Saturday, December 08, 2012
This is my first blog entry! It's been two weeks since I started with Sparkpeople. It's been a positive experience so far.
I've learned many things in these last two weeks. Foremost is the exercise I usually dread because I am so busy, how can I fit it into my life? I am a mom of two boys aged 11 and 8 and also a husband of 22 years. I am the do everything mom. I even work part time cleaning houses for some extra income. Back to the exercise, I am usually too busy and in too much pain to get exercise done. Yup, pain! I have neck problems, allergy problems, and severe shoulder tendonosis. We adopted a puppy that needed rescuing about 4 months ago and she needs her exercise too! I've started with walking. I have a loop in my neighborhood and after two weeks I can do it about 3 minutes faster now. Anyway, I've learned that if I just go do it and get it done I actually accomplish more than before! I've always said not enough time not enough time, but I end having more energy and feel healthier so that results in more work done. I'm also not stressing about what isn't done but what I've actually got done. I've committed to myself that as long as it is -10 or warmer outside I'm bundling up and going for a walk! No excuses! Exercise is my motivator and I am also in less pain because of it. My attitude is more positive and that means everyone in the household is happier too. What also is motivating is that I've lost 4 pounds so far! I cheated and weighed myself this morning 2 days early and I was down another pound and a half. I cheated yesterday for the first time on my diet as well. But oh well! Today was another day and I'm not going to let it get me down.
Tracking calories is helping me re set re relearn portion size and is helping me to eat more fruit and vegetables.
I've learned so much over the last two weeks and this site is awesome in helping me. I may pay for Sparkcoach but am trying a 30 day bootcamp to help me with stress. You see, I am a total emotional eater and a yo yo dieter. I've gone up and down 100 times over the years and if I can learn to handle my stress and get less depressed then maybe I can keep it off this time.
My only regret is that I should have kept a written journal of the points and tips and things I've learned from the videos on sparkcoach and elsewhere so far. But since I haven't there's no time to start like now. Also, I hope to make the time to blog once a week as to how I am doing so I can look back and learn and feel encouraged and my progress so far.