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Monday, August 05, 2013

I've been here at Spark for a year and a half, and I have learned a lot and made some positive changes in my habits:
*I drink 8-10 glasses of water on most days.
*I exercise at least 10 minutes a day most days.
*I wear a pedometer that encourages me to move more.
*I take vitamin supplements.
*I am more mindful of eating whole foods and less inclined to eat processed ones.
*I have lowered my blood pressure to the point where I no longer need medication.
*I have been working toward being less critical of my body and appreciating the things it can do.

I have accomplished a lot, and I'm proud of myself. There are, however, three bad habits that now need my attention, because they are the reason that, despite all the healthy changes I listed above, my weight has been yo-yoing for the past year and a half. These bad habits are:
*not being mindful of the portions I am eating at meals
*too much alcohol
*out-of-control snacking (especially night-time snacking)

Now that I have the other healthy habits in place, I feel that it is time for me to really focus on portions, booze, and snacks. When I first started here, I sometimes felt overwhelmed by the number of changes I needed to make. Now I feel like I have more than enough time and energy to tackle these three bad habits and get them under control. I like to make goals for the month, so here are my goals for August:

1. Measure portions
2. Eat dinner off a smaller plate.
3. Start a "no-mindless-snacking" streak and change my ticker to reflect this goal
4. Get active again on the "Cutting Down the Booze" team and join a challenge there for August.

I can do this! Look at what I have already accomplished. I am stronger than these bad habits!
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