As I began to read this article I was thinking how wrong it is. I finished it and read it again with an open mind. I get it, loosing weight especially for all the wrong reasons is not a magic cure all. Yes, exercise brings physical and mental changes that are fantastic. But in the end your mind needs to adjust too. Your mind needs to be a part of the life changing healthy lifestyle. Statistics will tell you that people who have a gradual weight loss have the most long term success. I'm nearly 100 pounds overweight. I don't for the most part like my bodies appearance. I am thankful that my body is healthy & strong. It get's me to where I need to be. I try to dress it the best I can. My mind is also healthy and it makes me uniquely me. I am a good person. I expect my desired weight. loss will make me stronger & healthier as well as more physically appealing. With that I expect more confidence. I assume I will not be so self-conscious when I walk in front of people or attend a class reunion. My extra weight does not define who I am unless I choose to let it. Unfortunately as it is it does limit what goals I can obtain. It's just the ugly truth of it. But in the end a physical change in my body is not the complete magic ticket. It will unlock a door. Once I get there the rest is up to me. It's important that my mind walks every step of the journey with me. If I work on it all together my life will benefit. But the ups and downs of life will continue on no matter what my weight is.
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.