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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Have you been on SparkPeople for a year or more -- and yet you haven't reached your goal? Or maybe you started out doing great in the beginning, but now you've reached a plateau or even gained a few pounds.

You need not beat yourself up over things like this. We are human. There are reasons we lose more when we first start a new lifestyle. First of all we follow the instructions to the exact letter. We are enthusiastic and excited. But as time goes on we miss the foods we used to eat. And even though we have learned during our time with SP what to eat, what not to eat, and what and how much we can allow ourselves as an occasional treat -- we live in denial. We become complacent.

So why am I saying it's all positive? Last year or even before that maybe you wore a size 14 (or larger) dress or pants; and now you're in a 10 or 12. That's positive. It used to be you thought nothing of getting together with friends and drinking 2 or 3 beers as you gobbled down pizza. Now if you try that, admit it, you have guilty thoughts in the back of your mind. You know it's fattening. You know it's unhealthy. And you are pretty sure you'll gain weight from it. Positive and progress are almost interchangeable. When you stop making progress it's because of habits you are allowing back into your life.

It's one thing to eat the wrong thing when you are not informed about nutrition, but it would be difficult to spend much time with SP as you see hints, articles, facts and figures regarding which food to eat, any and all subjects are available to you.

The thing about joining SparkPeople and deciding to live a Healthy Lifestyle is that it is NOT a diet. It is not something you can do for a month, or 6 months, lose 20 pounds or so, then quit and go back to your old lifestyle. A Healthy Lifestyle is a change in your lifestyle and it is meant to be permanent. So as you ease out of your habit of drinking 5 or 6 sodas per day, and slowly you're not drinking them at all, it does not mean that you will pick up that habit again later. Some foods will become rare treats, to be enjoyed in small quantities maybe once a month, maybe only once a year. It sounds harsh, but it's really not. Many people say that when they have been away from sweets, as an example, they really do not have the craving any longer.

Look for the positive in your life! Is your pants size smaller than last year? That's a positive!

Do you scan a menu at a restaurant and automatically know the best things for you to order? That's a positive!

Does your body look forward to it's daily walk or workout? That's a positive!

It is a good feeling to look at yourself in the mirror and realize that slim/trim figure is YOU! That's a big positive!

And if you'll look back at your attitude and personality changes that have taken place that is a positive!

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