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First Sparkiversary

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

One year ago today, I joined SparkPeople. I wasn't at my heaviest weight, but I was heavier than I had been, and I reluctantly admitted I needed to track and control what I ate.

That decision started me on a trend to weigh less and be more fit. This morning, I weighed in at 161, or 35 pounds less than a year ago. I've been nominally in maintenance for 9 months, though I slowly lost more weigh at first. The weight trend has been sideways for about 3 months now.

I'm definitely in a better place than I was a year ago. I may not be headed in as good a direction. Lately my motivation for fitness has been sketchy. Yesterday work blew up again, with a long hours project that nominally gets complete a week from today; but in practice, it's likely one of a series of fire drills that will want a lot of sedentary time. Fire drills like this plus weak motivation to start with is not a good combination. Throw in an injured foot that doesn't let me run, or walk as fast and far as I'd like to for stress relief, and I'm a little concerned.

The bright spot is the diet. I've done really well at staying within range, and if I need to I can adjust the range. A year ago I never would have predicted that controlling what I eat would become the easy side of the fitness equation to keep up with.

I've also learned in the past year that diet and exercise aren't the whole picture. The third major piece of the fitness puzzle is getting enough sleep. I didn't do well with that for years, and I didn't even know I was doing poorly. Fairly early in my SP membership, I set a goal of getting to bed by 10:30 six nights a week. I've met that goal most of the time, and turned myself into a synthetic morning person. This is great when I'm getting to bed on time, but not so great when I don't because I still wake up early. This is an area that still needs some attention, but it's easier to be motivated about getting sleep than about getting exercise.

That's kind of where I am, a year later. I'm at a healthy weight. I'm eating right. I can do pullups, and I can do pushups. Right now I can't run, bummer. I'm mostly getting enough sleep, though that needs attention. I'm wimping out on exercise more than I should.

And now I should be off to bed . . . but I think I'll squeeze in a few more keystrokes for the paid job before I head that way.
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    Happy Happy Anniversary Moby! I am proud of your work! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2110 days ago
  • TIFFY0906
    Congrats on the weight loss and all the other progress you have made in a year. I'm sure you will get your exercise "mojo" back. Keep up the good work.
    2111 days ago
    It looks like you are in a pretty good place as you start Spark Year II.
    2111 days ago
  • NWFL59
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    You are an inspiration to me with your successes in mind, body, attitude and willingness to constantly adjust to keep yourself well and healthy. Yesterday I had unplanned toe surgery and now my favorite form of exercise, walking, is temporarily unavailable so I'm working with my free weights at home and thanks to you I'm also trying to learn how to properly use the kettlebell while watching instructive videos (Iron Core Kettlebell by Sarah Lurie). Keep up the spirit. emoticon
    2112 days ago
    Good job on all your accomplishments and new healthy habits!
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    2112 days ago
    Congrats to your first SparkVersary!
    2112 days ago
    Congrats on a successful Sparking year!!!
    2112 days ago
    Motivation certainly comes and goes . . . but you're tracking and that's probably the key. I can't always exercise as much as is optimal because of work demands or illness . . . but I'm pretty confident I will get back to it when circs change.
    2112 days ago
    emoticon on a great start on "the rest of your life". And happy emoticon !

    Motivation is a tough nut. Mine may not be the same as yours. Fortunately, I'm not the only other person on Spark and you can find other kindred spirits with similar motivators to yours!

    Spark acts like a virtual OA meeting for me at times, like a training group at others, and like a vast collection of kindred spirits who *don't* get tired of hearing about one's wins and one's challenges in the area of fitness / nutrition, or the fact that someone (like me) has to keep working at it forever, and doesn't get "cured" just from dropping the pounds in the first place.

    Keep on Sparkin', brother... there will be ups and downs of motivation as there are ups and downs in other parts of life. You are living! emoticon emoticon
    2112 days ago
    Congratulations on a successful year! Maybe you can work some strength exercises I while your foot is injured the QuickFire team is a great way to work more in throughout your day! Hooray for healthy food choices! And Hooray for getting adequate sleep! I don't think most people realize how very important that is! And how lack of sleep leads to overeating! Keep up the good work!
    2112 days ago
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