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Halfway Check-in

Sunday, May 19, 2013

As I mentioned a few days ago, I am participating in the Spark Solution two-week Challenge. The first week has been great, even with a few setbacks. To learn more about the program, check this out www.sparkpeople.com/spar
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For the halfway check-in, there is a little Q&A that made for a great reflection moment on the last week. Looking back at why I started and where I want to go next is a great motivator.

I wanted to try this program for a few reasons. I have tried and tried to get focused on my health goals this year, and have repeatedly bounced around the same 10 lbs (closer to the same 5 now). I hope that I will be able to get through this cycle and start back to a healthy weight loss pattern.
Additionally, my son and I felt stuck on our food choices and in a definite rut. Even though we were eating healthy, we had burned out on most of the recipes I was choosing. Trying out the Spark Solution allowed me to take a step back from choosing and introduce some new ideas and combinations into our home.

I feel more energized and more focused. It took a couple of days to get used to the variance of the calories in the food. (I was eating 5 250 – 350 meals throughout the day) Once I got used to that, it has been great. My son has loved most of the dinners (He does his own breakfast and lunch out of convenience and preference). Although I was just informed now that spinach isn't on the breakfast menu, he wants to do breakfast with me.

I love the focus on fitting fitness in. I struggle more with dedicated workout time than anything else, and being able to let go of the concept of having to work out for 30 minutes at one time really helps me.

I can honestly say other than the enchiladas (which was my shortcomings, not the recipe), we have loved all the recipes. The spinach –feta wrap is definitely in my top ten, and my son said he could eat the chicken and rice all day.

My most motivating tip from the program so far (in fact it’s on my inspiration board) is fake it until you make it. I allow myself to easily be talked out of working out, so the application of just doing it until its natural was something I needed to hear.

I am hoping to see a net loss on the scale next week, but mostly I want to be satisfied that I stuck with the program. To last this long for me is an achievement, and I really want to finish this out. I feel my health goals are back in perspective, and want to be able to capitalize on that to make some better choices for me and my son.
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RUNNERRACHEL 6/15/2013 8:16AM

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 6/14/2013 10:11AM

    Thank you for your honesty and sharing about your experience. I have decided to get the book and join the challenge that begins 21 June 2013.

Have a sparkling day!

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DETERMINEDNOW12 6/14/2013 12:57AM

    GrammaDebi, Thank you so much! I am lucky I don't have a fussy kid, let me tell you. emoticon
When there are two of you, its easier to manage I think, but we have really enjoyed it. I have backslid a bit this last week, and I actually miss my Spinach breakfast wrap, lol.

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GRAMMADEBI 6/13/2013 5:47PM

  Enjoyed your blog. I am so glad it is working for you. You have inspired me to take part in the challenge in June.
The part of your blog that was most special though was that your son is involved too. Too often when moms want to diet, they think they can't eat what the family eats. The fact is the family probably should be eating what Mom is eating! Kudos to your son as well.

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DETERMINEDNOW12 6/12/2013 8:30PM

    I am very glad to hear it was encouraging. We did finish and it has stuck around. Personally it is a great book for focusing on the small things that make the differences. No grand claims, just making little, realistic changes that add up.

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4KWALK 6/12/2013 2:29PM

    This is a very encouraging post for me. I wondered if I would get any value out of trying the Spark Solution. I think after reading your post I will order the Spark Solution and see if I too can get back on track.

Thank you.

Hope you continue to have victory.

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