Chris Downie...YES YOU, SPARKGUY...you are FIRED...I want a DIVORCE...
So if you are a Green Spark, just weeks or months into this journey or maybe you are a seasoned Sparker and you feel stuck, that may be what you feel like saying to Sparkpeople at times. Resist that urge to fire or divorce Sparkpeople. Stay with me here.
I don't like that evil word "plateau". I prefer to call it
PREMATURE UNPLANNED MAINTENANCE APPLICATION or PUMA for short.
Insert big, pretty, powerful, PANTHER-like, kitty here.
You are just practicing for maintenance, right? And practice makes perfect. Not really, but it does get easier.
I can put a positive spin on just about anything. Like the time Stupid Teflon Steve, my half-BIL's baby's momma got an infection off of a stripper pole
[I am not kidding, you can't make this stuff up]...and I said...
you could probably get Worker's Comp for that...
I got the [Shut up Trish] look. I was trying to find something positive about her situation.
Part of the 5% challenge this week is to blog about a habit. So here it is. It is all about the Habit of having Commitment to Consistency...that is it! Yes, it is that simple. It is not complicated. However, it is a
S L O W process.
Since I have reached goal weight, or maybe because the incoming January Spark class is interested, I receive many questions about how I got here. I also get these in person. In person, I sometimes give the long answer, or smart answer, or short answer. At times, I get [oh I admire what you're doing, but I can't do all THAT! You are talkin to the hand.]
Well what is stopping you? What is your personal stop sign? What is holding you back?
If you really want to succeed, you need to figure that out.
[no I do not have YOUR answer for YOU]
Replace your Stop sign with the Commitment to Consistency sign. Push yourself through to the other side of that stop sign. EVERY DAY! You can overcome the Stop sign if you try and TRY HARDER. Think of the sign as a bright yellow triangle yield sign.
You have ONLY 2 choices here...either side of V...you can DO IT or NOT.
Treat this Sparkpeople thing like a marriage or a part time job. YES, it does involve that much commitment. The way I look at it is this is a part time job with full time benefits. Yes, I spend more time working out, grocery shopping, preparing food, logging and tracking on this site, reading blogs, etc. But, I FEEL better 24/7 and I am HEALTHIER. So the time commitment is worth it to me. That is a full time benefit!
COMMITMENT to CONSISTENCY is key. Figuring that out is half the battle.
You need to find it, keep it, and don't let it go. Start at the top of the spark points page. I think they are somewhat in order of importance: track food, fitness minutes, goals, learn to cook, read (educate yourself), water, etc...EVERY DAY. Then reward yourself when you do it.
TODAY set a new goal for yourself that is just a little push. Reward yourself when you get there. Overcoming the personal Stop sign and replacing it with the COMMITMENT to CONSISTENCY sign may be one of the most rewarding CHOICES you will ever make. You will enjoy the rewards of this marriage or part-time job. It is what will get you through it. I promise, I do. And no Chris, you are not fired.