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Choose your hard

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

"Losing weight is hard. Maintaining weight is hard. Being overweight is hard. Choose your hard." - SparkPeople motivation card

After having suffered the blow of not losing anything last week, I very nearly gave up - and I did for the past two days. Yet another healthy plan wasn't working and this one was very hard in having to coordinate learning a whole bunch of new recipes (and organize the groceries for same).

But the jogging habit - that was hard to give up. I had to take a rest for two days because I started to get shin pain. But today I got right back in the saddle for the run. I used my new app; Map my Ride to log my circuit. I did half of my usual workout, but just a little more because I felt I could. My emotional outlook is better now. I feel more renewed to take on the challenge of keeping up this new Meal Plan.

I wish Spark People's Nutrition Tracker had the option of putting meals in ahead of time so that a user can print out the Meal Plan and have handy. It's not very convenient to have to get to a computer or tiny mobile device in order to see what meal or snack is coming up next. There's a lot of work involved in finding a Meal Plan template, inputting the Spark Solution meals and then inputting all of the recipes into SparkRecipes so that they can be saved. But I'm choosing my hard now. I'm going to do this organization. I gave myself a year on this new attempt. I am not allowed to give up short of a year. It's been only one month so far; I have 11 months to go.

In addition, I'm finding that summer brings challenges for finding low cal meals on the go. I need to find some of those recipes and make them in advance. Sunday was a bad day, what with my son's playdate with a boy whose parents also own a local Chinese restaurant. Needless to say, any playdate at their house also involves non-stop food service. Thankfully, most of the snacks are fruits, but the meals themselves are nearly always high carb and fat (like pork fried rice).

I have a new goal today; find easy low cal meals consistent with the meal plan that can be made ahead of time and can be portable. I'm going to need those in the coming weeks.
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    I plan my meals ahead of time and SP has the capability including fitness workouts too. Just change the date and input.

    Very nice blog! emoticon

    Leader - 40 Somethings with 25-49 lbs to lose
    1835 days ago
    Great blog! Weight maintenance is definitely the hardest part of this journey so far.
    1835 days ago
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