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Just realized I'm Having a Strong Start!!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

I realize I'm more motivated about getting healthy the SP Way now, than I was months ago, and it' because I'm having a Strong Start and feeling good about myself!!

When I first really tried SP back in August of 2010 I kind of played around with SP, however I knew it was what I wanted for myself but just couldn't get going. I'd stick with it for a few days and then eat what I knew wasn't healthy maybe for the rest of the week and still was a couch potato. I did lose 11#s but went on to quickly gain them right back but was too ashamed to change the ticker on my Spark page. Then, a couple of months ago, I decided to re-read the Spark book and really do it right as in the way Chris Downie explains it so well. What a mind changing experience that has been for me. I went all the way back to setting and tracking Fast Break Goals and very soon they became second nature to me. Daily I track my food and almost always manage to stay within my calorie range which wasn't always true. If I do go over I don't "beat" myself up but just get right back on track the next meal. I'm now satisfied with much smaller food portions and if I do overeat I try to analyze what was bothering me as that's usually the reason. I'm now in the Lifestyle Change and feeling more confident and motivated that yes, I can do this, in fact it's even fun--and the bonus is I feel happier than I have in years!

1. I always Track my food intake and have learned to read food labels for nutrition facts.

2. I realize I can have that treat or an occasional cheeseburger, etc. and that no food is off limits that I want as long as I use portion control and include it in my food tracker. Now that I've cut down on my portions I am actually full and satisfied with less food. I no longer crave sweets and salty snacks like I used to. I like the healthy snacks that I always make sure I have. I know it has also helped to not overeat to include these healthy snacks throughout the day. Before, especially when I was working I would usually only have one huge meal a day and that was dinner. I couldn't wait to get home to eat up a storm--and that's one of the main reasons I think I gained 100#s during the last 15 years.

3. Exercise still doesn't come easy to me. But, I do try to get at least 10-15 minutes a day. I love the sit down Dance DVDs that I recently purchased. I do hope to keep increasing my exercise time as I go along. It does feel good to move but it's still not high on my list of fun things to do--but I still do them.

4. I'm cooking more at home, the take-out food stops are almost gone and when I do go to one I almost always get a salad with a low calorie dressing. I love to try new Spark Recipes and I'm really looking forward to getting the new Spark Cookbook they are coming out with soon. I still do alot of slow cooker recipes as that way I don't have to be standing too long, which is still hard for me.

5. I love and appreciate all the support and help I get from Spark and Spark friends. I finally have told my family and some friends about Spark People and my weight loss as I want them to root me on--which they have. I've had a friend and my DIL tell me that my face looks slimmer, which I love to hear as I do have a very full chubby face.

6. I resist the temptation to weigh myself daily and only weigh once a week for a Team Challenge weigh-in. I'm about 1/2 way to my Challenge weight and have another month and a half to go. I put down I wanted to be down to 274# by the middle of March and I'll be thrilled to be in the 270's as it's been quite awhile since I've been that weight.

7. I'm taking better care of myself. I had almost become a slob as didn't care anymore about putting a touch of make-up on but now I want to look nicer on the outside as I feel better when I look better. I still wear shifts around the house but do dress up in nice slacks and tops when I go out. I hardly ever buy any clothes as there isn't too many cute tops or shifts in a 3X but I have purchased some new clothes online so I don't keep wearing the same old things.

8. I am experiencing small success and I know this is Not a diet but a healthy lifestyle so there is no end date. I do have weight goals and I hope to make them but I'm not going to be worried or stress out if I don't as I have lots of time. As they say, it took years to gain all this weight so I have to be patient with myself and my precious body that I have neglected for far too long.

Wishing all of us a Healthy Lifestyle to make us more positive and appreciate and treasure this fantastic body that the one above make for each of us. Have a Wonderful and yes, fun Journey!


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TALLERANT 2/11/2011 2:52PM

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SLIMTHICK2 1/25/2011 4:52PM

    Jill my friend, I have enjoyed reading your blog. You are always so honest about your ups and downs on your journey and in a lot of ways I can relate to some of your experiences. I wish above all things that you hold on to your new found path and that it leads you to the place that you want to be. All the best to you my dear, have a great week. emoticon emoticon

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NANNYJAD 1/24/2011 2:49PM

    emoticon I think you are doing great! I did the same thing except I joined long before you. But I would give up and just not get online then would try again. This time I have made up my mind and that in itself helps. Daily I need to ask God for help! Keep up the good work and I am happy to have you for a new friend
Jo

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SPEEDY143 1/21/2011 1:01AM

    emoticon blog.... all your points are right on and that's why you are enjoying such success emoticon Portion control, loving yourself more than food and acknowledging that it's a life style not a diet makes it doable emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MADKAPKID 1/19/2011 4:46PM

    Jill, this is a really good blog. YOU sound well planned and motivated! WOO HOO! A positive attitude really does make things happen. ALL is possible...and I know YOU can do it! Woo Hoo! Have a joy filled day, Karen emoticon

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OZARKMARY 1/19/2011 8:09AM

    Nice blog, gf! I'm so happy you have found your way through Spark. I KNEW it would work, so went for it, and by God, I was right! Now you are sharing the progress and I would imagine, like myself, you wonder why it took so long. Keep up the great job! I need to look into the chair dancing as my old hip is getting slightly worse each day, so I do walk with my cane in the other hand to give the old hip some help. I admire you and look forward to seeing a picture of the "new you". I need to go get my 2nd cup, get some breakfast and then get ready for work. It is going well. The girls and customers are great. Calling for 2-5 ins of snow tonight, so may be home tomorrow. In IL, it would just be an aggravation, but because they don't maintain roads in the same way down here, it's disasterous.lol Have an awesome Sparkday! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon mary

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BEANZFRD 1/19/2011 7:13AM

    I'm so happy for you Jill, and I can see your happiness in your words. I'm looking forward to sharing this journey with you and seeing the changes as you go.

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MAR231 1/19/2011 1:36AM

    emoticon I am so happy that you are off to a great start. Just keep it up and you will reach your goals. Your are emoticon Marilyn

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ONESILLYME 1/19/2011 12:11AM

    Wonderful that you can acknowledge what you're doing right!!!
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FXYGMA 1/18/2011 10:20PM

    I am so proud of your progress and your mind set. I can tell by the way you write that you have finally made the choice that it is a lifestyle and one you can and want to live. You will be so much happier when you can get around better and are healthier. I went with my daughter to the Goodwill today and did see a few things that I would have gotten had I been the weight I started at. Also some things that I would love to have but would be just a little too tight yet but have decided to not buy anything new as I can still shop in my own closet for awhile. It does help to get compliments and support from family members so I am glad you let your family and friends in on yur journey.

Melinda

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BARBEWIT 1/18/2011 8:56PM

    I love your blogo and it seems like you are on the right track. I just wished that we lived closer so we could exercise together since that isn't on my high priorty list either.

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SURFCITYMOM 1/18/2011 8:46PM

    I loved your blog!!! You are doing everything in a positive way, realizing that we all make mistakes. But you know how to get back on track without beating yourself up. Hurray for you Jill!!!! Terri

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MARSHASTAR 1/18/2011 8:19PM

    I'm ashamed of myself because I haven't given you or myself extra SPARK since we RE-started.
I'm so impressed by your new start, your new enthusiasm. KEEP IT GOING. . .
A YEAR from now you will be SO VERY HAPPY you took all these small steps.
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EBRIAN1 1/18/2011 8:11PM

  Sounds like you're doing great! Keep it up :)

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