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Monday, July 15, 2013

My last post was back in March and I told you about our month long office challenge. Well, that didn't go as I hoped. My intensions were good and I even followed part of the workout plan with the Chalean Extreme system for three months, but my pants were feeling tighter and tighter.

At the time I couldn’t understand why my measurements haven’t gone down. My eating habits were not awful, I was taking two zumba classes a week and did strength training (w/5# weights) 3 days a week and yet the scale seemed to be going up. Perhaps, it was the stress of buying a house, moving into the house and not feeling motivated at work. The way I saw it, any excuse that I could create was a good reason for this failure.

As I reflect back on what happened, I know what the problem was… it was ME. I wasn’t mentally ready to make a lifestyle change. I wanted a quick fix and even then I wasn’t completely committed. Yes, my eating habits were okay but they were not ideal and the “healthier” habits were only Monday thru Thursday. Friday was bagel breakfast sandwich in the morning, pizza for lunch and dinner was typically a meal out on the town. Saturday and Sunday continued to be my off days which meant that my husband and I would go out to breakfast one day, and then eat garbage foods for the rest of our meals. I would justify eating like this because I was working out so it all evened itself out. WRONG!!!

Now that I am settled into my home without cable or internet (for now), I’ve had plenty of time to think about myself, who I am and where I want to go in life. I know now that I really need to change my eating habits not just Monday thru Thursday but every day of the week, the month and the many years to come.

I suffer from Psoriatic Arthritis (similar to RA), and I know with a healthier lifestyle my pains are minimal and my energy levels are at their highest levels. When I fall of the healthy wagon is when the pains and the psoriasis flare up along with my emotions and energy at an all time low. Once I am down there, it takes a lot to pull me out.

Why wouldn't I always want to eat healthier and share an active lifestyle with my husband for as many years as possible? I can’t think of an excuse why, which is why I started taking control last week.

In the past couple of weeks, I have:
• started using SparkCoach so I am more motivated to stay on track
• connected with at least one inspirational SparkMember
• have tried two new group fitness classes (aerial conditioning and Bowka)
• tracked my foods and fitness
• made healthier choices and eating enough to fuel my body

My plan is to continue with these actions and create a new short term goal each week for myself, which can result into lifetime habits. My goals may be directed at any part of my life, my health, marriage, career, finances, career or even my involvement with SparkPeople. They just have to be realistic and attainable. By going through this exercise, my ultimate goal is to live a full and healthy life with my amazing husband and our family.

For the week of July 15th, my goals are:
1. Connect with at least one inspirational or motivating Spark member.
2. Write at least one blog post each week on my SparkBlog page.

If you are reading this, do you create attainable short term goals for yourself? What are they and do you follow through?
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    I also have psoriatic arthritis and have been goig through a six month long endless flare. Working out is hard as it both of my knees are really inflamed. I understand where you are right now and love your blog posts :)
    1487 days ago
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    @SallyLee84 ... thank you for sharing. I admire your honesty with yourself in that you know you can't commit to cutting out certain foods. Taking control of your life and your eating habits is not about depriving yourself; its about learning limits and control. By tracking all your foods (the good, the bad and those little nibbles here and there), you are taking control. Kudos to you!!! I wish you all the best on your August goal!!

    1739 days ago
    First off let me start by saying it sounds like you are off to a great start. emoticon I just started getting serious about losing weight about two months ago myself, so I'm by no means an expert. I have a series of long-term and short-term goals as well as some general guidelines for myself. Like I knew that personally I couldn't commit to a food plan that cut out certain foods, yes it sounds great to say I'm giving up chocolate, but I can't do it. Therefore, I track all food even the oops food. Short-term I'm hoping to get under 200 by August, so I'm trying to up my exercise and be extra diligent with food. Long-term I want to be at a healthy and sustainable weight. Something I can keep up with the rest of my life. emoticon
    1740 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/15/2013 4:42:44 PM
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