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Inspiration in 5Sing

Sunday, December 01, 2013

5S stands for Sort, Simplify, Sweep, Standardize, and Self-Discipline. It's a bit of lean jargon I picked up from work. It's a discipline in managing your work and processes and continually reviewing and improving it. So, I was 5S'ing (cleaning up) my Spark Mailbox today. I'm back down to one page of messages, deleted a lot of stuff and filed a lot of past challenge messages. In doing so, I came upon this email to one of the Sunny Gal team members, Penny. In August 2011, our Inspire Team Challenge was to share our plan with someone. I was amazed to read the words...written by me...that were so encouraging and positive and full of confidence! Having a plan is reassuring. And isn't it great to get a few successes under your belt? It was an inspirational read for I really needed this week. I thought I'd share it here to encourage anyone else that needs a boost. Behave like a fit person, be a fit person!!


Hi Penny,

I thought I'd choose you as one of the two people I share my plan with. Thanks for listening!

I'm off to a strong start going into Week 3.

I essentially have three recurring goals to get me through the challenge...and life! They are:

1. 30-60 minutes of cardio every day. I'm still training myself to be okay with a day of rest.

2. Strength training thee times a week. I struggle with being consistent with this goal. That's why I keep tracking it!

3. Stay in my calorie range.

This is Day 3 for me maintaining calories under 1500. How am I doing it? I'm drinking water like it's going out of style and I'm using SparkPeople to plan my meals each day...and I'm sticking to it. I have some resolve after having a few bad days last week.

Being deliberate about the food seems to be working. I'm slowing down to remember that while it can taste good, the primary reason for eating is to fuel my body. It's not to hide from issues, it's not to make me feel better emotionally. I have other tools at my disposal to tackle those problems. As I focus on food as fuel, I no longer feel like I'm missing out on junk food.

Eating fresh and simple means I spend a bit of time preparing my meals. This is good, quality time I'm using to reflect on the good choices I'm making.

I'm grateful for the setbacks last week because I gained some insight which is helping me succeed.

Wow, sorry this sounds so corny, but there you go! This is how I'm taking two steps forward!

Spark on!
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    Thanks for sharing your letter Brenda emoticon and your 5s.

    1630 days ago
    Thanks for sharing Brenda! I love the reference to Lean process improvement.

    Hugs ~ Melissa
    1636 days ago
    Was a great plan then and is a great plan now! woo hoo emoticon
    1636 days ago
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