I started with Spark on 8/29/2011. A few years ago I checked out the site but it scared me with all the online business. I just got a Facebook page a month ago. I have now discovered that I have been missing out.
From September -November I made several lifestyle changes. I logged on most days. My first goal was 8 H2o, log my food, and exercise more. I also decreased my calories and greatly improved the nutritional value of the foods I was eating. I aimed for more fruits and veggies. The holidays came and my 6 lb wt loss silently slipped back on. But during it all I read many Spark articles, wrote in my journal, joined teams, and read blogs. The Spark Pages and blogs that are from real people are probably the most valuable to me. They are from real people with real everyday lives and struggles. They are not edited marketing tools. I love the official Spark articles too. They also seem to be written by people who have been there are understand. Exercise was lacking in the beginning . Then the proverbial New Year with it's resolutions came and I was back on course. But for me this is not just another New Year. This is MY YEAR, NEW ME YEAR. I have no doubt I will succeed. 1/1/2013 will look much different then the past several new years. I was going real strong in January. I have let my very hectic work responsibilities get in the way for the past 10 days. I love my job and the people I help so that's not going to change. What needs to change is how I deal with life. I have remembered the plan and am heading onward and upward now. Never once did I think about throwing in the towel on this lifestyle change. I still continued to do many things right.
Tonight I am reviewing my progress. The number one thing I know is as that as each month passes my personal health and well being will be better.
Consistency to my personal program is key. It really is hard to get the stone rolling again once you stop pushing it.
The Spark challenges keep me on track.
Daily logging on reminds me of my commitment.
8 H2o or more keeps me feeling better then when I drink soda etc.
5 freggies make me feel better and also keeps me from not so healthy calories.
10 minutes or more of exercise a day is not so hard to do and almost always leads me to more. The most shocking discoveries is that exercise is usually pretty fun and freggies taste better then cookies, chocolate and about everything else. I sort of crave them now. I must admit this discovery worries me a little and someone may want to check and see if I'm really me. Has there been any alien sightings lately?
Tracking my food no matter what is crucial.
The biggest discovery is that it takes several small daily decisions made wisely to see progress. It honestly is not that hard to make a healthy choice vs an unhealthy choice. It's a matter of rewiring my brain. The best news is that the Spark site and especially my Spark Friends have written the manual on how to do that.
So onward and upward for me. I have mountain to climb. Are you coming with me?
Lost track of what day I'm on right now of my 100 day challenge. I have been real serious since 1/1/12. I have handled many hurdles to keep up with good habits. The main things I am doing is fitting in my daily 10 minutes of exercise minimum (usually 45 minutes), tracking food everyday no matter what, trying hard to stay in my calories allowance everyday, 8 glasses H20 minimum. I have fallen short of 5 Freggies per day a few times but really close everyday. Consistency is essential. Logging onto Spark everyday is also key. It reminds me of what I'm trying to do and gives me the tools to do it. I love my Spark friends & community.
I'm realizing that it honestly doesn't take much more time to make right choices. The only obstacle for me is greed. ie wanting more, wanting what I want etc. Greed (for food) is much less of an obstacle for me now.
I work FT and my work is very busy and I often need to do paperwork at home. I'm very involved in my Church. My adult daughter needed to leave her new puppy at my house for awhile. I spend a fair amount of time with other volunteer activities. I have a husband and allot of family I spend time with. I consider myself a very busy person.
I have realized despite any excuses I have used for years if you want something just forget the excuses and just make it happen. So I am!
As I huddled with my teams today. I realized I had been recording my wt as in the 100's. Reality is that it is 200s. I fixed it once but apparently kept doing it and didn't even notice. Dang reality isn't pretty sometimes! Sometimes I can't even figure myself out so I don't think I will try. I think I will just go do Zumba instead!! Keep on Sparking everyone!!! We can do this.
It is the end of my day as I began to enter my nutrition and other goals. I realized I had a little problem. I was under calories and 2 freggies behind for the day. Oh what to do? Never thought I would have such a "major" nutritional concern.
I solved it with a bedtime snack of a banana and some cherry tomatoes. Ah, if only the rest of my problems are similar.
I set a wt goal of 2 lbs per week for the rest of the year. When I calculated the date it came out to 12/31/2012. That sure would be a fantastic way to end the year!
Wow, a New Years resolution that doesn't start with loose wt. Hard to imagine. However, I realize no matter how hard I work my goal wt. may or may not happen by then. What I know for sure is I will be a healthier weight by 1/1/2013.
A closer walk with God is always very important. I seem to be achieving that as each year passes. My faith in God is the basis of everything else in my life. I plan to continue that. God is so good. He is my refuge and strength. Frankly, I can't do it without him.
My extra weight is what is holding me up from so many other things. 2012 is my year.
My extra wt can be attributed to...
lack of planning
Sometimes I eat to much when I'm celebrating. I'm pretty much an equal opportunity eater.
Eating to much is expensive. Poor nutritional habits causes my cupboards and freezers to be to full. It also causes my closets to be cluttered with to many sizes of clothes.
Too much food is stealing my health. So far God has spared me any serious health concerns. By his Grace I have been given a chance to "straighten up and fly right".
Someone blogged last week about loosing wt really did not take so much effort after all. It's more about choices. I thought about it this week. Sorry, I forget who wrote that but thank you for the thought provoking blog.
Poor eating habits is just plain & simply a thief of time, energy, and resources.
Poor eating has stolen my agility. It's kept away from more activities then I care to think about. At this weight I can drive through the Grand Canyon or Yellowstone. I can take a short hike. Can I climb a mountain? How far can I walk on a steep path? How much further could I go if my physical health was better?
I am a very happy person and God has given me so many Blessings. However, this is one thing that I have been totaling ignoring. Instead I choose temporary gratification.
Well not anymore. 2012 is going to take me to a better yet 2013. I think the process will be somewhat like planning a vacation. Perhaps it's like mountain climbing? Sometimes you can't make it to the top the first time. But now I have all the tools I need. I have practiced the climb several times. I have done the studying and the planning for my trip. I have consulted with the experts. The trip itself can be a struggle and and exhausting. The destination will be worth it all. There is no turning back this time. I feel it in every fiber of my being. Are you ready to climb your mountain?
I'm ready to start my diary of my journey. I'm ready to sweat. Along the way I expect to experience many new sights. I will likely meet new friends heading the same direction. I will be strong and find a way to accept obstacles. I'm not sure what the top of the mountain will look like. I have never been there. I have seen other peoples pictures. But a picture is not the same as experiencing it yourself. So for the next year I will try to visualize what it will look like. I hope to see you there.