Today's post is in answer to some questions about the new Spark Solution Program
• What made you decide to try The Spark Solution Program?
- I needed a "new start," and was determined to follow it exactly [which I've been unable to do]. Over the last 6 months, I've gained about 5 pounds instead of losing, even though I have a very nutritious diet. I no longer eat chips, and almost no processed foods. Desserts, especially homemade ones, come into my radar just frequently enough to derail loss of weight.
• Have you seen or felt any results in this first week?
-The exercise is definitely making me feel better. I cranked my compost bin (It's a rotating unit off the ground) the other day with one hand, something that used to take both hands.
• What do you like the most about the program?
- Contrary to what you'll see below, the recipes. I'm going to have to start using them just every other day, though
• What was your favorite meal from this week? The spinach omelet in a wrap. I used a chipata instead of a tortilla, but that meal is in my repertoire permanently.
Here is the problem with the eating program for me: The recipes, although I love the variety and appreciate the "do over" from traditionally higher calorie meals, require too many groceries and too much wasted food when there's only one person at home. I always utilize left overs in subsequent meals, and it bothers me a lot to have different foods for every day. For example... the 1/4 avocado in one of the recipes (snack on day 3). Without another person in the house, or a subsequent use of the avocado, 3/4 of it is thrown away. (Even though in my house it goes into the worm or compost bin)
Looking at the problem from the authors' point of view, I'm sure they are just trying to show us all the alternative ways of cooking that will help us lose weight. I'm just going to have to alter the plans to fit my situation, and I know that's okay with SP.
• Which Insider Tip motivated you the most this week?
-Day 2: it's the little things that add up to more activity.
• What is your goal for next week?
- To be more consistent with the food plan. This week has been very stressful; we had to make a quick trip to Austin in a day (about 500 miles total), and I could neither eat right nor get my water in consistently through the day. I completely went off the program. My husband and I ate a really nice tea place on the way home, which included a sandwich and soup, which for me was a "strawberry soup." Delicious, but I couldn't tell if the creamy taste came from yoghurt or cream -- big difference in the calories. Then two cookies, because I wanted to take advantage of being away from home. Looking back on my lack of will power, the traffic was extremely stressful (The highway between Austin and Dallas has sometimes been referred to as "the long parking lot," because sometimes you don't move very fast, and the two cookies reflects a life long habit of never turning down a good dessert. Candy bars, ice cream, and most sweets are not a challenge for me, but homemade things... "Katie bar the door." (Do people still say that?)
My DH will be out of town again next week, so I should be able to be more consistent then. Today I walked the Fort Worth Arboreturm, so I'm hoping it balances out all the sitting and stress eating yesterday.
Here's a link to the book. The only "fad" diet I've ever tried was the Atkins diet, years ago. All the others have been full nutrition eating plans, like Weight Watchers. In my view, the Spark Solutions book has the best and most realistic approach to a eating habit that you can use the rest of your life. Despite my wish for a more workable use of food, I love this book (and the exercise routines) and am reading it thoroughly. The pairing of eating well with exercise is very balanced and do-able.