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Monday, December 31, 2012

January 3 will mark my 10 month Sparkiversary. I'm really, really glad I found this site. I have made many changes and attempted many challenges that I would not have tried on my own. I haven't come even close to losing the amount of weight I originally thought I would have lost by this time, but that doesn't make me feel like a failure. Do I feel like I could have made better choices about food, water, sleep, and exercise? Absolutely. I have made many, many missteps during the past 10 months, but I am still moving forward. I still put on my pedometer the minute I get up, still challenge myself to get those 10.000 steps a day, still log my water and challenge myself to get 7-8 hours of sleep every night. I still try to eat more than 2 veggie servings a day and try to avoid processed foods. I don't always make right choices, but I still have my feet on the path, heading in the right direction.

I changed my ticker from focusing on weight-loss to focusing on fitness minutes. My weight has dropped so little that I'm starting to get discouraged when I see my ticker. Today I found myself putting on my sneakers and walking to the store when I realized I only needed 11 more minutes to reach 500 fitness minutes in December. Getting those 500 minutes felt a lot more concrete and motivating than thinking about how that 11 minutes was going to contribute to losing a pound. It's overwhelming to think about losing weight; it's much easier to focus on an easily measured goal like fitness minutes.

So that is my goal for 2013: 500 fitness minutes every month. If I reach my goal. I'm getting myself a present. I haven't decided what, but it's going to be something good.

Happy New Year, Spark friends! xoxo
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