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The Spark Solution

Monday, May 20, 2013

Well, last week I started The Spark Solution (Spark People's new book/program: www.sparkpeople.com/spar
ksolution/
). I have been on Spark People for awhile but not using it as much as I should. I purchased the book hoping to get back into the program.

It was interesting to go through the first week and try to make changes that my family wouldn't mind also. I made the One-Dish Dinner: Southwestern Chicken and Rice for my children (12 & 17) and myself and was nervous that I was going to have to make them something else. It turns out that everyone loved it. They even talked about trying different salsa (something spicier) the next time I make it. I think that was a big break-through for me; there are healthy recipes that the entire family will eat. I don't have to do this alone.

And the Insider Tip on Day 5, "Keep Your Eye on the Prize" spoke to me. "Being a good example for by kids matters to me. My daughter tells me she wants to run with me when she gets older (she is just under four) and that makes me feel like a million bucks." Marissa, 90 pounds lost. I found my kids watching and trying things with me. I wasn't too excited about trying spinach in my eggs but I did and found I liked it. My daughter asked if she could try it for breakfast too. So I repeated the breakfast and doubled it for us. I have seen both of them grabbing fruit for a snack and my son drinking water instead of soda. All of these small steps mean so much to me. I am finding the more I do for myself the more I am helping my family. Even if I don't lose as much weight as I want (which I am not giving up on), I know that I am seeing results in my kids' habits. And that is worth everything. And that is what the program is all about, making small steps.

This week I am looking at taking more small steps and see how I can help my family. I know that if I continue with these small steps, everything else will fall into place.
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