Sunday, March 31, 2013
I really like the motto, "I may not be there yet, but I'm closer than I was yesterday." I joined Spark People on April 18, 2012 but really didn't dig in and get serious about this until October 15, 2012. It was then that I started in earnest, inspired by a friend who shared with me that using the food tracker is what helped her lose weight and then maintain it. I decided I could do that and returned to Spark People determined to make this happen. Now five and a half months later, I've made far more progress than I ever believed would be possible. I went beyond my first goal of losing 30 pounds. As of today, I've lost 50 pounds. I am where I want to be. So I'm wondering if I should change my profile picture. It has sort of become who I am on Spark People. It's my online identity. The motto on the picture has been my inspiration during the past five and a half months of weight loss effort. It has reminded me daily of the value of consistent effort. Each day of discipline got me a little closer to my goal. I like the picture of the guy running up steps in the picture. Running uphill is hard work and a person could get discouraged with the sweat, sore muscles, and the constant tough mental effort required to stay with one's calorie range. But when we keep the goal in mind, the effort becomes worth it. I need to sort out now what the next challenge is. Maybe I should keep the profile picture because I want to maintain at this weight. I understand that statistically, I now have about an 85 to 90 percent change of regaining all that weight. If I can maintain successfully for two years the chance of regaining drops to 50%. So maybe the profile picture can stay as I count the days to that two year milestone. I'm not there yet (i.e. the two year milestone), but I'm closer than I was yesterday. Or maybe I need a new motto for the two year challenge. I'm not sure. I'll ponder that in the days to come. What do you think?
Monday, March 25, 2013
The spark coach challenge today is to think longer term. What are my one, five, and ten year goals? Obviously, I want to beat the odds and keep the weight off. I am thankful for this spark coach reminder to keep thinking ahead. Therefore:
1. Short term, I need to figure out what balance of exercise and calorie intake will keep my weight stable. I plan to do this by gradually increasing my calorie intake in small increments each week until my weight stabilizes.
2. I really enjoy strength training and would like to keep working at toning my body and meeting new physical challenges.
3. In the year 2023, I plan to celebrate ten years of successfully keeping my weight within a range of 168 to 172.
4. I have been thinking about how I might share what I've learned with others. Would there be a way to combine spiritual and physical disciplines for healthier, more meaningful living through a "spark people" community or church group? With my Spanish skills, I could also offer this to our Hispanic neighbors and church friends. Perhaps a good goal would be to explore interest in this idea before the end of the year.
5. Beyond this, there are many interests and ideas I have. It would be wise for me to schedule some retreat time to think further about career and interest pursuits that I want to accomplish. The skills I've gained from Spark People could easily be applied to accomplishing other goals and I would like to take full advantage of what I've learned and apply it to other areas of my life.
Well, this is a start. I will give this more thought. Thanks Spark Coach for prodding me to keep thinking and planning ahead!
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