Saturday, January 19, 2013
Well, I have been a member of Spark People for exactly 17 days, and already some of my bad habits are slipping back in. Nursing school (semester 3) has been in session for one week, and the work load, hours and stress do make it harder for me to stay on track. I am particularly having problems with tracking my food (I really dislike logging in my meals, despite the ease of using Spark People's nutrition trackers), drinking enough water, getting enough sleep, and planning out my meals. I have gotten exercise most days, but have been inconsistent in using the January Jump Start videos, despite the fact that they are easy to use, quick, and usually fun. Why is it that despite all the tools available to me, I fall so easily back in to my old habits? Am I really that lazy? I know I am tired because of school, but I that is just an excuse. Spark People's tools make things so easy, but I think I continue to make things too hard.
So, what am I going to do about it? Well, for one, I am writing this blog and owning up to my slip-ups. I know there are many, many other people out there who have similar issues to mine. It helps knowing I am not alone. I don't have a lot of time to be on SP, but I do try to spend a few minutes every day, sending a spark goodie to a friend, reading someone else's blog, changing my status. I'm also trying to not do this whole thing perfectly. That perfectionism always seems to be my downfall in the end. So, I will consider it a successful day if I make a healthy choice in the morning, the afternoon, evening and at bed. When those become habits, I'll add a few more. Babysteps, right?
I will also focus on the positive. This week was pretty incredible. I passed all my required checkoffs and tests needed to continue in the nursing program. I survived my first 12-hour clinical day. I helped a patient have her first baby. I convinced 3 family members to get their flu shots. And, today, I celebrate my oldest son's 17th birthday. We are going to go for a 2-3 hour hike in about an hour. I will track what I had for breakfast and lunch shortly, and this evening I will track my dinner. I will drink a lot of water on the hike. And I will go to bed by 10:30. Step by step I will get there, and I know I don't have to do it perfectly to get there.