Saturday, February 09, 2013
My assignment is to write about my progress so far. I think of my progress in terms of lifestyle changes. My weight is down only 20 pounds from my highest figure (PUN) but I have made significant gradual changes that I believe will aid me in a healthier life....
I would hesitate to claim that these are HABITS; however, right now they are consistent behaviors and I do intend to continue them.
Spark is the one place it seems okay to toot your own horn. I know my Navy Ninja teammates from BLC 21 cheer me on when I am accomplishing something. The I - I- I sound is uncomfortable, but the easiest way I know to evaluate choices is to make a list.
Things I am doing that promote healthy lifestyle:
I track everything I eat. For six weeks I have kept my calories in recommended spark range.
I weigh weekly.
I drink 8 to 10 glasses of water daily, often more.
I schedule exercise for the upcoming day.
I have exercised for at least 20 minutes every day for a month.
I have attend strength training class with my husband three times a week.
I don't eat after the evening meal.
We eat at home most of the time.
I have learned to cook a huge variety of foods, including international recipes.
I have learned to shop smart and maximize food value for dollar spent.
I have learned that I am worth (and my family is worth) high quality food from the grocery store (but I seek out bargains and I economize where it doesn't hurt health and good flavor).
As a family we avoid wheat and sugar and artificial sweeteners. (okay, I buy sugarless gum sometimes)
As a family we eat lots of fruit, veggies, healthy fats, and high quality meat.
I don't eat off the kids' plates and put leftovers away quickly.
I plan for moderate treats several times a week but not constantly.
I have cultivated a number of sources of joy that are not food-related.
I seek to give thanks to God frequently.
I ask God's help frequently in matters large and small.
I am working on trusting God to run the universe without my help.
THINGS I NEED TO DO, OR DO A WHOLE LOT BETTER
Trust God to run the universe without my help.
Take my vitamins.
Don't eat standing up.
Don't eat in the car, unless truly traveling.
Do specific exercises from my chiropractor.
Move to heavier weights for strength training.
Walk faster with more jogging included.
Have courage to tackle the four-mile square block of sidewalk near me.
Stop thinking about cookies.
Smile at my husband and my kids.
Eat more green leafy vegetables.
Do Kegel exercises in spare moments.
Keep my frig better organized.
Learn to make fermented food.
Soak up more truth from the Bible.
Take some naps.
Eat more yogurt & kefir.
Lots more stretching.
Organize the unmatched socks so I can find my good ones for workout.
I'm sure the NEEDS TO IMPROVE will require another whole blog, but I'm running out of steam. Plus I want to check off this activity for my team challenge!!
Big hugs to my very supportive sparkfriends for making this a safe place to say what kinda feels like bragging.