12 week challenge

Sunday, April 07, 2013

I am a part of an amazing group of people on a Facebook group called Healthy Living (it is a private group to respect the privacy of the members). We have recently completed a 12 week challenge and have just begun our second 12 week challenge. I have learned so much through the first challenge and I am anticipating some great things in this one as well. Here are some of the things I've learned:

- I have a great support system built up of some of the craziest, funniest people I have ever known (besides my family :D)

- I have found my groove and what works for me, which is working out just after waking up. That sets the pace for my day, energizes me and really changes my moods.

- I now understand how to read labels, which was an amazing feat in itself.

- I am worth the work involved.

- I now take the time for myself without feeling guilty.

- I now know that I don't have to schedule workouts, but can do bursts of activity throughout the day. This used to be overwhelming for me and I wound up not doing anything. Now I do jumping jacks in my kitchen, or sit ups while doing laundry. I really enjoy it and it makes my mundane day more fun. My kids join me skipping through Sobey's instead of walking, very fun.

- I've learned how to choose healthier foods. I knew this before the first challenge, but knowing something and doing it are very different things. I now shop smarter and more frequently since healthy, fresh food has a much shorter expiry.

- I've learned to listen to my family more, which is a strange thing to put here but now we shop and cook together. I've included my kids in meal planning, reminding them of the food groups and healthy vs unhealthy choices. If they want hot dogs one day, we go shopping and compare the labels together. I know hot dogs are not the best choice, but teaching the kids is more important than having one hot dog.

- I'm a very competitive person. This is a good thing, because it challenges me to move forward whenever I slip up (and I have done a lot of than during my first challenge). Having a supportive group behind me helps, but the whole group is pretty competitive as well and in that we motivate each other.

- I've also discovered that I really don't care what others think. I used to be a people pleaser and strive for others approval, but now I really don't care what is said about me (but don't anyone dare talk about my kids, 'cause I will go all mama bear on you!!) My confidence level is soaring and I feel like I can do anything!

- I have more appreciation for food and activity than I ever have. My relationship with food was a love hate thing. I would binge and find secret times and places to binge, but now my attitude has changed from having a love affair with food to just being friends. It's a mutual decision. I have full custody of the dishes. LOL
Share This Post With Others
Member Comments About This Blog Post

    Be the First to Add Your Comment to the Blog Post

    Log in to post a comment

    Disclaimer: Weight loss results will vary from person to person. No individual result should be seen as a typical result of following the SparkPeople program.