Thursday, April 17, 2014
On Tuesday, I had my eyes dilated. For those of you who have never had this done,
1. It doesn't hurt!
2. It opens your pupils and lets in LOTS of light.
3. It makes things a little blurry.
4. On me, it lasts for 5-6 hours!!!!!
I wanted to walk that day, but couldn't figure out how to do it with my eyes closed. Sooooo, to make a long story short, I didn't get in my exercise on Tuesday.
On Wednesday, I had a Dr. appt., and did a few things around the house, but only got in a couple of short 16 minute walks.
Today! Those past two days of not meeting my goals could have tanked my mindset, but nope, I'm up, got my swim stuff in the car, and am ready to hit the pool this morning. Going to eat a healthy breakfast first, and then I'm off.
I have made so much progress in my fitness. For months I rarely got in more than 2000 steps a day, but since mid March, I've been consciously moving at least 6-10000+ steps per day. Days that I don't make my daily goals don't make me feel like I failed, they just tell me I needed a little rest and it's time to get back to work!
I'm sleeping well most of the time, I'm eating healthy foods (most of the time), and I'm exercising (most of the time), so what's not to feel good about!
I do believe I've got a healthy mindset!!!! Cheers to all the positive Sparkers out there who keep on pushing and working on living the healthy lifestyle!
Saturday, April 12, 2014
I don't know how many of you know about Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, but he was a wonderful Hawaiian singer. I was listening to his "Alone in IZ World" album this afternoon, and I realized I was singing along with him.
The only reason it surprised me was that I haven't been singing lately. It's been months since I've sung around the house. Don't know why, but I've even thought about it a few times, and wasn't able to get myself inspired.
Today, I was listening to his album while I was trying to get in a walking workout, and just started harmonizing to the "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" song. It made me feel soooo good! I need to play music more often and SING!!!!
Makes me HAPPY!!!!
Thank you, IZ!
Friday, April 11, 2014
You don't have to read this, since it's just a log of how I did this week, and it's rather dry and boring.
I received my Spark Activity Tracker almost a month ago, and I've found it is quite the motivator! Before my SAT came I was walking about 1-3000 steps a day! Not so good at all!
When I got it, I set my goal to 6000 steps/day. Most days I was able to meet my goal. Then after two weeks, I upped it to 7000/day. I overdid it a few days 10000+, and barely moved on the day after.
Anyway, I've been able to keep my steps between 7800 and 10000+ for the past 6 days, and I feel great! I'm going to increase my goal to 8000 next week, which will make me put in more effort.
This week I've also been tracking my nutrition, but I'm not happy with it. I'm really not focused and am tending to eat off my menu! I need to work on this! I'm so focused on getting in my walking that I'm not focused on my eating. I'm feeling rather scattered.
I'm losing a little, but it could be better if I was more focused on the nutrition portion of my goal. So that is what I'm going to work on this week. Cooking and planning this weekend is the plan!
Sorry for the blah blog but I'm needing to put down in writing my stumbling blocks and successes. They give me the impetus to organize for week 2!
If any of you do get this far (and haven't just skipped to the bottom) I want to thank you for your dedication and strength necessary to get through it! You SparkPeople are the best!!!!
Friday, April 04, 2014
Just listened to Spark Radio (to get a few more points) and heard Bettina Bush talking to Susie Moore about her article "9 Little Known Habits of Confident People"posted in The Huffington Post on 3/5/2014. It was so good, that I took notes, and then found the article on the web.
Sure, we know a lot of these things, but putting them where you can see them every day will help keep us focused! The following is both quoted and paraphrased from her article.
1. Don't overcomplicate - In other words, Keep it Simple!
2. Focus on what you want - Expect good things to happen!
3. Act as if it's already yours - Self-assurance allows your language and actions to be in line with your outcomes.
4. Use words with intention - Stop the "I'm trying..", and go to "I am…, or I will…."!
5. Listen but don't pay heed to others' intentions - Don't let others take you off track! "It's your life!"
6. Dedicate time to what matters - Make sure you are using your time and energy on your priorities!
7. Act humble - "Confident people let their success speak for itself and don't need to vocalize it."
8. Know failure is sometimes inevitable and don't fear it - My take on this is - Perfection isn't possible, but don't let it get you down!
9 Repeat all of the above! - "The more we practice confidence as an attitude, the easier it becomes."
Thank you Spark People for a really inspiring radio program!
Have a lovely day everyone!
Tuesday, April 01, 2014
Why do I blow it continuously? Lose a little, Gain a little, Lose a lot, Gain a lot! Aargh! Well, guess what………..I do keep trying, and I'm going to make this challenge a success! And guess what again!!!……I'm going to use that success to continue being successful and continue losing…….not stopping and gaining it all back!!!!
In the "not so distant" past:
1. I don't post regularly on my teams.
I do check into SP every day. That is the new Successful Habit that I began in January and have been consistent for 97 days this year! So I'm going to build on that habit and post on my team daily and have a 56 day streak for my team! (That's 8 weeks for the challenge)
2. I haven't exercised daily on my challenges.
Since I got my Spark Activity Tracker I've been able to get in at least 10 minutes most days for the last two weeks. My Spat (as it is sometimes referred to) is my main motivator. When I check in each day, my Spat syncs and I see what I've accomplished so far, and am able to meet my goals each day. I've also upped my step goals by 1000 steps more starting today. I certainly won't be the biggest exerciser on my team, but I'll be a regular contributor, and that will be a Success!
3. I haven't tracked or stayed true to my Nutrition goals on a consistent basis.
Well, that has got to start changing! I used to be a faithful Nutrition tracker, but then got off the wagon and began the short road back to where I started. (Did I mention that the Lose a lot portion takes a LONG time, and the Gain a lot portion takes No Time at all?)
So tracking nutrition (and I mean everything that passes the mouth) is going to be an important goal this time.
Sooooo, it looks like……..
Posting Regularly to my Teams,
Getting in my Daily Workouts, and
Tracking my Daily Nutrition,
are the strategies I'm utilizing this challenge. Not new to most of you, or me either, but being consistent about them will be beautiful new Successful Habits that will help me achieve my 5% Goal!
Good luck to you all on your Strategies for a Successful Challenge! Thank you for your daily encouragement and support! I do so enjoy my Spark Friends!
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