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Lessons Learned from SparkFailing

Sunday, January 27, 2013

I have now been sparking--off and on--for three and a half years and as the saying go failure leads to experience and experience leads to success. So I will first admit that during that time I experienced a lot of failure or I would be a lot more than 40# thinner today, but no failure is truly a waste as long as you learn something from it. So here are a few things I have learned from SparkFailing:
(1) Eating less can lead to hunger, and hunger can lead to overeating, but hunger never stops you from eating vegetables. As another wise saying goes, you know you are really hungry if you are willing to eat a horse including the hooves--so it isn't hunger that leads you to munch chocolate and donuts instead of filling up on greenbeans and lettuce. You have another issue (maybe physical, maybe emotional) that you need to acknowledge, because what you don't acknowledge, you don't deal with.
(2) Bad weather can be a real obstacle to walking and running for those of us without treadmills and gyms, but it is not an excuse not to strength train and stretch. I have a wall, I have a floor, I have a chairback, I have body weight (boy, do I!), so I can strength train and stretch in any weather. Granted, I may not burn nearly as many calories as you disciplined, devoted people who run come what may, but I will be healthier after 15 minutes of strength training than if I did nothing at all--plus stronger and more flexible for doing my house and yard work with greater ease.
(3) Sparkpoints don't make weight loss, diet and exercise do. Sparking takes time that you may not have today. If you don't have the time to go on SparkPeople to fill in your Nutrition and Fitness Trackers or interact with your groups and SparkFriends, but you have stuck to your meal and exercise plan, guess what, your body still responds to your healthy low-cal eating and exercise--even if you didn't document it. Also guess what, your body responds to that high calorie snack even on days you do Spark, even if you chose not to document it. So if you can't do your Sparking, eat healthy and exercise anyway--just don't make it a habit of missing more than three days in a row, you need the support.
So, may God bless all your efforts to steward the body He graciously gave you, and here's wishing all you precious Sparklers much success.
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    So true emoticon
    1367 days ago
    Hi Lolamum,

    This is just the right pep talk and guidance for me. I am not able to be on here so often from now on. I have been afraid to let go of the spark page and do it alone as I will need to do. Your words areright on the button.

    AND Dr Seuss is the man!!!
    1368 days ago
  • 4KWALK
    Wow, there is a lot of honesty in this blog. I'm sure just writing down these thoughts will help you recognize what you need to do next.
    I have been thinking about the things I don't track because they have too many calories and I am trying each day to be honest with myself. Because when I don't track accurately I am being dishonest with myself and that is failing myself.
    I want to say thank you for posting this blog because it is helping me to face up to some areas where I need to improve.

    1368 days ago
    Dear LOLAMOM,

    Thank you for your words of wisdom that have come at a time when I could use them. I'm so glad that I visited your blog today. Thank you, Thank you! So wise you are...

    “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go...” Dr. Seuss

    emoticon Jane
    1368 days ago
  • OJ_2_OK
    Great insights!
    1369 days ago
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