Tuesday, September 19, 2006
The sweetness of reflecting on a dream
Setting goals is easy. The tough part is putting time and hard work into realizing those dreams. The energy you are willing to put forth to reach your dreams is directly related to the probability of achieving them. Above all, be patient with the situation and with yourself. Don't lose your way by being blinded by disappointment, frustrations, and failures. Ponder the goals in your life and the obstacles you might face. Make appropriate plans to overcome those roadblocks even before they occur. Think of the reward of reflecting on a goal you have reached, rather than one you failed to see through. Most big dreams involve big effort!
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Plateaus can be very discouraging - esp. just starting out! I agree with the salt comments. When I travel and eat in restaurants,even though I am eating smart and watching my portions, and work out and walk, I gain weight - due to the high salt content of restaurant food. If you are eating take out or processed (frozen, canned, boxed, pre-made)
foods, you too could be having problems with sodium.
That being said. Are you sure you are measuring your portions correctly? That is another common error we all tend to make. I bought one of those little kitchen scales at Wal-Mart. About $4.00. I was very surprised how much I had miscalulated my portions!
Are you recording EVERYTHING that goes into the tiny little mouth - EVERYTHING - including gum? That too is a common fault. I had to carry a little black book in my hip pocket to make sure I caught everything.
Are you getting plenty of rest? During weight loss, your body will let you burn fat if it is sure that it is not in danger. A good nights sleep, every night will calm your body down into giving up some weight.
Are your cardio sessions burning fat? During a good aerobic work out you should be breathing so heavy that it will be difficult for you to carry on a conversation.
Finally, and this can sound kind of crazy, but sometimes you need to eat more to loose more. If your body feels deprived of nurishment, it will go into a starvation mode and will horde calories and protect against fat loss. It will fight you each step of the way. Most of us really need to eat within your calorie range, according to our spark plan.
Look, I am not an expert, just someone who has been on my program for over 8 months and has been through a lot. I have read ALL the articles in the resource center - most of them twice. I have read over 10,000 posts here in the community and have seen others helped my fellow sparkies. These others had the same problems that you are having. Some figured it out, some did not. The successful ones all had ONE thing in common, each and every one of them NEVER GAVE UP!
I wish you much success in your goal to be (more) healthy - as healthy as you want to be.
Monday, September 11, 2006
It's not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most responsive to change.
- Charles Darwin
Sunday, September 10, 2006
Mistakes I have made over the last 9 months while on my spark plan - while losing 30 lbs.:
1. I needed to be patient. Weight loss does not happen overnight - it too years and years to become obese, what made me think I would be skinny overnight?
2. I started exercising slowly, but then needed to expand my exercise program after one month. I was too slow in realizing how important quality exercise played as an important role in my succes to better health.
3. I did not measure my portions accurately. I was posting food quantities way under my actual consumption - buy a kitchen scale and measure your food! Be accurate in your postings!
4. I allowed myself to eat after 8 PM. There is no reason to eat after 8 PM. You can get through a hunger pain. You can go to bed hungry. After awhile, you body learns that you will not feed it after 8 PM!
5. I let achohol be my downfall. Three glasses of wine and my committment waivers. I still have this problem. It is a difficult puzzel to solve for me. One solution would be to limit my consumption to two glasses of wine. I will win this battle!
6. I became upset and depressed over a scale that did not move. Do not believe the scale, do not believe the tape measure. Our inches and our weight vary greatly over a short period (like a week). Have faith in your program. Stick to it. Over time, you WILL lose weight and become more healthy.
7. I have been tempted many time to just give in and give up. Never, ever give up. Do not let a poor meal, or a day of binging ruin your overall committment to your program. For every step back you take, take two steps forward. We are only human, we make mistakes, but do not let a mistake take you off your path to ultimate success. Most of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up! Never, ever give up!
8. I blamed my poor health on others and "circumstances beyond my control". Be accountable for your actions. Do not blame your faults, or the way you are on someone, or something else. You are what you are because of what YOU did. You are capable of change. You are capable of being a better YOU!
9. I often put off taking my program to the next level. This cost me valuable time in achieving my goals. Behavior modification does not come easy. When faced with a barrier or a plateau, you need to "tune your program up a notch and "DO SOMETHING MORE" to break through the plateau and to get to the next level of of your journey.
10. I waited too long to ask for help. Do not be afraid to ask for help. There are health experts here and fellow sparkies that have already been through what you are going through. They will be of great assistance in giving you options for success.
If your are reading this, I hope that my failures will help you achieve your goals without the trouble that I have been through.
Although, despite my failures, I have throughly enjoyed my journey to better health!
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
You can complain because roses have thorns. Or you can rejoice that thorns have roses.
Positive people tend to have many similar characteristics, such as respecting everyone's contribution to a project and knowing during hard times that things will get better. They have the power to make that change happen, an understanding that their attitudes can directly affect outcomes, and a commitment to increasing positive thoughts and diminishing negative ones. Are you putting effort towards becoming a more positive person?
Avoid complaining when things are turning sour, realize that the negatives and the positives in life will level out, and take responsibility for your life and actions. You are the only person responsible for your attitude-and your life.
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