During my time here at SparkPeople, I have given a lot of people advice. Most of that advice is stuff that other Spark people were kind enough to tell me when I first started out here and I have passed it on to others.
I have told people not to get discouraged when the scale isn’t budging.
I have told people to eat more fruits and veggies.
I have told people to measure their food… ALL of it!
I have told people to track their food… every single bite!
I have told people to drink their water.
I have told people that if they fail they can start over tomorrow, today, RIGHT NOW!!
I have told people to exercise… even if it’s just 10 minutes!
I have told people to go to the gym… even if they don’t want to go... ESPECIALLY if they don’t want to go!
I have told people that it might not be easy but that it’s worth it.
I have told people that THEY are worth it!
Now, I need to remind myself that *I* am worth it!
My spark has been dimming since… well, since Christmas if I’m being totally honest.
It started with a few chocolate chip cookies on Christmas Eve.
No big deal, right?
Then there was cherry pie on Christmas Day.
Still not a big deal in the grand scheme of things, right?
I was off of work for most of the month of December… and I slacked off big time starting with Christmas Eve!
I stopped measuring ALL of my food.
I stopped tracking ALL of my food.
I stopped drinking my water.
I stopped planning my meals and cooking ahead.
I stopped going to the gym faithfully.
In January, I struggled to get myself back on track.
Truthfully, I probably had more days when I was off track (for at least one meal/snack a day), than on track.
At the end of January I passed out at the gym… and scared the spark out of myself (and my boyfriend).
It had been 7 years since I’d had a "pass out" episode and I had NEVER had one during exercise before… that was kind of scary.
I was told not to exercise for 2 weeks until I could have a bunch of tests done to make sure I was ok.
That translated into eat whatever the spark you want!
I mean if I can’t exercise what’s the point in eating healthy, right?
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