So I'm checking out all of the Spark e-mails this morning and noticed the above pictures (thank you SP) in one of them. And I got to thinking about the entire concept behind SP to begin with and how SparkGuy says: "10+ fitness minutes--done consistently--can transform your life. This is the top strategy I used to create the SparkPeople program"
Think about that 10 minutes a day. It's not much time, but if done consistently you will begin to see results. I've been a part of SP for quite a few years. I've dropped over 50 lbs the slower way but I'm not in it for immediate results, I'm in it for life time changes. Remember my recent blog about non-scale victories? Everything adds up in time. Including that 10 minutes. 10 minutes a day x 30 days is 300 minutes x 12 months is 3600 minutes a year or 60 hours total. When you first began your journey you didn't even exercise. For most people that 10 minutes eventually begins to accumulate even more minutes until you are doing marathons and bench pressing and everything else you can think of that you could never do before.
Be your own cheerleader Heck.. be everyone elses too!!! It surely can't hurt right? Be kind to yourself. It matters. You are the only that can take care of your own body.
Now while I must say I may / or may not agree with their conclusions I believe ultimately we still seal our own fate and we decide what we put in our mouths and eat.
Their extra encouragement may sway you but you have a mouth to say NO THANKS, just like you have a mouth to put the food in.
WHEN ARE WE GOING TO STOP BLAMING EVERYTHING AROUND US AND START PLACING THE BLAME WHERE IT BELONGS??????
He says it very nicely doesn't he?
I do believe that DNA can play a part, but it's not the only thing.
I also believe we are what we make ourselves to be. It's like a promotion. You're going to work at it in order to achieve it right? Same with a healthy lifestyle. You need to work at it.
So this is my rant and rave for Monday. How about you? Are your friends / family making you fat or are you willing to owe up to the fact that you are human, you make mistakes and it all lies in your hands?
So folks...it's not all about losing weight. Can you name five things that you have accomplished as a result of changing your eating habits.
My five are:
1.) I can clasp my seat belt again without an extension
2.) I have dropped almost three full sizes in clothes
3.) I had to even buy new shoes because the others were too big
4.) My endurance is greater and I'm less out of breath
5.) I find myself wanting to exercise now instead of avoiding it (did I say that? )
Can you name another five as well?
6.) I have more energy
7.) My rings fit loser
8.) I smile more often
9.) Others are beginning to notice how much slimmer I'm looking
10.) I'm down thirty some inches overall
Why not another five too?
11.) I can tighten a belt better
12.) I can do more reps on any of my exercise than I could before.
13.) I'm on no medications at all
14.) My skin and nails are looking better
15.) I can see the difference in my before and after pictures
So how about it can you name at least five (you can name more if you want to) non-scale victories.. Let's have fun with this because it isn't always about those lbs being lost.