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Quiz: Are You Ready to Change Your Lifestyle?

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

I completed this quiz as part of a challenge I have joined.

I learned that there are five stages of change:
1. Pre-contemplation
2. Contemplation
3. Preparation
4. Action
5. Maintenance

According to my results, I am smack in the middle at stage 3 - preparation - and am setting the course for my progress and eventual success in reaching my health and wellness goals.

Actually, I think I've been in this stage for some time. I've already effected several changes including:

1. Establishing a more healthy sleep pattern
2. Taking a more thoughtful approach to my nutrition
3. Instituting a fitness program beginning with Cardio and I've recently added in ST

That's sound so impressive typed out like that. . .it isn't as perfect as it might seem - the only thing I have down pat is the new sleeping pattern.

I AM paying more attention to my nutrition -- eating at home more often, being deliberate with my food choices / serving sizes at restaurants, maintaining my tracker, staying inside my calorie range -- but I'm still quite hit-n-miss with no consistent meal plan in place.

I HAVE instituted a fitness program and made gradual improvements increasing time spent working out and the variety of fitness activities - I even spent 6 weeks with a Fitness Trainer fleshing out a strength training program.

While I'm pleased with my progress, the 'better' I do, the more aware I am of how much more I should and need to be doing.

Reading through this, I think my biggest 'failing' at this time centers around nutrition - I can work it off all I want, if I keep puttin it back on the battle will never end.

I believe the meal plan has to come front & center in my health efforts. I've often thought I should create a generic 30 day plan with inter-changeable meals equaling a day's total calories.

Now, many will say "SparkPeople provides just such a plan". . .however, many of those meals will not fit into our low carb 'diet' and do not include the few food items my hubby may eat freely and/or prefers.

Anyone out there have some good suggestions for low-carb, basic "Mom's Kitchen" recipes? Glad to harvest your brains!

Your Spark Neighbor,
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    Dolly, you have an excellent grasp of where you are and what you need to do to get the best out of your plan. I'm impressed!

    I couldn't do the meal plan, either. I know they have vegetarian options, but I have very limited funds, and groceries always come last. I don't do low carb. I wish I could help you with that. I don't eat much bread (unless I bake it myself). I don't seem to have a need for variety. I have oatmeal for almost every breakfast, and change the flavor according to what I have on hand. I usually have a bean dish (black bean soup, chile--I did make it with a cornbread topping last night--beans and rice, etc. as lunch. For dinner my plate is half veggies, 1/4 fruit, and something else. Snacks are usually fruit. That may seem high carb, but the oatmeal has staying power, lots of fiber, is good for cholesterol. Beans are high in protein and combined with rice or quinoa make an excellent and healthy meal. I always have some veggies added in. I rarely eat potatoes, so the veggies I choose are low in carbs, and fruit is about the healthiest food around.

    1960 days ago
    Thanks for posting this!

    I create a menu each week, and follow it. That way we know what is for dinner daily, and can plan for it. I tend to eat the same thing for breakfast and lunch on weekdays, breakfast is either oatmeal and fruit, or cereal, yogurt and fruit. Lunch is a salad with ff cheese and low fat protein, either deli meat or nuts, and a piece of fruit.

    Good luck with your new challenge, and keep up the good work!

    Donna emoticon

    1961 days ago
    Hope you get a lot of answers - because I'd be interested in them, too !!!
    1961 days ago
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