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November Goals

Friday, November 02, 2018

I am starting November off feeling confident that I have a plan and that I will have a successful month. A few days ago I linked my Garmin HR Vivosmart to MyFitnessPal account. It is so easy to scan bar codes and enter the food I'm eating. Except for some fresh vegetables, everything from milk to nuts has a bar code. Now my Garmin is accurately showing calories in and calories out.

So where does that leave my Spark nutrition tracker? Well, although I'll eventually link everything together for now that seems overwhelming because I am not technically competent and want to make sure I've got the Garmin and MyFitnessPal down pat - which is not yet an accomplished goal. So for November, my goal is to do my meal planning using the Spark nutrition tracker and then enter the things I actually eat into my phone via the barcodes. I know that meal planning saves me both money and calories. If I can get some advance meal prep done it helps me to stay on track since I tend to make everything we eat from scratch at home (except bread, I don't eat bread so hubby makes what he wants in the bread machine, but still from scratch).

I've been getting back into using Spark Premium everyday and reading success stories and that is so inspiring. I especially like the Spark Spotlight articles because they often focus on Spark members who are still in the middle of their journey.

My exercise is very gradually increasing and I am ok with that. I am 64 years old and in terrible physical shape. I'm just not going to be an athlete overnight, but I can have realistic goals and see the steps on my tracker go up gradually. Yesterday for the first time in months and months I had over 10,000 steps which is huge for me. I did 30 minutes on the treadmill, not terribly fast, but fantastic for me. I need to accept myself where I am and work from there and I think that I'm becoming much more successful at just acceptance of my starting point.

Finally, but so important to me, my daughter is still my diet buddy. We encourage each other in nutrition and exercise. We can be honest and open with each other on both the good days and the bad. For instance, I am becoming much more gluten intolerant so last summer was the very first summer ever that I didn't order pizza from the pizzeria close to the cottage. I really want pizza, so next week I will pick up a gluten free pizza from Costco, add some veggies, put it in my meal plan and eat accordingly and within my calorie range for the day.

I am truly excited by my progress in October and think that November is going to be a really great month for me. Being accountable is a big part of that and I am so grateful to the Spark tools I have access to and, most importantly, the Spark friends that spur me on.
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    Good plan. emoticon
    954 days ago
    A good plan, you can do this. You have both your daughter and your Hubby to help, they will encourage you when you feel the need for help, just ask them.

    We can make Nov an great month. emoticon

    Hugs Mary

    955 days ago
    Sounds like a really good plan, Shirley. Nice that your Garmin is so helpful. My Fitbit is only syncing sporadically and I'm not smart enough to figure out the problem.
    Wow, over 10,000 steps! That's huge. I'm happy with just half that!
    957 days ago
    Great emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    As long as we track that is the main goal i have other sites to but it get to confusing so back to the spark going to set time aside to build groups and favorites . OCt saw me reach goals to think it the cheering section on our little team . Glad Sam is still your buddy on the journey .
    We can do this together Happy Nov. Happy trails . emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    957 days ago
    Keep the good forward moving progress going my friend.
    I, too, had a decent October with plans for a productive November.
    Can't be done overnight, but each day a little closer. emoticon
    957 days ago
    Sounds great to me.I love seeing you do so well!!
    957 days ago
  • GLORYB83
    Awesome, Shirley. I'm so glad that you had a good October and it certainly looks like November will be a fantastic one for you! Keep up the great work!
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    957 days ago
    Keep on Keeping on!

    Make today the greatest day of your life!
    Until tomorrow!

    957 days ago
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