Sunday, August 04, 2013
It's time to get a grip. The work madness is now over with. Do not beat yourself up for lapses made while in the midst of sheer craziness. You did the best you could.
Now ... move on and get with it. You've got a good start going this week, but you need to pump up the volume! You remember how, it was not that long ago ...
Monday, May 20, 2013
This week has been a total success for me. I was actually up a pound when I started the program, so I've lost 2.5 pounds in the past week.
My specific actions that caused this weight loss:
1. I lowered my calorie range when I completely restarted my Spark program, so I've been eating fewer calories
2. I tracked EVERYTHING, all week long, and accurately
3. I ate well (was not really following the plan in Spark Solution, but was using SOME of the recipes) - I was never hungry once
4. Consistent exercise, with my lowest minutes being 20 minutes daily
5. VERY LIMITED SUGAR (mainly the honey in my tea and very portion-controlled occasional treats)
Plan for Week 2: DO EXACTLY WHAT I DID DURING WEEK ONE!!! Duh!! It's working and you know the old saying, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."
I am only 1.5 pounds from entering back into the 170s. This is HIGHLY motivating to me as that was what I wanted to "unstick."
Have a great week!!!
Monday, May 13, 2013
I've been struggling with the last 15-20 pounds I need to lose for quite awhile. I realize the last pounds are the hardest to go. Being hypothyroid and going through menopause make it even harder. Those are both things that are out of my control.
On a positive note, I've conquered many healthy habits and changed my life in many ways. This is all good. But frankly, I'm tired of malingering around those last 15-20 pounds.
I love SparkPeople and everything they stand for. I have a wonderful community of friends on SparkPeople and my life would simply not be the same without my gratitude practice. So I saw purchasing "The Spark Solution" as a win-win. Buying the latest book supports SparkPeople, which I'm happy to do. More importantly, it's a 2-week program to help jumpstart your weight loss. I read that it can be a good thing for people who have those last few nagging pounds that are still hanging around.
So ... I'm in. I started the 2-week program TODAY. I'm taking advantage of having the extra group support as the Spark Solution team leaders take you through the program, day by day. THIS IS AN "OPPORTUNITY" FOR ME ... and one I plan to take full advantage of.
I've done a pretty decent job over the past few years of dumping the "all or nothing" attitude, but found myself slipping back into it over the last few months. Gone, gone, gone. It is - as of today - GONE!! I'm going back to the minimum of 10 minutes per day (and I rarely, if ever, stop at 10 minutes). But that knowledge, that I can stop after 10 minutes if I need or want to, gets me started. The endorphins do their job after that.
So we'll see what happens in the next four weeks. I've been struggling with getting out of the 180s and back into the 170s. I've been hovering in the low- to mid-180s for a few years now (I'm very fortunate that I'm taller and big-boned because most people are very surprised when I say I weigh 184). For some reason, that 170 marker has had me stuck. I plan to unstick it!!! That's my goal for the next 30 days (the book also provides a two-week program for how to move forward after the two-week jumpstart).
So here's to SparkPeople, The Spark Solution and me!!!
Monday, December 17, 2012
If I can air my dirty laundry (a/k/a my occasional propensity to put something I really want to do off forever) in a public SparkPeople blog, then I find it only fitting that I can also air (a/k/a share) my success!!!
I did it. I not only met, but exceeded, my December goal. I might also add that I did it well in advance of my goal of no later than midnight 12/31/2012. My FitBit account is set up, my FitBit is charged, and my FitBit account is now synced with SparkPeople. I even got 500 Spark points for doing that - sweet!!!)
Furthermore, I've done a little testing - and I DO mean little. I stuck the device in my pocket and walked through the house counting my steps - 80 steps. My FitBit read it at 78 steps. I'll take it as that's pretty darn close to accurate!!
I've had great difficulty in the past with pedometers. I've even had my personal trainers at work set up the stride for me on the pedometers; they've watched me using it; and they also personally witnessed THREE pedometers in a row being terribly inaccurate for me. I'm very hopeful here after the FitBit test!!
With this said, the pedometer function on the FitBit is not what peaks the most interest for me with this handy-dandy (so far) little device. I am looking forward to tracking my sleep patterns. This thing tells me what time I went to bed (after the push the button on it), how long it took me to get to sleep (usually nanoseconds), how many times my sleep was interrupted, total sleep time and how long I was in bed. Truly sweet.
I'm also interested in what this little puppy tells me about calorie burn. I won't be able to compare it to SP because the FitBit syncs the calorie expenditure with SparkPeople and if you add it manually to the Fitness Tracker, you're overestimating your calorie burn.
Testing the sleep function will wait until later in the week. The battery charges quickly but in the beginning, it doesn't hold the charge well. I was warned about this by friends. It takes a few days. Then, it will hold battery charge for a minimum of 3 days and up to 5-7 days.
So much more to be revealed ... I'm hyped and I intentionally met my goal early so I can use this as one tool to help me continue to stay healthy through the holidays.
Wooo Hoooo!!!! Score one big one for me ...
Wednesday, December 05, 2012
Apparently this is what it's going to take for me to make this happen. I have to publicly proclaim my intentions in a blog, air my own dirty laundry, all in an attempt to force myself to do something I want to do.
Last year, one of my most treasured Christmas gifts was a Fit Bit. I am pretty "into" fitness. I have a few friends who are enamored with their Fit Bits and I'm particularly interested in the feature that tracks your sleep/wake patterns if you wear it at night.
Hmmmm ... this is now December 5th. In 20 days, it will be one year since I received this nifty and interesting gift (I REALLY DO want to use it), and I've not yet even opened the package, read the instructions, set up my program. Sad, but true. Hard to admit in front of everybody, but sometimes, this kind of sh---t happens with me. Really? A year to get around to scoping out one of your favorite gifts?
Now SparkPeople chooses its first partner for a healthy lifestyle, and who is it? Yep, you got it - Fit Bit ...
OK, here goes ...
By midnight, December 31, 2012, I will have my Fit Bit account opened and synced with SparkPeople.
I refuse to publicly fail on this one ... and that, my friends, will make this goal happen.
S - pecific
M - easurable
A - ttainable
T - imely
SMART goal ........... Will blog again about this matter.
Delayed but Determined
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