201 Day Spark Streak ... But What Do I Have To Show For It?
Friday, September 20, 2013
This morning, after 3.5 miles on the treadmill, I logged into SparkPeople for the 201st consecutive day. This is my longest login streak since I joined this site in 2008. (2008?! WOW!)
In the nearly 7 months, have I lost any weight? Well, sort of. I continue to fluctuate the same ~6 pounds. Up, down, up, down, up, down ...
This seesaw is making me seasick.
In about November of last year, I was at my lowest weight in a long time. I was a comfortable size 12, with one pair of size 10 jeans in the closet and a couple of size 10 dresses.
Then some mixture of emotional eating, winter blues, complacency, and laziness kicked in and I found myself back up almost 20 pounds. Now I'm down 10 from there, but I'm stuck. I want to see that lower number back on the scale. I want to get back into those size 10 jeans. (The size 10 dresses still fit. The jeans don't. Funny how unforgiving denim is.)
What am I doing about it now? What good is logging into Spark if I'm not actively living a Sparkified lifestyle?
The past ~3 weeks have been good. I've upped my exercise minutes, to a goal of about 270. This week I'll probably end at more like 240, but still. 240 exercise minutes a week is a hell of a lot better than 120-150.
I am eating fairly well, but not tracking. I KNOW tracking makes me more accountable. I KNOW I see more progress when I'm tracking my food. The Oreos and the nibbles add up, and fast. I can do better here.
Next week begins another somewhat crazy travel phase, continuing through November. I harbor no illusions that I'm going to drop the other 10 pounds between now and Thanksgiving, but my goal is to stay where I am. To continue my new increased exercise streak, even if it's in a crappy hotel gym in a foreign country. (I kinda like running on a European treadmill. Running at 9.0 makes me feel like a badass.)
OK, rambling over.
SPARKIFY. Got it. Done.