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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Last week, I got an email from SparkPeople that I should celebrate and reward myself, as I've been on my spark journey for 12 weeks, and I was still going.

At first, I was quite discouraged. I weighed two pounds MORE than I had when I started my spark journey 12 weeks ago!

However, over the next several days, my view shifted. The ideas and motivation I've been reading throughout these 12 weeks, all the great thoughts and inspiration that have been seeping in, began percolating out. I realized that I have made some significant lifestyle changes, and the scale is not the only measure to watch. (Although I certainly hope I'll see some healthy and significant change there soon!)

So, I'm starting this, my first ever blog, to note the positive changes:
- Exercise is a habit in my life now. I have done at least 10 minutes of cardio every day except one day for 112 days! Now, instead of looking at cleaning out the garage or working in my yard as just one more thing on my to-do list, I think, wow, that'll be a great way to get some exercise and get something tangible done that I can feel proud of at the same time.

- Attacking the clutter in my house and in my brain is becoming a habit. I'm on my 4th week of de-cluttering one area in my home at least one time per day. Woohoo! It's scary how much clutter is still there, but I'm making progress. Another strategy is to create no new messes at least 4 times a week, and I'm on my third week there.

- I'm eating better food much of the time. I've eaten at least some sort of fresh produce every day for 112 days! This healthy habit actually started last summer when I purchased a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) share in a local farm. It was fun to learn to cook and eat with the seasons, and my kids and I found that we really missed fresh veggies when the share ended in November. I bought more fresh fruits and vegetables than I used to from the grocery store, and very few of them have had to become compost without being enjoyed! This year's farm share starts this week - yea!

- My muscle tone has improved. It's in small ways. During this journey, I have been battling and finally, beginning to overcome, pain and numbness in my hands that relate to issues with my median nerve. So, I haven't been able to do strength training that involves wrists, forearms, or shoulders. This excludes an awful lot of exercises! However, SparkPeople's User Entered Exercises section has allowed me to enter and track my physical therapy exercises. I noticed a couple of days ago that I actually have definition in my abs! Wow! Of course, most of the time it's obscured by fat, but it's there. Wow!

- My blood pressure has gone down. On December 6, 2009, it was 153/99. On April 15, 2010, it was 115/79!

I've realized that I actually do have healthy lifestyle changes to be proud of and to celebrate.
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    You are doing great on getting healthy!!!! It is really important to pay attention to the other benefits of a healthy lifestyle. I tend to get a little too hung up on the scale. Thank you for reminding of the other benefits!!!
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    2856 days ago
    I think you're making tremendous strides in your life, and you are to be applauded for that! You show a great ability to reflect on your lifestyle and initiate changes for not only yourself, but on a recent poll, help your kids make wise decisions as well. I am also doing all the right things right now without any significant show of weight loss on the scale. I believe we will just turn around one day and be pounds thinner because we have earned that weight loss. Just don't quit. Keep up your forward progress. You might want to join the Slowest Losers team to get encouragement while you play the waiting game, if you don't already belong. God bless, and stay strong! emoticon emoticon
    2865 days ago
    Keep up the good work. It is so easy to focus on just the weight loss. I have been there and have become discouraged because the scale doesn't move like I think it should. Reading your blog reminded me of all that I have gained with my journey on health and weight loss!!!
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    2866 days ago
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