Monday, April 16, 2012
I joined Spark March 18, 2012. I've been at this for four weeks now. I'm still not a pro, but here's what I've learned so far.
Things don't have to be fancy to work. Consistency works. I've lost 9lbs in those four weeks and I haven't dieted one day. Seriously, one month in and my family has no idea anything has changed.
What have I done? I've logged my food intake faithfully every day. I've tried to move my body in some way every day. I've tried to drink my 8 glasses of water every day. And so far so good. It hasn't been perfect. But who needs perfection? Lord knows I'm not perfect. Far from it in fact. I've had a couple of minor overage when it came to calories. I've had days (particularly last week) when there was no time to move. And with all the stress of some days my water intake didn't always add up to 8. But for the most part I was consistent. Those other days were anomalies. I have never felt like I was on a diet. I have never worried about my calories. I simply tried to get as many nutrients into my body as I could within my calorie range. Sometimes taking this to the top of my calorie range and sometimes low balling it. Like I said, not everyday has been stellar, but consistency has paid off.
My goal has been simple - I want to figure it out. I want to figure out how to live like a normal person - eating a potato at dinner, having eggs on toast for breakfast and enjoying Sunday dinners with my family and still not be fat. I want to be healthy and fit. I don't want to live on tofu and groats. (not that there is anything wrong with that - but it's just not me). I want to eat healthy. Clean. No packages. Enjoy a glass of wine - even if it's only 2 oz. Enjoy a piece of chocolate. I love food! Love it.! I am a self proclaimed foodie. I don't want to give that up.
Diet's do that to you. Food becomes bad. You start finding substitutions for everything to cut down your calories, and sometimes in doing that you cut out the enjoyment. I want real food. Food that I can salivate over. Food that makes me go wow. I want to live. I don't want to spend my life counting calories or points. Worrying about whether someone is going to take a picture of me. Beating myself up for not being perfect. Comparing myself to someone who is thinner. I'm done with that. What a waste of time those thoughts have been.
I want to do what I enjoy. I don't want to go on a stair master for an hour. I hate that thing. I think I'd rather eat liver than spend an hour on a stair master. I'll walk outside any day rather than be on that thing. I want to dance the night away. Play tennis. Walk the dogs. Go horseback riding. Have fun! That's exercise to me. I want to enjoy my life. That's my goal.
So - consistency works. I'm going to pour myself a glass of water and take the dogs for a walk before I make make dinner - 500 calories of pure heaven. Treat night.