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Friday, June 14, 2013

Day 2 of logging, blogging and working toward my goals.

I'm already using the food tracker to make healthier eating choices - and doing my best to stick with those choices.

Now to continue.

I'm skipping a party this afternoon to go home and mow my lawn. Knocks a house to-do off my list, avoids unnecessary calories, gets me home early and safely and adds activity to my day. Win, win, win, win. There will be other parties in the future and I will make an effort to go to those.

Today is for me!

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TIME_TO_SHINE1 6/14/2013 11:43AM

    That's geat. You are right it all starts with small steps and little goals throught the journey. I remember the feeling I had the first time I walked a mile and a half. Then when I hit 2 miles it was even more excited. Celebrate every milestone.

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MAMISHELI53 6/14/2013 11:36AM

    Wow, great choices! emoticon
Blessings on the journey to a healthy lifestyle.

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Where is it?

Thursday, June 13, 2013

So...I took some time off from SparkPeople. And from exercising regularly. And from not eating every cookie that comes my way. It happens, right?

I've been trying to find my motivation to get up early and exercise or to find the willpower to eat healthier. My list of reasons to do it is long. But it's not what I would consider motivation.

I've Googled "fitness motivation" and the like, but that hasn't helped. It returns nothing more than a bunch of websites full of "you can do it" quotes, or reasons to work out or pictures of incredibly fit, airbrushed models in workout clothes who seem (at least to me) that their only daily activities must be working out and eating the food that's been weighed and cooked for them by someone else.

Does that motivate me? No.

I'm looking for my "spark". Yes, I want to be fit and healthy. Yes, I want to look great and feel great about myself. But how do I get from wanting it to taking the steps to doing it? That's what I'm trying to figure out.

I'm trying to log my food again. I'm trying to move more (even when I'm brushing my teeth). I'm trying to spend more time with the individuals I care about. I'm trying to clear the clutter in my home. I'm trying to get a handle on so many different aspects of my life. Because that's what life is. It's not just diet and exercise. It's everything, all at once being thrown at us and somehow, we're supposed to figure out how to make sense of it all.

I guess the only way to do this, and to find my motivation, is to take it one step at a time. One minute at a time. And stop overwhelming myself by wondering why I can't do "better" than what I'm doing.

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JSPIN74 6/13/2013 2:27PM

    Could've written this blog myself & didn't...mind if I simply copy & paste it emoticon

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Is my scale broken?

Thursday, February 16, 2012

For the past month or so on Spark People, I've been doing well...sticking with my 5K Running Plan (I'm in week 6) and making healthier eating choices.

I'm incredibly conscious of what I put in my mouth. I'm moving every chance I get. Even on my workout days (I work out in the evenings), I'll choose to walk 2 miles at lunchtime with coworkers because, really, do I need an entire hour to eat lunch?

Still, the numbers on the scale either don't move or they simply go up or down 1 lb. So I'm basically in the same place I started. It's frustrating.

This is not an old scale - I broke down and bought myself a new digital one within the past 6 months, replacing my decade old dial scale.

I'm telling myself that the weight is shifting (my pants are feeling a little looser)and I'm building more muscle mass (I really do feel firmer). I've also raised my calorie allowance based on Spark People's recommendation, as it showed me I've started burning approximately 1000 calories a week (!). I've read that if I don't eat enough, that can keep me from losing weight, and for multiple reasons I'm focused on eating the right amount of the right foods.

My workouts make me feel like a rockstar. Not just physically - I'm feeling more confident and able to take on challenges. So this is not without other rewards. I'm just wondering when I will see results on the scale.