I'm glad I can help. And I completely hear you on the pressure of making goal. I put that pressure on myself as well. I was just thinking today what a crock it is for me to want to reach it by end of year. Who needs it? I am doing far better nutritionally and just started a serious exercise plan again. So why put added pressure on? Lame. I'm not interested and will do my best to stop the insanity!
I want to share with you something you have probabnly heard many times before. The scale shouldn't matter. I'm a scale junkie who is also working to move past it. It's a personal goal for 2008- to weight only 1 x per week. Can you say obsessive compulsive?? :)
Now you said it yourself - that you started feeling and looking better and only failed when people started to take notice. The scale adds pressure. People add pressure, too, including you! Don't let them get in the way of your focus.
Example -I was around 155 when I started eating clean and noticing a nice little curvy shape. Prior to that I had been yo-yoing with 10 pounds for so long and feeling icky and flabby and lazy and just out of shape... Once I started focusing on eating more vegetables and fruit and just clean foods I noticed change. This took time AND the scale didn't budge much but my shape was changing drastically! I was getting lean!
You saw results from being consistent!!!! That is the big key here. Staying focused and commited and consistent and forgetting the digits on the scale. The scale can really ruin a good day- why go there!
Let's keep that in mind for 2008 and finish out the year in a state of wellbeing.
You can still plan ahead a little for Christmas. Cook /bring dishes that are healthy ... have some of those options at hand. But be sure to enjoy your life, your family. Be grateful and thankful for finding spark and look at all the super changes you have made. Look at this fabulous team. You are spreading good spark in others lives and you don't even see it!!!
Again, lets finish out the year proud of our efforts!
Here are some free tips for you from my personal trainer :)
(((((It's okay to ask for help when you are stuck. Yes, it's a bit costly but in the big picture, it's not and I am worth it. 8 sessions for 350 is not a lot of money when you need help! Getting help is okay :) So if you consider it, do it!!! )))))
Anyway, one of her goals is to help me let go of the scale. She is serious about this and I am grateful to have her help me with that.
The other thing she insists on is if you want to seriously lose weight you need to kick up on CARDIO at least 45 mins to one hour 4-5 days a week. You DONT have to jog, run, cycle or do anything crazy! Just walking is okay. That is all she does and she is a little powerhouse!!
So: get out your T.V (if you have a treadmill)
- or take the dog out for an hour. (You'll both be happier)
-or go to the gym with Ipod or again, T.V...
But step up and get on with cardio. Heart rate must go up!
The other thing is the over used word and sometimes boring subject of Metabolism. Why can't we get this right? It's a fact, if you want to start burning calories weight training will boost your metabolism. It's been proven, it works.
If you belong to a gym get instruction on how to use the machines or take a class there to learn. Or get a trainer for even one session!!! Or use your guest passes and invite a friend who may help? You should be doing strength training 2-3 times per week to boost metabolism.
Weights/cardio and diet will get you moving. Don't be afraid to step up. :)
Okay. I should get to work now.
I love spark! And I'm happy to be on this super team. You can do it people. Stay the course ... there's a prize for consistency! Keep smiling.....
Edited by: SKINNYPUP at: 12/12/2007 (12:53)
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