BODDHISATTVA123's SparkPeople Blog BODDHISATTVA123's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Make a Different Decision - and Everything Changes This just happened and it's an "A-ha" moment, so I want to capture it right away. <BR> <BR> Background: Yesterday everything was going well, first time I did a 4th 45 minute cardio session since I started SP (this has been my goal). Food, good. Then I was on my way home, and really really hungry (dinner time). Too hungry. I thought about going home and cooking, and how long it would take, and it was too long. So I stopped at the grocery store for some comfort food and went home. Much better ... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 16:00:03 EST 40 days on Spark People - The View From Here As I was in the pool at the gym this afternoon, doing my 45 minutes of water jogging, I realized that today is Day 40 on Spark People, participating in Spark Coach, and being on this new journey. Since 40 days feels significant, I wanted to take stock, and talk about The View From Here. <BR> <BR> As so many people have commented on in other blogs, and what we of course know ourselves, I've been on a zillion diets, including Atkins for a year (never did lose all that much weight) and starting... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 18:48:37 EST What I Learned Today So this is what I learned today: <BR> <BR> 1. House cleaning can be good exercise - specifically, cleaned out the fridge, washed shelves, removed drawers, sparkly clean healthy foods shining back at me <BR> <BR> 2. For right now, I really do need to eat lightly during the day, and save more calories for the night time. I've been doing that since I started SP a month ago, and today thought, hey, I can have a bigger lunch. Nope..... Wound up eating over my calorie limit tonight. But I'm ok :)... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 23:11:34 EST Setting Goals - and Celebrating that I'm Still here! Yesterday's Spark Coaching video was all about the looking for the motivation behind the wanting to lose weight, and making That the goal. <BR> <BR> I'm all about Goals right now - short term, long term, meeting goals. This is new for me. Although I have accomplished a lot in my life, and plan on accomplishing a lot more :), still, I have never really consciously set goals for myself. It's time! <BR> <BR> So it's been a month now on SP, and there have been ups and downs. Lost 7 pounds, gain... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 15:10:22 EST OK Blogging, here we go...2013 on the horizon So started SP on 12/10/12, 20 days ago. Lost 7 pounds so far in the first 2 weeks. Of course then we've had the holidays which have thrown me off, mostly 1. not knowing how to count calories on the meals I've been eating, 2. thrown off my exercise schedule on some days, preparing meals and getting house ready for guests, and 3. eating out of my comfort zone. <BR> <BR> I think I'm a little afraid, almost like things are going too well and this is when I fail? It's certainly happened so very m... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 22:29:36 EST