JOYFUL814's SparkPeople Blog JOYFUL814's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community One week down - the rest of my life to go... It's strange, I've been trying to lose weight for years, honestly it feels like my entire life. I've made many many plans over the years and as always the challenge isn't the plan, it's the execution. I can follow the exercise portion pretty easily, but the meal planning is much more challenging. I feel like I'm either not fully satiated or I'm sacrificing what I really want. It's frustrating because I think I can do it but almost once a week I let it all go and eat whatever I want. I think ... Sun, 7 Dec 2014 09:51:33 EST Steady As I Go So I'm three days into my 100 day challenge - not long I know, but I believe in little wins. I've been doing well and I've completed all of my goals so far. I know that I have a habit of over thinking things and I throw everything on myself and then soon realize it was too ambitious. So this time I'm setting simple goals and being really flexible. So I couldn't get to my workout in the morning, no problem, I did it when I got home from work. I broke up my walks throughout the day, I planned m... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 21:42:02 EST 100 Day Challenge - Consistency Is the Goal I'm a planner, I even consider myself compulsive about planning the future. The problem? I plan so much that I forget to actually pay attention to what's going on right now and when I get too tired, too bored or it all becomes too much I quit. Then what? I start planning again, for the next adventure. So the current plan is a consistency challenge. One hundred days of meal planning, exercise and random other things. In total it won't take a lot of time, but I just need to keep going! <BR> <B... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 19:44:34 EST Welcome Back! It's been so long since I've entered anything I feel like I'm starting over. But that's life - I'm back and tracking. My goals haven't changed so perhaps it's not really a reintroduction, but the path I was meant to be on all along. Happy Monday! Mon, 29 Sep 2014 09:38:43 EST Stay Calm and Carry On So I'm holding steady and continuing my daily exercise and healthy eating plan and I've honestly surprised myself. I've been battling my weight my entire life, I've either been on a diet or planning to be on a diet for years. I've made charts, graphs, bought gadgets and the latest exercise products all hoping for that thing that would work for me. But I know there's no magic to this process - the magic for me is trusting the process. I have a problem with consistency and I get bored easily. I... Fri, 16 Aug 2013 07:54:10 EST On Track Things are going well - I visited family this weekend and it's amazing how easy it is to fall off the wagon when I'm out of my regular environment. I attended a picnic and was surrounded by every party sweet you can imagine - but overall I managed to get through it. I enjoyed a lot of those sweets, in small proportions, but I'm human and it's OK. I know that I'm going to be confronted with temptations like that everyday, I just need to choose what kind of life I want. I didn't exercise as muc... Thu, 8 Aug 2013 10:24:32 EST Time to Change Things Up I got a little bored with my workouts - I started getting distracted and I noticed my excitement lessening. So I changed things and opted for a longer 15 minute total body workout every other day. I also started to walk more throughout the day and it's helped reinvigorate me. I'm able to get off the train and take a longer walk to and from work and take a 20 minute walk at lunch. It really helps break up my day and improve my mood. It feels good! <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 16:27:47 EST Noticing the Change I've been doing really well - days 18, 19 & 20 are under my belt and I see how just a little bit of exercise creates a shift in my thinking. I did 5 minutes of exercise this morning, something really good for myself and then I choose oatmeal for breakfast instead of a fried egg sandwich, then I go for a walk after work and instead of ice cream as an after dinner snack I have mango. It's a pervasive feeling of choosing to do different things throughout my day. Don't get me wrong I do find myse... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 17:26:30 EST Every Little Bit Helps! Days 15, 16 & 17 have been great - I'm getting stronger and feeling less sore so I'm making progress. But I came to a revelation of sorts a couple of days ago. Someone commented that every little bit helps and I realized how right they were. That seems simple enough but it's actually quite profound in weight loss. I've been overweight my entire life and I always have some grand plan involving intricate workouts and extensive eating plans. I charge ahead with all the hope in the world but then... