Friday, September 07, 2012
Why did it take five years for the dime to drop? One of SparkPeople’s main messages is that small goals are the way to accomplishment. However, I just did not ‘get it’ until I was reminded of it on my trial of SparkCoach. Without knowing it, I had internalized the message, though. As a result, I’m accomplishing more.
When I step back and look at why I’m doing better, it’s because I’m setting real goals this year. The previous year, I just kept doing what I thought I needed to do, but I never took a closer look at the changes I needed to make. In contract, that is what 2012 has been all about, and I’ve been all the better for it. Now, three quarters through the year, I can see that.
Another thing SparkPeople helped me realize is that I can still make changes. I found myself encouraging another member that had posted about stalled weight loss. I saw myself telling her, what I just discovered. Then, I understood that a problem that I was having could be addressed just as I was encouraging her to address her question. That is the basis of my Sept. nutrition goals.
I will learn to eat in a more controlled fashion when I go out to restaurants or parties and someone else is in charge of the menu.
Also, I’ll continue working on the goals from earlier in the year and a few others related to my career and home.
Main goal for the month:
• Week of 9/9: Find at least five articles about how to eat better at parties and restaurants and on vacation.
• Week of 9/16: Create a list of hints that synopsizes the ideas from the articles.
• Week of 9/23: Find a place to put the list, so that you will see it on those rare occasions when you go out. Continue looking for ideas and edit ‘cheat sheet’ as necessary.
• Week of 9/30: Start acting on the hints. Continue looking for ideas and edit ‘cheat sheet’ as necessary.
• M-F Spend 30 minutes a day with online certification training
• Get mortgage documents together. Spend up to one hour each week to get them together and submit them to a loan agent by end of the month, to determine how much of a loan we can afford.
• Take care of the termite damage.
• Update HOA call sheet and deposits and minutes.
My older goals:
• M/W 7:30am strength training class at community college.
• Sat 10am swim class at community college
• Tu/Th 7am swim/cardio
• Th Evening Look at the cookbooks to find next week’s meals and a better for you dessert
• Fr Evening Grocery shopping
• Weekend: Cook for the week
• Evenings: indulge in one serving of ‘better for you dessert’
• M/W/F TV alternatives: Evening Poetry Class/Guitar Class/Read….
• Tu PM clean dishes/laundry
• Weekend: Garden/HOA…household chores
I did awesome in the strategies department. The other stuff had less success. Here is my cheat sheet:
Party Cheat Sheet:
1. Look at all my food options and start with a big helping of the healthiest option.
2. Have a big glass of water before I go for an adult beverage.
3. I will eat at MOST one slice of cake.
4. Eat a little something with protein and carbs before a party.
5. Eat lightly the day of the party, and do not go to the party hungry.
6. Workout before the party.
7. Track what you eat, so it doesn’t become mindless eating.
8. Focus on mingling and catching up with or making new friends.
9. Eat from a plate, not from the buffet.
10. Prepare. Check out a menu before heading out.
11. Watch the liquid calories.
12. Prioritize. Focus on the yummy burger or appetizer or dessert, but don’t go for all three in one meal.
13. Take some of it home.
14. Share a dessert.
15. Visiting with friends and family? That counts as a party! Heed this list!