Tuesday, May 15, 2012
I heard about this 15 Day Vitality Challenge by SPARKGIRL32. I had attended one of her SparkLive! classes a while back and really enjoyed it. I found out about the challenge today and decided it is just the thing I need right now. :)
So, the pre-challenge assignment is to answer a few questions.
What goals are you setting for this challenge?
* Self-love- Meditating once a day
* Nutrition- tracking my meals, no matter how "off" my plan I am
* Fitness- Do 10 minutes of cardio in addition to my walk to the kids bus stop each day.
Why did you choose these goals? I picked meditating because it really calms me and makes it much easier to reflect on what I really want. I chose tracking because I have realized that I have distorted ideas of how many calories (and other nutrients) are actually in the food I eat. Tracking is the only way to know for sure! And I chose 10 minutes of cardio because I need more exercise. I stay at home all day, except for the slightly over half mile walk to and from the kids bus stop. I don't do much moving around at all. I feel better when I move and more importantly, my foot feels better.
What do these goals mean to you? These goals mean freedom. WHEN I accomplish these goals, I'll be able to accomplish anything.
Why did you choose to participate in this challenge? Because while I have come a long, long way in changing my thinking, I haven't done a lot with my weightloss.
At the end of these 15 days, what do you hope to accomplish? I'm trying to find a way of merging this happier mentality with my goal of getting healthy.
What do you want to feel like? Powerful! Confident!
What is going to tell you that you are headed in the right direction during this challenge? Being about to maintain what I'm doing.
What is going to be different when it comes to how you approach your weight loss this time? Slow and steady! I have a habit of jumping in over my head and giving up. My aim this time is for the long haul, not a quick fix!
Sunday, May 13, 2012
After growing bored with my routine, diet, and just general day to day things, it's time to switch things up a bit.
I joined a few new teams and created one of my own. (Here's the link if you're curious. *wink, wink* teams.sparkpeople.com/challengeinspi
remotivate )I've noticed I do this every few months or so (join new teams) and leave the ones that just aren't active or aren't providing anything for me. Of course, I have a few that I'm positive I'll always be in, because they are just that awesome.
Interesting that this also coincides with the end of the Spring 5% Challenge. I didn't participate as fully as I wanted to in the challenge. After I moved, I just sort of felt overbooked and I "took off" more days than I really intended to.
Anyway, back to the subject at hand. So I joined some new teams, one of which was for the spark 5K programs. I can't run yet, but I can jog for a little bit without my ankle yelling at me. My goal is to get myself jogging more, walking less. At this time, I don't really plan to compete in a race, but I'm not completely ruling it out either. I'm just going to go slow and listen to my body and see where this takes me.
Another change is that my fiance was told by his doctor that he has prediabetes. Which of course changes everything. We'll be re-vamping everything we eat (and the way we eat it) to nip this in the bud before it has a chance to become full blown diabetes. And while I don't have this condition (though diabetes runs rampant in both sides of my family), changing things can only be good for me. His doc is setting him up with a dietician and I plan on going to that appointment with him. I've never had the opportunity to talk with a dietician, so this will be extremely beneficial as I'm the one who shops and cooks 99% of the time. His diet will be my diet, as I'm not in a position to be cooking separate meals (nor do I want to).
But I believe that this one change will be the most significant. Nutrition has always been the hardest part for me, and now that we're in a position of "having to" fix it, I think it will make it easier for me.
So anyway, good changes in the days to come!
Wednesday, May 09, 2012
We've all been there. And by "there", I mean anywhere.
Sitting in the break room at work munching on your third salad of the week while oogling the slice a pizza a thin co-worker is eating.
At a party doing your very best to steer clear of dessert table even though you know that EVERYONE else is gorging on the cheesecake your friend made (and talked about all week).
Sitting across across from a friend who says "It's just one burger. What harm can it do?"
Anyone who has been overweight and tried to lose that weight has been in some type of similar situation. And we all know what was going through our heads...
"It's just not fair! Why can't I eat that all the time and be that thin?!"
Well, let me let you in on a little bit of enlightenment that I learned a while ago. Not everything is as it seems.
TWO-THIRDS of Americans are overweight. Yes, folks, I said two-thirds.
ONE-THIRD of Americans are obese.
For those of you who shut down when someone mentions fractions (yeah, I have high school algebra nightmares too) let me give you a slightly better visual.
2 out of every 3 people are overweight
1 out of every 3 people are obese
Please excuse my inability to draw lol
Anyway, my point is that yes, the person that's eating that pizza or dessert or whatever it is that's making you hate yourself, is a lie.
A big, fat lie.
If she remains thin, then I promise you she's exercising. She's watching what she eats most of the time. She doesn't live off of fast food. And it's extremely likely that she's cooking her own meals the majority of the time.
And if she's not?
It's not going to take too long, and she'll move right into that two-thirds category along side the rest of us.
It's that simple. She doesn't have a magic metabolism. She isn't someone to envy.
So the next time you're in a situation like that, just sit there quietly eating the healthy and nutritious food you made for yourself, give yourself a smile knowing that your weight will be going down. You don't need to begrudge someone else a tasty snack because you know all you have to do is plan it into your day and adjust as necessary.
Thursday, May 03, 2012
First of all, I just want to say how very touched I am at all of the comments on my previous post. Fellow sparkers, your enthusiasm has motivated me and to be honest, I really needed it right now! Specifically, motivation to continue this weightloss journey.
See... I know I can do it. I know how to do it. I know I need to do it. But WANTING to do it is a completely different ballgame!
Our wants tend to dictate most of our lives. We want to eat those deserts. We want to veg in front of the tv. We want a million bucks.... or whatever. We all have wants. And it's up to us to fulfill those wants or to ignore them. Not all wants should always be fulfilled.
For instance, lets say we want to lose 30lbs. We've wanted to lose that 30lbs for 5 years. The want to lose it is all we think about.
Except for chocolate cake. We looooove chocolate cake. We want it all the time.
But if we give in to that want for chocolate cake every single time the mood strikes, we won't be able to fulfill our other want: to lose 30lbs.
We have to decide what we want MORE: the cake or the weightloss.
If I'm being honest, I'd say I want the weightloss more, but the cake more often. Which in turn, makes the cake a little bit more powerful over time.
Which is the beginning of slumpsville. Once you get to the point that the cake has "better" rewards for you than getting the weight off, your motivation is gone and you're sitting right in the middle of slumpsville.
Maybe you realize where you're at and high-tail it outta there pronto or maybe you pull up a chair and stay a while, but either way eventually you have to go home. Slumpsville is a vacation town. It's not a suitable place to lay down roots.
But how do you get motivated to leave when you have chocolate frosting flowing through your IV drip?
Well, I've been working on disconnecting slumpsvilles hold on me for about a month now and I'm finally waving goodbye. It's been hard and agonizing at times, but I'm making it.
I found this wonderful blog post about getting our of your slump, and it's full of motivational advice. I was originally just going to share it in one of my teams, but I figured a LOT of people could benefit from it, so I opted to put it in my blog.
Let me know what you think. What gets you motivated?
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