Sunday, October 05, 2014
It was five years ago that I started my Spark journey even though I'd joined about 6 weeks earlier - my first weigh-in was on 4Oct2009. Currently, I am down 12 pounds from that weigh-in. While I don't feel that this is a resounding success, in many ways it is a victory. Before joining Spark, I had been putting on several pounds a year, so that has been halted and even reversed. I am also down 30 pounds from my all time high and my knees really like that. However, like many long time Sparkers whose blogs I follow, I am up from my Spark low - 13 pounds up and my 5 years older knees are once again starting to protest going up stairs...
Looking back over the past five years there are the positives - I consistently get in my 8+ cups of water every day, I have a 640+ day exercise streak of at least 10 minutes of intentional cardio going, I am eating more fruits and veggies (although there is room for lots of improvement there!).
And the negatives - My sleep habits are horrible, I have been consuming too much junk food (candy and chips at work), I drink too much diet cola, my portion control is bad, my nutrition tracking is pretty non-existent, etc.
Methinks it is time to get back to basics - nutrition tracking and more sleep being the main things, along with cutting out the chips and candy at work.
So, it being about 12 weeks to the end of the year, I am going to jumpstart my efforts to be healthier and aim to lose a pound a week to get down to my Spark low. That will set me up for making more progress in 2015 to stay in the "overweight" BMI category and get down to its lower end.
On the home front, I got the furnace blower to start today, now we'll see if it keeps operating. So far, I haven't had to take it out of the furnace, I just used a portable electric heater to make sure it was dried out.
The basement floor is still extremely muddy in the low spots, but the higher areas are drying out some. I'm thankful for the plentitude of cardboard boxes I had on hand that I could flatten and lay down to walk on. It's not an ideal solution but it beats sinking 1-4" into the wet gumbo. It will dry eventually and I won't need a humidifier for this winter.
Have a good week everyone!!