Saturday, February 23, 2013
My son asked me about Spark Points the other day, he didn't understand why I would care if they didn't lead to some material gain - for him that would mean a new Lego set or maybe a video game. I had really never thought about Spark Points with any determination, but as I explained it to him it occured to me that:
Spark Points are important b/c they are a way to measure healthy choices. Tracking food, drinking water, exercising have all been proven to contribute to increased fitness. However, reading articles on fitness and nutrition, listening to a radio show, etc. also support a healthy lifestyle by increasing my awareness. Information is power! My favourite SP feature is that it gives us the information to help us achieve our goals and the tools for measuring our progress: it becomes cyclical as each positively impacts the other.
What I didn't share with my son is the strange smugness I feel when I reach a new level or achieve a trophy ;)
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
I recently attended my son's football banquet where CFL player Henoch Muamba spoke to the players about success and how to get there. Henoch told them about the 3 C's - consistency, courage, and confidence.
Consistency has stuck with me - I have had an epiphany of sorts. My weight loss journey has been inconsistent and as a result I have put forth a great deal of effort (cumulatively) with very little progress. If you've been here it's a horrible place, it's hard trudging and it's difficult to get traction. As Dr. Seuss would say, "unsticking yourself is not easily done".
Although it's painful to know I'm not where I thought I'd be at this date and time, the point is to look forward. to commit to the path and stay the course - CONSISTENCY!!!! What is motivating me right now is the realization of how much I'm missing out on and worse, my kids are missing out because I'm just plain too fat and out of shape to do the things I want to. My inconsistency is holding me back from being the person I aspire to be. I am so grateful for SparkPeople, not because I've experienced a great weight loss, I haven't and it's completely my own "not"doing. I am grateful for SparkPeople because it is here, I can come back to it and each time I do, I am learning and getting stronger in my knowledge and habits.
I say with renewed vigour - I will stay the course!!!!!! I will maintain the activities that keep me focused on a healthy life style and if I mess up, I will get back on track.
Thursday, August 09, 2012
I've just "re"started an exercise program. Using SparkCoach has helped me to accept that exercise is not an all or nothing proposition, that the little steps add up to a summative gain. Yesterday I walked the dog in the rain, it didn't start off as much of a rain and I thought it would stop soon enough. Then I got out there and it began to pour, I'm talking torrents of rain. I persevered and by the time I was home I was drenched, completely soaked down to my socks. The good news is that my clothes have dried and I have a healthy sense of accomplishment.
There will always be obstacles in my way - it will be too hot, too cold, raining, snowing, or I'll be busy. If I don't just do it, all these things will overwhelm me and I'll NEVER get out. So, activity has to become a MUST and not something I cast aside at a whim. I'm getting that now.
Tuesday, August 07, 2012
I've struggled with my weight my whole life, I've been up and down the scales so many times - each loss resulting in a 20+ lb weight gain within a year or two. That's 20 lbs from my original start. I have tried diets and conclude that "dieting" doesn't work. I think mainly because the dieting mindset is temporary vs. lifestyle changes that imply long term adherence.
I've been active most of my life, until recently, in the last few years I've become extremely sedentry without even realizing it. I recently returned to school - as a mom this was really demanding and made exercising a challenge. Looking back, I should have prioritized it more, it might given me more energy and helped to clear my mind. Still, I've been in denial about my sedentary lifestyle, using "business" as an excuse for what amounts to laziness. I'm an intelligent women, I have read plenty of information on health and can't claim ignorance as an excuse. Is it apathy then?
A recent health scare - appendicitis - led to the discovery I have extremely high blood pressure - 174/90. At 42 I am now on heart medication. Not surprisingly, I'm on the verge of diabetes too. My iron counts are low, as they have been most of my adult life. The evidince has smacked me in the face and I can't ignore it - I can't afford to be apathetic any longer. I want to get off my medication and regain a healthy lifestyle, not just for me, but for my whole family.
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