Saturday, June 18, 2011
Well here I am in day 21 of my Spark Journey, and I am still motivated! It's not that I haven't had my down times, it's that I am finding new ways to deal with them and I am so excited about that!
I am also seeing some things that I haven't read, yet, anywhere on Spark. So I wanted to write them down for myself, so I won't forget them, and for anyone who might read this. It might help them too!
--I need to trust what is said about calorie intake. It's tempting to keep it real low, but I have striven to keep it at the level that they recommend for weight loss. And I've been losing wt, AND KEEPING IT OFF!! And I don't feel tired, lethargic, grouchy, headachy, etc, like I have on wt loss programs!
--Trust what is said about exercise, start small and add on as you wish. I have been doing this, and for 21 days I have never missed a day to do something! I have the minimum of walking at least 1 mile a day-in broken up sections or all at once, my choice. I now have added at least 10 minutes a day, unbroken. And 2x a week that ten minutes needs to be one of the 10 minute workouts in the Spark Book.
--I now buy more expensive items, like Mayo that is low fat (Kraft, olive oil) and more fresh fruits-even though we are on a very strict budget. I find that we can afford them because now that I am measuring my food, I am able to have leftovers. This has caused a decrease in the budget, and I can now afford to buy "The Good Stuff".
--Make changes only in areas that I am willing to change for the rest of my life. For example, I am not ready to give up ketchup on my hamburger. I am not buying "diet" food. Instead, I still make all of the foods that I always have. I simply keep paper and pen on hand and write down the calorie content of each item I use, and then measure the final result. I then figure out how many servings that makes, and divide the total calories by that-and there is my calorie content for each serving!
I just know that if I start buying "diet" food, I won't make it a permanent change. My journey isn't a diet, it's making permanent lifestyle changes. I want to be, look, and feel healthy! I want to have more energy! Yes, I am incorporating more whole grains, and more fruits and vegetables. But those aren't diet foods, and they taste wonderful! To me, diet foods are those ones with all of the alcohol sugars in them, and I hate that. I would rather eat REAL sugar, and add in the calories and maybe walk a little more.
I can live with that for the rest of my life!