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SparkCoach: Moderation Blog

Sunday, January 20, 2013

I had a very busy week work wise and was feeling a bit frazzled and maybe even a little bit down on myself for not spending as much time on Spark as I would like. When I watched my latest SparkCoach which suggested writing a blog on moderation. At the time, I did not feel like I had the time or energy to do it - having already sat at the computer for quite a bit. I just wanted to read what I could on Spark Coach get through the five stages. So, I ended up updating my feed that day saying that I was committing myself to writing a blog this weekend.

Reflecting back on that now, I realize I was actually practicing moderation!!! I did do the SparkCoach plan that day, but what I would consider "minimal" input. It wasn't what I would consider a perfect log-in or active participation for which I strive. HOWEVER, I am really glad that I recognized at the time, that I wasn't giving up by taking a break, in fact, I set a goal for when I knew I would be able to give it my full attention.

In terms of food moderation, I am recognizing that I have had some habits in place for a while that are helping in my healthy lifestyle journey. We have small wooden snack bowls that help me with snack portions - both chips and vegetables or fruits. I rarely go back for seconds with chips and I fill it when choosing fruits or vegetables. I think using the same bowl for chips and vegetables/fruits, actually makes the fruit or vegetable feel like a treat when I'm making it.

I am also trying to learn not to feel guilty and call foods "bad." This morning my husband and I walked to restaurant that is now open as a diner 24/7. I would probably had said that was a bad thing, having that available, but that is the sort of thing my husband and I enjoy. So first we WALKED there and I enjoyed my french toast. When I was there, I thought about all the offerings and realized I really wanted the french toast, so I picked the "short" order and didn't get any of the huge options where they bring you multiple plates. I even chose to have my coffee with just a little cream and no sugar, because I knew I would be getting sugar with the french toast. I feel like I did well in terms of allowing myself something indulgent without going overboard. I have to admit tracking it did make me feel a bit guilty - no fruits, plenty of calories, but I have already made plans for the rest of the day to keep me on track for other nutritional goals. Thanks to Spark Coach for allowing me to see this as something that will help me commit to a healthy lifestyle and enjoy an occasional "digression" that fits within it!
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