Sunday, August 14, 2011
Today I am starting my sixth Spark week. Except for the first week when I lost 5 pounds my weight has not decreased. It has gone up a pound or two when I started a new exercise or ate too much sodium but no loss past the first week. So if I were to focus on the scale my only gain after 5 weeks is a loss of 5 pounds.
On all the fad diets I have tried there would be no way I would continue if the scale wasn't showing results. Those fad diets give you quick losses and a temporary feeling of being in control but soon the rigidness of the diet gets to be too much so I would stop and gain back the quick loss and a little more as I rewarded myself with second helpings to make up for the sacrifices of the fad diet.
So why am I continuing on and happy to start my sixth week? When I asked myself that question I realized it is the other stuff that I never considered before...the things following a healthy lifestyle and the Spark can bring you, all the positive results you read about in the Spark articles and in the blogs of fellow members. It is these positive results that keep me on track:
1. Sense of community: Complete strangers offer their support, share their struggles and victories, challenge you and let you know you are not alone on this journey. You also have the opportunity to support others and take time to give words of congratulations and a 'way to go' to other members.
2. Sleep: eating healthy and regular exercise has impacted my sleep. I sleep great! No stomach upsets from high fat snacks to keep me awake. After exercise the stress levels are way down so I can fall asleep quicker and not wake up at 2 a.m. worrying about a home or work issue.
3. Attitude: Something small happened the other day that ended up being a major eye opener for me. I was getting a container from the cabinet over the stove. As I grabbed the bowl, the lid fell out of the cabinet into the soup I was making. My daughter, having seen the accident, started to giggle. Six weeks ago I would have blown the small accident into a major issue, berated myself for being a big clumsy oaf and told my daughter to stop laughing. Instead I looked at the lid sinking into the soup, glanced over at my daughter and joined in on a good laugh.
It was about 5 minutes later I realized how my outlook on 'me' had changed and how I handled a trivial accident was teaching my daughter how to handle similar situations.
Overall I am happier, grateful for the blessings I have and becoming a more positive person overall.
4. Inches: My exercise consistency has been very positive. I am averaging one hour per day 5-6 days per week and although the scale isn't budging the inches are coming off. My biggest indicator is putting on my jeans after they have been washed and dried. I can pull up the zipper without sucking in my gut and doing the jeans wiggle to get all of me in there. Yesterday I took off my jeans and for the first time in a long time I didn't see the big red lines on my waist from the waist band cutting into me when I sat down.
5. Energy: I have it and am getting more done. Having a healthy snack around 2-3 pm has made a difference. I don't get that normal crash after having a candy bar or other high sugar/high fat snack. I used to say I don't have time to exercise, clean house, read etc. but now I realize I can make the time when I have the energy.
I could probably go on and on but you get my drift. The scale will no longer rule me, the weight loss will eventually come. In the meantime there are so many positive things to focus on.
Thank you fellow Sparkpeople. Hope everyone has a positive week too.