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Definitely Sunshine_angel. Still working through the recipes to get myself back on track after the holiday. I splurged a bit too much, but I know what to do now :).
My struggle is strength training. I'm becoming more consistent is doing it, but it's still a struggle.
Over all I really enjoyed the challenge and intend to continue on with the program.
This has been a great challenge. I, too, did much better the 1st week than the second, am still down quite a few lbs., have more energy, learned some great things through this challenge that will help to spur me forward toward a continued healthy life. I've developed some better consistency in drinking water, eating more fruits and veggies, and exercise, which was really what I was after.
I used to reach for junk food whenever I got stressed over life's issues. But, since joining SP, that has changed. An apple or other "crunchy" fruit or veggie satisfies me. However, I recently learned that a power walk or ride on my bike is better therapy. Since I completed these past 2 weeks, I am happy to report that my evening food cravings, especially the sweet ones, have subsided in a big way! Yay me! Yay for SparkPeople!!!
2014 Fall 5% Challenge
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"Continuous effort--not strength or intelligence--is the key to unlocking our potential." --Winston Churchill
I reported yesterday, but wanted to tell those who say that they can't believe that it is over that only the challenge is over. I have been on it for 2 months and it just gets better and better. We can do his. Keep Sparking Team!
"I can do all things through Christ who strengtheneth me."
I lost 10 pounds! Woohoo!
Cooking is not my forte, but some of the recipes were very easy. I liked some of the foods that were out of my comfort zone. I definitely see that I was eating too many calories before- on the high end of my range. I also noticed the lack of sodium the first week making the water weight fall off. I learned cooking can be fun.
I learned that I do have to shake up my work outs, as well as my eating plan to keep my body guessing. Apparently I did not have enough strength training, but I'm doing well on cardio.
I liked the use of REAL ingredients like brown sugar instead of synthetic stuff. I really felt better and more energized. When I did get hungry, I snacked on celery or watermelon.
I plan to go for week 3 and 4 just because I feel so much more alive.
Hating cooking the way I do, that says A LOT.
I didn't miss fast food and didn't have the urge to binge eat, which was amazing. I am a caffeine pill addict and was able to go from 5 a day to 1 a day and am hoping if I stay with the Spark Solution and the Spark Recipes book, that I can cut caffeine out all together .
In fact, I felt so good, I broke some personal bests in walking and yoga. I was better able to do things around the house too!
Edited by: ~INDYGIRL at: 7/8/2013 (12:39)
Life is happening now, not 10 pounds from now. ~Indygirl
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Although I did NOT lose weight during the last two weeks, I did manage to refocus... the Spark Solution is a great program... I shall continue on to week 3... still have 8 pounds to lose to reach a NORMAL BMI!
"It is better to be hated for who you are, than loved for who you aren't"- Van Zandt
The last 2 weeks have helped me get back into the routine of exercising every day and measuring and tracking my food. I am down 2 lbs so far but I have stopped drinking soda, added more fruits and vegetables to my diet. I can feel the difference when I exercise it is getting easier and I have been able to increase my fitness minutes. I have also started doing Yoga a few times a week and that is helping my stress level. I have not been sleeping well and next week I plan to add a night time routine to hopefully help me sleep better.
Overall the first two weeks have been a success! On to week 3....
What did I learn from this challenge? Consistency is the biggest key that I learned. Even though I did not do as good as I would have liked about talking on the Spark Team Page, life gets in the way and I felt it was more important to take care of me. I have been consistent at starting with a glass of water and continuing throughout the day, taking my vitamins, starting my day with an exercise so anything I could do during the day I felt like it was a bonus. I wasn't thinking about how to fit in my exercise. I also tried new foods, some I really like and some not so much but I learned about the food I put in my body.
Best of all, I lost 3 pounds and feel much better. It does not sound like a lot but I feel much better. My belt is on the smallest holes so I need to go out and buy a new belt. I also have a wedding at the end of the month so now is a good time to treat myself to a new dress.
Now that I am on the right track, I just need to remember consistency and take care of me 1st with eating right and keep moving. Thank you Spark People and all the members of this challenge. I learned a lot from following this challenge and reading what members have to say, I know I am not alone out there and as long as I keep moving forward; life is good!
