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The Spark Solution - Week 1

Monday, May 20, 2013

So, as you know from my last entry, I decided to buy the new Spark Solution book and give the program a try. I'd lost a lot of weight last year (about 45 pounds), and then unexpectedly had surgery in January and was fairly well immobilized for several weeks after that. Well, you can guess what happened. Lots of food, no movement, bad habits ... gained most (thank God, not ALL) of the weight back. However, I did not also gain the motivation to tackle weight loss again...till now, being back in the plus-size department at Macys, and all.

Here are a few observations after a week doing this. Overall the food is great. I've tried several excellent recipes that my husband and I agree should be part of our standard repertoire. Sticking to the plan has made me feel better about myself...was feeling pretty down in the dumps at regaining the weight. Now -- it's an adjustment to be eating smaller portions (see previous entry -- I promise, I've stopped complaining). I also got in a couple of days of exercise plus yard work over the weekend, so the muscles are providing "feedback" about not having been used for a good while.

When I got on the scale this morning, it was great to see that I'd lost 2.5 pounds. Even better, we had a health screening at work today. My: blood pressure, cholesterol, triglycerides and blood glucose were all perfect. Just have to get the weight/BMI back in order. I really believe that the test results were what they were because of the eating plan for the past 7 days.

As an example, last night we had pork tenderloin with a garlic/dijon/thyme rub, mashed potatoes/parsnips, green beans. It was delicious and easy to prepare. The food side of this is not difficult - the challenge is time to prepare 3 squares a day and making sure I pack lunch for work. To get ahead of the curve, last night I cooked another dish (a one-dish chicken and veggies) that will serve as two dinners, plus there's more pork tenderloin -- so three dinners covered this week. The big deal for me will be consistently getting exercise, so that will be my focus this week...continuing to stick as closely as possible to the food plan and exercising more consistently as well.

I am finding "The Spark Solution" to be encouraging and positive. It could be a way to refresh your path, too. It's based on a two-week program to help engrain the habits that will make us healthier now and keep us healthy for a lifetime, and that's what I really like about it. Here's a link to the book's site: www.sparkpeople.com/sparksolut
ion.

Have a great week!



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AKELAZ 6/20/2013 6:47AM

    *I am finding "The Spark Solution" to be encouraging and positive. It could be a way to refresh your path, too.*

This is exactly why I bought it and although I have been dipping into for a week or two in preparation (a week's holiday coincided with it's arrival), today I am starting in earnest so this blog is just what I needed.

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 6/14/2013 10:09AM

    I am reading your blog because a new challenge will be starting June 21, 2013. I've been with SP and love it. It's a free program. Being able to buy books and videos, etc is up to us and I like that.

I'm vacationing and I tell you that I got very off track. I think I need the book and challenge to get me going back in the right direction.

Thanks for an informative, honest blog. -Bri

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JLTRACY 6/10/2013 1:55PM

    Good for you. I have been thinking about getting this book and now I think I will.

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NHES220 5/20/2013 11:32AM

    Good for you for making positive changes!
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MILLIFRED 5/20/2013 11:12AM

    I too tried the plan last week and found it well thought out and effective. I only lost 1 pound but only have 6 more to lose so I am happy. Good job of writing about the program

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CANDACEMM 5/20/2013 11:11AM

    Thanks for posting this ... I've been considering buying the book and I think I'll go ahead and get it!

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