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"!