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Looking Back: Weight, Exercise, Eating Out

Thursday, January 09, 2014

My Weight Watcher card they gave me when they went on compute verifies what I remember. When I started with SparkPeople on 9/2/09 I weighed 145.4 at WW; by the end of October I was down to 137.2. Even though I came to SP for maintenance, I found that I could lose more and liked it! The SparkPeople nutrition tracker and articles gave me a big boost. I quit eating so many diet foods (fat free cheese, fat free mayo, fat free sour cream, Weight Watcher treats, reduced-calorie breads) and focused on the SP Super Foods.

I also started strength training seriously, and for the first time made sure I took a recovery day in order to build strength. And I increased my cardio dramatically, partly because I read it helped, and partly because I became almost obsessed with getting SparkPoints!

My blog on Nov 9, 2009, was about going out to eat. I commented that I had become comfortable with estimating WW points at restaurants, but I didn't have a clue how to count all the 75 nutrients I was tracking on SP when nutritional info was unavailable. I ordered blackened redfish without the sauce and a double order of seasonal vegetables and felt good about it the next day, even if I couldn't say how many vitamins and minerals were in it.

What lessons are there for me here?
*Maybe just for nostalgia creating some of those "go-to" foods I originally lost weight on would be fun. But overall, I eat better now.

*I need to get back into regular strength training. I've been fairly hit and miss, with injuries being sometimes a reason and sometimes an excuse. Even if you have a sore glute AND a sore hand you can still do core exercises, for example.

*I realize I've greatly increased the intensity of my cardio workouts now that I'm running regularly, but I also realize I've cut way back on the length of my workouts. I'm going to spend more time in enjoyable cardio in between running days.

*I no longer fear eating out in restaurants, but I prefer to eat at home where it is easier to eat healthy.

*SparkPoints don't motivate me so much any more, but that is perfectly okay!

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    I prefer eating at home too. I can control my sodium better that way. :)
    1527 days ago
    I've experienced lots of the same shifts that you've described too and think that they're indicators of just how far we've come in really shifting to permanent, healthy lifestyles. It's not about dieting and total restriction, but about happily living with our healthier choices. And you're doing a great job of that!
    1528 days ago
    1528 days ago
    I loved your line...Sparks points don't motivate me anymore"

    I still like my sparks points and get as many as I can each day...just a fun hobby for me.
    Have a terrific day Marsha.
    1528 days ago
    I love read your reflections and re-evaluations! Makes me think I need to write more about my experiences so I can learn from them. Thanks for sharing!
    1528 days ago
    1528 days ago
    Through the years, you have learned what works and what doesn't and how to adjust. Keep on SParking and do what feels good. And only you know that will be.
    1528 days ago
    Sounds like you are maturing in your health activities. Your running and weight have been great. Hope you can keep that up for yourself.
    1528 days ago
    1528 days ago
    What a great idea, to look back at your own blogs - and compare them to how you are doing now. It helps us to remember those lessons we learned along the way - that we may no longer think about.
    1528 days ago
    I originally came to SP for motivation to not slide back into bad habits after weight lost. I started to love fitness from SP articles, blogs, member stories and got into running! Love that we all came for different reasons but have all found great tools, inspiration, motivation and support! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1528 days ago
    When I look back (and you are inspiring me to think about where I started) it's true that I lost weigh with "diet foods" but now to a much greater extent I eat "super foods". Real food, not manufactured diet versions of not so healthy stuff.

    It's genuinely become a way of life for me too.
    1528 days ago
    Get that sore GLUT on a foam roller! Marsha, I know you have one like every other distance runner I know.

    I think you do a great job on SP and as for the points, just think of SP like the bar in CHEERS -- where everyone knows your name!

    1528 days ago
    You stay active in the community, and when you find a few pounds creep up, all your recipes, trackers and Spark family will be here for support. But what you have accomplished, is truly made a healthy LIFESTYLE so second nature you don't even have to think about it. But by looking back you are realizing where you have been and where you are going, you are inspirational.
    1529 days ago
  • GABY1948
    I am loving these blogs of yours, Marsha! It helps me to see what you did and where you have been. I have never had a problem eating out....always actually found it easier...but I don't like to cook because I never had anyone to teach me.

    After reading this, I also realized that I have been hit or miss on the strength your blogs are VERY good for me, Marsha! emoticon
    1529 days ago
    I am still a sucker for Spark points! Wish I could catch the running bug--I do it because I should, not because I love it. But I'd love to lose a bit more--so cardio is likely the way for me to go. You have done a GREAT job!!
    1529 days ago
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