Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Getting started is not easy. You have to make a commitment to do the thing, whatever it is you want to do.
When you get started, you become consumed with the new thing, until it becomes a natural part of your life. Experts say that takes about 3 weeks; starting a new "habit" or breaking an old one. Its change, and change is something you have to work on every day.
I started SparkPeople 9 days ago... I am immersing myself in this website and trying to find everything it has to offer. As my son would say, I'm "eat up with it".
This isn't the first time I've tried to lose weight. I've done Weight Watchers. I found logging my food and counting calories/points to be very easy and dare I say - fun - so the Nutrition Tracker is a welcome tool on this website.
I started walking again - and its not as hard as I expected it to be. I used to walk for my health, back when I was slim, before I wrenched my knee while walking my dogs and injured myself. Now walking is difficult, because that knee is arthritic, and it hurts when I'm on my feet for a long time. But I'm trying - I'm letting moderation be my guide this time. I can walk a mile in about 20 minutes right now. That's good enough for starters - I break a sweat so I know its a cardio exercise. I just have to DO IT everyday. I've slacked off a couple days now and I need to go walk this evening, no excuses.
I've started cooking more healthfully. I became interested in "clean eating" when my bloodwork came back "bad" in June. My cholesterol and triglycerides were both in the mid-300's and my doctor put me on Zocor. I started researching food, and found quinoa and lentils. I love both, and have been cooking them regularly for about 3 months now. My bloodwork was much improved - both numbers in the 190s just after 6 weeks of medication and diet modification. So I know I can eat healthier and enjoy it. I've also incorporated lots more fruit and vegetables into my diet in the last month or so. I still crave carbs, but I'm grabbing an Activia yogurt or a piece of fruit instead of a handful of crackers.
On my 9th day in, it still seems like a big start, but I realize I've been preparing for this all summer. Spark People has helped me put all the pieces together, so I can succeed this time. I'm excited to be here!