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.