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5 Year Spark Anniversary!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Happy FIVE YEARS! Woo hoo!

OK ladies, I hear what you are saying so perhaps it is time to look at what has changed in the past five years.

1. How did you feel when you joined SP 5 years ago and why? For me I had given up on trying to lose weight. I just wanted to STOP GAINING! I remember reading Chris Downy's story about how he lost weight... 5 fruits and vegetables a day, 10 minutes of exercise a day, and 8 glasses of water. I could not believe it could be that simple.
2. What things did you learn over the 5 years? I guess I learned that I had very high expectations for a) what exercise was... because it could not possibly be done in only 10 minutes and b) eating vegetables was only about salads... which I did not enjoy and c) drinking that much water could only mean most of my time would be spent running to the bathroom. Hahaha. So... I learned to problem solve in terms of exercise and food. I accepted imperfections. I started reading labels. I started accepting challenges to try new activities and push myself further. I learned that I COULD be consistent when the expectations were small enough. I learned that starting is the hardest part. I learned that sipping water in small amounts over the course of the day didn't go right through me compared to guzzling all of it at once. I learned that cooked, roasted veggies and soups I LOVE.... and I learned to try new things that increased my fiber and protein.
3. What non scale victories have happened? I look better, feel better, can do more. I am learning to make better choices and in fact realizing that I can choose to do something towards a goal or away from a goal has been huge. I used to think small "cheats" would not matter but instead now I think of small choices adding up. I think my attitude mostly is my biggest victory. I don't think of myself as a failure. I see myself as a work in progress.
4. Is there anything that you have done because of Spark People that you would never have done without it? Oh my goodness yes! I tried all kinds of challenges and explored all kinds of "tricks" to help motivate me. Joining teams, doing countdowns, making "rules" to help build routines.
5. What would you tell a newcomer to do? Read articles. Learn. Find "heros" by reading blogs and follow those people: do what they do. Start a streak. Keep things simple. Blog blog blog. Log your food and use it to learn about how you eat, then choose one thing to change. For me my first food change was butter. 100 calories over and over that I didn't need. Find a supportive team where you can share thoughts. Help someone. If it is not working... do something different. Don't ever think that just because something works for other people but it is not working for you that something is wrong with you. Keep looking and find the thing that works for you!
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