Wednesday, April 27, 2011
I don't know if it just my choices, but blogs and articles that I have read recently all seem to center on willpower and sacrifice to achieve weight and health goals. This really turns me off.
To me the journey should be fun and enjoyable. For me at least, the journey started the end of last August when I was weighing in at around 185 pounds. I have loss a little over 33 lbs and am about 2/3's of the way to my goal weight. So I have been at this for 8 months and expect to be at it 3 or 4 more months (and that does not count maintenance). Some Sparkers have been working toward their goal weight for 1, 2, or even 3 years. That is a very long time to spend in a deprivation mode.
My approach is so much different. I track my food intake almost every day (I only missed periods during a major family crisis.). I have made a game out of it. I know what my calorie, protein, carb, and fat amounts should be each day. So it is a like a puzzle that I need to put together with various food items to fill out the picture of a balanced diet. It is a challenge, a challenge I have fun meeting by experimenting with new recipes and planning meals. I do not sacrifice to make my daily goal. I don't make it everyday, but I do win the game most days.
Exercise is also an opportunity to have fun and enjoy. I read the paper while on my stationary bike (something I rarely had time to do before) or play active Wii games, dance and participate in other challenges. I walk during my noon time break, which gives me a chance to meditate and think through problems. I use my strength exercise time to watch TV. I am always looking for new activities that might be fun. I just ordered TurboJam, which a Spark member commented was a lot of fun and online reviews agreed.
The goal is important, but the journey to the goal should be fun. Life is too short not to enjoy every minute. Enjoy your journey and make it fun!