Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Hello Spark World! It is Wednesday and we are halfway through the week.
So I don't follow their meal plans. I don't have the room in my living situation to prepare them... plus I am super picky!
As for their work outs. I am following loosely. I like that they have the demos in the back of the book and I am using their strength training moves.
Other than that I haven't really dove in. It is pretty much like the articles on SP. For people who are using the meal plan I'm sure it will work perfectly. Unfortunately I am just a person who beats to my own drum and I change things up and live somewhat spontaneously. So this type of plan isn't a good fit for me, though I do refer to the motivation tips they really work!
I really like SparkCoach. It has me tracking my food again. I like how it only takes about 20 minutes a day. It makes sure you make your rounds through SP, you know articles, blogs, tracking (food/exercise/fast breaks), Makes you jot down how you did in the last 24 hours and rate your success.
I haven't had a chance to email the coaches but at this point I haven't needed to... Maybe when I am further into it? I am doing the 90 day program. It is just so easy. They make all the work of healthy living a slow easy progression, and not overwhelming at all.
If you have the money (roughly $9/month) I would highly recommend it. I will see where I am once my membership it up (Aug 12th) and see if I will renew. What I also like about SparkCoach is they DO NOT automatically charge you every month, you have to make the payment. So there is no obligation to continue into the next month, you can stop for a couple of months then start up again, love this feature!!!
I walked roughly 6 miles yesterday. I feel awesome! I am going to go walking again today with my mom. And I'm planning on doing a short yoga video (about 23 mintues). I lost a pound but I don't really consider it that big a deal (I started at 168 went down to 158, then went up to 160 and now I am at 159). Don't get me wrong I am glad the scale is going down but I am not going to jump for joy until I get to 157 :-P
This walking thing is working wonders for me and my mom. Not only are we getting in better shape together we have been spending more time together. Everyone knows how precious the time with family is, and since I moved out I don't seem my parents as much. It's been great I get off at the bus stop near their house walk 1.5 miles to her house then we go on an hour walk together and just talk about whatever. My mom lost 3 pounds so far from a week of walking and she is excited... which makes me excited :-)
Hope everyone is doing well this week. And if you have a chance you should read my SP friends blog www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5357079 (JOHNTJ1) Its a great little bit of wisdom we should all try to remember.
Have a great day and remember, Tomorrow is never promised. Tell the ones you love you love them and just ENJOY yourself!!!
Monday, May 13, 2013
So the challenge starts today. I am not following the meal plan. I know I won't follow it and I don't like some of the foods. But I am tracking my food. My breakfast is Whole Grain Toast, Egg white and scrambled egg mixed, 2 slices 3/4 oz cheese, 8 oz cup of coffee (mostly skim milk with a couple of tablespoons half and half to make it a little creamy), and a cup of fruit, which is about 600 calories... I have to say I was a little shocked but I am having a lighter lunch 284 calories... Romaine lettuce, chicken breast 2 oz, chick peas 0.5 cup, cucumber with peel 0.5 cup, carrots 0.5 cup, and roasted garlic dressing. I still don't know what I am going to eat for dinner. I have 455-805 calories left for the day. I am going to eat closer to 500 for dinner. I am going to keep it on the low end during the week and high end on weekends.
Exercise for today is Cardio for 20 Minutes. Working at 8/10 somewhat hard and slightly breathless. I am going to do laundry today which they consider "neat" minutes. And I think I am going to go jogging as my Cardio. I can go to the laundry mat put my clothes in and then go for a jog around the school while I am waiting for the laundry. Kill two birds with one stone?? Maybe I can develop this into a normal habit? Jog while doing laundry? Sounds very possible....
I'm glad they made a team for this. I think it would be harder to do it without other people doing it with you.
I didn't do as much working out as I wanted but Horseback Riding yesterday was awesomely difficult! The horse decided he was having a bad day and tried to buck me off!!! Which in turn made me super proud that I was able to stay on and keep jumping! Those 10 years of riding really do help!
Also I was looking at my legs on Saturday and I came to a very surprising realization. I am starting to like my body... :O I was looking down at my legs and I could see they were getting slimmer and they are getting toned. They don't jiggle as much when I walk and there are certain parts that used to be unattractively flabby that aren't there anymore! I smiled and said to myself "You know what? Even if I don't lose anymore weight and just keep toning I will be happy with my body." Wow... I really said that. I wore a smile on my face after that. Yes my stomach isn't flat the way I would like it but it's not as big as it was. Even if I don't get a flat tummy I will be happy as long as it isn't hanging over my pants. I am starting to appreciate my normal average body. I will never be a swimsuit model. I will never be tall and lean and leggy. But I can be cute and curvy. So that is what I am going to aim for. Cute and Curvy.
How was the weekend? Did you discover anything about yourself? Are you starting out Monday on the right foot?
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