Thursday, June 23, 2011
Three weeks have passed since I made my way onto the SaprkPeople site thanks to the encouragement of my daughter, who is a fitness fan and almost half my size.
"Try it , Mom. There is a lot of good resources and encouraging people on there."
" Look, the tracker thingies I can do, but there are silly little trophies...and...oh ack...so not me."
So I guess the discovery I need to start with is:
1. Actually, I like "silly, little trophies." I like celebrating every step I take forward on the path to good health.
2. I do know what to do when it comes to eating right and exercising and I don't mind doing either of those things. What is difficult is how to manage my mind, because it actually dawned on me that it wasn't my body that wanted the pound of Jelly Bellies. It was my brain. It was a bit disturbing to discover that my body is far more reasonable than my brain. Shouldn't it be the other way around?
3. I am learning to listen to that body instead of the brain. It rocks! It's like having your own personal nutritionist. Some days I feel like eating early, sometimes not. Some days, I panic a little because my body says it wants a lot of its calories earlier in the day. My palms sweat. What if my body is wrong, I get hungry and don't have enough calories left for the day? It hasn't happened yet.
My body is pretty cool about the workouts too. At the pool other day, brain and body got into it a bit. Brain said, "This is your second day in the pool, in your shape you CANT swim longer than 25 yds without rest." Body just ran through the checklist, "Lungs? Feeling good. Muscles? Ready for more." Body and I decided to leave the Brain behind and keep on swimming.
4. Everyone needs a mentor-find a mentor. Your mentor doesn't even have to know they are mentoring you. I am fairly sure my mentor doesn't have a clue. Her SparkPage motivates the heck out of me. I love the fact that "can't" is not in her vocabulary. When I am feeling edgy, I read a few of her old blogs. They are way better than those dratted Jelly Bellies and calorie-free.
5. There is no "perfect" time to write the "perfect" blog post. I dreaded writing this, but remembered that my "mentor" mentioned how writing it out made it "real." Or something like that.
Keep it Real.