Friday, June 17, 2011
When you think of a "healthy Lifestyle" site you probably think about diet/food plans, exercise programs, and lots of articles telling what to do and what not to do. While SP does contain all those things, it offers so much more than that.
For me, the reason it has worked to be on SparkPeople is not the fact that someone is hovering over me, making note of every morsel of food that enters my mouth, or keeping track of my fitness minutes each day. No! There are real life people on here, people who have become my friends, people who share the same problems I have, someone I can reach out to when the scale goes up, or rejoice with when the scale goes down. They are with me thru thick and thin, they understand if I binge on a bag of cookies or potato chips, because they have probably done the same thing at one time or another.
It's also a place when I can seek out specific information, get in touch with one of the many coaches we have if I can't find the answer on my own, I can get advice, hints, recipes, and read articles on just about any known subject. I've learned a lot in the 3+ years that I have been a member, and when I reach my goal I have no intention of dropping out of this neat little world I have discovered.
It would be like saying to your Mom and Dad when you reach 18 years of age, "OK, you've raised me, and now that I'm an adult I have no further need for you, so Good-bye." I plan on staying on as a member, it has become part of my daily routine. Just because the magic number I'm looking for may suddenly (that's a laugh) come up on my scale, it doesn't mean it's the end of the journey. Healthy Lifestyle is exactly that -- it's a lifestyle that is healthy. If you fall back into old habits, and we all know those "old habits" were not what anyone in their right mind would call "healthy." If you start slipping into those habits again the weight on the scale is going to start creeping up and before you know it you can be back where you started.
So when I discovered SparkPeople it was just another site I decided to check out. But as I have lived, learned and grown with them, it has become a part of that healthy lifestyle I was seeking. And as a part of my lifestyle I have no intention of cutting it out. I have no intention of cutting out drinking water, so why would I want to cut out my inspiration and my motivation.
I LOVE SP !
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
I'm feeling healthy and life is good! I have not quite reached my goal; but after all, it is just a number! What matters most is that I'm looking good, I'm feeling healthy and I am full of energy. When you wake up in the morning eager to face the fun or the chores of the day, isn't that what life is all about?
For a couple of days my dog's paw was so sore she couldn't walk, but she didn't really want to stay home while I walked either, so I didn't go. Do you know that I actually "missed" those walks! There was a time when that would not have been true as any excuse was welcome to not have to exercise. Now I walk these country roads, taking deep breathes and swinging my arms. OK, the flies and insects are annoying, but I still love it!
I look at myself in the mirror and although there are still a few pounds I'd like to get off, the overall picture is not too shabby! I know I'm a healthy person and the glow on my skin is my proof! There is no saggy skin on my body and when you look at my legs and arms you'd never guess my true age! It doesn't get any better than this!
Sure, I have days when I eat stuff I know I shouldn't -- but it's what keeps me motivated. If someone said I could "never" have another piece of pizza it would be all I would think of. But I know if I really want something I can have it. It may slow me down for a day or even a week, but then I'll get back on track and I will never have to look at a scale with the really big numbers again - EVER!
Friday, June 10, 2011
How much Healthy Choice ice cream can I eat before it's no longer a healthy choice?
Thursday, June 02, 2011
I'm not advocating that you should move through life with a drink in your hand -- but you have to admit the lady in that picture is nice and slim versus the fat blob in the other picture!
You know we all get out of life what we put into it. It's a matter of effort. Back in High School you found if you took the time to study instead of spending the majority of your time playing, you ended up with good marks. And in your job the more time and effort you put into it, the more you got out of it, and that probably went for promotions and pay raises also. It holds true for nearly everything we do in our lives. Big things, small things, it really doesn't matter.
If you were washing dishes and you decided to just let them 'drain dry' rather than taking a dish towel and drying them to a nice gleam -- which would look the best? Or, let's say your yard is full of weeds. You can spray them with weed killer and in a couple of days you'll have dried up weeds. The weed will still be there, and it will be better than a 2-foot tall healthy green weed, but imagine if you had put more effort into it, and PULLED the weed. It would have looked so much nicer.
It's not easy when you make the decision to live a healthy lifestyle to give up, or cut down on, many of the foods you love. OK, you know the pizza isn't the best choice, but it's so GOOD! Hey! 5 years ago I could eat anything I wanted and never gained an ounce. Well, good for you but look at you now! Where did that extra 40 pounds come from? Things change, the amount of exercise changes, our responsibilities change.
In the long run, as you begin to give up some of the rich, fat-filled food that you love, you will find that you no longer yearn for them. It's happened to me, so I know this is true. There have been times when I've allowed myself a treat that used to be a mainstay of my diet -- only to find that it no longer tasted all that good. You learn to enjoy different things.
The same goes for exercise. When you are 30, 50, 100 pounds overweight do you truly think you will ENJOY going on brisk walks, jogging, riding a bike or hundreds of other things that make you get out there, move around, and get all sweaty? Probably not. But also realize that as that same weight begins to drop off, the enjoyment increases. When you are healthy and fit, exercise becomes something you look forward to. I'm not saying you will suddenly enjoy jogging -- each person has their own favorite type of exercise; but somewhere, something will be something you look forward to during your spare time. Something you will begin to MAKE THE TIME TO DO!
Remember, the more effort you put into your decision to live a healthy lifestyle, the better results you will see!
Have a sparkin' day!
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