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Another Spark Coach assignment

Thursday, August 30, 2012

So today, I have to blog about the ways I've been noticing changes and improvements in my healthier lifestyle besides just seeing numbers on a scale. And I have noticed some. Here's a partial list off the top of my head:

- Drinking water daily (usually at least three cups at a minimum)
- Healthier food choices (I've tended to turn down desserts more or try to selectively choose food options that are lower in calories or smaller portion sizes)
- Not craving dessert much (although I do make room for it for sure sometimes, overall I can't say I want even chocolate much anymore. It's becoming more the norm for me to not care about dessert--but if everyone else is having some, or it looks REALLY GOOD, I try to allow for it and not deprive myself :))
- More happiness (I'm usually in a neutral bland state or a mildly depressed one, but I've noticed I've had a more positive outlook on life from day to day; I'm not as easily stressed as I used to be, and I've started to think ahead more to the future in a good way)
- I plan my day out more (I used to think of my life as work, eat, relax, sleep--in whatever order or quantity it fell in--but now I'm in control of my day better. I am not only much more productive that way, but I tend enjoy my day more too, since I can see all that I have accomplished and still have time left over for myself--because I arranged it to be so)
- Fitness is slightly easier (I can't say I enjoy it, but it's become a little easier from when I first started. My breathing isn't as ragged, and it's not as painful as it first was)
- I have a more positive body image (until I was in college, I didn't care how I looked and really never gave myself much thought--but then lately, I came to believe the comments and discussions regarding my weight and started to feel 'fat' even though I was really only forty pounds overweight at most. Since SparkPeople I've lost twelve pounds and already have started to enjoy looking in the mirror or have begun creatively imagining what I would look like with a different hairstyle or with jewelry or makeup--I'm recreating myself in my mind instead of simply feeling upset with the way things were--I know I can change, and I'm starting to enjoy all the possibilities)
- I feel more toned (just noticed this one yesterday; that compared to before, my body is feeling more firm kind of all over--and I like that. Maybe it's the 5K practice???)
- Being successful in other areas of life too (In just over a month of SparkPeople, I've gotten my driver's license, applied for two jobs, paid off a college loan at least a month earlier than expected, etc. These are pretty major changes, and they help me to feel confident)

Well, that's it for now. But that's a long enough list for me to feel successful. :) I hope you are feeling the same way, my fellow SparkPeople!!

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    So great that you decided to get fit before you had 100 pounds to lose. It sounds like you have the right frame of mind for success. Keep on sparking!
    2024 days ago
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