Thursday, March 21, 2013
Today marks seven weeks since I "resparked" on January 31st. It's been a great seven weeks, a time period where I think I finally got what SparkGuy has been saying. Start small. Start a streak. Build off that first success.
So from 10 minutes of cardio on the first day, I started slowly and built on. I was fully prepared to do month long streaks, or more if necessary, before starting a new habit. But my pace snowballed after the initial successes. Now my weekly workout is 5 days of 50+ minutes of cardio and 7 days of 1-2 SP strength training videos. I've added 5 freggies, 8 cups of water, and most currently fought battles with the nutrition tracker...about which I've already blogged.
Here I am, seven weeks stronger and ready to blog my reflections. I was all prepared to announce today with great hoopla that I have tracked my eating for six whole days! Yes, it has caused stress and anxiety, but not of levels I couldn't deal with. And THEN I get THE email. My Winter into Spring 5% Challenge for the next week is to track my food and stay within my caloric limits.
I was kinda speechless.
If this email had come a couple weeks earlier, I would've really, really struggled. My hated inner perfectionist would've been rearing her ugly head. My anxiety would've went out the roof. And, hopefully, I would have processed it all in a healthy manner and decided not to let a challenge trigger me into a possible spiral to defeat.
But that email didn't come a couple weeks ago. It came today, after almost a week of tracking under my belt. I'm ready. I'm prepared. And I didn't even know it.