Saturday, February 22, 2014
Originally I said I wanted to lose 8 pounds during this BLC round and I've lost 3. The following behaviors are what I aim for daily.
1. Track all food on Spark tracker
This is a habit, so even if I go over calorie range, I track it.
2. Wear my SPAT and track exercise
Yep! Very motivating, especially if I need to take a walk or get on the treadmill to add some steps.
3. Stay within my calorie range, paying attention to sodium and calcium levels
Looking back at the last four weeks, I did this 22/28 days. Could be better!
4. 30 minutes daily exercise, whether it is cardio, ST, yoga or other stretching or balance activity
Except for two days when the bronchitis was really bad, I do get in at least 30 minutes of deliberate exercise.
5. Track my CICO every day for the duration of this challenge, aiming for a 500 calorie deficit a day.
This has been enlightening, and I'm well on my way to making it a habit. It's easy to see why I didn't lose one week - I didn't have at least a 3500 calorie deficit! My goal is one pound a week, so by the end of March I would like to lose another four pounds.
For me, paying attention to the numbers helps me be successful. I'm really close to my maintenance range and determined to get there.
Saturday, February 15, 2014
I am a fan of teams on SparkPeople and owe much of my success and unwillingness to quit on myself to the teams I've joined and the friends I've made. One of the most challenging teams I joined in December is the Hogwarts team. What I like best is that I can choose to work on the healthy habits I believe are important to me by signing up for weekly "classes." There is some competition between the Hogwarts Houses, but much of the challenge is focused on improving things in our own lives, week to week. Lots of camaraderie, wonderful and helpful feedback, and some extremely creative activities. If you are looking for something a bit different, check out this blog, and the team link posted there. You have until February 26 before the team turns private.
Thursday, January 23, 2014
Negative self-talk has plagued me my whole life, and not just in the area of my health and my life. As a teen I grew out of my chunky childhood, but did not see myself at a normal weight at the time. In the 1960's, like many young girls, I was fixated on my appearance and very insecure. I married young and believed the negative remarks my first spouse made. It was only after a divorce years later, being responsible for the upbringing of two young children, and success in my career that I found some self-esteem. A second marriage to an amazing man has helped.
Despite the positive turn-around in my emotional life that came with love and achievement, I did not take care of my health until a few years ago. Losing weight has been eye-opening, helping me understand how I sabotage myself when I put myself down. I'm much better now at saying I can do something, and much more willing to take risks by trying new foods, new experiences, and meeting new people.
I suppose age, perspective, and the support of my Spark friends have all played a role.
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