The new spark book
Thursday, July 11, 2013
On my recent stay with the in laws, I finally cracked open the new Spark book. Is it Spark Solution? I can't even remember right now.
Anyway, I found it pretty darn easy to read, and I liked how it set everything out for you. It did make it seem like it would be easy to lose weight.
However, it didn't address some of the obstacles that some of us have. There's very little about how to stop emotional eating, or addressing cravings.
I found it a little superficial, truth to tell. Not sure I really should have spent the money. Didn't care for 90% of the recipes. Don't really eat most of the things that they showcased as "bad" foods for you, so the swaps didn't grab my attention.
Although it totes itself as the last diet book that you'll need, truth is it's a diet book. And dieting is big business here in America.
Now, although I've been pretty critical, I would encourage everyone to read it and decide for themselves. I am not offering myself as the next diet guru, by any means. As we runners say, YMMV. (Your mileage may vary).
I am, however, very fortunate to be a part of the SparkPeople community. I say this with sincerity. Even if I don't comment or post that much, I am reading and cheering you on. I am grateful for everything you post, for the things you share.
I do believe that I have dieted my last diet. Now I follow a diet. It's a whole different thing. My diet consists of fruits, veggies, meat, bread. I am for at least five servings of vegetables and two servings of fruit a day, and I like it best when I have a variety of colors on my plate.
Do I eat whole grains? Just in my Cheerios.
Do I limit sugar? Yes and no. I try to avoid sugary processed foods, but I will eat things with sugar in them. And I'll eat sugar. And candy bars.
Do I eat enough fiber? Haven't been paying that much attention, truthfully, but with an average of seven servings of fruits and veggies a day, I'm probably okay.
Do I drink too much Diet Coke? Yes.
Should I eat more fish? Probably, but fish and brown rice are right up there next to beets on my "not if I can avoid eating it" list. Along with tofu, bean sprouts, okra, eggplant, and figs.
Am I losing weight? Yes.
Slowly but surely.
There's no secret. You have to burn more calories than you ingest. It is just that easy.
And that hard.
There's no secret. You really don't start to lose weight (or keep it off) until you love and accept your body for what it is, and honor it for what it's done. Hating your body, right now, is not the way to get a better body.
Personally, this has been the key, loving and accepting my body right now. Just a couple of months ago, I filled three journal pages of hate of my body. I was in a hotel room, with mirrors everywhere. I couldn't avoid them. But this weekend, I looked at my naked self in the mirror and said "well, hello, there, aren't you gorgeous." The difference in my weight? About seven pounds. The difference in my attitude? It's just flesh. It is not who I am, or what I do. It's a number.
Yeah, I do want to lose weight. I want to wear nice clothes. I want to wear a swim suit. (I don't currently own one). It's going to be a one piece. I want to tell people that I'm a runner and not have them look at me askance. I want to decrease my waist size, because right now I'm in an unhealthy place. I want better posture. I want more flexibility, and more strength.
It's not easy to change yourself. I had to have help. I went to a hypnotist to get rid of the negative voice in my head that was in my way. It was a little pricey (the place I went doesn't take insurance), but I am grateful every day. I have lost about six pounds since the end of May because of this. I went twice and have two CD's that I listen to every night. I'm less anxious also, sleep better, run better, and have a better attitude about working out.
I also bought a FitBit. That has helped me so much see how every movement counts. I am now averaging just over 10,000 steps a day. My low step day this week was Sunday, with 4000, and my high step day was last Friday, with 20,000. It just doesn't feel like a chore any more. I see on my FitBit today that I climbed 8 flights of stairs. Just a couple of months ago, it was hard for me to climb one. I don't even remember climbing 8 (didn't do it all at once, obviously).
Life is good. I am grateful. Thank you for letting me share this.