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Adios April, Hola May!

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

I recommitted to my journey towards health and weight loss in late March and came back to Sparkpeople to give it an honest try since I had been kind of lurking but not using all the tools off and on for years.

My only real goal was to just stick to tracking my food no matter what and try to exercise at least 4 times a week, and I had a bunch of long term goals, but no real structure for myself. One thing I did differently was reach out to the community of Sparkpeeps and I eventually found myself on some teams and started seeing things about challenges and goal setting. I was intrigued. It seems like most of the people who have lost weight had pretty solid short term goals and long term goals and held themselves accountable.

On a whim (and maybe Sparkpoint greed!) I bought the book "The Spark" and have been devouring it. I am NO STRANGER to dieting in general. My first diet was Richard Simmons Live-It Diet back in the 80's (Tootsie Rolls anyone? Not the candy, the exercise) and I've been to Weight Watchers through SEVERAL spokespeople from Vanessa Redgrave to Fergie, Duchess of York. I called Jenny. I tried Nutrisystem and lasted two days before eating a week's worth of freeze dried cow pucky in one sitting because I was ravenous. I did Medifast in the 80's and the revamped version about two years ago. I did the cabbage soup diet. I did the Weigh-Down Workshop (But not for long), and had the most success with Overeaters Anonymous which isn't a diet, but a 12 step program. What I'm saying is that dieting -- and the full on REJECTION of dieting is not new to me.

What *IS* new to me is all this goal setting. I have read a lot of articles about SMART goal setting and joined a few challenges that have small simple goals each week. It's like HALLELUJAH up in here! Lightbulbs, fireworks, angels singing. I think I friggin GET IT NOW.

So as far as April goes, I didn't have very solid goals so I don't have very measureable results unless I run my reports from the trackers.

In April I lost 6.5 lbs.
I tracked my food every day
I drank at least 8 glasses of water every day
I stayed withing my calorie range 14 days out of 30
I burned 11, 095 calories
I lost 1.5 inches off my waist and 2.5 inches off my hips.
AND I set some goals for May.

I put my May goals on my Sparkpage so I can see them every day. I'm going to work on staying in my calorie range for at least 6 days a week. I am going to do the Spring Into Shape Bootcamp exercises every day. I'm going to weigh and measure my food so I get used to correct portion sizes. I'm going to continue to avoid white sugar and white flour. I am going to track my goals and hold myself accountable. I hope to have more movement on the scale and measuring tape by June 1.

Oh yeah, June 1. I am running a 5K. I am in denial about this, but it's happening, I just got an email asking me what size t-shirt I need.

I am DONE with nebulous ambiguity when it comes to goals!
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    Look at you kicking major toosh and being all DONE and whatnot!!! PROUD!! XOXO
    2086 days ago
    Awesome! Definitely sounds like things are clicking into place! I signed up for a 5k in July and I may be in somewhat denial about it too, lol. Love the goals you have set up, I need to think about doing something similar. Thanks for posting this!
    2087 days ago
    You are completely on the right track. I always have my short term dates that I want to be slimmer for to keep me on track, and long term too. I predict what weight I want to be by thee dates. I make charts of weight loss and look at it every night to keep my mind focused. It is like having a continuous plan that I work the rest of my day around. I plan what I'm going to eat on the tracker the night before...and 99% of the time stick to it. it changes if I haven't been able to guess what my MiL will give me to eat when we go to visit (luckily she's quite predictable!!). Eating cleaner has been a massive part of my success this time thanks to it having got rid of my cravings. You are on the right track....forwards and onwards to success!! emoticon emoticon
    2087 days ago
    Kick-ass! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2088 days ago
    2088 days ago
    I love your blog and I am finding the same things.....make short term goals! I am returning to my SP and making my goals right now!!!
    emoticon on your weight loss and lost inches!
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    2088 days ago
    Ya know I think you're onto something there!!! Having a solid goal and a schedule for meeting it and then breaking it up in small bits really works. I also reward myself very handsomely with very impractical gifts whenever I achieve ANYTHING! Cause food used to be my reward - and I need to convince my brain that I'm still taking care of me... I'm glad you've found what works! I too have cycled through many diets, starting at age 12 or 13 - tried diet pills, tried not eating, tried WW, tried weigh down, tried cabbage soup, tried richard simmons...I always wanted to rebel. This time around I am making my own plan, after studying and learning what is helping others on spark. And I get so jazzed now about being stronger and more fit!!
    2088 days ago
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