Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler. – A. Einstein
Warning – Whiny rant ahead…
Old Al sure knew what he was talking about, even if he didn’t know that he was talking about my attempts to lose weight. As most of you know, I have been here for…a LONG time now. I have some success, I stop tracking and I inevitably come back a few weeks/months later with a few more pounds to keep me company on the scale.
It is frustrating and completely unfair. I have been trying to lose weight for the better part of 30 years now and I just can’t make it stick. I had a good run for about 5 years, but then I fell off the proverbial wagon and landed in a big juicy stack of cheeseburgers. I have a brother and several friends, all of whom eat more than I do on a daily basis, never have to fight this fight.
I know, I know…I am no angel and when I actually track the food that I eat and take the time to exercise, I lose. This means that I CAN lose the weight, but I have to actually WORK at it. Just writing down my meals occasionally is not gonna cut it. No points for trying.
End Whiny Rant.
The reason that I chose this particular quote is that I have been trying to make SparkPeople TOO simple. I have been “Following” the spark program on and off for 2 years now, but I have never really committed to it. I was treating it like a diet, not trying to change my life.
I’m done with this. It HAS to be a lifestyle change.
- The reason that I don’t lose weight is that I tend to track when I am good and skip it when I am bad. Aint gonna work that way.
- The reason that I don’t lose weight is that I workout 1x per week for 30 minutes and I convince myself that I am an athlete and need more calories. Aint gonna work that way.
-The reason that I don’t lose weight is that I skip the fruits and veggies. I eat my daily calories, but I am not getting the good nutrition that I need. There is a difference between 200 calories of Doritos and 200 calories of lean protein. Aint gonna work that way!
Step 1 – Commit to tracking. No matter what I eat, I HAVE to write it down. If I eat too much, I REALLY NEED TO WRITE IT DOWN.
Step 2 – Commit to Exercise. To start, I can’t get back into my running form. 10-30 minutes of walking 1x per day is a good place to start.
Step 3 – Make SparkPeople my first stop in the Interwebs in the morning. Checking in throughout the day with Spark will be much better for my mental and physical health than anywhere else on the net.
Step 4 – Take this program 1 week at a time. I will track all of my food this week. I will exercise EVERY DAY this week. I WILL CHANGE MY LIFE THIS WEEK!!!
Lets Do this!!!