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 10:14:50 EST So Far So Good! Days 12, 13 and 14 have been good - this 5 minute habit was a great idea. I set a timer and just get on with it and then I've accomplished something. I'm very happy so far. <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 10:42:25 EST Yay!! Days 8,9,10 &11 I've gotten into a rhythm with my exercise and it feels good. Five minutes makes a difference and I even feel a little sore from the effort. I wasn't sure that I'd feel anything honest;y. So for someone like me who really doesn't like exercise that's an added bonus. I even noticed that I'm able to push myself a little harder than when I first started. So I'm really hopeful to see even more improvement in the next couple of weeks. <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 11:00:51 EST Day 6 & 7 So far so good - it's funny I didn't think 5 minutes could be so challenging, but I'm realizing more about myself. My plan is to always do my exercise in the morning but yesterday I woke up with headache and I didn't want to chance it getting worse. So I thought OK - I'll just do it when I get home from work. But immediately I had this voice in my head saying No! - Do it now or you'll never do it! You're just being lazy! I had to stop and take a breath because I realized that my inner voice i... Fri, 12 Jul 2013 11:24:47 EST Day 4 & 5 I've been keeping up with my five minute exercise each morning and I feel a little sore so I know it's not just fluffy movement, I'm actually doing something good for me. It sets me up for the day and wakes me up a little so I feel good about it - <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 19:58:30 EST Day 2 and 3 So far so good - it's kind of amazing how small things make a big difference - five minute exercise in the morning and I feel like I've accomplished something. It's actually really good for me also to do something early in the day that reminds me to be healthy. Mon, 8 Jul 2013 19:14:23 EST Day 1 Exercise So it's funny but the five minute goal worked out really well for me. I have a habit of setting goals that are so big or so difficult to achieve that I set myself up for failure. But five minutes - no problem and I actually went and worked out later and it felt like icing on the cake. So I'm pleased! Sat, 6 Jul 2013 23:08:18 EST Hopeful Exercise Habit So I read an article that suggests doing four things to start the exercise habit. <BR> <BR> 1 - Set an easy, specific, measurable goal. <BR> 2 - Log it daily. <BR> 3 - Report it to others and <BR> 4 - Add motivation as needed <BR> <BR> here's the link<BR>rt-the-exercise-habit/ <BR> <BR> My goal is to work out for five minutes each day in the morning, on a different body part each day Day 1 abs, Day 2 arms, Day 3 legs and repeat continually f... Fri, 5 Jul 2013 21:21:00 EST Fitness Frustration I read an article that talked about people who dislike exercise. The author wrote that instead of trying to fall in love with exercise, one should try to get to obtain the fitness level necessary to fall in love with exercise. Interesting concept, but I can totally relate. I'm overweight and out of shape and while mentally I want to enjoy it, physically, exercise can be challenging and leave me feeling frustrated. <BR> <BR> I got a great recommendation - be adventurous! In the past I've tri... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 13:22:22 EST Fitness Journey I keep trying to find the exercise and fitness regime that I love. It's been a long struggle and I'm still searching. I long for that moment when I can say - Yes this is the one! Maybe I'll fall in love with hot yoga, or decide that Zumba is what's missing in my life. I've heard that exercise gives you energy and makes you ready to face the day. But I've mostly felt tired and lethargic from exercise. So here's my fitness challenge, what can I do that engages me? What can I do that's fun? What... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 15:10:19 EST New Year, New Me What is most important is not where you stand, but the direction you're going in - Vickie M. Worsham <BR> <BR> So it is 2013 and I have made another plan! I have decided to lose weight - again! I am hopeful and determined, but also a little scared. I have made this pledge many times over the years. I actually thought about it and I realized that I have either been on a diet or planning to be on a diet since I was 14 - which was many moons ago. But part of what I realize is that I can't hold ... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 11:49:39 EST