SEROGERS's SparkPeople Blog SEROGERS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Looking Forward, Looking Back I've been challenged to visualize where I'll be in 10 years, and what I might say to my "now" self, then. That is a challenge indeed! I certainly know where I want to be: healthy, several sizes smaller, fitter, involved in all types of exercise regularly, fully connected with family and friends and helping to inspire them to reach their goals . . . . But can I believe that "me" is really out there? That's the question! <BR> <BR> Based on past experience, I'd have to say that particular... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 06:55:02 EST My August Challenge So here it is August 1st! I find it hard to believe that summer is half over, and that I've been Sparking for three whole months now! Progress has been . . . well, inconsistent. So much coming and going, during the summer, when I couldn't access my Spark account; so many "special events" and holidays, birthdays and outings that all involved high-calorie foods . . . . But also so many opportunities to get outside and enjoy the nice weather and different, fun types of exercise! And so much ... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 12:12:37 EST Not "You have to" but "I can"! Yes, I can! When I started my Spark journey (a couple of months ago), I had a lot to learn about what weight loss and living a healthy lifestyle were all about. I thought I had to follow a specific diet (which had never worked, long-term, for me before), giving up all kinds of foods that I love and focusing on eating only healthy, "diet-worthy" foods. But I sure was confused about just what those magical "healthy" foods were! Only certain fruits and veggies? Maybe lean meats? Certainly not bread or ... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 13:00:38 EST Stress Eating I know, stress is bad for you, mentally and physically. I know it can derail a diet (by making you crave lots of "comfort foods" you would normally avoid, or at least eat in moderation; or it can make your metabolism less effective at burning calories you consume). <BR> <BR> I have been under a significant amount of stress lately, and I do see that I've eaten more, and more of the "wrong things" than I would have otherwise. But I also see that I've exercised more than I would have, too. ... Sat, 22 Jun 2013 10:12:35 EST Social Eating I have found, over the last couple of months of Sparking, that I'm pretty good at following my eating plan when I have time to pre-plan meals, do a complete shopping, and be home to cook. (That's an accomplishment, all in itself, for rather disorganized me!) But I have also noticed a real issue: how to handle eating properly in a social situation. <BR> <BR> Over and over in the past weeks I've run into situations where a friend has invited me over for coffee (which I love), and has made c... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 12:45:46 EST Why lose weight? Why go to all this effort? What's the real payoff? Obviously, we all want to see lower numbers on the scale, to have a socially acceptable body size, and to be able to do some things that overweight may be holding us back from trying now. But for me, personally, the real reason for starting this journey is all about health. My last physical revealed that my blood pressure was borderline high, and I know that in my family there is a history of high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, ... Sun, 9 Jun 2013 07:43:46 EST Have My Cake and Eat It Too The last couple of days have not been my best, healthy-eating-wise! A birthday, an end-of-school celebration (I teach part-time), and a date with my DH have offered more temptation to overeat than I could resist! <BR> <BR> But the good news is that, with SparkPeople's help, I've not gotten into the "drat, I've ruined my diet, now I might as well give up and go back to my old (unhealthy) ways" thinking that I've fallen into so many times before! I was reminded that a bad choice (or a few ... Sat, 8 Jun 2013 10:39:31 EST To Exercise or Not to Exercise Every day I have the choice: get my exercise for the day, or find other things to spend my time on, instead. Honestly, it's hard to get going, some days. I am just not in the mood to go work out! I really enjoy going to the gym for the social time: exercising with a friend always makes the workout go so much faster! But it's harder to be motivated when my friend won't be coming along. Or when it's too hot out. Or when I've already had to go to work and then clean my house, and I'm tir... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 11:35:34 EST One month and counting I've been on my Sparkpeople "journey" about a month now; time to take stock. There have been two out-of-town and away-from-Sparkpeople trips in the last month, but overall I've tried to keep the program goals in mind. I know it's working! <BR> <BR> I dislike weighing myself (best to avoid being too closely tied to whether the numbers on the scale are going down, or going down fast enough), but I can already feel some changes. I do have more energy! I do find myself more willing to try ... Thu, 30 May 2013 11:15:19 EST