Spark LIFE Lessons

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

I joined Spark People to get some help adjusting to the metabolism changes of menopause and the limitations from an orthopedic surgery. I have never had a weight problem and I have always exercised pretty regularly until about 10 years ago.
My mom passed away suddenly followed by my dad 3 months later. It took everything I had just to get out of bed, much less go to the gym. Once that habit is gone, it is tough to get it back.
So at 51, I am still within a healthy BMI but I am definitely NOT as fit as I should be.
Enter, Spark People.
There are many things I have gained from this site, the least of which is that I can still be fit even with limitations.
But the biggest gain for me is not in the health and fitness category. It's in the PLAN.
While reading The Spark, it suddenly occurred to me that everything I was doing for my health involved PLANNING. I am able to eat properly and fit exercise into my day by scheduling it in.
I became a house wife about 5 years ago. My husband travels a lot and we figured out that if I worked a M-F job, we would never see one another. We decided it was more important for us to have time together than the extra paycheck.
Once I started staying home, I had no schedule. Things get done. I do lots of things. However, I always feel like I am flying by the seat of my pants. I forget appointments until the last minute. I rarely have time to work in my art room. I feel like the rabbit in Alice In Wonderland. Always a little behind.
Do you see the light bulb moment coming at you?
I had no PLAN.
People with jobs have a schedule. I had none. No organized way to spend my days.
This has been a life changing revelation for me. I ordered a day planner. I got an artsy, customized one so I would love using it. I went into my art room and altered a 3-ring binder with scrapbook paper and have turned it into a home management binder. This is to help keep things I need handy, keep recipes I want to try on hand, a household calendar for maintenance, my husbands work schedule, birthdays and so forth.
I have set aside one day of the week for errands and appointments, a day for laundry and so on. It's my PLAN.
Now, I have art time on my schedule. It's up there with exercise as a priority.
The Spark has helped me gain control of my life instead of letting life control me. I recommend reading it if you haven't already.
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    Disclaimer: Weight loss results will vary from person to person. No individual result should be seen as a typical result of following the SparkPeople program.

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