-I need to reach out and only Sparks does one feel the love. it is so much more meaningful now. i love the fact that Sparks in not competitive and the "Let's do This together" atmosphere created online. Kudos.
I finally had an MRI and the ensuing cortisone infusions in my back. After a week of quietness (Dr.'s orders) I am functioning without pain and doing some of the things in my home that were waiting for me. A wonderful morale boost. I am beginning my new walking programme today. It is a cautious and hesitant one with specified increments of improvement. I have begun to work out aerobically. Again I have begun at a slow pace, despite feeling so good. My week plan for extending my minutes is put on my refrigerator regularly.
I find so much help in Spark's most up-to the -minute and trustworthy articles, daily blogs, health reports etc I have a stack of many which I printed, underlined, and with loads of my own comments-study notes one could say, and pasted in my daily journal along with notes from Dr. Oz's show . The authors are too numerous to list but once again, Sparkpeople, coaches and authors.
I am religiously doing core strengthening exercises-an important step for those of us suffering from back troubles. Thank you for clear and precise instruction, Coach Nicole. I bought your video as well as watch those you have on the Spark site. (I only do the easy ones but strangely they help.)
I am eating nutritiously with my choices improving daily! I love fall fruit and vegetables. and thanks to Spark's and easy access I have found wonderfully tasty recipes. to use. Another wonderful attribute of SP are cooking lessons by Chef Meg. Chef. I take notes from your videos and have a well-thumbed notebook of tips and recipes for my use only. When I receive my next pension cheque, I shall purchase the Spark recipe book. i do have it on order at Amazon. It will be money well spent as i have tried so many of Chef meg's recipes and members as well. I have never made a mistake in my choices thanks to the quality of recopes offered. I know because I bought the first book which I am now re-reading.
I am using my trackers more regularly and hope to work to every day without fail. I keep a journal. I was reading today on the Monthly best blobs Daily Digest, that one lady kept both-hence my blog right now.
I admire Sparks tenacity in providing the best in the world of fitness and nutrition free of charge. As a pensioner I love you for embracing the needs of the older community of SP.
Here's my best news. With help of all the materials available on Sparks, other member encouraging blogs, and most of all my team mates, I have been on track for a full month and have lost almost 10 pounds. I am so proud of us all.
all we Spark people.