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Getting back into the swing of things...

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

So I fell off the Spark wagon a few months back from what was, in retrospect, fairly haphazardly committed plan anyways. Now with the New Year here, I've of course renewed my interest in losing weight and getting in better fitness shape. No matter how many times you fall down, none of it matters so long as you keep getting back up, right? Well that's me. I started here a little over a year ago, and had some initial very encouraging success, then well, not so much. The last 6 months have been quite stressful with life, work, etc., which didn't help and really just provided some additional excuses to use. But I recognize that, and I recognize that now I'm even worse shape than when I started last year (don't get me started on how I let that happen).

So, I've been poking around the Spark website more, and reading articles, and focusing first on my nutritional goals, and slowly working up back to the level of exercise that I used to be at (and loved). As part of this renewal, I was reading my Spark Start Page, and found the new members guide (for 500 pts when you finish!), so I thought I'd see what that had to offer.

Interestingly, I came across this passage in the first section that really intrigued me and made me think about my own program.

" The SparkPeople program originated from our realization many years ago that two main types of expertise could be combined into a revolutionary program to help people reach goals:
The first type is expertise on any health and fitness areas that can help your body improve, such as: nutrition, fitness, and sleep
The second type of expertise comes from areas that help you mentally, including: motivation, goal setting, stress management, and leadership."

So the first one I've definitely spent a lot of time thinking about. What caught my attention was the second type of expertise that helps you mentally here. Things like motivation, goal setting and stress management and leadership. I mean yeah, I get it. Making goals and being motivated is part of the larger picture, as well as stress management and sharing your ideas with others. I've made goals and I've made an effort to recognize factors which derail me, but I haven't thought a whole lot about motivation, in and of itself, and that maybe I ought to make a "motivation" plan in addition to my nutrition and fitness plans.

So here I go. One thing I've done in the past, is to put a small sticker on my calendar in my office for everyday that I get exercise in. I think for this month, I am going to restart this visual motivator, except for this month, I will add stickers for days that I've stayed within my nutritional goals. Maybe next month I'll switch back to using it to label exercise days.

Another idea to help keep up my motivation, is to focus on smaller weight loss goals. So my ticker is set at 10 lb intervals, and I'm aiming for 5 pounds/month goal. Once I reach my next 5 pound marker, I'm going to go shopping for a small little fun item, like earrings or crazy socks, etc.

My third idea to help keep my motivation, is to be more active in posting on my blog, and interacting with the community here -- as I already know, it's a great place to help keep you excited about your goals.

Okay, so I'm starting off with some little steps, but at least I'm going in the right direction. I've got 3.2 more pounds to go until my next "mini-goal"!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
JUMPINJULIE 2/6/2014 2:43PM

    You can do it.

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MARIAJESTRADA 1/16/2014 6:43PM

    You keep going! emoticon

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JLKCANADA 1/16/2014 7:52AM

    emoticon Inspiring blog! - I love the stickers idea!

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JACKIE15108 1/15/2014 4:07AM

    Congratulations on a great restart and on your organizational skills.....everything is all ready to go for success!
I'm giving myself sparkgoodies for every day I exercise. at least for the first few weeks until I establish the habit of exercise....then I'll set larger goals (going to a week) with larger rewards.

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_BABE_ 1/15/2014 1:52AM

    I like 10 pound intervals as well...whatever we need to do right? emoticon

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AWESOMECHELZ 1/13/2014 12:59PM

    I LOVE the idea of the sticker everyday I exercise. I am going to do it. emoticon AND emoticon We all fall of the wagon but not all come back. emoticon

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CHICKPEA23 1/11/2014 4:03PM

    I really like your approach! Breaking things down into smaller goals always seems to help me get things done too. I hope you keep up the great work and keep us posted!
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ILOVEMALI 1/9/2014 1:31PM

    Great job there! I love mini-goals. If I work with 3-pound increments, I'm generally more successful.

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TIG123GER 1/9/2014 12:33PM

    Sounds like you've got an EXCELLENT plan!! Little goals are so much easier to celebrate and hit. Keep up the good work and we WILL do this in 2014!!!!

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GAILANN48 1/9/2014 11:41AM

    What great insight! Your reflections on what you read, and your interpretations of how to fit it all into what works for you both inspired me. (And you thought you were doing it just for you! LOL)

Glad to see you back, Friend. Yours is a perspective I've missed.
:) Gail

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EL-E-E 1/9/2014 7:55AM

    great goals!


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THINRONNA 1/9/2014 6:49AM

    This blog is wonderful! You have a really good solid plan here I think. I have to admit that I especially like that you will be posting more blogs! (selfish reasons :-) I completely understand about being derailed and having a need to get back on track. One think I am so very proud of you for is not ever giving up and going at it again!

Whoo HOOOO! Here is to a wonderful 2014! emoticon emoticon

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MOVEITMARY 1/8/2014 10:42PM

    I'm glad you are back!!!

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MOM2ACAT 1/8/2014 6:02PM

    I keep track of my fitness minutes on a paper calender as well, in addition to tracking them here. The visual reminder really helps me too.

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INNERJETTIC 1/8/2014 4:40PM

    Me too!! Loads of things knocking me off my wagon. But you have to be here!! What would we do without your nekkid people stories and such?!! lol

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SEATTLE58ANEW 1/8/2014 4:30PM

    Good for you for starting again on the wagon, and like you say, it doesn't matter how many times we fall, as long as we get up. That's what's been happening to me too. I still track everything but haven't been that great with the eating and exercise, so am trying to get back doing more with those areas. So good for all you've done so far! emoticon

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KLONG8 1/8/2014 3:59PM

    Reading this I think you've come a long way. We keep mentioning "this is a journey" and it is. Some times your path is straight and true and often you meander. The key is coming back, refocusing and moving forward. That's where you are right now. I think you're in a great place and know if you follow your plan you'll see those pounds disappear. Happy 2014!

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