Monday, August 05, 2013
A long time ago I noticed that I wasn't taking advantage of the social aspects of Sparkpeople AT ALL, which is probably why I wasn't sticking with it. I made a new account (this one) as a fresh start and told myself that I would treat SP like Facebook and find ways to make it fun. I feel like this put a lot of the responsibility on others and not on myself because I didn't do much to reach out and instead was just disappointed by the number of defunct groups and teams I seemed to have joined.
Recently I had a breakthrough. I was researching bentos in order to make healthier, more nutritiously diverse lunches for work when it hit me- I had no idea what the different food groups looked like! I mean, I knew that they included dairy, grains, etc., but I didn't know what those groups included. I did some basic research on the government's nutrition page and suddenly it all made sense!
I learned that protein can keep me fuller for longer than just carbs. This explained why I sometimes feel like I haven't eaten after eating unhealthy foods. They weren't complex enough to stay with me. Amazing! Now I'm much more deliberate in what I eat. My favorite breakfast is now a spinach, tomato, and cheese omelet instead of a bagel. I feel a lot more in control now.
I also realized that another reason for my not sticking with SP was that I never set any goals. I would come here just to log fitness and meals, then log out. Since I didn't have any goals, I had no parameters to measure success except for pounds lost. Plus, my lack of goals made it easier to give up because I didn't have much motivating me. I sat down on August 1st and wrote my goals, just for this month. I hope to type them up here soon. I also hope to write more often, as I think this is another key to success. Right now though I'm going to do my Jillian Michaels DVD before going to work :)