Thanks for a fun 2 weeks SP_STEPF, all my fellow challenge team members, and everyone at SparkPeople involved. I lost 3 pounds but found several new favorite recipes so I like that tradeoff :)
By measuring and tracking everything I've eaten I realize I've overestimated how much water I drank and how much protein I ate, so those are two things I've improved on, although most days I could probably still do with more protein. I like veggies so generally ate at least 4 servings a day before the challenge, but I have been eating more fruit so that's an improvement. I've noticed my skin looks better and I think that's from the increase in water and fruit. I'd gotten lazy about cooking so I'm grateful the challenge got me back in the kitchen. I definitely plan on trying a few of the recipes I haven't made yet, and the next rainy day off I have I want to input some of my own recipes to see if they're as healthy as I think they are.
I actually cut down my cardio but increased my ST so my workouts are becoming a bit more balanced. Getting back into ST is something I really needed to do so I hope to focus on that even more the next 2 weeks.
Thanks again for a great 2 weeks. I learned a bit more about myself and what it takes to keep me motivated and strong, which is something I didn't expect, so that was definitely my unexpected bonus to the program.
I'll definitely keep tracking and look forward to playing around with the recipes to create a good menu plan for the rest of the week. Good luck to everyone ongoing!
Thanks Spark for giving me a push to get back on track! Lost 4 lbs. and back to regular exercising, feeling great!
I have to say; this was a very exciting challenge! It is what I really needed to jump-start my summer solution for spiraling out of control. 14 days of fresh ideas, challenging exercises and top notch sincerity. Thanks SparkTeam!
It's great to see so many people had such great success with the plan! I only lost 1lb! Very frustrating! But I am back on track with exercising and tracking my food, so hopefully I'll lose more in the next few weeks.
Congrats to all who have stuck with this challenge for the 2 weeks!
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Phil. 4:13
Congrats to everyone on day 14!!! We made it!
I've been looking at myself over the last few weeks and I've noticed a few things that are both good and bad. I've seen myself drop 10 lbs but I am super cranky. It's like I can't stand my son anymore. I can't be sure if it's because I'm missing something *some vitamen or something* of if my son is just annoying :). I've noticed as I've lost these pounds my weight has shifted. I lost an inch in my thighs and a pant size overall but my waist gained an inch so did my arms. So some ups and downs. I *did* however spend a few hours tonight prepping veggies and broth for the week so at least that will be worry free.
Again grats to all and Thank you.
Why do we try so hard to be like everyone else, when we were born to be unique?
Thank you Spark for this Challenge (and for the book, of course!) and all the encouragement to stick with it. I’ve been very grateful for Stepf’s ‘pep talks’ each day that have given me focus. It’s been the best thing I’ve done for a very long time.
I’ve done more cardio and strength with more enthusiasm and I’m definitely huffing and puffing less – also eating less. The meals were satisfying and tasty and I’ve hardly felt the need to snack. Some of those recipes will stay with me forever. It is certainly true that my nails are better – they’ve always had a tendency to flake – so that’s a bonus!
I can’t believe the two weeks are over – they just flew by. I’ve lost an amazing 8lbs overall and an inch off my waist. So at the other end I’m happy with the results and with my new habits. I’m on holiday for a week now so it will be hard to continue as I have been but I intend to maintain and then get back down to it.
Thanks to everyone here for inspiring posts and well done all of us for getting to the end.
I have not lost anything more than water weight.
I created a deficit of more than 16,000 calories.
I am still lacking skills and kitchen confidence to prepare meals with ease.
I increased my cardio activity and strength training.
I still crave sugar.
I'm consuming less caffeine as it wasn't part of the plan
I always enjoyed my veggies.
I have been satisfied between meals.
I'm still huffing and puffing, because I'm adding more minutes or miles to my workouts,
I am feeling better during my strength workouts.
I have noticed healthier nails.
I have NOT felt like I have more energy...I have been extremely tired the whole time.
I need more sleep, but I'm not sleeping any better.
I usually feel satisfied rather than stuffed after meals.
I do plan to continue and try some of the other recipes in the book I haven't gotten to yet.
"If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn't do it, it is sin for them."
