There have been several things that have helped me on my Spark journey to health, wellness, and meeting my weight goal. I'd really like to share them with you.
1. Spark tools
2. Making realistic goals
3. Keeping accountable
4. Using the trackers daily
6. Joining teams (great way to make wonderful friends)
7. Learning portion sizes
8. Kept on going and didn't give up even when I messed up
9. Reading articles, watching videos, joining challenges to learn all that i could
10. Spreading the Spark
11. Commenting on pages and blogs of others
12. Treating myself whenever i reached a goal with a non-food treat
13. Continue keeping a positive attitude
14. Updating my status daily
15. Helping others on this journey to stay positive and upbeat
16. Didn't remove any food or group of foods, but learned moderation
Most of my friends and followers have heard most of these from me before. i feel it is really important to repeat them if they can help even one person succeed. Some days when things seemed they would never change, I would sign in and would have a smile and feel energized before I had to leave for the day. Members here are so willing to help each other and leave positive feedback in teams, on pages, and on blogs. I have to confess, I love the awards and goodies, too!
Even when I was going through my cancer treatments, I got in at least 10 minutes of cardio everyday, with the exception of when i was REALLY sick!! I would walk in place or in and out of several rooms in the house. Sometimes i had to use my walker, but I did my best to get sweat going.
I never did remove any particular food or food groups from my eating habits. i did learn true portion sizes and moderation. A treat is fine once in awhile. I found sharing with my hubby worked quite well, especially if he brought me too big a piece of anything or we were eating out. At least 1/2 of my meals would go home with me when we were eating out. Actually the amount was close to 2/3. Even today, I might have a hamburger, cut it into fourths, and only eat part of a fourth. Just as love pasta, i only have about three or maybe four bites and i'm done.
For someone who is new to SP or haven't looked around the site much, I would suggest you do so. There is so much here to use and discover. I still have a difficult time understanding it is all free! Not everything works for every one of us. Keep trying until you find something for you. Keep on keeping on and don't give up. You are so worth being healthy and do you ever deserve it!! Besides, no one else can do it for you!! And should you mess up, that's part of it and I believe most of us have done so.
Try not to feel too guilty and simply start over for your next snack or meal. Try to remain as positive as you can. Smile a lot and when you have time under your belt, try to help others with suggestions of how certain things worked for you. Be sure to let others know about your positive experiences with the site and with this program.
My wish for all of you is to continue having as healthy a lifestyle that is possible and to be the best you that you can. And don't forget to SMILE!!
Peace Love Hope