Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Definition of MULLIGAN
: a free shot sometimes given a golfer in informal play when the previous shot was poorly played (Merriam Webster Online)
Question: Exactly how many do overs should one person get when attempting to achieve a goal?
Answer: As many times as it takes.
It is with a heavy heart that I admit to the SP Universe that I have gained 35 of the 40 lbs I had lost with Spark People. The reason is simple: I quit doing what worked; please believe me when I say that Spark People WORKS! I am living proof of the fact. I'm also living proof that weight loss isn't forever if you ignore success strategies.
The new year is upon us and SP will no doubt notice an influx in membership; I will personally do my share by spreading the word via Facebook and Twitter. If by chance a new comer stumbles on my page by accident, please allow me to give you some advice on how to achieve a healthy lifestyle goal. I plan on taking my own advice this year.
1. OBSERVE PORTION SIZES
Rarely do we eat a recommended serving size of a food item. The average plate of spaghetti has two to three times the recommended serving of pasta. This adds up to a lot of calories!
2. TRACK YOUR FOOD INTAKE
It is amazing how quickly 1,500 calories adds up. Keep track of every morsel that goes into your mouth. Just because it's not eaten from a plate, doesn't mean that it is not adding to your daily calorie intake.
3. MOVE IT, MARTHA
Every day, move! You don't have to do a marathon every week in order to stay healthy and active. Almost every activity counts as moving and it doesn't have to be drudgery. Gardening, swimming, and walking the dog all count!
4. DON'T DRINK YOUR CALORIES
Ideally, the only liquids you should consume from a glass is unflavored water, but for a lot of us (me!), that's not very realistic. Wean yourself off the lattes and full-calorie sodas by substituting skim lattes and diet sodas. Maybe one day, you won't "need" those beverages to get by and they can instead become "treats".
5. YOU WILL BACK SLIDE; DON'T GIVE UP
Back sliding, having bad days, and reaching plateaus are par for the course. Expect them and prepare for them. The secret success is not to give up when things get hard (and they will). You must "keep on keeping on" and plow through the low points so that you can come through the other side victorious.
You can do this; SparkPeople WILL help. Trust the advice you read and follow it. It will work. I'm living proof (and unfortunately, I'm also living proof that the process and the maintaining of the progress is not effort free).
If you put in the effort, you will see results. I promise.
Saturday, July 03, 2010
Hey everyone. If you feel inclined, feel free to read my Wordpress Blog. I kind of keep it all together there - well, the different aspects of my life, anyway.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
(also posted at my blog: The Horizontal YoYo www.thehorizontalyoyo.wordpress.com )
It only takes a spark to get a fire going,
And soon all those around can warm up in its glowing;
- Pass It On, Kurt Kaiser
Not too long ago, the founder of SparkPeople, Chris Downie’s book The Spark hit store shelves. I was able to read a few chapters before I decided to buy the book. This morning, I sat down to read them again.
In the first chapter, Chris gives a bit of a background of how the idea for SparkPeople started. Unlike other entrepreneurial ideas, I don’t believe he set out to make millions dollars, but rather “help millions of people” (The Spark, 2010) and he did! Starting out, Chris was a painfully shy adolescent who in any given day wouldn’t speak to anyone other than family. Soccer forced him to become part of a team. In college, he forced himself to take a public speaking class to get comfortable talking in public. After graduating, he got “sucked into” the corporate world and got too busy to do much of anything besides wolf down some fries and a fast food burger in his car during lunch break.
But he made a change that started with just 10 minutes. Every morning, he would get up and do 10 minutes of exercise. Day after day. Soon, he had created a steak of 100 days, 200 days. He even inspired a co-worker to do the same.
The reason why I’ve gone back and reread the first chapters of The Spark is to remind myself that small, daily actions lead to big changes. Chris didn’t dedicate hours of time in the gym (although eventually he had enough energy to head into one after work). The time he dedicated to his change was small, but it was consistent.
It reminds me that I can make small changes in my life and they will matter. I’m not talking just about weight loss (although this is definitely where I’m starting). Small actions that lead to big changes can affect all areas of my life. I will call it Chunks of 10. If I come home from work and take 10 minutes to straighten up the house, put in a load of clothes or make my bed, at the end of the week, my Saturday chores won’t take so long to complete. If I wake up 10 minutes before I need to, I can sit down and spend time with God. If I take 10 minutes to go through the mail as soon as it comes into the house, I won’t have to deal with it at the end of the week.
10 minutes is all it takes. I plan on incorporating Chunks of 10 to my daily routine.
Monday, January 18, 2010
So I had some disheartening news this week when I stepped on the scale (casually - I haven't been *doing* anything about the scale). It read 180. If you look over at my starting weight, you will see that at this number, I am only 15 lbs away from my highest.
This means I'm going backwards. At first, it was just a temporary setback. But now this more than temporary. This starting to become a trend. I can't let it happen!
I lost 40 lbs with Spark People - and I did it by tracking my food, measuring my food and getting active. I stopped those things, and I gained back 15 lbs. Logic states that I need to get back to Sparking - for real this time - to get it done. And not only that - but once I get back to where I was (my lowest was 158, I think), I need to KEEP GOING. There is no stopping! Lifestyle change is forever...
I think I've been playing mind games with myself - I've said "lifestyle change", but what I've done is "diet". Diets are temporary. I don't want temporary weight loss. I want permanent.
So, it's time to get back to basics. I will log and measure food. I thought I could do it on my own, but obviously I can't. I need this tool.
I will get back to working out. Instead of burning a ton of calories, I think I need to focus on just MOVING. It's a New Year's resolution, after all.
And as if to confirm all this, a friend sent me a text this morning. She wants to meet at the Y tonight to go walking! My husband wants to get back into the groove, too.
Baby steps. One day at a time. This is where I'm at.
Further motivation? The Man Beast and I are going on a cruise with his company in August!~ I feel a collage coming on...
Sunday, January 03, 2010
Wednesday the kids and I go back to school. My classes also start up tomorrow.
I have really enjoyed my three weeks off, but admit it will feel good to get back to a regular routine. I can follow routines. Without them, I get bored and tend to get off-track.
Still, my freshman classes are over and this next class is an education one which promises to be "writing intensive". No kidding! Each week, I have a 1,500 page paper plus on the last week, I have a 2,500 word bench-mark assignment.
Saddle up - it's about to get crazy again!
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