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Support: Maize Mountaineer Style


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

My support system for a healthy lifestyle has been my Spark Family and my DH. As I've meditated on "support" for my team focus, I've been sad because that is the extent of my support system (apart from God as my Strength, of course). It is eye-opening to really see this. As Sparkers well know, we are ambushed with loving intent by our friends and family, in my case, they just can't understand the big deal about exercise and clean eating. Food and lots of it is fun. Well, of course it is! However, I ambush myself when I reach for food for comfort when sad, scared, stressed, tired...insert any human emotion. So, how do I address this challenge of support?

Preparedness: I think that at the forefront I must put on Forgiveness. I will stumble, my sweetheart will stumble with his own food demons, our family will stumble because they like their eating habits. I will face each day armed with the Word of God and my affirmations. I continue to guard my choice to live healthy and strong. Since I'm on vacation with family, I am unable to reach out to my Spark Family as I would like. When I stumble, forgiveness and an examination of the source of that stumble will be examined. Why did I want that? Why did I allow myself to talked into unhealthy choices?

Fitness: my support for fitness and my partner is my sweetie. The posted cardio in the Spark threads encourage and spur me onward. I commit to turning to both for inspiration this week.

Nutrition: I will keep my affirmations in my mind. Every day I will ask my sweetheart to help me win by backing me up when I refuse to eat as the family likes and to ask me if I really need the unhealthy food that I reach for when I stumble.

Self reflection: every moment is a choice to eat clean or not. This week my affirmations are:

I visualize myself fit and healthy and take action to make it happen.
I will hydrate before, during and after exercise.
Eating right is becoming easier and easier.
I choose a healthy lifestyle.
I take responsibility for my health and fitness choices.

Accountability: My DH will be my accountability partner. I commit to sharing my victories and challenges twice a week to my Spark Family. I will track my food to the best of my ability.

This is tough for me, I don't like asking for help or being held accountable for my own poor choices when I've decided to medicate myself with food. Gosh, I really am human! emoticon

I'm proud to be a part of my Spark Family's wins and challenges. Let's do this and climb nearer to our goals this week! emoticon
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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MARYBETH4884 1/21/2014 1:08PM

    I am so glad DH is on board with your goal of a healthy lifestyle! It helps so much!

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SLIMMERJESSE 1/21/2014 10:41AM

    I have a very tough time asking for help as well. Wishing you a wonderful 2014.

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KITT52 1/21/2014 10:35AM

    I am right with you...I have trouble asking for help....but we need to keep pushing, trying to do our best....

I need to remind myself I have kept 200 pounds off since 2009 ..these 10 pounds that keep coming back seem to be my biggest struggle....but with Gods strength I will do this....

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