Saturday, January 23, 2010
Today is my one year anniversary of Spark People. It truly has been a fun and rewarding adventure in so many ways! I have learned sooo much about myself and proper nutrition! Let me share with you some of these things!
1) Fad Diets Do Not Work
After trying every diet out there... diets just do not work!! I would lose the weight, only to regain it all again and a little more weight each time. Getting on Spark People taught me more about proper nutrition and learning a healthy lifestyle, and to look for the triggers that make me overeat.
2) Triggers that make me Overeat
I overeat when I am thirsty. I never recognized that many times when I ate, I was just thirsty, and not really hungry!! Making sure I get more fluids helped out tremendously!! I also overeat when I am bored or watching TV. So, I try to crochet, or sit with my laptop and do Spark People when watching TV, and I find other things to do when tempted to eat. I usually have plenty to do... so I am just trying to get out of doing it by eating.. LOL! I am also an emotional eater. This I thought was the hardest, but has become the easiest to deal with! I pray about it, leave it with the Lord, and then go for a walk! Most of the time, there is nothing else I can do about it anyway!!
3) Community is Important
I have made some of the best friendships with people that I have never met... but they are truly some of the best friends I have. They encourage me, I encourage them; they pray for me, I pray for them; and we share through our Spark Pages, pictures, goodies, our team threads and huddles, personal status's, etc... I know I could not have done it without them!
4) I CAN Run Races at 43 Years of age!
Ever since moving to the Quad City area, I have watched and read about The Bix (a 7 mile race). I have always had a desire to race it!! This past year I did JUST THAT!! Reading on Spark People about how to train for a race I began my journey of preparing. I almost chickened out until a special friend (Chantelle15) said she would do it with me and trained for a few weeks with me. I RAN in The Bix and fell in love with running races!! Okay... so we didn't break any records... but, we had fun and I can never explain in words the excitement in running a race. So we started looking for more races... we ran a 2 mile race, then 2 5ks together. I even won a 2nd place trophy in one race for my age division! This winter I just keep running on my treadmill and waiting for spring and that first race as a 44 year old, and hope to be able to race for many more years!!
5) You Can't Cheat the Nutrition Tracker
Well, you might TRY to cheat the nutrition tracker, but for some reason, your body never hears the secret and can put on the pounds!! LOL Being honest also helps to see where you really are in your nutrition each day. I have learned so much about myself through logging my food, whether good or bad! It also helps me tell whether I need to take a calcium supplement or not each day, and makes nutrition fun!!
6) The Scale does not Determine my Success
I used to weight myself all day, and if I lost weight, I would feel great... If I gained weight I would feel down and discouraged. Now, I do check my weight each day, but I know that there are so many things that make the weight go up and down. Salt intake, retaining fluids, building muscle, hormones, etc... I don't worry if it is up a little here or there... learning to faithfully exercise and eat in moderation will yield results sooner or later. I feel better than I have ever been in my life... and that is so much more important than what the scale says.
7) One step Backwards, Two steps Forward
This is truly how dieting is... I used to make mistakes and then fall apart. Now I make mistakes and learn from them!!!
I love Spark People and all it has done for me. I bought the book (The Spark), and was able to get a shirt to share with others the secret behind my success. I look forward to learning more in my second year on Spark People!!!! Let's GO!!!!