(James 4:17, NIV)
I had a pretty good two weeks. I didn't count this challenge as starting again, I added it on to the 4 weeks I did previously. So, for me it is the end of 6 weeks! I couldn't be more proud of the work I have put into this...ergo, into my health! My energy is very high as is my motivation. I'm not going to lie, there were some times that I was so exhausted from all the cooking and did feel frustrated by it. Those moments passed when I stepped on the scale and saw results. Taking my pants off without unfastening them was also very motivating.
Even though I am a stress eater, I have not done so in 6 weeks...I've wanted to, but didn't do it. I think this program was designed not only to train us to eat healthfully, but to exhaust us so we can't eat...haha! No time for eating with all the grocery shopping, cooking, cleaning! Really, I wouldn't change it a bit. I have followed the plan as closely as possible. I needed to because obviously, even though I previously thought I was "doing it right" I have learned that I wasn't. I did not lose weight doing it my way. So, this is exactly what I needed. I am more attentive to my food choices, portion sizes and cutting way down on processed foods. I can actually visualize myself succeeding and making it last...I have not been able to do that before, ever. So far I am down 19 lbs and I hope to have hit 20 when I weigh tomorrow! My summer goal (by September 1) was to lose 10%, which is 25 lbs. So I am quite pleased.
Just because our challenge is "over", I am not over. I feel very confident that I am developing great habits that are going to stick with me. I have enjoyed reading every one's posts and progress, I learned from them and appreciated your experiences!
Good luck to everyone!!! Keep Sparking!
Peace, Love & Music --author unkown
Well I think I am only down a pound, but I have definitely made some changes during the 14 days of this Challenge. I exercised all but 2 days, and that was one of my big reasons for doing the challenge. I didn't do the program in the book, but I did do structured cardio days alternating with strength days.
I plan to do my own spark program for the next two weeks, and then repeat weeks 1 & 2 of the Spark Solution at the beginning of August. maybe by then I can follow the exercise program more closely.
I can't believe that 2 weeks are gone! I didn't follow every step of the plan, but found motivation enough to lose 5 lb. I plan to try it again and go for another 5, maybe adding a few things into my lifestyle that I wasn't willing or able to do last go round.
Short two weeks.Not as successful this week, but I haven't exercised either. We are going to continue.
Success consists of getting up once oftener than you fall down. ANON.
Two weeks are up. Congratulations to all that have stuck with the program.
I am sure you have seen changes as I have.
I am down 3 lbs. and have lost and in . off my waist these past 2 weeks.
I have more energy and am ready to start another week of the SS program.
I have several favorite things I plan on making.
My husband has jumped on board with the healthy food habit.
Thank you for helping us along with this challenge.
I'm going to buy this book for my sister for her birthday.
I don't know about the rest of you but my book is looking like it is well used.
See you on the week 3 thread.
~Sunset Stingray BLC 24~
~FEROCIOUS PINK VIKINGS BLC 26 ~
~BRONZE WELLNESS WARRIORS BLC 29~
WISH IT - DREAM IT- DO IT
I can't believe this two weeks is up already! Today was not my best day plan wise. I splurged more than I should have for a little one's birthday party. I don't feel gross and bloated because I kept my earlier meals within a good range today, but I should have laid off the third cupcake! I allowed the sugar to get to me, and was sharing with my son, but should have never even picked it up. What is done is done though, so I cannot dwell on it. I mark this off my slip ups, and keep chugging. I am still maintaining well, although Mondays are my weigh in. I can see how much damage happened from the holiday, and adjust. Still being under 170 is great, I just need to work on the next weeks to help get me closer to being under 160 :).
No stress today. I just got sucked into the celebration with everyone. No one pushed me to eat either. I just did the damage myself. It is okay though. Monday is a new day to get back on track :).
I can't believe it's the last day of the challenge either! I've lost a pound and maintained...which isn't too bad considering the craziness of the past two weeks. I haven't been able to do the exercise like I liked to, but I've kept plugging at it.
I've definitely been a lot smarter, and informed about teh decisions I make, and become aware of the decisions.
I'll be redoing week one and two on my own again. And just...thanks again for teh information and inspiration of this book. While I've not been perfect follower of the solution plan, I know I've been making the right steps to make a new lifestyle change, and that's made me very grateful.
"It is better to light a single candle than to sit and curse the darkness."
