Monday, May 19, 2014
Since I'm still on a major "high" from finishing my 1st 5K (walking it) my SparkCoach challenge today was perfect! "Thinking ahead 1, 5, 10 years ... what do you specifically want to achieve". Well, being the type of person (I certainly HOPE I'm not alone here) who is totally uncomfortable blogging and have the darndest time coming up with major goals past the one I'm in at the time. BUT ... my brain immediately started sending "jog a 5K", "run a 5K", and then it came ... "I'll bet you could even walk/jog a 10K". OMG! None of those thoughts/goals would have been possible before SP and its leaders & members. I know that.
So, Everyone, please accept my most deep, sincere, heartfelt THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart. And a special THANK YOU to my Southern Oregon Team members Cheryl who sparked me into my 1st 5K and Karen who gave me the hints & tips to make it a day to cherish always. You rock, girl friends! Thank you!
Friday, May 09, 2014
I've been fortunate to have learned about and join the BLC Team 12-week challenge. My first time and boy do I have a lot to learn! Luckily for me, it's full of positive, nurturing individuals who offer nothing but support. It's just like my Southern Oregon Team. Everyone works for everyone.
This week's BLC challenge is to blog my plan for when I have a slip up in my eating or fitness. Either I've blocked out any serious previous slip-ups, or I'm just so darned literal that I haven't actually had any. BUT ... I've read so many positive blogs about getting back on track after a period of time, I think I know what I'd need to do. This is my plan.
#1: Talk it out. To yourself or to someone close to you who is supportive. Put into words the myriad of thoughts racing around inside you. Make a list if that helps. (I'm definitely a "list" person)
#2: After expressing yourself verbally, and grasping that one little item that may have been the cog in the wheel, set your plan to expel it from the situation in the future. Post that plan in plain sight where you can refer to it whenever you're in the kitchen or around food.
#3: Once it's 'permanently' in place, pat yourself on the back for actually DEALING with the setback ... and NOT diverting it. It's so easy to just say "okay, I screwed up, but I'll fix that next time" which never gets us anywhere and likely will never happen.
#4: Follow Up and Follow Through. Use that post whenever you feel yourself falling back into the snack (or whatever) attack. Read it over and over for as long as it takes. By the time your eyes feel tired, the urge to binge or whatever will most likely be gone. If it isn't, you're still going to be able to deal with the urge much more easily. Little steps at a time. That's what it takes to put into a place any healthy habit. (I'm now wondering ... why the heck is it so easy to develop bad habits!!!!!) We're all worth the effort.
Friday, January 31, 2014
Every time this challenge (and all the others similar thereto) comes up, I'm stymied. I just never consider thinking about the positive things I do. I'm not a downer/beat 'em up kind of person, but just have trouble giving myself accolades for the little things that come up and get handled. BUT ... reading through my blogs and reading the positive feedback from others, I realize that those "little things" are really BIG. Today's challenge was to focus on three recent positive steps and write them down...so here goes.
#1. I am 100% more mindful of my eating habits! A personal challenge I made in November because of a gobbling habit I realized I had. It's still not absolutely automatic yet, but it's still 100% better. Plus I am now in the habit of also sipping my water between most bites. (still room for improvement there:)
#2. I am MUCH more active than I was before SparkPeople. I mean REALLY MUCH more. I remember how amazed I was when I got my first step tracker and realized how little I was moving. Well, then that tracker croaked and I got the SparkPeople Activity Tracker which has become my best friend and EVERYTHING changed. I discovered I loved dancing (never learned how to really dance, but what the heck) to classical type music (a CD I ran across when cleaning out a junk closet) and can really work up a sweat! it's an every morning ritual now. I'm also in the habit of marching in place when preparing meals, waiting in line, waiting for my furry walking buddy to get his 'thing' done, doing dishes ... you name it. The feet love moving now. Still haven't mastered slicing things yet, but I'm getting better...I think. (I've even learned how to march when I'm hunkered down cleaning up my furry buddy's business!!!)
#3. I am more relaxed within myself than I've ever been in my life. I am not what you would describe as a religious person ... I don't attend church ... but I do have faith in God as our Maker. But since childhood I've always been critical of myself. Even after earning promotions at my work. I never really felt that I truly deserved them. So, each little good thing I do now is a much bigger good feeling ... whether anyone else notices or not. I am at peace with myself at this time in my life and have no intention of allowing that feeling to dissipate in any way.
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Today's challenge ... talk yourself past those negative self-talks that might "excuse" not following your healthy eating/living habits (or someday habits). Yes, tracking EVERYTHING is a challenge itself ... committing to it is a totally different challenge. I've caught myself "forgetting" to list an exercise I actually wanted to get in. Then, when I'd go back to check on myself and not see it ... gone. Then I try and tell myself I DID do it. Sure, Steph.
I have corrected that little problem by making sure whatever I need to get done is on my list so I know it'll happen. With me, if it's in print, it's going to get done. I feel good about that. Still working on getting everything in print, though. Always something!
Saturday, December 21, 2013
Today's challenge ... forget the clock and eat when your stomach tells you it needs you to eat. OH BOY!
I do believe I've become a "clock eater". Got that little habit from my years of working in an office, I guess. I actually watch the clock so I don't eat a snack "too" soon after breakfast & lunch. BUT, even after watching the clock, I'll allow myself to indulge in my snack regardless because I'm hungry. Not wanting to take anything for granted, it'll actually be fun to keep checking up on me today just to make sure my gut is telling me the truth. Good idea, huh!?! I'm really going to enjoy THIS one!
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