Tomorrow will make one week on the Spark Solution Program. I thought I would blog about the program incase there were folks on the fence about buying the book and starting the program.
The book gives you a two week menu with recipes and an exercise program. There are some inspirational stories and many hints from Spark People members who have had great success with using Spark People. The book is an extension of the web site which I like. They aren't trying to give you a fad diet with impossible exercises. It is just a plan to get you on track, kick start you or help you over a plateau.
This week I have managed to stay within my calorie and nutrition ranges and stick to my goals. This week's goal was to start the exercises in the Spark Solution book to add to my previous goal to walk 10000 steps per day. Happy to report both goals were met this week-which surprises me a lot!
The new exercises are challenging due to my previous non-exercising self and I probably take more breaks than people in better condition but I can feel the results already just in energy.
There has been a lot of help on the Spark People web site to include a team where folks share their experiences.
We were asked a few questions about the program so I am putting them here to share in hopes they will help others thinking about the program.
• What made you decide to try The Spark Solution Program?
I have been on Spark People for a couple of years but just recently got serious on becoming fit. The book just happen to come out around the same time so I ordered it. The menus and exercises are manageable - and what I mean by that is the food is normal food, I didn't have to restock the pantry. The exercises are explained well and I didn't need to buy a home gym to do them. So when I got the email that there would be a two week period to start the program, I was game.
• Have you seen or felt any results in this first week?
Energy! Energy! Energy! I don't know who this person is who isn't tired all the time and wants to get up from her desk to talk to someone rather than send an email. I actually look forward to my walks now and schedule time to exercise which is so not like me or I should say the old me
Other than that I am down a little over two pounds which is
• What do you like the most about the program?
It is easy and I feel comfortable substituting foods and exercises when needed. It teaches you a way of life rather than being a fad diet that has quick results but is impossible to sustain.
• What was your favorite meal from this week?
The breakfast cookies (breakfast day 4). I have had four hectic mornings this week which I knew about in advance so I made a couple batches of the breakfast cookies and froze them. A zap in the microwave then grab a container of pre-measured Greek yogurt (substituted for skim milk) , some sliced strawberries (sub for apple) and I was set. I did my measuring the night before and placed everything in containers I could just grab.
• Which Insider Tip motivated you the most this week?
'Keep an eye on the prize' - basically being a good example to your kids and others. I read this one when I first got the book and invited my daughter to walk with me. She said yes and now we have created this very special time together to talk about our day. I hope this will also make exercise a habit for her.
• What is your goal is for next week?
Increase the reps on the swap strength exercises- especially the lunges which I am very ungraceful doing but can feel them working muscles my body didn't even know I had.
Also to stay closer to the food plans to bring more variety into my meals. I am looking forward to trying more of the recipes. They sound very yummy (Thai Peanut Noodles, Banana Bread and Breakfast Casserole) and not too time consuming.
Week two starts on Monday so I will prep what I can on Sunday. To sum up I think the first week went well and wasn't at all difficult to follow. Looking forward to another week.
If you want to know more about it the book's web site is : www.sparkpeople.com/sparksolut
Have a great week everyone!