Where am I now after two years on Spark People?
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
A Spark friend mentioned in her blog recently that Spark People had adjusted her caloric goals based on her increased level of exercise. I realized that my caloric goals have not budged one bit since I began my journey in earnest two years ago. Why, I wondered? My goals in February 2011 were to get healthy again after my accident, and I didn't need to lose weight. I was at my goal weight, and I had been at goal for several years. As a result, I set up my Spark People trackers for maintenance and not for weight loss. I didn't remember that I had that choice.
Fast forward two years...I am now almost 15 pounds over my goal. Drastic change in my activity level since the accident, stress at work, emotional eating while acting as a caregiver for family members, further decrease in activity level since retiring in June, poor food choices...these are just a few of the reasons I can point to which have aided and abetted my weight gain over these past two years! So now, March first I will begin anew.
The first thing I did was to ditch my Spark people maintenance plan for nutrition and set new goals for losing those 15 pounds I am lugging around. All the records of foods that I have tracked for two years had to go away in order to change plans, but that is all right. My caloric recommendations went down slightly. (Sigh.) I am going to have to make smarter choices and choose healthy foods nearly all of the time. My downfall is snacks...although the snacks are basically healthy, I enjoy too many of them on a daily basis. I need to incorporate more filling foods into my diet. My DH just LOVES restaurant meals, and I find it hard to deny his requests to "take me out." I will have to work on ways to compromise on that one.
As for exercise, I am working on that one too. I have returned faithfully to my beloved water aerobics classes three times a week. I am walking ( seriously walking thanks to my Fitbit) three alternatiing days a week and resting one day a week. I signed DH and I up for our first ever 5k in March...we are really looking forward to that. If all goes as planned, I will blog about my first race when I complete it! DH can easily walk 5 or 6 miles at a whack, so he isn't the least bit worried about finishing the race. I'm still a bit worried that I will be asking him to carry me over the finish line. Then again, the adrenalin will probably kick in and I will make it on my own. I will let you know! I still have a long way to go on strength training...that is another goal to begin again after the 5k.