Today is my one year anniversary with SparkPeople, and over the last 12 months I have gained more than I have lost.
I am happy with my progress of losing and maintaining 6kg over the year. That is, 7.5% of my body weight. Other changes in physical size include 9cm from my hips and 7cm from my bust. However, the more significant changes include:
Taming my sweet tooth - beware of TNCC snakes and learning about portion sizes for yummy nuts for snacks.
Learning to track my food in the Nutrition Tracker and entering recipes to enable me to eat within my calorie range through the 21 Days To A Better You Challenge.
Being able to start things and not finish, i.e. try things out. For example, kick boxing in the Spring Into Shape Bootcamp Challenge, and finding the plentiful and free fitness videos provided by SparkPeople.
Finding ways to improve in the areas of perfectionism, procrastination, and stress management.
Exercising more without it feeling like a chore. I ride my bike to and from work and university, and look for other ways to be more active during my day. I let my gym membership go, and now look for other opportunities to get moving that better suit my pocket and time - Pilates, Tai Chi, SparkPeople Challenges (walking), and SparkPeople videos.
I have joined Frocks On Bikes, which including my travel time is a about a 70km ride. A year ago, I would never have thought that I would ride my bike for such a distance AND look forward to it and enjoy it!
Maintaining my weight through the Christmas, New Year, and holiday periods.
Stress levels have gone down.
Energy has increased, and I can manage the heat a lot better.
So, 6kg may not seem very much, but I feel so much better because of the very long list of intangible or difficult to measure achievements that I feel that I have made.
For the coming year I plan to keep up with forming new habits through streaking and challenges. Current ones on the go are; 500,000 fitness minutes challenge, sitting at the table to eat, not drinking calorie dense drinks, e.g. alcohol, and trying a new SparkPeople video or exercise every day.
I will be starting regular Tai Chi classes next week, Pilates in April, and running in May. Unfortunately, last week I just missed out starting with the Walk2Run group so I have to wait until the next 9-week programme that starts at the beginning of May.
I did start the SP walk to run programme, but my feet began to hurt, and I lack the confidence to make the right purchase of new shoes, and going from walking to running. The Walk2Run group, that happens to meet up just down the street from me, guides you through all topics around fitness, gear, and proper form for walking and running. So I am going to look forward to that. But in the meantime, incorporate Tai Chi and Pilates into my week of bicycle riding and SP videos.
For many years I have prepared weekly menu plans for dinner. I have begun to include lunches too, mainly different salads every other day. But I would like to formally incorporate this into my weekly plan to help with the budget and managing my time better.
I have been eating mostly at the upper end of my calorie range, and for the next three months I am going to work my way down to the lower end to see if that will make a difference to my weight.
My main focus is increase the number of fitness minutes with a variety of different activities, i.e. Pilates and Tai Chi. But upping the intensity will come from beginning to run in May.
This doesn't really need a category of its own, as I see Fun in what I have planned in Fitness, Food, and Focus. Except to say, that if anything doesn't continue to be fun or have the opportunity to be fun, I'll try something else.
So roll on the next three months. I'll have a stash of gratitude and funds in my my rewards piggy ( www.sparkpeople.c
), and be well on the way with my new activities, and hopefully beginning to run.