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I just joined SparkCoach!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Well, the free trial. But it's cheap enough that I think I'm going to give it a try for a year. I just cancelled a membership in a video site that costs a little more, so it won't even feel like I'm paying for it!

Looking back over all of what I've done on Sparkpeople, and that really hairy first summer when I did the diet, I realized that I wouldn't have been successful at all, if it weren't for Spark. I mean sure, anybody can count calories and track calories burned on their own -- but how many people would? I feel like I'm accountable to my Spark friends, to my teammates, to Sparkguy himself! lol. And I know on Spark, NOBODY is going to give me crap over wanting to make positive changes in my life.

The thing is, now that I have the tools -- and know how to count calories in versus calories out, I feel like ANY amount of weight loss is possible (I mean within reason -- I don't want to look like a stick figure. A girl's gotta have some curves!) But if I wanted to get back down to 120 pounds, and the doctor says that's okay -- I can DO it! It's all a matter of math, and taking it one week at a time, one day at a time, one meal at a time.

I can safely lose one pound a week, doing the math. And the thing is, I'm very rarely hungry. I'm eating MUCH smaller portion sizes and feeling ... not "full" but satisfied. Like, I'm not hungry, but I also don't have to open the button on my pants, ya know? And since I've been off diet sodas, I just genuinely feel better. I think those things make you crave salty foods or something.

Now if I could just get a handle on cooking, and get the motivation to do more resistance training. That's going to be my goal for the next few months -- just being consistent in weight training and cooking 1-2 healthy family meals a week.
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    1233 days ago
    Keep Sparkin'!!
    1233 days ago
    Congratulations on the coach. Please keep us posted as you progress.
    I totally agree with you on the diet soda avoidance. Dropping them from my diet made a big difference in the drop of hunger.
    Cooking - I've heard that there are teams on SP for cooking. You might spy out a team that helps you learn to cook healthy for the family.
    Strength training - I have a personal trainer that has helped me greatly using machines correctly but mostly through body weight exercises with some tools (balls, etc). I've also gotten a lot stronger from adding yoga. If you want some calm strength building, flexibility, and better balance (opposite of sports teams and calesthenics), you might give it a try. Lots of yoga options to explore, including a few SP videos.
    1233 days ago
    You know -- I never did that until I was pregnant and had a gestational diabetes scare, but now I try to do it every day. Mixing protein with my fruit REALLY makes a big difference in my energy level and how hungry I get. Good advice!
    1234 days ago
    Eat protein with every meal to curb hunger!
    1234 days ago
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