I did manage to stay in range every day this week. I start the day with my normal healthy way and then before it's too late in the day I have started going through the tracker and making notes of what I need to be in goal and then planning. It does me no good at all to plan it all in the morning because I never know where or what lunch will be. I just make it as healthy as possible. This has been a good teaching/learning tool.
I can't believe this is over!!!!
I lost a few pounds- but what really counts is I have busted this plateau that has been nagging me for months! I have enjoyed a lot of the recipes, tips, and ideas that the book has shared- plus it is nice to read something that isn't always on the computer!
I can't wait to continue this journey and I have so many more things in my tool belt now!
"If you can't love yourself, how in the hell can you love somebody else!" RuPaul
How can it be over? I'm just getting going. Man, it took me a long time to get with the program. I'm still not there, but I'm not giving up. I may start over with another group. I have a lot going on but I am making healthy choices with eating. I'm still not safe to be using the stairs instead of the elevator alone. If a co-worker is using the stairs I'll ask if they mind if I walk along. I find myself reaching for healthier snacks. I haven't been great at completing the food tracker because my goal is to get flexible and moving, but eventually I'll get better at navigating this site and try to do everything. I do seem to have more energy, I am reaching for fruits and vegetables over other snacks. I have had the urge to binge, but it's easier to redirect myself to better choices. Even though I wasn't great at staying on track I can see a difference in how I think, act, and feel. With time and practice I know I can make this my new lifestyle. I'm down 5 pounds, which is more than I expected.
West Bend, WI
"But he said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in your weakness.' Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me."
2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV
Congrats to all who stuck with this. It is so hard to believe that this is day 14...it has flown by!
I didn't do so well with my food but I'm working on it and I have confidence that I'm taking the right steps to get where I need to be. I've increased my cardio activity as well as ST and it's starting to feel more like a habit than it has in several weeks.
This has been a great step to setting some good lifestyle changes and I'm looking forward to continuing with the program.
And I also thank everyone on the team as well as SP and our Team Leaders!
Definitely a stress eater but trying to learn to deal with stress in different ways. I'm not sure how much I lost, or if I lost anything, I will weigh myself on my regular weigh in day which is Wednesday.
I do know that I've gained more energy and feel better physically and mentally and I'm sleeping much better. This is a program I can live with for life. Thank you SparkPeople and SP_STEPF and DIETITIANBECKY.
Theresa/Tee - Maine
Captain - Crimson Butterflies BLC29
Woo Hoo! Congratulations to all who lost weight on the challenge. I loved the recipes and tried to make most of them and will continue to use them. I followed the plan really well the first week, but the second week I worked 79 hours and was just too exhausted to keep up. I fell asleep last night waiting for my computer to restart! LOL. I did try to eat healthy and get extra steps in when I could. I am close to my weight goal and short too, so I didn't cut out the snacks and still managed to stay the same weight. I am never hungry when I follow the Menus in SS, but it is probably too much food for me. It was fun being a part of the group!
Stef and Becky for the hard work.
The choice is mine. I am in charge of me. Live healthy.
My weight is down 3.2 pounds. That doesn't sound like much. I would be discouraged, but I'm in two of the demographic groups listed on page 35 that make it harder to lose weight. Since I lost more than 1 pound a week that I was cautioned to expect, I'm happy!
I want to go back to Day 1 again tomorrow.
I've found that the breakfasts featured in the book actually have more calories than I had been eating before. With the extra calories, I don't get the mid-morning munchies craving.
Even though my weight loss hasn't been amazing, it's a start in the right direction.
Done being the fat girl!
***Over 100 lbs to lose Buddies***
Definitely a stress eater, but lately try to distract myself with SP website or telling myself that what/ who is causing stress is not worth messing up my achievements. Didn't use today as a rest day because I was so busy yesterday that I rested form exercise that day.
Hard to believe its day 14 already!! I just got back from a mini vacation and although I wasn't able to track my food intake, I did try to make the best food choices with what was available. It wasn't the best week for me as it was also my birthday so I ended up with many meals out. But all in all, I'm feeling good about how the past two weeks have gone. As of this morning I've lost 6.4lbs in the past two weeks so I'm very happy with my progress. Going to continue on with the plan and continue losing those pounds and gaining my success with a more active lifestyle. Stopped at the grocery store today and picked up some staples for healthy lunches, etc for the week ahead.
