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I'm Ready

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.

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    I love it - I can feel your excitement and commitment - looking forward to a full week of tracking coming up!
    1309 days ago
    Wonderful! So proud of you! That's an incredible accomplishment and one for which to be proud of yourself!

    1310 days ago
    It is very exciting to watch (& share in) your progress...yes..Chris Downey knew what he was doing when he developed his strategy for healthier living!

    Keep up the great work. Your successes just keep growing!

    Hooray! You are on a roll!
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    1310 days ago
    MUCH to be celebrated... and see the 10 minutes does build into accomplishments worthy of great excitement and success.
    Congratulations and may the streaks continue to grow!!
    1311 days ago
    Awesome!! I'm so glad the timing was perfect for you! Onward and upward, my friend!
    1311 days ago
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