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Saturday, October 19, 2013

Hi to all my Spark friends!

This past week has been by far the most challenging. It is an old habit of mine to give up after three months of doing anything. The good news? I'm still here! It's so very hard, but I'm still here! I know what I need to do and for some goofy reason, my appetite has gone sky high. I want the salad AND the ice cream! I want the healthy proteins and the fruits! But I also want the waffles and the fried eggs. In other words, I want to eat anything and everything. What is happening to me? I've only exercised twice this week when I'm use to exercising 5-6 times a week. I know this is only another "pothole" I need to overcome and by far, this is the hardest one yet! What am I doing?? I need to focus focus focus on why I started this journey and what my motivation is! It's to have more energy, to move around better and feel better! It was to learn how to take care of myself and love my body, mind and spirit! Despite all this, I'm still here when I normally would've thrown in the towel by now. I NEED to give myself credit for that! I'm still tracking my food, my exercise. I haven't stopped exercising altogether! I need to remember this is a life altering, lifestyle change and it happens gradually. No pill, DIET, surgery, is going to make lasting change. Only lifestyle change will do that and with any lifestyle change comes realizations, awakenings, challenges along with the triumphs! And, I just need to remember I'm at my challenge phase! If my appetite has gone sky high, it's only natural to want to eat everything in sight. The key is to recognize what is happening and come up with a solution. Am I getting all the nutrients I need? Is my body craving something it's not getting? Do I need to up my protein intake? With very little income, it is a challenge in and of itself to shop for healthy food since it is so much more expensive. But, I did it in the first couple of months and I can do it now!! I'm glad I caught myself falling into old habits before they settled back in and I didn't let myself have the excuse of, "Oh well, I'm eating more and didn't exercise enough I may as well give up". THAT was my OLD way of thinking. NO MORE!!! Let me talk to myself for a bit here:

"Lisa, look how far you've come! You've lost 24 pounds in three months!! That is 2 pounds per week and that is A LOT of hard work and determination on your part. You are worthy of a healthier happier life! You are able to stand up now for longer periods and get more done, you are able to JUMP when you workout and lift your feet off the ground, you are sleeping better. You have friends here who are willing to help you with any question you may have, or any challenge you are going through. LET THEM HELP YOU! Ask for help!! Let them be an inspiration to you that it CAN BE DONE! They have gone through what you are going through! Let them give you advice on how they did it!"

So okay ....anyone reading this....would you give me some advice on what to do with my increased appetite?? Do I need to somehow get it under control or can I eat more food just the healthier kind?? I'm so stiff and sore all the time now and that itself wears me out. Do I push through it all and bare it and keep exercising 5-6 times a week? Or, can I find easier workouts to do and still get the same results? Have any of you experienced what I'm experiencing? Have any motivating stories for me about how you worked through your challenges?

To end my blog, let me just say that I'm ultimately proud of myself for staying here! For recognizing what I was doing and now acting on it! I'm proud of my 3 month Sparkversary and the steady progress I've made! And I love all of you for being here for me and answering questions and giving me inspiration.

Nice job Lisa! And nice job all of you for never giving up and overcoming everything you have! Health is worth all we are doing and thinking. If not for health, life would be a sad journey!

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  • GEORGE815
    Congrats on your anniversary!
    1703 days ago
    We have to forget how far we have to go because it's too overwhelming. Take a minute and see that you are on the cusp of a major milestone -- 10 percent of your body weight is gone. That's tremendous. Pick up 2 (almost 3!) ten pound bags and see what it feels like-- and you don't have that to carry around anymore. I do think that changing food and exercise habits is important if you feel in a rut. I'm struggling with the same issues and also have to change up my food selections. 24 lbs in 3 months is a wonderful accomplishment with real changes beginning to happen.
    1704 days ago
    You are doing great by recognizing your potholes......Love your can do attitude....Keep reading, tracking, journaling, exercising, and sparking! You are on your way to wonderful health by not giving up! I recommend drinking more water and buying yourself non food rewards(little things) every couple of weeks....A small lotion, a new lglass, nail polish,etc..... emoticon emoticon
    1704 days ago
    Lisa you did a lot but if you stopped here you will lose a lot. Yes you should be proud of yourself that you are still here but you have to keep it up. Think of everyday as if it's the first day and every week as if it's the first week. Can you remember when you were highly motivated and doing exercise 6 times a week and tried to drink your 8 cups of water daily. I was in your situation before the solution for me was
    1- Drink water whenever you feel hungry.
    2- Fill the time that you are in your weakest state and ready to eat anything by exercising. I found that exercise makes me forget that I want to eat and also when I exercise while I feel hungry after finishing I don't find myself hungry :)
    3- If you are tired of exercising keep yourself busy by walking around shops or going out with friends or family.
    4- Search for someone really supporting you with your new lifestyle near you.

    You did a hard work which means you can do it. One qoute that helped me a lot
    "If a tier got flat on your way fix the flat tier instead of getting the 4 tiers flat as well. "

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    1704 days ago
  • BRADMILL2922
    It is hard and it is even harder this time of year. I really do believe that we have that "animal instinct" with colder weather coming to eat more. Our bodies are preparing for a long winter and I think it is just what happens. I don't really know this to be fact but it is just something that I think. So, you just have to check your ranges. Stay in them but maybe aim for the higher end and keep drinking water! You can do it!
    1704 days ago
  • ABAKER34
    You are doing great! Embrace the soreness, that just means your body is working! And 24 pounds in 3 months is AWESOME!! As far as feeling hungry all the time, try eating small meals throughout the day instead of 3 bigger meals. Break up your meals into 5 mini-meals, that might help you help. And water, water, water. It really does help make you feel fuller. You are doing great! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1705 days ago
    emoticon blog! Keep up the great work! emoticon
    1706 days ago
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