~ Becky ~
With God all things are possible.
Like Reese Witherspoon says at the end of Pretty in Pink "WE DID IT"
Great journey. Although some of us were out of towners in a totally new place and for others it was more of a staycation, I enjoyed both my experience and seeing yours.
My weight was down 5.5 pounds yesterday from day 1 tho some of that might be water-- my weight had been bouncing a lot the last month but definitely it is down.
I haven't been hungry or craving and have found some great new favorites-- the breakfast burrito, the tuna salad, the breakfast cookies and the southwest chicken. Miso? still debating but glad I have the rest of that box of brown rice and feel comfortable preparing it, have started the habit of bringing lunch and coworkers expect it now, and have some ideas for snacks if I need them.
I also have been doing more isometric exercises and strength training without weights. And I can tell in my arms and abs.
It's been a great 2 weeks.
Eastern Time Zone
"Never tie your self esteem to a number - high or low"
Love to read about successes and about honest assessments of less-than-stellar performance. I cheer for both!
Held my own the last two weeks, though I wasn't as diligent about tracking. I'm hoping that one of these days I will be able to maintain without needing to track as much.
Maintaining since May 19, 2012
I can't believe how fast the 2 wk challenge went this time!
Other than the church services that we regularly attend on Sunday, I am spending my day today preparing my menus for next week, and planning my exercises.
I lost 4 lbs. this two week. Not bad since I have been on the Spark Solution for about 2 months now. I have lost a total of 29 lbs. on this program, a total of 45 lbs. now from my highest weight.
I have followed the program nearly 100%, with the exception of about 2 meals that I ate out, but stayed within my calories for the day.
I have gotten back into the habit of cooking my meals at home again and I have to say that I have enjoyed it tremendously. My husband has too. He likes everything that I have prepared from our plan.
I am gradually increasing my cardio exercises. Mostly with intervals, and strength training.
I have not noticed any of the eating improvements as I had already experienced them on the first Challenge. I will say though that I am enjoying the veggies more now than I did.
Also, my breathing has improved a lot after this challenges exercises.
My nails have always been weak and brittle, but I now have strong nails and no longer brittle!
I am feeling much better with much more energy which is good for someone my age.
I plan to continue to work within the outline of this plan and try even more of the Spark People recipes.
Good luck to all of my team members. Keep Sparking!!!
"I can do all things through Christ who strengtheneth me."
I can't believe that this is the end of our challenge. The last few days have been very difficult but full of very sweet surprises. I was having a little difficulty with my birthday (yesterday) and DH and friends surprised me with multiple parties and outings. Quality eating was NOT at the top of their list and I just sort of went with the flow. I did get some exercise in but I don't want to step on the scale. The non-scale victory is that I got a new dress for my birthday and it was a size smaller than the last one I purchased.
This challenge has been wonderful for me as it taught me to eat new foods as well as how to sneak in additional veggies. My upper body strength training still needs a little work. I'm not sure that I will ever be able to go from a push-up to a side plank... but I will continue to try.
Thank you coaches for all the time and effort you put into the Spark Solution. It really has made a difference in my life. Even with the bumps in the road this week.
"Let me hear of Your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting You. Show me where to walk, for I give myself to You." Psalms 143:8
Learning to love myself again!
Day 14 already = it went by so fast
So far for today all is good. Had a healthy veggy omelet and an orange for breakfast. For lunch have a veggy homemade soup ready with 1 small bun and for supper we are having chicken - grilled with lots of veggs (spinach, broccoli, celery, green pepper, onions, tomato stir fried) - there will be boiled potates as hubby cant go without but I am planning on not having any
I am pleased that I have been able to follow along with this program for 14 days. I have seen from the recipes outlined in the book and the meals I have been making are pretty close - just needed to change a little along with portion size. Big change was making sure I ate 3 meals a day and the daily exercise.
Exercise - week one was difficult due to the extreme heat and the fact that I tire so easily from any exertion. Week 2 has been better and I know Week 3 will be even better. I know I can do it, I believe I can do it and therefore I will achieve it.
Goal for this coming week;
Weight - 2 pounds less than today
Exercise = 15 minutes each day of walking using my Wii balance board for the step action.
