Monday, September 10, 2012
When I first starting sparking I tried not to look too far ahead. I set my goal weight against June 2014 or something, and the thought of all those months of self-denial, exercise and opportunities for back-sliding was oppressive.
So I did my best to ignore that and take Spark in small chunks. I am still building up, I think, to fullblown Sparking (still working on the water issue, oh yes) but am getting there.
Had been on Spark a month or so before I really got down to the exercise, at which point my calorie intake went pear-shaped. With a little help from a few dozen SparkFriends, I have got that more or less under control again. The binge demon is always lurking, ready to pounce, but I hit it on the head with a skillet the other day and it retired. For now.
The past couple of weeks, I really have felt as though I'm getting somewhere on the exercise front. I'll never enjoy pounding the treadmill, but at least it's over quickly. I love the elliptical thingy. Then there's the weekend.
And something weird has happened. I am looking forward to my hikes more than anything else at the moment. They're actually better than chocolate. No kidding. I just hope that I feel the same way about doing them when the temperature's below freezing. I really wouldn't have believed I could enjoy something that didn't involve food or shopping so much.
No time for a hike today, or to walk home from work. By the time you read this, I'll be down the gym instead.
I think this is what they call a lifestyle change. And I'm ENJOYING it.