Tuesday, January 06, 2009
I posted this on a message board yesterday but today I thought I'd like to keep my thoughts until next year and it'll probably be gone from the message boards by then!
It was a year ago today that I found Spark and what a wonderful year it's been. I was hoping to see 162 on the scale on this day but 165.5 is going to have to do. WOW, 57.5 pounds all from eating less and moving more! No crazy things, no pills, just using the great tools of Spark People.
Looking over my blogs and thinking back on the past year, I've learned a few things along the journey
1 - Treating myself as a friend is the greatest gift I can give myself. Loving, encouraging and reassuring myself are such useful things when some days are difficult.
2- There's always tomorrow -“ no, not to start but to improve! Having a bad day whether it"s at work, with your kids or with a partner happens all the time. We don't quit a job, stop parenting or walk out on a relationship - why do we allow ourselves to stop better eating or taking care of ourselves just because of a bad day?
3 - Succeeding in one area of my life makes me want to succeed in all areas. Confidence is an amazing feeling to have.
4- The scale - is what it is. It isn't something I can control so, although I check it daily, it can't determine my mood. No matter how much I want my metabolism to burn weight more quickly, it'll work on its own time line. All I can do is continue feeding it well and exercising and eventually it'll catch up with my efforts.
5 - Eating is all about balance! If I know that I'm having a big dinner, I have to eat a smaller breakfast and lunch. It's simple and something I should have put into practice years ago
6 = By telling myself "I'll try" gives me an out to fail. Switching my mindset to "I will" took a little getting used to - but I will take care of myself is now how I think of this journey. (Some days, "try" creeps in when it comes to exercise, but I'm working on it)
7 - 3500 calories equal a pound of fat! Gosh, that's such a simple fact but so powerful! It helps me put things in perspective if I want to have an unbalanced day.
8 - There are no bad foods - there are some that just need to be eaten in smaller quantities or on occasion.
9 - A food scale is the best investment one can make. Measuring food is a little bit of a pain but knowing exactly what I'm eating can't be beat.
10 - Eating chicken can be just as satisfying as a hamburger. The taste of food only lasts for the meal and then maybe a few hours later until it's time to eat again. Why waste calories if the satisfaction is so limited?
11 - 3.1 miles is a pretty decent distance but it is able to be jogged. Maybe slowly, maybe with a small break - but it can be done. Setting a goal and sticking to it is more satisfying than a hot fudge sundae!
I could probably go on but that's enough for now. I'll have to remember this post on January 2009 when I'm sure I'll even have more to add.
My thanks to Spark is twofold: one, for providing me the tools and resources that aid me on my journey and secondly, for educating me on how to become a better me, both physically and emotionally. I'd like to say I could have done it without Spark - but I can't. While this year may have not been my best year of all time = it's definitely in my top 5!