First Day, First Blog

Friday, February 17, 2012

First day, so I feel motivated. Motivation declines as pain from exercise kicks in or hunger from diet rears its ugly head.... Hopefully I can fight through it. I could use some discipline in my life!
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    Hi, Silverbrush! Welcome to SP, and welcome to the Parents team! Like Ragamuffin there said, it's not all about the numbers, it's about becoming healthier--and sometimes that aspect makes things more challenging, but other times it becomes easier.

    I ended up taking time off from school when I became pregnant with my second child (coming soon!), and found out that online courses work better for me than going to school full-time. I only devote a teeny bit of time a day to classwork and studying, and I know I still don't have time to get everything done with a toddler running around the house. (I also lost my job shortly after becoming pregnant, so I've recently become a stay at home mom until I can find a new job--which is impossible, as I go to interviews looking like a whale and watch the interviewers realize that as soon as they get me trained, they'd have to give me a couple months off.)

    Even though I'm at home all day, it's hard to find time to take the care I'm supposed to of myself. It's hard to get toddlers to eat the way I'm trying to eat every meal, and it's hard to cook multiple meals and then see my daughter decide that she wasn't that hungry, and rather than eating her leftovers, I have to put them up for her to eat later or throw them away.

    Also remember that even 10 minutes of exercise a day helps--if you park at one end of campus and have to walk across campus to get to class--or, what's easier, park across campus from your last class so you have to walk a little to get back to your car (that way you don't have to get on campus 10 minutes earlier in the mornings) that walk, especially carrying a bagful of books and supplies, counts as exercise!

    All it takes to get started is baby steps--go easy on yourself, we all slip up or decide to cheat from time to time, and there's definitely nothing wrong with that. You have to be able to enjoy yourself while you're getting healthier, or you might decide not to stick with it.

    2314 days ago
    emoticon SilverBrush
    emoticon on writing your first blog and . It is an excellent way to get the help and support you need for the journey!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    Some thoughts and suggestions as I say emoticon to Spark People.
    emoticon This sight has so much to offer! One of the easiest ways to learn a lot about what it has to offer is to go to your "My SparkPoints" tracking Page. Next to each opportunity to earn Sparkpoints there is a link that will take you to the place on the site that helps you complete the task. Some are one time opportunities, others are daily tasks. Complete as many tasks as possible per day.
    emoticon don't emoticon to the temptation of making the journey all about the numbers. It is not about pounds taken off or inches trimmed, it is all about creating a healthier and more fit you. emoticon
    emoticon Be on the lookout for the many, many, many non-scale non-tape measure victories you will achieve. Feeling healthier, breathing easier, enjoying activities that were once a drudgery, trying something new and enjoying it, choosing a healthy snack versus an unhealthy option, choosing a less than healthy food option over a decadent food option! The possibilities for non-scale victories are ENDLESS. emoticon
    Some things to remember: emoticon drink plenty of water every day!
    emoticon sleep well, it is probably more important than you know. emoticon healthier every day. emoticon Don't go the way of total deprivation, it is apt to set you up for failure and a binge that will leave you feeling devastated. Look for opportunities to emoticon every day. emoticon when you need to --it is healthier than emotional eating! Find ways to emoticon emoticon emoticon exercise that you ENJOY. The right form of exercise is the one you can stick with regularly!!! Something else may burn more calories in a shorter time, but if it makes you give up you won't burn any calories! emoticon
    emoticon MAKE EVERY STEP COUNT. Even steps that seem to move you backwards or to the side have a purpose. Sometimes it is just to get another look at something you passed by without noticing.
    Perhaps most importantly from my perspective DON’T LOSE weight or inches…TAKE THEM OFF, emoticon KICK THEM TO THE CURB. You aren’t interested in FINDING them again. GET RID OF THEM through hard work, determination, accountability, whatever it takes!!!
    Finally, join teams, make friends, encourage others, be encouraged, take challenges, write out SMART goals regularly and track! Track! TRACK!!! It will help with both accountability and motivation, and You will be glad you did!!!
    Feel free to stop by my page, let me know if there is anything I can do to help you in the journey!
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    2317 days ago
  • MIZPAM25
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    2317 days ago
    I'm having the same trouble. I am at a standstill in my weight loss. I have been maintaining my 45 lb. weight loss for 9 months now. I am happy with my progress and if I don't lose any more weight, I will be happy with that. Sometimes I like to eat things that I'm not supposed to have and most of the time that's on the weekend. I would still like to lose about 25-30 more lbs., but it looks like it's not happening. I have been working very hard in maintaining what I've lost.
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    2317 days ago
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