5% Exercise & Diet Commitment
Monday, December 18, 2017
Why does the word commitment scare so many people? Why is accountability so difficult for so many of us? I think for many of us, it's because the behavior wasn't modeled in our own lives. Or if the behavior was shown, but never explained, we didn't put 2 and 2 together to equal 4 & realize that both commitment & accountability are great tools for life.
In what SPARK calls the 5% community, which is comprised of those of us who over an 8 week span of time will attempt to lose 5% of our body weight, they ask what "diet" you are following & they ask you to make an exercise "commitment". So for those people who are "triggered" by language, they are now intimidated. Well, fear not, good friends. Be encouraged instead! Don't think of it as a scary commitment, think of your exercise as a "date with a friend". But Monique, I'm not going out with a friend, I'm doing some single, solo, solitary exercise. EXACTLY! I would say to you. YOU are your #1 friend & your commitment to exercise is therefore a date with a friend meaning YOU!!!
I do not follow a specific "diet". I have in the past to varying degrees of success. What I am willing to do is to track my food MUCH better than I have been lately. I use MFP more than SPARK tracking bc I have MFP downloaded on my phone & find they have reliable information on so many more items. Simple preference. I am going to stay in my calorie range to a better degree. And I am going to continue to keep my carbs down. I'm not on "KETO". I'm not on Atkins or South Beach. I just choose to eat "better" carbs & fewer carbs overall bc I find I feel better as a result.
I walk my dog twice a day about 1/2 mile each time. This helped him get down to a fitter, trimmer Marley. However, it hasn't helped me do the same. LOL! In addition to walking the dog, I commit to hot, sweaty, heart-rate-elevated exercise 3 times a week minimum. For all the people who I admire because of their body shape or their ability to keep weight off even as they age, I find they have one thing in common--they WORK OUT. And by this I mean they get their heart rates up. They sweat. They continue to try new things & push themselves. And they have success. I want to emulate this behavior. The winter challenge will allow me to begin this process.
If you're interested in joining a community of like-minded folks who both encourage & challenge you, there's still time to sign up for the Winter 2018 5% Challenge here in SPARK-ville! Come along! Bring a friend!!!