Thursday, March 20, 2014
Spark people provides many opportunities to be informed and try new activities. Over my two plus years on Spark Iíve experimented with pretty much everything on the site. Everyone is different, of course, but for me there are five core things that I believe are the heart of my healthy lifestyle now. I donít do any of these perfectly, but I do them pretty routinely. With them I think I can continue to maintain a healthy weight and meet my fitness goals.
TRACKING WHAT I PUT IN MY MOUTH
I never wander too far from tracking what I eat. Simply recording reminds me to pay attention to the nutritional and caloric value of my food as well as portion size. Itís too easy for ďamnesiaĒ to set in if I donít do this.
No matter what I do, and what I do varies a lot, getting a consistent amount of exercise each day matters. I do everything from going to the gym, walking, jogging, ellipticalóand fun things like swimming, kayaking, hiking. I like classes and experiment with them too. But whatever is going on I know I need to be active on a routine basis.
Once I admitted to myself I needed to focus on my healthy lifestyle it became exciting to find peopleófriends old and newócommitted to the same thing. It makes it so much easier to get to the gym with a friend waiting. Itís easy to get isolated if I am not active, and itís too easy to make meals the focus of my entire social life if I donít plan ďactivity datesĒ.
Not everyone needs to do this, but I need to watch that number at least a few times a week. I weigh in as my day starts and it helps me keep my eye on the ball. I donít obsess with a pound up or down, but I do know whatís going on with my weight most days.
CONNECTING WITH THE SPARK COMMUNITY
I didnít spend much time on Spark teams until after I had lost some weight. But I have found teams absolutely essential in maintenance. This is a caring informed community and boy does it help me remember to be true to what I care about: living healthy and living strong.