Monday, May 23, 2011
I turned my computer on late in the day, yesterday. I am months behind in catching up on emails and such...and since I only get 10 points a day for Spark emails, max...(it was up to 50 when I first started) if I miss a day, I can really see the number of emails grow... but for the last week or so, I have been pretty good about hitting my 10 for SP and answering what else has been sent... the 760+ emails I had April 1 is well under 500... and shrinking... until yesterday... I had an email outpouring that boggles my mind!
Yesterday I had over 40 new emails... how could my number climb so dramatically???... YIKES!!! Most of the emails were "A new comment on your SparkPage!" Was there some mistake??? So I began to read the comments and I cried, along with the "OMG's" that followed, as I read each one... yesterday, I was the MOD... my sparkpage was featured on "Family Health and Wellness By SparkPeople" email... as Motivational SparkPage... I had no idea that would happen... and, certainly, the last 8 weeks of struggle had really kicked my butt so as to say...and I was not feeling very motivated...to say the least!
If I had any doubts that Sparkpeople was the way to regain my health and control over my eating...the emails I got yesterday tell me otherwise! The support system we have here is unmatched on any other "diet" site!
I will try to answer each of the posts...yes, over 40...plus, the comments on my last blog...and today I logged my morning meal and drank water as I plan my 2.5 mile walk. Now I have to be motivated...just to deserve the recognition!
Like I've said here before, sometimes God whispers in your ear...and sometimes he uses a baseball bat and megaphone to get His message across... Today I will "Be still" so that I can hear Him... uh, although my butt still hurts a bit from being kicked back to reality.
Today I promise to log my food...accurately... drink all my water, walk my walk and (try to) step back into the self motivator mode. I am humbled by the amazing support this community gives its members and now I have to work my *ss off to be a good example so that I may motivate others.
Thank you, SparkPeople and SP members,... once more you have proven that this site and community support are the reason your success has not dwindled and, in fact, has grown! I pray to see less of all of you...er did that come out right ? ...in the future...and less of me when I look in the mirror!
One day at a time, sweet Jesus, one day at a time!
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Consistency is the key to success on any goal oriented plan, and that goes for food plans! Now that I am becoming so judicious about tracking my food, I see the temptations of old mind habits that want me to become lax at what I am doing... with my food, I have been successful keeping on track, and the food demon is at bay... but, does he have other powers I was not aware of??
... today I showed a TINY loss... .10 of a pound... now since my goal has been to lose 1lb to 1.5lb a week, I must be missing something... What could it be?
I increased my activity...
I track my food and stay (mostly) within my calorie range...
So... what am I doing to slow my progress?
What am I NOT doing that slows my progress?
I know what it is!
WATER! WATER! WATER!
Most days I just made the minimum of 8 glasses, in spite of my physical activity... Just a couple of days did I have as much as I needed to "flush" my system of the fat that I move... to move out!
So now I have to really make my focus... not only on what goes past my teeth with calories, but the fluids necessary to hydrate my body and keep me healthy!
I am going to hydrate! I think (in retrospect) that the food demon has an ulterior motive that I did not see until now... He knows that my focus has been on my "WON'T POWER",, you know it's what most people call "will power"... but I call it won't...because when the demon tempts me with food suggestions, I call on my won't power to say..."I won't have this right now, I can have it later, if I choose"
BUT!!!! Here is where "WILL POWER" comes through... I WILL drink more water and I will keep my body hydrated so that it can work to it's fullest (no pun intended) advantage!
I know that water is a key factor...and I know that many of us have our radar set to the food demon's powerful pull...and we forget about pushing the fluids! Some of my friends Hate water and it is difficult for them to make even the minimum of 8 a day... But... know this... the body knows best... and the scale tells the tale... disguise it if you must, drink it for your well being and track it ... just like your food...
Demon...you tried... you failed... and, once again, I move forward to another week of new discipline and dreams of a thinner and healthier self!
Sunday, March 20, 2011
...and I go on! yes, still logging my food and still working my food and hoping that another day will be successful! The weekend is always a challenge, because there is no set schedule to follow. Saturday, #17 was a good day, with balanced meals and no major decisions to unbalance my world... I had quartet practice and I walked and had a good night's sleep. So all in all, I would say 17 was 'heaven-teen' . Today, #18, I managed to off put the offer of donuts at the church hall, but I did succumb to the call of the homemade tamales that they were selling. I knew that to log them in, they had to be weighed, so I did not partake at the hall. I waited and went home and weighed them before I ate even a sliver of tastiness. The idea of "falling off the wagon" weighs heavily on my mind, and I think this has done me good at staying the course. In other times, I would have had 3 or 4 of those tamales and never gave it another thought...but not today...hmmm have I rounded a corner?
After my breakfast of a couple of tamales, my DH and I headed north to his mother's house, where I had some fresh oranges for lunch and made it safely around the supermarket with her list of groceries with out a hitch. She offered me tamales (which we brought) for a meal, but we both opted to come home, instead of eating there. When home I had a lovely salad, some tri tip roast, tomatoes and veggie mix... yum! I even enjoyed a glass of wine...somehow, the balance has remained and my streak is intact. I am grateful even more each day as I step into the world that the food demon lives in and I manage to still his voice and make good food decisions.
I will tell you, honestly, that I would not be successful any day, if I did not use the Nutritional Tracker. Now I may not be wonderfully balanced, fat, carbs, proteins, etc, BUT I am within my calories and I am making MUCH better decisions that would never have crossed my mind if I did not promise to put that choice in writing! If you are looking for the magic pill, the key to finding it is in the use of the NT... don't let ANYONE tell you any different... food accountability makes you honest about what crosses your gums... brutal as it is, it gives you a sense of control that will help you with your impending food choices. my first two weeks resulted in 9 pounds gone, and I know that I can expect 1/2 to 2lbs a week if I keep true to the tracker. Tracking has made #18 a Great thing (Hey, there's my rhyme!)
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