Sparkpeople's three great gifts to me
Monday, March 01, 2010
Well, I'm back after a bit of a hiatus. I'm not going to get much sympathy but my hubby and I have been worn out from too many vacations. We just got back from Vancouver where we saw some of the Olympics but mostly enjoyed the city and its wonderful restaurants. I don't think I'll ever maintain a healthy diet on vacation, but I was pleased to find that I have more or less maintained my weight loss despite letting go of many of my good habits. When I saw that I hadn't gained everything back, I was encouraged enough to start back and try to lose the rest. My hubby and I want to get an X-Box, so we are both rewarding ourselves with money towards that for things we do right.
Anyways, the reward thing has been one of the most effective things for getting me on track or keeping me on track when its tough and I was thinking about what a great gift the reward system has been. That got me thinking about the best things I have taken from SP so I thought I'd write about them. Anyways, here they are:
1 - the reward system. Like I just said, this way of motivating myself is fun, forgiving and effective. Usually when I want a big purchase, I make a list of things I get money for to put towards it. So right now I get $3 for tracking all my food plus $7 if I stay in range, $5 for drinking all my water, $10 for doing my strength training and cardio and $15 if I do a straight half hour of yoga. Playing the computer game I'm addicted to is -$25. It's not only a great way to get myself on track, but if there's something big we want it's more fun to work towards it and appreciate it more. Incidentally, what I used to do was think of something bad I didn't want to happen and then tell myself if I broke whatever rule (i.e. don't eat after 6 p.m.) then I would be allowing it to happen. The reward system is so much more positive. THANK YOU SP FOR CONVINCING ME TO USE A REWARD SYSTEM!
2 - TRACKING!!!! There is just nothing better for weight loss than tracking. It's a lot of work, but SP makes it as easy as possible. I have learned sooooo much about what I eat and even when I go over, I know I go over by a lot less when I'm tracking faithfully. SP's food tracking system with all the supports has given me knowledge that 20 years of dieting somehow missed.
3 - Strength training. Although I'm still working at restarting my strength training, I am so grateful to SP for the knowledge that we lose 1/2 lb of muscle/year after 20 if we don't keep strength training. (Actually I'm not sure if I got that number right but the point is strength training is important). Although this is an area I really have to work at being consistent in, I fully believe that regular strenght training more than anything else will keep me young and healthy.
Anyways, there's a million more things about this site that are fantastic, the people being a big one of them, but those are the three I'm extremely grateful for. Thank you Sparkpeople!!!