Thursday, April 03, 2014
I have not been Sparking or Tracking for a while, and the slip to old habits have taken hold. In In the fall of 2013, my husband and I trained for charity 5K for a support organization for those with Ovarian and Lung Cancers. This was especially motivating for me because my mom is a 2 time ovarian cancer survivor and my dad died from lung cancer. I was really pleasantly surprised at how - with dedication and motivation - it was much easier to get to the point that I could run and complete a 5K. I was so dedicated to raising funds, my husband, aunt , and I were the top fund raising team!
Unfortunately, I had an injury which sidelined me for a bit, and between the weather (bad excuse because we also joined a gym) I really let my dedication to running and my health slide.
Luckily, I have been successful with both the Spark program and completing the 5K so I KNOW it can be done. I KNOW I have it in me and I just have to set new goals. I have another 5K set for July and am determined to finish and finish better than before!
Wednesday, September 04, 2013
I have been steadily maintaing the weight that I lost last fall/winter through the Spring and Summer. That is GREAT! I am happy that I have been able to keep decent habits to keep my weight off. However, I think it has been easy with it being summer!
Summer means getting outside to garden or walk (exercise is "easy"). Fresh garden veggies are right outside my door and in abundance at the farmer market. However, winter is coming and while I have been eating well and staying active there are other health habits that I have ignored.
First, I would say that my strength training is WAY down. I was feeling stronger when the exercise I did included weights and push-ups and the like. I don't know about you, while I like to think that carrying a bag of mulch counts as strength training...it really isn't consistent enough to call "training!"
In a way, I think having the "summer break" to maintain the weight was good for me. It allowed me to feel good about the weight I had lost and maintain it without being so down about a "bad day." It felt like a short-term experiment for maintenance.
However, seeing the school buses back on the roads reminds me that "school's out for summer" can no longer be my mantra ;). I really still have another 13-15 pounds to go for my overall goal of weight loss. I have been thinking about it and I think I feel good that I was able to lose 12 lbs last year and that I can focus on 10-15 lbs for this year.
This works for me. I feel good knowing that, this fall, my starting point is better than before. It really isn't a "re-start" but a continuation of my journey. I lost 10 lbs, maintained that loss, and am ready to lose some more!
Monday, April 29, 2013
Well, I think we can see from my last blog (March 12) about how long I have been neglecting Spark. Reflecting back I can honestly say that some of the food habits stuck, but the exercise did not. I am happy to know that if I am separated from my Spark for a period of time, I am likely to MAINTAIN my weight (definitely not losing right now) with my eating habits. Though, I may have reached the limit with eating healthy without tracking. I noticed a dip in energy probably because of reduced fruits and veggies and commitment to taking my vitamins. Overall though, I know I really need a system to keep myself accountable with exercise.
While not an intentional experiment, it was a good lesson in the need for the SPARK community and all of my SPARK friends. It makes a huge difference to be giving and receiving support from folks with similar goals and challenges. Thanks to you all for making it a great place to return to!
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
I really enjoyed today's Spark Coach about reaching your "happy" weight goal rather than one that you *think* is ideal based on sizes of clothes, scales, or charts (such as BMI). Truthfully, based on Coach Becky's description, I should be able to get into that "healthy BMI' range based on my current weight and habits. I think the main thing is to realize I don't have to be at the "low" end of the scale.
Today's program reminded me of when I first started a weight loss program many years ago and made it down to 136 with a goal of 135. A woman who was a coach for that program said to me, why don't you just make 136 your goal - you know you have already maintained it for 2 months you would already be in the next step of the program. I was stubborn and gave up. Eventually, I ended up around 140 for a year or so without much effort.
I realize now that was my happy weight. I felt good in my clothes and didn't care about the size which was always different depending on where I shopped anyway. If I didn't know I had weighed 140 at that point, that feeling alone was a marker of my happiness. I was active and didn't hesitate to take on active challenges when we went on vacations or spent time with friends.
The biggest issue for me is that when I gave up on my weight loss, I really didn't learn how to maintain for the long haul and have never been able to get back to that place. I am making my way there now with Spark People. I am going to think about this realistic key markers to know that I am making progress:
1) Do I FEEL better and like the way I look in my clothes?
2) Am I getting stronger? I can tell this by the weights I lift, the number of reps I can do/push-ups I can do, (this may have number but it is a little different, I don't have a "goal" in mind for this, just increasing strength is good for me!) I can also tell by how much I am able to lift in terms of groceries and doing work around the house.
3) IAm I more fit and active? - Just being able to do the activities I enjoy longer or as long as I want to without quitting.
4) Am I healthier and have better check-ups?
5) Do I have healthier more radiant skin and hair? (This really has been getting better for me as well)
6) Am I happier?
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