Thursday, June 06, 2013
I hadn't ever heard that term until I started reading the blogs of fellow sparkers. I like the concept! And, well, since I am really not having any scale victories at the moment, here are a few NSV's, as they are known:)
I have exercised every day so far this week - enough to break a sweat.
I have stayed within my calorie range every day so far this week.
I have energy and don't feel crazy hungry or tired - I think my food choices have been decent if not perfect.
So rolling into the weekend, I am feeling pretty good about a week with no weight loss.
Tuesday, June 04, 2013
Today I listened to a Spark Radio program about the worst habits of Americans, and how to change a bad habit. They suggested writing down everything you have to gain by giving up your bad habit, and everything you have to lose by giving up your bad habit. By focusing mentally on what the deal is really about, you can train your mind to see the value in giving up a short term pleasure for a long term goal. That made sense to me. Like, you can ignore all kinds of things that you really want and forget about them moment to moment. To strive toward something you want to attain, you really have to want it enough. It has to be a top priority.
My bad habit is drinking a lot of soda every day, and pretty much every day I really want to. I thought it sounded like a good exercise for me to go through, so here you go:
Things I have to gain by putting down the Dr. Pepper can:
-fitting into my wedding dress by June for our ten year anniversary
-Confidence that I can do the things I put my mind to
-a positive influence on my kids eating habits by example - more is caught than taught
-living a life that is free of vices - this is really the only thing that makes me feel jittery and out of control if I don't have it.
-room in my diet for truly filling, delicious, nutrition-rich foods
-stable blood sugar, and hopefully with that - more stable emotions/overall mood
Things I have to lose by putting down the Dr. Pepper can:
-At least 10 pounds
-The flubbery stuff that hangs over my undies:)
-a risk factor for things like diabetes and heart disease
-guilt about a bad habit that my kids and husband tease me about
I might add to this list some more later, but I think it was a good exercise.
Monday, June 03, 2013
I am so excited today! I was the child that never ate a vegetable - and never had to - they weren't served at my house growing up. I grew up with a storage room of sodas available any time I went through the door to get one. As embarrassing as it is to admit I had my first salad at 16, even more ridiculous is I was in college before I drank a glass of water unless it was the only option available in some crazy emergency. So...that's me.
Fast forward to today, and I hear from my dad how silly he thinks my food spending is, and my parents won't eat with our family because the foods we eat are too "weird". On the one hand they appreciate that I am raising our kids to be healthy but on the other they just find our habits appalling on some level. I love my parents, they are awesome, and I don't make this little thing an issue. We just work around it.
Well, one hard thing for me is when my mom visits she offers to take me out to get sodas, drive thru, etc. usually when we are already out running errands or something. It's hard to turn her down, because she is trying to treat me - and let's face it - it isn't a hard sell for this girl! Which gets to the point of this blog...
...my mom is giving up soda! The mom that is visiting me this week! Like, we are in this thing together this time! How cool is that! She was so excited to tell me, and she knows I approve and support her choice. So I am going to go get some Lipton to have a big jug of iced tea available for her since that is her substitute (and bonus: I have no interest in the stuff!). I'm excited for her health, and I'm excited to see a change at the family level. It gives me a little 'spark' of hope for a time when we sit down to a Thanksgiving meal and everyone is satisfied to eat whatever is on the table!
Monday, June 03, 2013
A fun week this week! My mom is coming to visit from Oklahoma. My son turns two years old today, and we will celebrate his birthday on Sunday. My oldest daughter has field day at her school on Friday, and I know the whole family will enjoy it so much! My mom wants to take me shopping at Kohls with a 30% off coupon. I wish you could know how excited I am about that - . I really love new clothes, and rarely go shopping. And it is summer! Oh my goodness it is glorious glorious summer. I am loving it so much! Do you have cicadas where you live? This is my first year to hear them and see them. Such cool and crazy creatures. A friend showed me a tree branch where they had laid their eggs yesterday. Sometimes nature is weirder than science fiction I tell ya.
Sunday, June 02, 2013
Coming back to spark people for the third time has made me wonder why I keep falling off the wagon, and I think I can feel it right now, so here it is.
I've had a few good days in a row and lost a little weight. I like losing weight. It makes me think, "how can I eat less?" and "how can I move more?" So I push myself. That drive is a good thing, until it isn't. For instance, today I can feel my body - it's sore. I need to not work out today. I need the rest. I need to not listen to the move voice. The other voice thinks, "What if I didn't eat anything but water until 11am?" or "If you just wait you won't be hungry". Again, that voice isn't bad all the time, but if I can feel my brain getting foggy and my emotions starting to tremble, I know that voice isn't about taking care of me - it is just my competitiveness and not the kind of sensible voice that takes into account the needs of my body, and the people around me:)
These voices together lead me into fatigue. When I am fatigued, it is harder to make good choices, and all it takes is a little bump in the path to knock me off my way when fatigue sets in.
I've always wondered why dieticians insist that slow and steady weight loss is best. I think I am starting to understand why.
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