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Hmmm….

Thursday, January 09, 2014

So I really don't check my Sparkmail. Not going to lie, its probably one of the more awkward features of the site that feels clunky. (sorry Spark Team leaders!)

But I got one today from a Spark Coach, so I thought I'd check it out -- they want me to fill out the success story questionnaire to see if I could be a featured story or at least add it to the database. I'm preeeetty sure the asked me before and I ignored it.

Well this time I actually clicked on the link, and it didn't work. :-/

Sometimes i don't feel like I have done anything. I don't feel like a success. I know I post a lot of positive blogs, but if you put me in a corner with a bright light and ask me questions, you will get a very different Sara.

I don't like to brag, I don't like to boast, I don't like to think of myself as a success when I'm PMSing and have had five candy bars this week… I'm in a dark period of "oh I'll get this done soon" and "oh I'll work out tomorrow, but its snow shoveling" and "oh I'll eat better once I move out of my parents house" and "oh I'll eat a lot better once I actually make enough money to pay my bills" …

You know what those are = excuses.

I got fatter of Christmas. I know it. My jeans are TIGHT. I am going to reset on Monday and really try to buckle down on food. Currently I'm trying to plan my semester, dig out of all of this -20 windchill weather, and have a short vacation planned for this weekend.

But seriously I need to snap the heck out of this excuses loop I've been in since Christmas.

SO what do I need to do:
--eat better
--drink more water
--sleep
--exercise more
--stay positive
--count calories again (eeeh? probably)

So yea, that's basically the list for how to lose weight in a nutshell. Simple right (everyone rolls their eyes)

Oh yea, so my little trip? My fiancé wanted to take a break before my semester starts and wanted to go visit his alma mater in Madison, WI. So the idiots that we are -- are going to go on vacation… to Wisconsin… in the middle of freakin' winter. I really must love this boy because that is ridiculous.

And while we go back to revisit his old college haunts (read = bars and restaurants) and go to a hockey game… then spend Saturday shooting and board gaming, followed by a night out in Milwaukee, WI -- and then church with the best friend of my fiancé who is also the pastor who is going to marry us…

So hopefully I don't freeze this weekend and can actually get over my excuses and on the right path for 2014.

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JMANDA86 1/14/2014 3:00PM

    I was in Milwaukee this past weekend too! I grew up like 30 min west and was visiting friends and my parents too. I love Milwaukee. I'd move there in a minute if I could find a job. Way cheaper than Chicago and the burbs where I live.

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SKAHONEY4U 1/13/2014 3:56PM

    I think you have done a wonderful job and are incredibly motivational and inspirational. I'm sure it doesn't feel that way, but take a look at your before pictures and maybe that will help!

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SUSIEGKORN 1/10/2014 3:10PM

    You've got nothing on the Queen of Excuses writing this comment. I think the excuses are just easier than the hard work it takes to eat healthier and choose to fit in some daily exercise. I just typed this as my status and it seems to fit here:
"It never gets easier. YOU get stronger. Don't resolve. Evolve." (believe it or not, this is from a Michelob Ultra ad-LOL)

Anyway, have fun this weekend, you crazy girl going to Wisconsin for a get-away! When you get back, think about one change you want to make and go from there.

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MIPCY1 1/10/2014 1:55PM

    I know the feeling of "I'll do better when..." I've been fighting that myself for the past few months. I've decided that I have to do it NOW, not later. And you have weight loss in a nutshell. The problem is putting that into action (It's hard, I know!). You can do it!

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RR1_RR1 1/10/2014 1:49PM

    You got engaged! Whoa, congratulations!

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CHODGES83 1/10/2014 11:54AM

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TRAVELGRRL 1/10/2014 10:17AM

    Doesn't everyone gain weight over the holidays?

The difference between the NEW us and the OLD us is that we NOW can pull out of the negative cycle and get to business.

Why wait until it's 20 pounds? Let's do it now while it's still just a few. You can do this, and enjoy your weekend!

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MISTY_MOUNTAINS 1/9/2014 7:09PM

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JUSTME9898 1/9/2014 5:58PM

    Hope you weekend is more fun that it is sounding. I agree about the Sparks mail. Sometimes I even have problems accessing it. You are a success story. I can hear you chuckling at your own foibles When we can laugh at ourselves we are on the road to recovery.

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