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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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    1824 days ago
    Awesome job on how far you've come since the beginning of January!
    1826 days ago
    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!
    1826 days ago
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