Tuesday, January 03, 2012
While doodling last night when I should have been meal planning I came up with a pictorial description of some of my short-term goals. This is a big accomplishment for me since this is the first time I have put down on paper (and here on the computer screen) what I hope to achieve during this month of January.
Drum roll please..........
I, Susan, do solemnly pledge to:
1. Log into Spark daily
2. Blog on a regular basis - at least three times a week
3. Use the Friend Feed option more often - at least three times a week
4. Walk at least 12 km a week
5. Go to the gym a minimum of 10 times by month's end
6. Drink my water everyday
7. Weigh in on Mondays - for the Virtual Weigh-in Team
8. Lose four pounds over the month
9. To cut back on the sugar in my TIm's coffee from 2 teaspoons to 1
10. To track my food three days each week for the month
How am I going to accomplish this? Well, I have the list printed off and I am finally going to use the Spark calendar I was given last Christmas! Up until now it has been too "nice" to use!!! Funny how I think that way, isn't it.
Here is another little trick I use: I made up a computer sheet with blank columns for date, minutes, type of activity, miles, km, counts as and a note section. This is something I came up with in October when I wanted to have an "in my face" record of how far I have been walking for my trek aross the Newfoundland T'Railway...I'm now just under 80 km to go on my 800+km journey!
I log those minutes/km straight from the GPS when I walk or when I go to the gym I have the times/amounts/etc scrawled on notepaper which I immediately transfer to this sheet when I get home. Of course I also add this informtion to the fitness tracker but I like "seeing" my accomplishments.
So overall, I am basically continuing on my journey with Spark with a few modifications that I needed to make for me. Tracking my meals has been a trouble-spot for me as you all know so I will start out slowly. I am paying myself $25 at the end of January IF I get all points covered...the $25 will go towards new spring/summer clothes which I am hoping I will need and be able to fit into by the time Spring rolls around here.
Wish me luck!
Sunday, January 01, 2012
Happy New Year!
Right now, lets have a show of hands of who feels they ate too much or exercised too little during the week between Christmas Day and today, New Year's Day? Let's see, I have 100+ SparkFriends so I kind of guess I am seeing almost that many hands up. Okay, some of you can put your hands back down because I know you've done great and have incorporated holidays and get togethers into your lifestyle makeover. But the rest of you, well lets just say I'm glad to see you all are human.
One of my Facebook friends posted a status update the other day that really got me thinking. "Stop focusing on what you eat between Christmas and New Year's and instead focus on what you eat between New Years and Christmas". Same words - just rearranged but a whole lot of thought behind them. Now, this same friend has lost an incredible amount of weight and was even flown to the United States to speak at a T.O.P.S. (Taking Pounds Off Sensibly) conference which is a huge achievement for anybody let alone a guy from a community of 500 people with no gym access!
So my challenge to all of you as you hastily make resolutions is to try to make gradual changes to your lifestyle over the next year so that when this time next year rolls around you will be proud of yourself!
I know I ate the wrong stuff this Christmas season but I also know I have come a long way. I finished the year with an impressive 17,000 fitness minutes when my goal was for less than 6,000! Obviously last year this time I thought 6,000 was a great goal for 2011 and so it was considering that in 2010 I couldn't walk the length of myself!
I am not making any resolutions other than to continue what I started when I joined Spark in August 2010. I am a work in progress and I am still aiming to drink my water daily, log into Spark, walk a minimum of 12 km a week, keep my depression manageable, and work towards my weight loss goals. Oh, and maybe, just maybe I will aim for 20,000 fitness minutes this year! Will I slip up, YES, but I will dust myself off and keep going and so can YOU!
Monday, December 26, 2011
I hope you all are having a wonderful Christmas holiday - even those who are not Christians because it is a holiday even having the stores around us close. Sort of forces one to relax so to say.
It is Boxing Day here and we are one of the few places left that has today as another mandatory holiday for stores. At least the employees have an extra day to spend with their families and we, as consumers, are given a break from the demands we seem to place on ourselves.
I am having a really nice Christmas and am proud to report that my favourite gift this year is the Spark cookbook! I'm so excited! While the leather purse and boots are lovely they don't have the same potential overall to change my life so the cookbook gets the #1 spot!
I've been reading blogs this morning - well, at least I am trying to despite nursing a migraine. I am intrigued by the number of people who wrote that they are trying to get back on track. To get back on track implies that you somehow cannot incorporate treats and family times with the healthy lifestyle that Spark encourages.
Nothing can be further from the truth. Remember it is all the 80/20 rule. Eat right 80 percent of the time and you can allow treats and other "junk" food 20 percent. It is not an all or nothing plan! Yesterday, I did enjoy our turkey dinner - I even had gravy (tasteless by the way and I can say that because I made the whole meal!), passed on dessert because I was stuffed but did have a handful of chocolates later. I didn't regret eating any of it and I certainly don't feel like I went off the tracks. I know from previous experience that this week is one week where I will eat stuff that I normally don't but that is part of MY Christmas.
I walked 2km yesterday morning when it was -16 (with the windchill it was even lower) but I didn't do that so I could eat more throughout the day. I did that because I knew it was a beautiful day outside, my dogs needed the exercise and we had fruit to cut up so the forest critters would have a taste of Christmas too. Don't feel guilty if you didn't exercise as if I had family with me or children I wouldn't have found the time either. As it was, my mom didn't want to come over until the afternoon so we had the morning to ourselves.
Again, don't let one or two days of eating extravagantly cause you to throw in the towel or somehow feel guilty. This is YOUR life and make it work for you!
Friday, December 23, 2011
Now, I am just one new friend request away from asking Santa Claus to put coal in all of your stockings this Christmas as some of you clicked "like" when I asked you not to! Jeepers, I really can't handle being "popular" and I feel like I am letting my long-term SparkFriends down by committing to new friendships.
I know I don't have to add everybody who adds me but I feel so guilty and I keep wondering if somewhere out there does somebody really need me to be their friend? During my Spark adventure I have needed friends and they have gone beyond the call of duty so maybe, just maybe, I am touching somebody like that. Who really knows.
So, if you have added me as a friend I have returned the friendship...or at least I hope I have. I sort of delete people if I haven't heard from them in a really long while but sometimes don't...so please stay active because I really dislike "unfriending" people.
What do you all have planned for the upcoming week? I am Christian so we celebrate Christmas but I wonder how many of my friends don't. I don't want to offend anybody but I am going out on a limb here and wishing you all a very Merry Christmas.
I'm planning a very quiet holiday - basically just me, my husband, my mom and the dogs. Of course, I am cat-sitting for two different friends and have 6 cats under my charge. Being the animal nutcase that I am, I have presents for them all and will spend time with them all on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day as it pains me to think of even a wee little animal to be alone over the holidays.
In about 30 minutes my husband and I are going out to supper together and then we have some last minute errands to run. I love last minute stuff!
Once again, please stop liking my blogs or I will track you all down and stalk you.....hee-hee! Joking of course - I do like the attention but really, please stop!
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