Friday, August 16, 2013
I'm approaching my one year anniversary with SparkPeople in September 2013. I decided to look at what I've learned over the past year. Here are the top five.
l. MAKE SP YOUR "HEALTHY OBSESSION"
Every day "spin the wheel", answer the trivia questions, update your current status, read an article, track your food and exercise, write a blog, etc. It keeps you "ON TRACK" with your personal program. It keeps you motivated. It keeps you going. (I've been slacking in keeping up with my SparkTeam. I've got to work on that)
2. WATCH HOW MANY CALORIES YOU'RE DRINKING
Drink water NON STOP ! Add lemon or lime to make it tastier. Most people drink WAY TOO many calories. Alcohol calories especially for me. But I avoid Diet Soda because the artificial sweetener creates a craving in me for sugar. It doesn't quench my thirst. I just start drinking and eating more and more. I have a refillable water bottle that I carry with me EVERY WHERE. (I even accidentally carried it into the OutBack Steakhouse - I was embarrassed but the waitress said it was okay)
3. EAT LOTS OF FRUITS AND VEGGIES
I just LOVE produce. I eat a veggie sub almost every day. I steam frozen vegetables in the microwave. I open a can of vegetables for a quick snack. I roast vegetables in the oven. I have a piece of fruit every afternoon - usually an apple. I have dried fruit on hand so I never am "without". I'm not a vegetarian (I enjoy meat, fish, eggs, etc) but veggies are the staple of my "diet".
4. DO STRENGTH TRAINING
I've always walked a lot (cuz I don't have a car) but this past summer I started to do strength training and I love it. I joined a class at my local church where I learned to do "bicep curls", "triceps", "lateral raises", etc. So then I invested in a pair of 10 pound dumb bells and exercise at home in front of a full length mirror. I'm building muscle - and muscles burn more calories.
5. DON'T EVER QUIT
There have been lots of times when the scale hasn't moved or worse yet - gone up a couple pounds. But I have never given up. I get back on track with my program immediately. This is not a "DIET" in the common use of the word. (Really your "diet" is just what you normally eat every day). This is a LIFE STYLE. It's a complete life style of healthy living involving BODY - MIND - SPIRIT. Your whole life needs to be in balance. I really love Spark People - and I'll never QUIT.