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.