Gosh, I can't believe it's taken me this long to write a blog post! The past couple months there have been so many things that I thought, "this should be a blog post", but I wanted my first post to not be about any one topic, just a general one about me and my goals. Oh well! My best laid plans never seem to come to fruition anyway :) So, here I am, 7 years after joining SparkPeople, 3 months since I finally got so sick of myself that I finally decided to do something about it and 18 pounds lighter!
I bought "The Spark Solution" book probably about 6 weeks ago and have picked it up and put it down several times. I read to fall asleep at night and it seems to work also during the day! Buying the book invites you to be part of an exclusive "Spark Solution" Sparkteam too. I've visited here and there, but I spend too much time on Facebook and Pinterest to have much time for Sparkteams :)
In the past month, my weight loss has dramatically slowed down, as I knew it would. A weight loss journey is similar to a hot new romance: it's envelopes your every thought, it seems so wonderful (like it will finally bring you happiness), you have high hopes for it, but a couple months in, and it's REALLY hard work to keep it going. That's where I am now, and in the past, where I would have given up. So, I have that crazy "what should I do? what should I do?" feeling that I don't like. I hate not having a solution to a problem (it's the math geek in me). In just the past couple weeks, I have also been STARVING, although I have been at the same calorie range for the past 2 months. I'm not sure what is going on there, but I'm working on that too. Oh yeah, I've been doing my best NOT to exercise, although I know that will have to change too!
Last week, the Spark Solution Sparkteam sent me an e-mail, inviting me to join their summer challenge. "What? That book that I haven't even read yet? The challenge starts next week? Holy crap!" I spent the rest of the week trying to get a good start going in the book and slaying myself over whether I should join it or not. Well, dur, of course I should join! If we listen, God puts things in our life at just the right time. We may not want to do it, but He knows best. I begrudgingly pulled up my big girl panties (why yes, I wear big girl panties), put my bad attitude away, poured over the Spark Solution Sparkteam posts for motivation and tips (I could have gotten in another chapter of the book for the time I spent online reading the posts) and have publicly declared that I have joined the challenge.
Woops! Too late to back out now :)
Although I'm a bit disorganized getting this challenge started, I'm determined to give it a go from where I am. Old me would have made a hundred excuses to start this "when I have time" or "better prepared" or at the very least, "when I actually have the book read"! I'm not expecting perfection from myself, just honest effort and do something new that I haven't done so far!
I tried reading the book a couple times last week and fell asleep every time! I need WAY higher calories than the book recommends to begin with, as I am morbidly obese, so at this point, I find it easier to just keep up the weekly menu I have been using the past few months, but keeping myself open to tweeking it. Of course, it recommends exercise, but I can't remember how much!
I've been planning my meals ahead (minus the dinner entree - I keep that flexible with what's on sale or in my kitchen already) and already have a shopping list pre-made. Heck, I even have my pre-planned meals saved into food groupings on my tracker, so I just have to click on them once a day. I have 3 different breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 snacks and 7 fruit/veggie combos (to have with dinner) that I have on scheduled rotation. A little anal retentive, but it works great for me. Makes meal planning as a home executive who wants to be healthier a breeze.
So, I woke up a little late this morning (allergies have me not sleeping well lately); the house is too hot to cook my regular breakfast (and has been for days - we only have window AC), so before I make a smoothie, I spend some time online trying to get the nutrition to match closely to my standby breakfast; I printed out the Spark Solution Daily Reflection and NEAT sheets; posted to the Spark Solution Sparkteam; and even wrote my first blog post. Now, I'm going to get dressed (it's 11 AM, I think it's time), try one of the 10 minute DVDs that I got free with "The Spark Solution" and get a shower! Here, I was feeling bad because I was having a lazy morning, but really, I'm doing LOTS for my health!