and that's a wrap. another week gone by, goals pretty much met. weight pretty much ok. and blogging pretty much going on - not my perfect daily blogs, goals and weight from when i am spot on - but maintaining. even with work kicking up a notch, once again.
i've enjoyed the new spark start page, and today's lesson was finding your groove, which really is the basis not only of weight loss, and fitness, but maintenance too. so what makes my groove?
well, first it's the skeleton - the habits that have developed over the past 6 plus years of maintenance. start the day with that glass of water (and coffee, of course!), spinning the spark wheel (and the wellness questions, but now i can get through many of them without doing the research), planning the days meals (thank you, beck!), the rules that rewl (eat sitting down, slowly, mindfully, hunger is not an emergency), and fitness (yep, my daily fitbit goals). and lifestyle to go with the fitness (hello, claire, hello camera...)
then there are the tools -
for my mindset:
- spark website - spinning the wheel is the basic, but back to tracking meals. blogging. checking in. i'm finding the new set up to be better in some ways (i like the plan your day part, and the daily lesson), but more difficult to keep up with my spark world (what happened to my friend feed? and where are my teams, showing which ones are active?)
- for my meal planning
long ago i dabbled in vegetarian, and after reading the china study and eat to live, i switched to a whole foods plant-based lifestyle. at first i bought lots of cookbooks, but find that i love to follow bloggers who create great recipes - and at first i used pinterest, but over the years found an app that goes across my laptop, iPad, and iPhone called paprika recipe manager:
at this point i have over 1000 recipes on it. i use it for my grocery list (jot things down on the laptop and it is on the iPhone when i shop), planning (calendar), and in the kitchen.
the instant pot - dang, i love that thing. set it up, walk away. back to work - or relax with a glass of wine while it does its thing. it is not faster (stovetop pressure cooker is), but it fits my lifestyle. and just about everything i make in it is good for at least three meals (and i make everything from soups and stews and curries to vegan sausages and rice and quinoa), if not four (freezer surprise, DH is limited to 3 meals before he is tired of it:-)
- for fitness
well, the best thing for fitness is a border collie - claire makes sure we get out every day. the second best thing is the fitbit - and its goals. my daily goal has been 15,000 steps average for the week. most days i hit it - and then some. but like yesterday, DH (who now also has his own fitbit) says how many steps do you need, and out we went before dinner and added a couple more miles. and after dinner, i was still 700 steps short - and out we went. and hit it. i've also been participating in a couple of "work week hustles" on the fitbit, and those have given a little extra motivation ot "over perform" (evil grin....); i don't think we would have had the 25,000 and 32,000 step days this week without that.
spark lessons also remind me to mix it up - sometimes with running, and now i'm back to leslie sansone videos (i've also done jessica smith), which have a sneaky way of sneaking strength training into the mix.
i keep coming back. right here. i've been far more active in the past and i know it is important. i'm trying...
spark taught me that it isn't a diet, but a way of life - and that you need something besides calories and exercise - for me, the camera and the border collie have both been "excuses" to get out and enjoy my beautiful world.
like this - on our first hunter-free hike (and it turned into one, not just a walk, as we explored new trails, even though we were just a few miles from home), we discovered this lone flower growing in the middle of a logging road, it had not gotten the message that fall is here:
and there you have it. my groove...