Water = this has been great for the past 2 weeks and I will continue to get in all the water
Veggys - will continue to get in all my veggs
So here are my stats for today
Day 1 June 24 2013 = 303.5
Day 14 July 7 2013 = 204.6
This is a lose of 9 pounds = have never done so great and am so pleased
139 / 82
I am sitting here with a big smile and feeling so proud that I accomplished weight loss for this challenge - it was more than I anticipated and am looking forward to the next few weeks to see how much further I can take this
Team leader of
Calling Christian Women -the official SP team
Changing my lifestyle is a challenge
Unless the Lord had given me help I would soon have dwelt in the silence of death. When I said, 'My foot is slipping' your love O Lord supported me. When anxiety was great within me your consulation brought joy to my soul (Psalm 94:17-19)
I won't bore anybody with excuses, but I did far better in week 1 than week 2. I am down 4 pounds and am happy enough with that. I planned most of my meals for vacation, and cooked and froze lots of healthy Spark recipes to take with me. I will really miss the tracker to keep an eye on my food. I did pre-track a few days, but I don't have the time to sit and get them all input. Therefore, although I don't think internet will be available, I will bring my computer and I created an Excel worksheet that will serve as a food tracker. It will be more effort (can't look anything up), but I still want to ensure that I stay sufficiently focused to ensure I don't undo all the good work I have done.
I think, however, I may suspend the strength training. I am still having issues with my neck and pinched nerve, and I want to give them an opportunity to heal up. Since I will be doing a great deal of hiking on this vacation, I will have plenty of cardio time.
I will also miss being able to log on and watch everyone else's progress. I am bring the book with me, of course, and will continue to follow as closely as possible for weeks 3 and 4. I will be sure to post when I get home and let you know how I made out.
The major thing I learned during this two week period was that I do much better when I preplan my meals. The first week I attempted to stay close to the menus in the book. The second week I just attempted to make good choices, but didn't take the time to try new things. I think I got too sloppy and that was why I stayed the same, but didn't lose any additional week. For example, I can stay within my Carb Budget, but there is a difference if the carbs are veggies or additional breads or a 1/2 cup of ice cream. Those are the areas where I need to get better.
P.S. If I find a place where I can log on I probably well. If not, have a great two weeks and I'll be in touch when I return.
I totally failed in this challenge! Life just got in the way and my binge eating got the best of me. I did become more active--I've topped 10K on my pedometer for the last week. But I eat things I shouldn't when I'm home alone (which has been everyday since Thursday).
I will try again--I am NOT giving up! I'm too important to give up on!
HW: 235.8 (6/26/14)
Started Weight Watchers: 6/26/14
Week 5: 229.2 (-2.6)
5 pounds GONE!!
Week 10: 225.2 (-1) 10.6 pounds GONE!!
Week 13: 224 (-1)
First Goal: 224 pounds DONE!!!
Week 24: 220.6
15 pounds GONE!
Second Goal: 211.5 (10%)
We did it! Today is day 14! The 2 weeks went fast! I know I have more stamina than I did even 2 weeks ago.
As for stress eating, I do want high fat food when I'm stressed, usually some form of chocolate (in mass quantities!). Since I've been tracking everyday, I do find myself more mindful about what I eat, so when I'm tempted I think about putting it in "writing". I also think about how much of my calorie allotment it will use up and think about is it really worth it. That sounds easy, but is still difficult. A big part of me still screams YES, it IS worth it. So far, I have been able to overcome the urge, but I know I may be weak in the future. But, as we keep reading and hearing, I will not let it derail me. One slip does not wipe out all the effort I've been making.
I also want to thank Spark People, for existing, and for allowing us 3 months of Spark Coach with the purchase of the book. Between that (and the daily food for thought), the tips and the recipes in the book, buying the book was money well spent.
Holy derailment. Between my kiddo leaving for his trip to California and catching up on work while he's gone, I totally blew the lat week. I stayed within ranges, but things were so crazy I didn't log into the website hardly at all, and certainly wasn't as focused as I should have been. With my annual purge weekend (I clean out all the un-used stuff around here when he is on vacation), I have been able to get refocused and simplify. It is going to be back to basics for me for next week, then back to the Spark solution the week after. Congratulations everyone!
