Monday, February 22, 2010
I am in total agreement with how rewarding yourself throughout your journey will lead you to success. Rewards are your very own payment for reaching your mini goals and a personal way of saying "Thanks you "to yourself. So many of us fail to thank ourselves for getting up each morning and workout out, for staying motivated and on track 99% of the time. When we fail to thank our self we are belittling our own accomplishment. SO remember to say Thank you to your own body each and every day.
In March of 2009 I sat down and started my Sparks Journey again for the last time, as this time I was on the right track. I was determined and I followed Chris's advise and I wrote out my goals and rewards posting them on the refrigerator as my daily reminder of why my new lifestyle was important! I knew I wanted to get back all the health I lost with my weight gain and I was determined that I would live an active life with my grandkids. One of my original reward goals back on that March day was to reward myself with a vacation on a sunny beach. Even though I am not 100% to my goal weight, I am extremely proud of where I am today. I am a new person not only on the outside but also on the inside. And for my one year and 90 pound weight loss success I will be taking a family vacation with my husband, daughter, grandson and granddaughter for a week filled stay on Clearwater Beach. (Son-in-law can not get off work:-(. ) I might still dread the bathing suit but I am sure ready for the white sandy beach and warm sun.
I feel awesome living my new healthy lifestyle. I know with each and every small step, I am that much closer to my final goal. WIth each and every goal and reward I have met, I know as a bonus I will get to reach in my bag of lifetime dreams and decide on a new reward to take its place.
Seriously, I know Life does not get much better than this!
Thursday, January 21, 2010
I totally agree with Dean on his article how Positive thoughts and attitude will lead you to success and how Negative thoughts and attitude will break you down.
If you are dreading your workout and/or dreading what you are going to eat, then you are on the wrong road to success. Each time you tell yourself how much you dislike anything, you are allowing yourself a reason to quit. Once you find an exercise you truly love, exercise becomes fun and can become your reward for the start or end of your day. You will find yourself counting the hours till your next workout. You learn to count on exercise to relax and de-stress you, all with one simple pleasure.
The same process I found works with food. I had to find the foods I loved and make them work for me in my daily life. Once you have removed all of your favorite foods and make them forbidden, you have allowed negativity to run your life.
I would never have dreamed I would go out to eat dinner at my favorite restaurant and replace my loaded baked potato or french fries with a huge helping of broccoli, but I have. Not because I have to but because I want to. I love broccoli, so I replaced my unhealthy food with something I love. Do I ever order the baked potato or fries, you better believe I do, when that is what I really want. I know control and moderation is now the key to my life and my success.
I agree we all need to "Fire ourselves up with what sparks us". We need to find our own passion in an exercise that we love. I suggest you give Sparks 10 minute videos a try and see if one will spark you into a new passion like it did me. By trying Sparks 10 minute challenge 10 months ago, I found my love of kickboxing and I am all "Fired up"!
Sparks has helped show me what all I could accomplish and through all of this I have lost 85 pounds and I am still counting.
Saturday, January 09, 2010
I just received my copy of "The Spark" and am in total awe. This book reflects so much of me and all the transformations that I have gone through over this past year. I had not realized since I got really active with SparksPeople over the past 10 months how much I have gradually changed on the inside and let alone the outside.
I knew I had lost somewhere over 85 pounds over these past 10 months, but I finally have realized how much I have gained as a new person on the inside. I had just finished the article "Pats Story" this past week when a co-worker of mine the very next day appeared at my office door. Pam had just wanted to let me know that she had joined a gym with her family because she wanted that same energy level that I now had. Wow, I had failed so many times beating myself up on how much weight I still had to loose, that I had failed to take a look at me as a whole person. I have come a long way since that March day in 2009 and I have all the members of SparksPeople to thank.
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