100 Days on SparkPeople

Friday, July 16, 2010

When I chose 100 days as a milestone in my Spark journey, part of me wasn't even sure if I would stick with it that long! But here I am, 100 days later, and ready to look back on the whys and hows of the past 3+ months.

Getting right to the heart of why most of us are here: to lose weight! In this category, I did not do as well as I hoped. Back in April, I had set myself some pretty ambitious goals: to drop 11 kg (27lbs) by staying within 1200-1350 calories per day, and by burning about 4000 calories per week.

The stats are in, and I must sadly report that I only lost a bit more than 3kg (7lbs). But thanks to tracking in Spark, I can tell you exactly how this happened. I spent the last 100 days eating over the range I had set by 200-300 calories per day (for an average of 1525 calories), and only burning about half of what I had set out to do (approx. 2000 calories per week).

There is no hiding the results, for the scales and tape measures speak this truth. They tell the story of all those lazy summer days when I traded time I should have been 'sweating it out' for just 'hanging out'. They show the real impact of eating 200 extra calories per day, which did not seem like much at the time. And all the while my body kept a tight grip on every fat molecule it got hold of.

Now it is time to regroup and strategize for next battle, if I hope to claim victory one day! First is to gain more control over what goes into my body. In the past 100 days, those 200 calories snuck in in the form of a little snack, or perhaps a cold beer on a hot summer day, maybe a treat at a birthday get-together. After all, we have to live a little, too, right? So went my thinking, but I see now that the result is that my goal is pushed farther out into the future.

The second part of the strategy is to get more active. I thought I was doing pretty well. In fact, I have been more active in the past 100 days than I was in the 100 days previous. That is a good start, but I need to do better. And given that my weight has not changed in the past 8 weeks, it is time for me to get off this plateau!

And a third part of the strategy (because all good things come in threes) is to identify some sustainable, long-term changes in both diet and exercise habits. This is by far the most difficult part! The enemy is quite formidable: a master of illusions, the queen of subterfuge, and an arsenal of the most convincing excuses in the world. In short, it is myself.

In the struggle to generate actions to propel myself toward achieving my desires, I am both my own secret weapon and my most devious double-agent. I have underestimated the enemy, and I was very wrong to think I could gain so much ground in a mere 100 days. But I am not ready to withdraw, no, there is no retreat in sight! I am conferring with my generals now and making ready for the next 100 days.

See you on October 24th!
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