“Rest in reason; move in passion”
Other than flat out not liking cooked spinach, I've been really happy with the recipes. My husband who is a really picky eater asked if we could do the glazed salmon again and he's the one in the grocery store eyeing that sriracha with dark suspicion.
We've also really taken to eating at the table again. We did that some time back when we remodeled the living room, but somehow got away from it. I find that when we eat at the table we also tend to clean up the kitchen when we're finished with dinner instead of leaving everything stacked up in the sink until the next day.
I'm still struggling with the water especially on the weekends but that's getting easier.
"Can you just hurry up, please? Or I'll hit you with my shoe." Doctor Who
"We have art to save ourselves from the truth." - Friedrich Nietzsche
"Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old." Franz Kafka
Day 14! We made it!!!
And I'm down a total of 6 lbs!!! WooHoo!!! I'm very excited!!! This challenge helped me focus & get back on track! I'm now tracking & measuring & weighing my intake...& of course, I'm exercising everyday! I'm in control & I feel great!
I'm not experiencing any stress to speak of at the moment. I am planning a visit up north (I live in SW Florida) in a couple of weeks. I have 2 family weddings in July to attend. I'm a little nervous about being off my routine...but I'm being hopeful that as long as I track & make good choices, that I'll be able to at least maintain my weight. I can visit the Y there (or just walk/run outdoors, whenever possible) I also take my weights & bands so I can continue my ST while I'm gone. I do pack a cooler w/healthy foods when we travel...cause eating on the road is difficult! There usually isn't many healthy options with quick stops for food.
I want to thank SparkPeople (& all those involved w/SparkCoach & the book) for providing such a wonderful program...for the recipes & for all the support & expertise...you are all appreciated!!! And a BIG thank you shout-out to SparkGuy!
Congrats to all that hung in there & continued to push forward! You all ROCK!!!
EnJOY a healthy & happy day all!!!
If you can imagine it, you can achieve it; if you can dream it, you can become it. -William Arthur Ward
Have a great day everyone!
I'll report back later as to how the day went.
~Sunset Stingray BLC 24~
~FEROCIOUS PINK VIKINGS BLC 26 ~
~BRONZE WELLNESS WARRIORS BLC 29~
WISH IT - DREAM IT- DO IT
Do not post in this thread before Day 14 (July 7).
Let's talk about stress! (Also, congrats on reaching the final day!) Does it surprise you to find out people reach for high-fat food when they are stressed? Do you? What are you going to do today to relieve stress? Need an idea? Try one of these stress busters www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog
And learn how to distress in three minutes or less: www.sparkpeople.com/resource/
Today is your rest day--how will you spend it? Are you getting caught up on things that might interfere with your cooking or workouts next week? (Be sure to write down next week's workouts in your planner so you'll keep them on your priority list!)
Week 2 Thoughts
Congratulations! You’ve completed the first two weeks of the Spark Solution.
Can you believe that you started this journey just fourteen days ago?
Let’s look back on all you’ve accomplished before we talk about what comes next. Check off each goal you reached and add any others we left off the list.
In two weeks, did you . . .
lose at least 4 to 6 pounds of body fat, not water weight?
create a deficit of more than 16,000 calories?
develop the skills and kitchen confidence to prepare healthy, delicious
meals with ease?
increase your cardio activity?
start to build fat-burning
muscle through our simple strength routines?
After two weeks of eating this way, do you notice . . .
that your sugar cravings are less frequent or intense?
that you’re consuming less caffeine?
that you’re eating—and
that you’re satisfied between meals and snacks?
After two weeks of exercise, are you . . .
huffing and puffing less?
adding more minutes or miles to your workouts?
feeling better during your strength workouts?
Have you . . .
noticed clearer skin and healthier nails?
felt like you have more energy?
found your desire to binge or overeat diminishing?
slept better—and longer—than before?
started to feel satisfied rather than stuffed after meals?
felt better about yourself in ways you never thought possible?
realized that healthy living makes you feel great?
Can you believe that you . . .
worked out twelve of the last fourteen days (for almost five hours total)?
moved your body an additional nine hours?
healthy, delicious meals?
What else have you noticed?
Share your victories with us! And keep up the program--you'll want to read the rest of the book and start putting together your plans for weeks 3 & 4.