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ACTION STEP: The SparkPeople "Fuel For Improvement" System

Friday, July 19, 2013

"Today's action step is to write a journal entry on anything related to the SparkPeople System and how you think it can help you reach your goals."

I was only introduced to the Fuel for Improvement System yesterday, so I haven't had time to fully process all of it, but basically the idea is that small changes in one part of your life affect the other parts of your life (Criss-Cross Effects.) -- and that you can pretty much do anything, if you approach it like the Sparkpeople diet: with SMART goals, fast break goals, etc.

Because I'm fully on board with this idea, I've already used it to create a training and action plan for my short- and medium-term goals for this year.

1. Study for and pass the ACE GFI test. This is the biggest thing on my plate right now, and also the most important, career-wise. It's a HUGE amount of effort, but I've broken it down into weekly goals and subweekly goals, and if I can lose weight, I can pass this test, so there it is.)

2. Run a 5K -- yeah, that's basically almost finished. I have another 2 weeks of training and then the 5K itself. I'm actually walking a lot farther than this distance now, so I don't think I'll have any trouble walking it. My goal is to run it, and I'm not seeing that as a huge challenge at this point. :)

3. Walk/run the Half Marathon in October. The distance is the only thing that scares me, and the fact that I want to finish it in under 3 hours, but I think if I can walk/run it, I can do that. I'm excited about it, and I'm looking forward to the medal :)

It's funny how much my getting fit and healthy is affecting my marriage. My husband recently started cooking pretty much every day (and cleaning the kitchen afterward!!!!) We are getting a lot of quality time together, and I think he respects me in a different way now -- and not just because my biceps are as big as his :) I think he enjoys sharing in my success, and he asked me just the other day if I was going to participate in NaNoWriMo again this year (that's the November challenge to write a 50,000-word novel in 30 days. CRAZY!) I did it twice, and plan to do it this year, if I can take the ACE test beforehand. (I want that out of the way before I commit to anything else.)

(I don't know if I actually did this action step properly, but I'll revisit it when I've studied the system in more detail. In any case, I believe I can do darn near anything I set my mind to, and I have the tools to help me do it, so I think that's what SparkGuy wanted me to realize for today.)
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