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UNDERTHERAINBOW's Photo UNDERTHERAINBOW Posts: 42
2/12/12 5:19 A

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Well another 2 weeks went by, here's how I went (scores are days/ fortnight):

- Don't drink soda. Really very difficult, I'm beginning to believe that it's actually an addiction - I thought this one would be a snap, big surprise. I've decided to buy only zero calorie sodas to help alleviate this habit. Score: 9/14
- Stretch 5 minute each day : Found this difficult to remember to do, even though I liked stretching. It was too short a time to work its way into a habit? Score: 7/14
- Get 8 hours of sleep each night. Intentionally went to bed early a few nights to meet it. Score: 11/14

My next set of fortnightly challenges are going to be:
- Pack my lunch 3 times each week
- Track the calories I burn each day
- Post on SparkPeople's message boards


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BARBLIVESHERE's Photo BARBLIVESHERE Posts: 235
1/29/12 10:35 A

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Thanks Rainbow, for all the encouraging words. I do think I can stick to a 10 minute daily walk and even joined a spark people challenge for 10 daily minutes of exercise.

I think I found the key to stretching this morning. I had been struggling with it because I knew I needed to set a time and dedicate it to stretching but couldn't find a good one that I was happy with. Well this morning, I setetched as soon as I got out of bed and wow! Did that that ever feel good! I always wake up all tense and tight and stretching that out right away felt sooo good. I am thinking I won't have trouble with stretching anymore!

Stacia. - I think all those things you have been doing actually ARE Fast Break Goals. Maybe not the ones you chose initially but they are options for FB goals when you sign up so it sounds like you are doing GREAT! emoticon

Slow and steady wins the race.


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STACIA_ANGEL's Photo STACIA_ANGEL Posts: 133
1/28/12 8:35 P

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Honestly, I forgot about the fastbreak goals. But I had three goals in my head that I have been sticking to and I hope that kinda counts as the same thing. The first goal I actually did meet was to start exercising every day even if only for 10 minutes. Then, I started drinking 8 glasses of water a day. And finally, track my nutrition and try to meet my nutrition requirements. It's been a little rough sometimes but I've been sticking it out. I keep teling myself that I've been able to do it for this long I should be able to do it for as long as I need to.

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UNDERTHERAINBOW's Photo UNDERTHERAINBOW Posts: 42
1/28/12 7:35 P

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Hi Barbliveshere - a HUGE congratulations for achieving two of your three fastbreak goals, well done :)

I too struggle with the exercise part of this, my mind is so negative and avoidant of it, it's a struggle. I'm actually going to change mine for the next two weeks to 'stretch 5 minutes a day', with the hopes it will get me in the habit of doing *something* exercise related without awakening the negative-exercise-voice-that-makes-excuses
. I think positively of stretching, at least, and it makes my body feel nice to do.

Do you think you would actually go on your 10 minute walks if you chose them as your next 2 week goal? If yes - then choose that one. I think what I am saying is, choose one on the list that you think you will most do - something you'll then get a feeling of achievement from, which turns into more and more motivation to harness later when you choose other goals.

Check out this article: www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness
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BARBLIVESHERE's Photo BARBLIVESHERE Posts: 235
1/28/12 10:48 A

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I chose
eat a healthy breakfast
stretch 5 minutes a day
get 8 hours of sleep

I have eaten a healthy breakfast for the whole 2 weeks so that's awesome. I chose it as a goal cos I knew my breakfast were crap (jellybeans and a coke) and I thought that if I was going to go ahead and do thing thing, eating a healthy breakfast would get me off to a good start in the morning.

I have been not so good with the stretching. It seems like such a small attainable goal but I just never remember and when I do remember I don't wanna do it. I am acutely aware of the fact that this was my "fitness" goal and I didn't do too well with it so I can see fitness is going to be a struggle for me, as I assumed it would. I really hate exercise.

I did pretty well with my sleep. I had to change my lifestyle a bit to hit this goal. I used to go to bed at 11-12, now I go at 10. That guarantees me 8 hours, (USUALLY) even though I have to get up early to get the littles up and dressed and one of them off to school. I did have a night or two when I didn't get in that 8 hours because the baby kept me up at night but it was a pretty good start.

So all in all, I changed two unhealthy habits and replaced them with good ones. SO...yay me!

I didn't do fast break the way you're supposed to, I don't think. I'm pretty sure you're not supposed to alter your eating habits for the first two weeks, just track what you eat...but once I was writing it down I felt compelled to change what I was putting in my mouth.So I have gone over calories every once in a while these 2 weeks but mostly I have kept them in in check.

I did NO exercise. None. I am in physiotherapy for torn ligaments in my right foot and I have been struggling with pain from that (long healing process) but mostly I think I'm ready to start. I ordered a fun looking DVD off Amazon that was recommended on the daily spark blog.

I'm moving on to the next stage but I think I'll continue adding a new goal every 2 weeks. I think my next one will be a 10 minute walk. Maybe not. It's really cold here and snowy and everything. But it's a managable exercise goal. I dunno. I'm torn. What do you think?

Slow and steady wins the race.


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UNDERTHERAINBOW's Photo UNDERTHERAINBOW Posts: 42
1/27/12 7:20 P

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So how did everyone go with their first two week "Fast Breaks"?

I chose the following three to focus on:
- To track my calories every day
- To go for a walk every day
- To not hit the snooze button

Tracking my calories every day was eye opening, it really showed me where I can focus on the most to have the biggest positive changes. Two things really, drinking high calorie liquids instead of water or tea, and snacking on high calorie sweets - my meals themselves were fine. So there are two habits for me to work on.

Walking every day was a nice habit setter, I found that after a week it was getting easier and I did a rushed walk to catch a train where I could keep up the pace and not get puffed, and also another walk around the block with a friend after dinner that did not feel long enough for me - I wanted to go further! There were three days I missed, one due to hanging out with groups of people socialising and being enticed out of walking, another being sick, and another where it was just extremely too hot. I noticed how I make excuses. There were some other days where I heard the excuses in my head but went for a walk anyway. I think this habit is not fully set or the challenges overcome for me, and I should re-visit it again later.

Not hitting the snooze button was a good one, I thought that it would help me become more productive in my days and not waste hours rolling over for more Zzzzzs. I kept to it every day except one day per weekend where I let myself have a bit of a catch-up sleep in. I'm not sure if I was more productive or if I just spent more time on the internet :)

Overall, I really like the idea of Fast Breaks, picking just a few things to focus on, to learn new habits one at a time, instead of trying to do everything all at once and be the "perfect dieter". I'm sure that would be overwhelming for me, that the pressure would be too much to adhere to everything, motivation would wain and I would end up quitting. But by tackling achievable things, I feel that I *can* do them, so I do. It helps reinforce that I am not dieting, I am learning new habits that I want to keep forever.

Every two weeks I plan to change up my fast breaks, and track another three.... slowly picking up new habits along the way and learning which things are my stumbling blocks, and which things I can easily achieve.

Today I've picked my new goals for the next two weeks:
- Don't drink soda. (I'm tackling one of the two problem areas I identified)
- Do 10 minutes of exercise every day. (Allows flexibility for inside exercise when it's hot out)
- Get 8 hours of sleep a night.

Is anyone else continuing with 'fast breaks' even though we've finished our first two weeks at SparkPeople?

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