Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Wow! Thanks for all of your wonderful support. Yes, I know I NEED to eat breakfast and I'm glad so many of you care about me enough to tell me so.......well, if you thought that was bad just wait until I tell you what I ate yesterday.........
WARNING - it's not for the faint of heart and it certainly wasn't one of my finest moments but since I'm being honest here goes................
McDonald's fruit and fibre muffin
Grilled cheese sandwich
Ohhhhhh, it get's worse....much worse
Half of a large bag of Lays Salt and Vinegar chips
TWO Chunky Kit Kat bars
Can you tell I'm under stress? A lot is going on in my life right now and I'm stressed out. On a positive note for yesterday I did walk for 30 minutes and I did drink my 8 glasses of water. Thanks to a sleeping tablet ( ) I also got my eight hours of sleep last night.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Today, I am going to write down everything what I eat on my iPhone. That way, I avoid wondering what paper to use, what pen to use, how to write it down, if my writing is nice, etc. Anybody else relate to this? I often make the task worse by over-thinking! So today, I am just going to write it (err, type) down. No measurements, no trying to be good, no thought.....just a completely honest record of what goes in my mouth.
In case you are wondering - today it has only been a coffee! Its about 10:00 a.m. and that is all I have eaten. Fair enough.
Monday, December 09, 2013
Well, I've gone and done it now! Apparently in a complete moment of insanity I have started a Spark Team! What's even scarier is that some of you have actually encouraged me by joining! What did I ever do for you guys to do this to me?!?
Okay, so I have accepted the fact I can't exactly bow out (either gracefully or otherwise) so I guess I have a formed a Spark Team and have to be accountable. Maybe that's not such a bad thing, after all?
What's this team all about you ask? Well, it's going to be whatever you want it to be. Personally, I struggle with the very basics of the Spark lifestyle - recording what goes in my mouth, exercising and drinking enough water. Funny enough, some of the more "complex" Spark things I can conquer but I have yet to master the basics. Hence the team name!
Like a child learning to read, I have to stop trying to read before I learn my letters! It's really that simple. Yes, I try to eat healthier but until I track my food I have no idea just what I'm actually putting in my mouth. Maybe my problem isn't eating the wrong kind of food. Maybe I don't eat enough fibre. Maybe I don't eat enough fat.
As with everything, this is going to be a highly personal journey but I thought to myself that if I struggle with this chances are there are others in the same boat. Why not start a forum where we can share our struggles, talk about what works for us (and what doesn't!), and how we each ultimately feel we've, learned and, mastered the basics.
All are welcome but this is going to be a team about YOUR journey. Sure we can have competitions etc., but what I really want from this team is a place we can talk, vent, support, encourage and celebrate with each other.
Monday, December 02, 2013
So, I went clothes shopping a few days ago with a close friend with the aim of finding something I could wear to my employer's Christmas social. Four months ago I had planned on being very close to 200 pounds right about now but no, I'm right around 220. AND, everything I tried on with impossible. Either it was too big, too small, too see-through, too- casual, too-sparkly, etc. I had a top bought but my friend vetoed it by saying I needed some colour (it was a sheer ivory top with a tie at centre waist. It came with a camisole and the ivory was broken up by a small black print)
So, what did I wear? Something from my closet - a cowl neck grey wool sweater, black dress pants and a new pair of black heels. (I've had the latter for over a year but as of then hadn't worn them before) Here I am
Anyhow, let me get to my point. I'm struggling to stay with the program so I know I have to get back to basics. I need to remove myself from teams that I don't contribute to or feel a part of. I'm almost tempted to start my own team which will focus on the core basics of Spark. There must be more members than me who are still struggling with using the trackers consistently, etc.
Ideas for this team - introduce yourself and why you are joining
Areas you struggle with.
What you want from a team? I, for one, don't like team chats where they are used to the detriment of blogs.
Weekly challenges - based on tracking nutrition, fitness, sleep, motivation etc.
I know what I am doing now and what I have been doing haven't been working for me so it might be time to switch it up.
I'm thinking of a team of friends with a cap on how many so it doesn't get out of hand. Somewhere where people with similar struggles can be supported.
The wheels are turning now!
P.S. I did it! I started a team called "Mastering the Basics" - check it out. I'm open to suggestions
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