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Slow and Steady
I reread The Spark last week and it kind of helped to set me straight. After reading the book and looking over the goals I had initially set and then writing in my journal, I realized something. I was doing this entirely wrong. I thought I was f... Read more
I haven't been doing very well and am in desperate need of some support. Ever since my sister came to visit this summer, it seems like all of the wonderful habits I have developed over all this time have just been flushed down the toilet. I'm ba... Read more
Back From Costa Rica
Hey everyone! I got back from Costa Rica Saturday night and boy, has it been a rush. I am going to miss it and my host family so much, and it has been really sad. But being home has felt pretty good too.
While I was there, I made an effort... Read more
40 Pounds Gone!
I just can't believe I was able to pull this off. When I reflect on all that I have accomplished, it makes me want to cry. All that hard work really paid off. I pushed through plateaus, didn't give up after falling off track, and remained consis... Read more
The Spark Chapter Eight
So I went a little longer with the second week than just a week, but I think it's fine. I have taken some significant steps to developing healthier habits. I was already doing a good job with me exercise, but in the past week and a half I've rea... Read more
The Spark Chapter Seven: Healthy Diet Habits
I've fallen a little behind in the 28 day program because of coming back to school and being super busy and traveling and being stressed overall. The first day I didn't follow the plan, I forgave myself. The second day I didn't follow the plan, ... Read more
Learn What You Eat
I have been remiss for the past couple of days because of the holiday and having to drive back to school. I was really trying to not let those become excuses but sadly they have been. I've been really good about not beating myself up over my mis... Read more
As part of the Fast Break, I am supposed to set my rewards. I've always kind of had a hard time doing this...especially making them non-food related rewards. But I think I've got a pretty good list now. I'm doing it by the percentage of the amou... Read more
So on the ... Read more
The Spark Chapter Six: Fast Break
My three fast break goals are:
1. Drink 8 8-oz. glasses of water each day.
2. Stretch for 10 minutes each day.
3. Read a motivational story/book each day.
My Sparktime: When I wake up in the morning and log in to ... Read more
The Spark Chapter Five
I always knew I liked helping others, but for some reason never thought of it as a career path until after my first year in college. So now I am a Human Services major. I don't really know what I want to do with that, but I do kno... Read more
The Spark Chapter Four
Choose to Stay in Control of Your Life:
With the way I have grown up, I think my pessimism that I learned from the environment I have lived in has been the main inhibitor of my weight loss. I definitely have the self-defeating attitude, and I ... Read more
The Spark Chapter Three
Fitness is More Than Exercise:
I didn't realize how much the crisscross effect actually works until I analyzed my lifestyle this past semester at school. It was far from perfect, but I regularly exercised, drank more water than I used to, ate ... Read more
The Spark Chapter Two
I never really thought about why I wanted to lose weight and the real purpose behind it until SparkPeople came into my life. When I started out with this program, some of my reasons were to be more attractive and to fit in better with... Read more
The Spark Chapter One
Accepting Your Mistakes:
I have always been a straight A student, and in the past few years, I've slowly realized that I'm not the only one who puts an obscene amount of pressure on myself for no reason. Even though I'm aware that it's logical... Read more