Sunday, May 20, 2012
Ok, So let me start by saying I was recently paid a huge compliment from a sparkfriend.... (and you know who you are) It was no so much a compliment but more of a request to become their "buddy" in their process... This got me thinking maybe it was time I actually put down this "plan" I'd been thinking of for the past month as my weight loss has become very noticeable and people keep asking "what are you doing"? "You look great". The short answer is always ... "I'm a dedicated sparkperson, I'm adding fitness time to my life and getting rid of calories/food my body does not need, essentially I'm sticking to a range"
But this answer is one I've given before (not with sp though) and so it got me thinking again about my motivation this time, my support here on sparkpeople and why this time it's working....
I came to the conclusion it's my plan, something I"ve NEVER done...stick to a plan. Likely because it's been a diet plan, pill or even when I tried hypnosis..it was never what worked for me.
This time around I'm making the rules and no one else. I figured out what I could live with for a lifetime so this time it's not a diet or a fad, it's not for the season or a special event..it for me.
So Ready for it? Here's my PLAN
80% Steady. 10% Sprint. 10% Back off.
This is how I look at this lifestyle change.
Steady- This is the everyday. This is keeping the calorie range in check. Adding fitness to your life, no matter how busy you are you can find the time (this was a hard lesson for me, I always used time as a reason to bail out on fitness). This means planning your meals if you have to, waking up a little earlier if you have to, sharing your goals with anyone who will listen, or pretend to listen. This just means for 80% of the day, the week, your life..whatever the approach you take you stay steady on the track. Getting slowly more fit, losing weight and on your journey at a pace you know you can live with for a lifetime.
Sprint- This is that boost..maybe it's an event coming up, maybe it's a plateau you hit and you need to push past, or maybe (like for me right now) it's the last few pounds you need off to hit onederland... whatever it is this is what I call a sprint. This is the time you up your fitness minutes, up the weights, drop a few calories from the range (safely, if not too low already) just to get you to that little goal on the STEADY journey to the big goal. Sprints should be no more than 2 weeks because then let's face it your working too hard and you will likely fail, give up or tire out.
Back Off- This is CRITICAL to success.. let's get real, watching everything we eat, fitting in fitness when your body is telling you you just need a chill out day...and sticking to it is hard. There will be times when you need to back off and allow yourself that time without guilt. Maybe it's a vacation, maybe it's just a standing Saturday night get together with friends...or an ice cream sundae every sunday you treat yourself too. Maybe it's a fair, a farmer's market with the best pastries next to the veggies you bought for the "steady " part. Whatever it is we need these little breaks so we feel real, not deprived and knowing you have these times make the steady and sprint manageable! It's nice to not turn down chocolate and wine at a party...and it's ok!
So there you have my friends..my little plan... and well it's working for me and I really feel this is a true look at real life and how this journey can work and be a lifetime of success for people just like me.
best to you... it's your life- LIVE IT!... steady, sprinting and backing off.