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
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.