Thursday, December 18, 2014
So the format on the SP start page has changed again. Maybe good, maybe bad, but forever moving in a new area. One of the things that keeps catching my eye with the new format is that it tells me every time how many consecutive days of exercise I've done. This morning it told me I was on my 32nd day...
I was keeping track on my own, counting the days down on my kitchen calendar. So it's nice that someone else is doing the work for me, one more thing I can stop worrying about. BUT, since I had been keeping track, I was determined to do that ten minutes every day. And I had gotten up to more than 600 days!!
But I got really sick in October, so sick I didn't leave the bed for 48 hours. I literally slept those two days away. So exercise was the last thing on my mind, and I didn't seem to care.
Once I woke up, got better, spent a week adjusting to being alive again, it hit me that I had ruined my streak. My almost-two years of daily exercise was a thing of the past. And seeing that reminder every day, but I'm ONLY on day 32, is a bit painful for me. It's a daily reminder that all good things must come to an end. I put a lot of work into keeping that 600 days of exercise going, working out on days when I didn't feel like it, knowing that I would find the way to keep going.
So now I start over. And sometimes I feel that I'm stronger for it. I'm at the beginning again, and 32 days is just over a month, not anywhere close to 2 years. But I did it once, and I can do it again. So I will try to look at that daily reminder and feel good about it, see it as a reminder of my strength, not as a reminder of personal loss.
Spark on, friends!!
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Biggest loser or biggest winner? You make the choice.
I've been a part of The Biggest Loser Challenges for quite a while now. And I have to say that it has made all the difference in my life, how I look at myself, why I eat the way I do...
The Biggest Loser Challenge (also known as the BLC) is a 12 week challenge that was INSPIRED by, but not based on the TV show of the same name. We have been around for 8+ years encouraging HEALTHY weight loss and fitness by helping you on your journey towards your goals.
What is it YOU need to reach your goals? Do you need lots of SUPPORT, to be CHALLENGED, to focus on NUTRITION, EXERCISE, or some combination of the above? With the variety of teams we offer, you can find one that works for you.
For myself, the biggest part of being in the challenge is the support I get from my team members. There is nothing I can go through or experience that someone else has not already gone through or experienced, and it helps me put things in perspective.
And even though I have had my share of plateaus, time when I can't seem to lose weight no matter what I do, the love and support doesn't stop. This is what helps me keep going.
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Thursday, November 20, 2014
I think that Sparkpeople has given me many tools and resources for my long and rocky journey towards a slimmer me. Also towards a healthier me, which is really what I'm after.
But I think the best tool has been the SP teams I've been on, mainly the Biggest Loser Challenge, because it keeps me on my toes, and the Knee and Hip Replacement team, because they are all dealing with the same health issues that I am, so they understand my 'bad knee' days.
Of course, the other tools are helpful, too. I have a much better understanding of what half a cup of something looks like; I have more insight as to why I eat the way I do; I have faith that I can ask any question, no matter how dumb it sounds, and know that someone will answer it, someone will have experienced it already; and I have the knowledge that this is a journey, which will take me years if not the rest of my lifetime, so I also have patience.
Saturday, November 01, 2014
I'd say the time I showed the most strength, mentally and physically, was when I had stitches without anesthesia. I had had some reconstructive surgery done, but being the type of person I am, and considering where the surgery site was, I found it impossible to stay absolutely still for the healing to really take. Every day or so I could feel a stitch pop out. By the end of the week, I had to go back to the doc's office and he told me I had a choice of him doing the stitches there, without benefit of painkillers, or I'd have to go back into the hospital for a day or so. I chose to stay right there...
One way this strengthened me is that it's my 'compare' story ~ nothing since has ever hurt as bad, and I got through that, so I know I can get through any pain, any surgery, and come out the other side. Mentally, I got stronger because up until that point, I considered myself a weakling in the pain arena. Plus, the surgery was something I had talked about for decades, and finally it had gotten to the point of becoming something I had to do, something I had to convince others I needed done. Maybe the beginning of my starting to put myself on my never-ending to-do list?
Monday, October 27, 2014
Well, this WEC was about choosing our own road to success. A lot has been going on this weekend, this month, this entire season. And I may not have been paying as much attention to my food and exercise as I should. But this challenge has given me a few things to think about.
The aspects of the challenge that I have been consistently good on are sleeping, which is a necessity for me, water intake, freggies (altho' I tend to eat more fruit and less veggies some days), at least 20 minutes of exercise each day, team posting and ME time.
Some of the things tend to neglect are tracking every single bite, no snacking before bedtime, reviewing and tweaking my goals as my needs change, and giving MYSELF the positive messages and encouragement that we all need.
So, these are things that I will continue to work on in the upcoming months. You know, the stress-filled, food all over the place, parties galore months, otherwise known as the holiday season. Learning is always good, and striving to do better is always good, unless it becomes a stress factor all on it's own. So I will continue to tread that delicate line between taking care of myself and becoming an animated shadow of my true self.
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