Monday, January 10, 2011
On Dec. 4, 2010 I blogged about being back again. Where did an entire month go? Hmm. Well, the best thing about SparkPeople is that you can jump back in anytime!
I appreciated the invitation to join the 10/10/10 challenge which began anew today, 1/10/11. Losing 10 lbs in 10 weeks would be fantastic. I doubt that it will be as easy gaining about 10 lbs in the past 10 weeks. Life got out of control on many fronts and now I am making better choices for myself.
One of the team goals for this challenge is to do one positive thing for yourself. Today mine is simply that I logged in and wrote a blog. That's it. I did it. One step forward.
Saturday, December 04, 2010
Whew, it's been about 3 months since I've been active on SP and it shows. Lots going on in my personal life and lots of stress has come with it.
I will weigh in tomorrow to get the official number, but I have gained back at least half of the weight I lost. That's a bummer and it's discouraging when clothes don't fit anymore.
On Friday (since it's now Saturday AM) we attended our Division's Christmas party. It was just after lunch and we were told there would be fruit & veggies along with sliders and other "junk" appetizers. When I got there, I only saw a few sticks of unappetizing celery on the trays with queso, chips, spinach dip, chips, etc. I should have eaten the lunch that I had packed but I decided to rely on the person who planned it. I guess her idea of veggieS (plural) was different than mine. Lesson learned: go with my gut instinct for these types of events unless I am the one planning it.
Three of us were sitting at a table and bemoaning the fact that we need to lose weight but we're low on motivation. Later two of them invited me to attend Weight Watchers meetings with them, but I declined due to finances. I wouldn't be able attend the same meeting with them, so having that "buddy" comraderie wouldn't be as strong.
Then I realized that all I really need to do is to do what has worked before: stay connected with SparkPeople! Almost all successful weight loss programs stress two key components:
1) Track your food so that you really see your portions
2) Support from others on the same journey
There are other components and of course exercise is critical. However, I realized that I must log my food for accountability and I need support on a daily basis from others. I can logon to SP anytime to read lots of blogs AND I can encourage others by sharing the ups and downs of my journey.
Could it get any simpler than that?
So, that's where I'm starting at daybreak (or shortly thereafter)! Since I have far less discretionary time these days, I bought a mini journal that fits in my purse so I can write down everything that I eat throughout the day instead of trying to remember it all in the evening.
The one thing I love about SP is that you can come back at any time and continue the next phase of your journey.
Saturday, September 18, 2010
I was just about to write a crummy, complaining blog about how I just don't want to do this anymore--you know, tracking food & exercise, measuring my various body parts to see if inches have been lost, checking in with my teams, trying to stay positive, having one smaller size piece of clothing in my closet to use as motivation to stay on track, etc. Then I saw Louisa's secret to success "STICK WITH IT". Results do happen over time and I've had some detours over the summer, some of which I was 100% responsible for and some for which I wasn't (medication). I was happy to see the scale go down 1 pound from when I last weighed in.
There are quick fixes to weight loss, but they don't last. I talked to a very dear friend today who has gained quite a bit of weight in the last year. She doesn't like to track her food or consider anything "off limits". She told me that she's taking a new appetite suppressant that's supposed to be "all natural" and it's working because she is losing some weight. It is something that she drinks 2-3 times per day before meals and it is expensive. She does not like to exercise and she "snacks" a lot, without eating meals except for breakfast. Our conversation reminded me that it is incredibly challenging to change our eating patterns even when we know it's for the betterment of our health.
There's a cost to everything--either we spend the money on healthier food choices, which many times cost more than junk food or we spend money on products and programs for which the responsibility for limiting what we eat is transferred to a pill or nutrition bar or diet drink. There's a huge cost to poor health--not just medical bills but of loss of time with family & friends being active and having energy for the whole day.
I want to say to Louisa for posting that Secret to Success and to all of my SparkFriends for sharing thoughts, giving advice, and most of all for supporting me in my journey, whether I've shared a victory or I need a helping hand to get back on track.
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