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Day 1: Setting Goals and Getting Started

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

This is always the hardest part isn't it. You have sooooo many questions. How do I start? How does this work? Where do I go from here. I've been into fitness for more than 30 years, but when it comes to my personal fitness, I have the very same questions.

So, here's my answer. It doesn't matter where your start, just start. Your program is going to change and change is good. Change is evolution. Change is growth. I look forward to change. I crave change. So, I just started. My first day I ate what I wanted and tracked it. I did 30 minutes on my treadmill and tracked it. I clicked the buttons on the dropdown menus and looked around the Sparkpeople.com website just to familiarize myself with it.

I really enjoy this site because it lets you track stuff. Tracking makes it fun for me. I Track my exercise, track my food, track calories, track whatever I can to make it fun. I should also say I am very competitive, especially with myself. So I always want to do a little better than the day before. I love stuff like graphs and charts. Sparkpeople has plenty of both.

The great thing about charts and graphs is the instant feedback. I can see my progress at a glance and progress is motivating. I know from experience the reason I have failed at every other program I have ever tried is a lack of motivation. I can self-motivate to a point, but I usually run out of steam after a few weeks. I get distracted, life gets in the way, "stuff" comes up. You know what I mean? This is great. I don't have to "go it alone." I have all of my new Sparkpeople buddies to help me. We can rely on each other to build enthusiasm and motivation.

I can go on and on. And, if you follow this blog in the future you'll learn that. So, like my weight, I'm going to try and cut down on the rambling.

Stay motivated. Good luck. JUICE to you.

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

JIBBIE49 9/12/2012 3:04PM

    Glad u have been into fitness for 30 yrs.
I'm reading "THE SUGAR FIX" by Richard Johnson M.D. as I have Metabolic Syndrome/Insulin Resistance. I've found www.thefatswitch.com to be helpful.

Also, Robert Lustig M.D.'s talk on YouTube "Sugar: the Bitter Truth". His seven part series "The skinny on obesity" explains a lot for me.

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