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Paradigm Shift

Monday, February 25, 2013

I learn so much from the wisdom of my Sparkfriends! Slenderella61 wrote the blog referenced above. To look at her, you would see a youthful, willowy-thin grandmother who "has it all together." She is at a weight I can only dream of!

Yet in this blog she talks about still attending Weight Watchers meetings AND using Sparkcoach!

That was an AHA moment for me.

I'm still struggling to lose weight using only one tool -- Sparkpeople. Yes, it is a powerful tool, and it's helped me beyond measure. But: Why am I not ADDING tools to my toolbelt? Why am I continuing to endlessly use the hammer when I can buy a screwdriver, wrench, and drill if necessary???

That doesn't make any sense! Lots of people don't need more than one tool, but apparently I do, so let's acquire them and get moving!

To that end -- I've started Sparkcoach, and I've actually found it to be very useful in setting the tone for the day. I don't just blast through the daily activities, I read and explore each link. For me it is worth the $50/year investment, especially considering the two free exercise DVDs and 4 free e-books.

I've also joined the local "Women Run Arkansas" running group. Our first meeting is Saturday and the program meets twice a week for 10 weeks. At the end we'll run a 5K. Last summer I ran two 5Ks but then I stopped running altogether because IT'S HARD. But from other Sparkfriends I know that running really helped them lose the last stubborn pounds. I'm thinking I'll be more motivated with a big group of women (over 500) and hopefully I'll make some new fitness-minded friends!

If I feel I need even more support, I won't be shy about going back to Weight Watchers, either. I think there's an OA group around here somewhere as well.

I am in a major struggle here; I feel like I am spinning my wheels endlessly covering the same ground. It's time to stop thinking I can do this without more support because I obviously cannot. I'm changing my paradigm, so I can finally MOVE FORWARD!!!!
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    1849 days ago
    It is so much harder to do this alone than in a group! That is why sparkpeople and weight watchers works, and that is why we need Spark friends!!!
    More power to you!
    1849 days ago
    You're a great inspiration to me! Thanks for the link!

    Running has been a good thing for me. It took me a long time to get my weight down low enough that I could run without injury. Increasing my running while maintaining my same healthy eating has resulted in even more pounds lost. I'm actually covering new ground rather than losing and regaining the same 5 pounds over and over!
    1849 days ago
    Your blog today has given me something to think about. the biggest challenge is in knowing which tools to add - I am afraid I might collect a bunch of tools I don't use. will look forward to reading more from you on this topic.
    1850 days ago
  • CKGO69
    I don't need to blog today because you said it all for me. You're right. It's time to get some new tools. You've given me a lot to think about.
    1850 days ago
  • NANCY-
    It is great that you have a goal... finding the tools to assist you in achieving the goal is a great plan. Remember to be kind to yourself, you were out of your routine for quite a while.

    Perhaps developing a healthy travel plan to utilize for future trips might be a possibility (as I do not see you sitting at home).

    You will find what you need!
    1850 days ago
    You are challenging me to look at things a new way. What additional resource could I take advantage of?

    I love the energy and focus here.
    1850 days ago
    This is so true! We need to keep changing things up and adding new tools, trying new things. I have been using Spark Coach for awhile now and find it really helpful to keep my focus. I wish you the best with your new direction!! And thanks for the reminder about what it takes to make our healthy new lifestyle work!
    1850 days ago
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