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I have never been very good at consistency. My biggest problem trying to lose weight! But I recently started a countdown challenge. 100 days. For some reason counting down from 100 has been easier than counting up! Today is day 67 so I have done 21 days in a row of logging my food, blogging and exercising 10 minutes. In 2.5 years this is the best I have done in SP. I'm grateful to my spark buddy who suggested it! We are in this together!
I used to have a problem eating on weekends. I wanted to fit in with everyone else and I wanted things to be comfortable.... which meant no changes. And Monday mornings I would be full of shame for "blowing my diet". So I added rather than subtracted from what I was eating. One small change. I gave my family that extra choice too. More fiber, more fruits, more vegetables. I also added in more exercise. More good choices on the weekends and when Monday came
I used to make a lot of excuses. It did not occur to me that what I really needed was to make better choices and opportunities. I really don't like salad. So one day I thought OK, no one else is going to solve this for me... so I took a special trip to the grocery store just to brainstorm and came up with a list of good/better and best choices I could have on hand to reach my vegetable goals each day. I don't have time to exercise... so I searched SP strength exercises and found ones I like.
It seemed like a silly challenge to collect a penny a spark point... but I started it to try and get consistent. Earn some money for some small achievements that are not focused on the scale. First a haircut and then the latest novel by my favourite author. It started adding up! Now I am working towards a stereo and have over $120! The weight loss is a reward in itself, but sometimes I need to reward myself for all the steps I take to lose that weight!
There is no failure in Spark People, just practice until you get it right. I heard this several times but didn't get it. Not everything will work for me and sometimes it just won't work for me at that moment. But I need to keep trying, tweaking, and growing. If something doesn't work I need to ask myself why. Wrong time of day? Too hard a goal? Am I not ready yet? And then find something that works. The smallest of successes can grown into huge ones.
I used to kick myself for what I should have eaten or should have done. Spark People has changed me. Now I imagine every positive step I take towards being healthy as magical.
Self talk and attitude can make or break us. It gives us power. I used to feel like eating well and exercising was a responsibility... one I didn't always like. Lately I have been making good choices because I care about myself. Some days, I may not like eating salad or working out but they make me feel good. Feeling like they are choices has given me power. Power has given me confidence. And confidence is helping me succeed! I don't have to do this, I want to!
I was shocked to learn that while "normal people" should try and get 30 g of fiber a day (I tried on SP to moniter mine and found it a challenge) Diabetics should try and get 50 g. Since then I have been reading more labels, adding flax seed to everything. If it has less than 2 g of fiber I ...
If all else fails and nothing is helping that plateau from breaking... go to bed! I was terrified of gaining weight after a knee replacement with sciatica as a complication. Again when I had a terrible cold. What would happen if I stopped my exercising? But I also read on SP how stress ...
I thought I was a pretty positive person until I met my friend Sue. While I was grumbling and getting angry she had this ability to laugh despite things going wrong. Lost? Hahaha, we are on an adventure! Behind schedule? Like the last of a row of piglets running into a barn. One day the house