Sunday, September 01, 2013
I just finished the latest BLC here on SparkPeople. It was my third round and the least successful if all you're measuring is pounds lost. I think it was valuable time spent learning about myself. Especially how I handle stress. But enough about the past, I am looking to the future.
I am setting daily and weekly goals. I am old-fashioned, so I got out my Spark Journal and made a chart to check them off:
Track food--that means record (I use SP for this) everything I eat
Record calorie total for the day--good, bad, or ugly, I own it
Record fitness minutes--I am committed to minimum 15 minutes when I first get up
Post scripture--every morning on FB w/my thoughts about the message
Job done--what extra task did I accomplish that day
That's for the first week, then in following weeks I plan to add more columns--tapping, gratitude, me time,blogging, mileage, who knows.
Its not exactly a 10 day challenge like I've done in the past, more just a daily reminder of what I need to do to reach my goals. My brain is so adept at distraction that without this I would be merrily going down some other path that leads away from my goal.
I am grateful for all my Spark friends and examples, as well as for my family for their support. Its a great day for Sparking!
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
I did my fitness test this week, as requested by my team. Here are the results:
Push-ups: 29 in 1 min.
Squats: 28 in 1 min.
Crunches: 52 in 1 min.
Lunges: 29 in 1 min.
Bicep Curls: 27 in 1 min.
I think the numbers look pretty good. We'll see how I can improve them over the next few weeks.
The last few days I have been eating without thinking, and the scale reflects it. I will make better choices today. I will remember to believe that I am a daughter of God, that he loves me, and that I show love to myself when I turn away from food. Every time I seek his face instead, he will support me. I just have to ask.
Monday, June 17, 2013
The latest WC asked all of us to make a grocery list of staples we keep in our kitchen to be prepared to eat healthy at all times. My mom always taught me keep my kitchen stocked, so I have a running grocery list in my head all the time.
Here is what I keep on hand:
Whole wheat flour
whole wheat pasta
peanut butter, crunchy w/no added sugar
WASA crispbread crackers
nuts, raw & roasted
greens--chard, collards, spinach, etc.
lowfat plain yogurt
I get a CSA box every two weeks with a variety of organic fruits & vegetables. I can opt out of the things I don't like (melons, iceberg lettuce, okra) and really enjoy the variety. I found out I like beets, celeriac, pears, and other things I had never bought at the store or the farmer's market.
Eating healthy food isn't a problem for me, its more an issue of portion size and emotional eating. But happy to share what I keep in my kitchen!
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Today starts the 2nd week of the BLC. I lost 1 pound the first week, which is good, but it will be difficult to reach my goal if I only lose 1 pound every week. So let's see how well I followed my plan:
Eat only at the table? not so good. I still put food in my mouth while in the kitchen.
Eat only at mealtime? good. except there were 3 days when I actually missed a meal.
Read SP blogs? could be better. has to do with time management.
Scripture & prayer daily? still room for improvement here, see above.
Daily exercise? definitely room for improvement. only walked 2 days, ST only 2 days.
Tracking my CICO (calories in, calories out report from SP) reflects my results--weekly total was -3019 calories, resulting in a 1 pound weight loss.
What to do this week?
Time management--Make scripture study and workout time a priority!!! Do it first thing in the morning. If I have to go to work early, then go to bed early the night before, and get up earlier to get it done. If I don't get it done in the morning, then get it done in the evening. NO EXCUSES!!
Inner integrity--I commit to eating only at the table, no food will go in my mouth while standing in the kitchen, for any reason. This is my decision.
I will post a reminder in my kitchen of my 3 short term motivators for this week:
Believe--God hears my prayers & will support me
Obey--All things in moderation is God's way
Endure--My trial is for a small moment in God's timing
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