I am not going to let this weight loss stagnancy thing get me down. I have come too far. Thank you all so much for your encouraging words, helpful tips/advice, and just being there for me. I have to say, if it were not for spark friends, I think I would have jumped off the healthy boat a long time ago.
I have some plans in mind that I would like to share here. I have found that making healthy changes requires careful planning and attentiveness. Some of these are things that I have already been doing already, but I can still find ways to improve.
I'm going to continue to make sleeping better my goal. Even if I have to take herbal sleep aids, I am going to make sure I get rest.
Swimming will forever be a part of my weekly exercise routine. It's the only exercise that has ever kept my interest sparked for fitness.
I am going to get my water consumption pumped WAY up. I already know this has been a deficiency on my part.
I'm going to make sure I am eating enough to burn the calories. Through this process, I have learned from many of you that I may not be consuming enough to make my body work the way it is supposed to. I will track, track, track. I will learn to listen to my body's hunger signals.
As much as I hate the thought, I am going to phase out sodas from my life. This has been my biggest most horrible battle. I honestly think it was easier for me to give up smoking! Maybe because cokes are everywhere and cheap??! I don't think I will go the rest of my life without a coke. But, I'm going to treat it like cheesecake. It should be one of those things you have once in a while, not every other day.
I'm not going to let the fear of the scale overtake me anymore. I have no intention of weighing everyday, but I'm not going to let an inanimate object rule over me. Most importantly, I'm going to enjoy the NSV's along the way. Fitting into clothes more comfortably, FEELING better, etc.
I'm going to love who I am and be thankful for the blessings I do have instead of wanting what I think would be so much better. It's always good to strive for better, but it's also important to remember the good things we do have. I have an awesome life! So what if it takes me a long time to shed these pounds. I can enjoy the journey along the way and be thankful that I have the motivation, knowledge, moral support, time, and physical capability to make these changes before it's too late!
I'm going to do another weight loss challenge. I enjoy the positive community that these challenges bring; I feel that learning from others, encouraging those around you, and receiving the encouragement in return is priceless. Let's face it...no one wants to do this alone!
I'm going to stay on track during the holidays, even if it is difficult. If that means playing with my nieces and nephews for staying active, all the better to gain the experience of being carefree and endlessly energetic from children! I will eat the "yummy goodies" in moderation. I will take every opportunity to drink water. And, I'm quite certain the weather will permit for me to take a nice long walk with my sweetie in the beautiful country scenery where my in laws live.
Thanks for the reminders, encouragement, advice, etc. I'm sure that my blog from last week won't be my last spark tantrum, but at least I can rest in the fact that I have such an awesome support system here. In the mean time, let us spark on!