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I'm in Sparkpeople Kindergarten and here's what I've learned so far

Sunday, October 28, 2012

It's been one week since I started with Sparkpeople and so I feel like the new kid who just started kindergarten. Who are all those cool kids having fun over in the corner? How do I use the toys in the toybox? Will my teacher like me? Will I make friends? Will I succeed? So far, so good. Here's what I've learned this week that's been helpful to me, the new kid:

1. Tracking everything is super-important. I eat pretty well, but I was suprised that I wasn't eating as many veggies as I thought I was. I was also sneaking in little bits of this and that, and wasn't aware. Tracking my nutrition has certainly helped me be more aware. I've already increased my fruit and veg every day this week

2. Engaging in the Sparkpeople community has been enormously helpful. For me, this is what sets Sparkpeople apart from other programs. I've already made a couple of friends, who have helped and encouraged me this week. I've discovered "toys" and have received and sent Spark Goodies (why does that feel so good? not sure). I think this will be the difference maker 2 months down the road when I hit a plateau, or feel stressed out, or.....

3. Setting aside designated Spark time for myself. Instead of reading the newspaper in the morning while eating breakfast, I'm designating that 15 minutes as my Sparktime. I track, read an article, etc., and it's setting me up for a good day and staying mindful. I need that structure and organization in my life, or else I'll get sidetracked.

4. Drinking a glass of milk fills you up! I've always drunk only water (which is good!), but based on the Spark healthful eating plan, I'm drinking a glass of milk with meals now and I'm finding it's filling me up and keeping me away from snacking on junk food during the day.

Well, that's it for week 1. Onward to week 2! I wonder when I will graduate to Grade One? A big thank you to all you Sparkpeople who have encouraged "the newbie" this week.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
BILLB000 11/4/2012 9:50AM

    I really liked all the concepts in your blog. Thank you for reminding me to spend some time each day with SP. I have found that that time brings the focus back and re-sets priorities for the day. i try to do this daily, but honestly, sometimes I forget. Today is a good day. I have spent my time on the web page.

I believe you are on your way. and I appreciate your enthusiasm.

FYI... I am 63 and had two knee replacements 10 years ago. I still hike 3-4 miles on a nearby trail a couple of times of week, ride my mountain bike, basically anything I want to do. Everything that is except get on my knees to pull weeds. For that I have to sit on my behind. It's ok.. I am grateful.

God bless your journey with SP.

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RONALANA 10/29/2012 6:25PM

    Great post, Paula! You're on the right track! I've found that nutrition tracker is by far the most useful tool on this website! It's all very good - a lot of good information - but tracking what you eat and getting daily feedback has been super-helpful! Welcome to SparkPeople! emoticon emoticon

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MUTANTQUEEN 10/29/2012 7:42AM

    Wonderful tips. Welcome to Spark!

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MEME102 10/29/2012 7:10AM

    I'd say in a weeks time you've done a great job of learning -- I think you're beyond kindergarten now!! Keep up the good work. And I agree with all the things you've learned -- they are invaluable on this journey!

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MLH148 10/29/2012 7:04AM

    You are amazing! Almost 1000 points in a week? Wow. Keep it up and remember the basics you've learned.

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ONLYTEMPORARY 10/29/2012 12:10AM

    Welcome to SP. It's a great site! Be sure and sign up for Spark America and when you set up your exercises, just remove any you can't do or don't want and put in those you do. Be sure and schedule a day for cardio so you have access to the "other exercises" page where the walking, housework, playing with children etc. are to be found. When you are done, set up your Appointment calendar to send you reminders and when they come, click on the link then fitness and just check them off as you do them. Such a great feature. Use your spark points page to help you use and learn all the fantastic tools we have at this site. Visit others pages and get to know them better. Again, welcome to a great site.

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STUDLEEJOE 10/28/2012 8:48PM

    Welcome to the site. Remember we are all in this together. This was a great post. emoticon emoticon

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TAMMYELAINE1 10/28/2012 8:30PM

    Good blog! I find the trackers invaluable. I'm much more mindful as well!

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LOVENHEALTH 10/28/2012 7:47PM

    Welcome to spark! Good way to put things into perspective. Looking at it many things in life could be related to a school level system(addiction has 12 step programs the same number of grades). Your off to a great start. emoticon emoticon

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THOMASINA57 10/28/2012 7:30PM

    Your blog is wonderful and reminds me of a really good book I read years ago by Robert Fulghum called. All I really need to know I learned in Kindergarden.

You'll do great and are setting yourself up for success. I like your morning routine and that's what I've been doing too.. spending my morning coffee time learning my way around the site.


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SPIRALDOWN 10/28/2012 7:02PM

    Never thought of it like that...

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DRAGONFLYGALS 10/28/2012 6:42PM

    Thank you for your post, I am only starting week 3. I like your take of sparks kindergarten. emoticon

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