Thursday, June 16, 2011
Today, I read a "new" member entry (she's been before and is trying again) and thought I'd respond with a quick, "Welcome Back." Below is the Judy Manifesto that I wrote to her... Apparently I just needed to get somethings out of my system and this poor girl was the dumping ground. Maybe this is Evil Judy's new plot. Write world's longest, self-centered Welcome note in the world.
Hey there XXXXXXX!! Welcome to Spark. It's a fun place to be.
Don't worry too much about only going to the gym and the "right" way to do things!
As for being happy, I can certainly say that will happen here if you let it!!
I always have mini-goals/challenges for myself each month that have nothing to do with the physical change I'm working towards: finish a quilt, catch a foul ball, allow someone to take a picture of me, read a book to the kids every night, etc.
Spark is amazing because it offers the support for a complete healthy lifestyle, not just focused on making the scale go down!! Want to write a novel? There's a group for that. Want to build a stronger marriage? There's a group for that too. Want to do something different, well, then start your own group and people will be there!
If you focus equally on physical wellness, a healthy balanced diet, mental well-being and making sure you get your you time in every day, I think you'll start to feel the magic. It's overwhelming at first, but remember, do everything in 5 to 10 minute points. Ok, today is a 10 min walk, 5 min meal planning, 10 min me time, etc.
I am a working Mom and both the DH and I have non-profit jobs. I have neither time nor money. But I get my Me-Time for 20 minutes on my drive into work. The radio goes off. The phone is not used. I use the drive to think about ME. What went well, what I want to do, etc. Some times I even talk outloud, but I keep the focus on ME. I exercise during my lunch break. If my friends want to see me, they can come with me! Once I pick up the hooligans, I get my second work out of the day. We go to the playground or on the walking trail. It's hard to push 60 pounds around in the stroller, but how can I deny them when they laugh and scream "MORE" Then we go home to dinner and as I tidy up, I'm working out tomorrow's meals and how they will all balance out. After the kids go to bed, I spend 15 mins of quilting time and 15 minutes of reading.
I typed that all out to show that you don't have to go radically different, just incorporate the changes you want made into your day. Used to be that my friends and I were always going to the Burger Joint for greasy cheese burgers and fries and then driving back complaining how sick we felt. Instead, we walk right pass it and talk about how good it smells and agree on a milestone that we will reward ourselves with such a tasty treat.
You can do this and make a great start. Just start out small and work your way up. Set goals that aren't just about the numbers going down on the scale. And remember that every day, you're getting a new chance to start something amazing.