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Changes since Jan 1st

Monday, March 18, 2013

It was a rainy day here. But I was inspired to clean the house, do some laundry and much needed lesson plan updates. I walked the dogs (in the rain emoticon ) 3 times, did my Wii Fit-10 minutes of balance games, did the Challenge Video w/ coach Nicole and got 20 minutes of cardio with the Kinect.

I am happy to say I got 3 veggies in today. I've not been doing so great with having enough of them. Although I've been within my ranges I feel that I need to focus on the** quality** of those calories. I am not hungry by any means :) But I want to get the most nutritional bang for my buck. So that's the nutrition update.

As far as water goes, 10 glasses per day has become the norm. I only drink tea or soda as an occasional treat. It feels natural to drink that much water now, I do not have to consciously remind myself. As my cardiologist suggested, changing this one area has helped alot-and not been a terrible hardship.

Now, activity..That has changed so much since Jan 1st (mostly since Jan 12th--SP start date)

First off, I walk my two yorkies 3 times a day--across the street to a small park-it is 1/4 mile round trip--that is a built in part of the day that they do NOT allow me to neglect. This was a change because previously they had just went into the back yard as needed. No leash, no structure-therefore no focus on 'hey I better potty now' emoticon It has been a great improvement all around.

Additionally, I get some activity everyday walking (treadmill or outside) ride my bike (love!love!love!) or something with the Wii Fit. -- This started as a teeny small change--I gave myself an "E" on my calendar if I did *any* conscious extra activity. Yep, even 3 minutes counted! That quickly evolved when I joined SP. SparkPeople trackers helped so much!

I've mentioned my calendars in previous blogs. It cost about $8 at Target, and it is PERFECT for my needs. On the Month page I write in my activity in each days block-especially mileage goals I set for myself. Where there is a 2 page spread for the week I write in my daily goals each morning and my weight.

NOW, before you start saying to yourself ..THis is a crazy amount of time and energy spent tracking and monitoring goals/intake/activity ect. Let me point out that the handwritten/calendar portion of my day takes about 10 minutes--ATLEAST the amount of time I would have spent bemoaning my weight and so on. Not something for everyone, I know. But it's working for me.

I did not start every change on Jan 1st. It has been building layer on layer, a small amount at a time. I suppose when I really think about it I can safely say that these changes started in a very general way long before Jan 1st, 2013. That is a blog for another day, I suppose.

THere have been alot of very good changes -especially since SP! Thank you for your comments and messages, and spark goodies. That has made the difference!

One last comparison before I enjoy some creative writing time---By March 18th,** 2012** I had made a half hearted effort with Weight Watchers (again!). Activity was spotty at best. From Jan 1-March 18th LAST year-I had a net loss of .7 pounds --POINT SEVEN, not seven pounds POINT SEVEN!!!!!
I can look at my calendar and see plainly that I stopped keeping track of anything by Feb 17th.

This year I have a loss of 8 pounds, so far. More than that I feel so much better, very hopeful for continued improvements!!
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    1257 days ago
  • v LINDAKAY228
    Awesome job on how far you've come since the beginning of January!
    1259 days ago
  • v CBLENS
    YOu are making progress and that is what's important. You are making healthy choices and have been committed to the process. Like you I'm a SP junky, but all the things I am learning and tracking are all working.

    You are doing GREAT! Keep Pushing and moving forward!
    1259 days ago
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