Spark Coach Task
Friday, November 29, 2013
Has my journey been painful or adventerous so far?
A mixture but more adventurerous I think. The healthy eating has been better, I have found that my tastes are changing gradually, I don't seem to enjoy foods with empty calories, the sugary, fatty, salty are beginning to lose their appeal. e.g Crisps (poatato chips) taste good but are over too quickly and not satisfying. I want food that's going to taste good but fill me for a while. After I have eaten a packet I don't want more and find the salt and fat kind of masked the taste somewhat - I want something more substantial, so why bother with them in the first place! Just a few month's ago I would seriously injure you if you got between a pack of Cheese and Onion and me.
The more painful bit has been the excercise. During the Summer here in the UK it was great I walked and loved it. Now the Winter has arrived - oh dear! I have not taken to my indoor aerobics so well. I think it is a mental block that I am working to shift. When I am in the middle of it I actually enjoy it, my body less so than my mind. However, my body is getting used to it, I think all the walking in the Summer has made me stronger and although some of the excercise is challenging I feel fitter and I feel so great afterwards that I have achieved it, it's a real buzz. I looked over my Sparkdiary (which I just discovered and found it was logging all my activity!!) and realised how sporadic my excercise has been especially with the indoor ones (they are all I can afford at the moment so I am cracking on with them now), even with the walking, they were not planned and in terms of time distance etc are all over the shop and not consistent. Some of them I didn't log. In one way they were just the way to go, I was not moving at all when I started and just used everyday activity to get the walks in, so visiting my father, going to church etc I would just walk instead of getting a bus. That meant I excercised without really calling it excercise and that got my body moving again.
So, this is the learning curve for me and my priority over the next few month's, get with a programme!!
My pain (although that feel's too strong a word, maybe that's to come!) has been a mental, emotional one. I have had to make shifts in my attitude and reasoning e.g just lately I have shifted my attitude to morning workouts. I was aiming to get up at 6am to do my workouts - but the last few weeks I have not been getting up early enough - I feel tired in the mornings. Hence, I did not do my workouts, my excuse - I don't have time for them. Poppy cock!! I am unemployed, I have no kids, what was I busy doing - watching T.V, plodding around doing little, talking. So this week whatever time I get up I have just put on my gear and done it. No excuse, I have my kit on the natural thing to do - excercise so I can take it off again and get bathed and dressed. Result - excercised every day I did this, this week!
How can I make changes in habits or outlook that make it more fun and exciting?
For me, tracking has been a a great key. Sometimes I don'tactually know if I am on track with healthy eating or excercise. I have found that understanding what I am doing has made it all extremely interesting and exciting. I am a bit of an intellectual and have always loved learning, so making my health a bit of a project will keep me interested. I started a folder with all all my information but I think I am going to refine it so that I can see my progress at a glance. This will motivate me. I also think I am going to keep a private picture gallery of visual changes in my body. I am a little embarrassed to show these publicly - but I might get to a stage when I feel so proud I will want to show it! I think this might be another key - goals and reaching them. I am going to a Women's retreat weekend with my church in March. This will be the first time I will take part in a type of pampering weekend, with swimming pool, sauna, beauty treatments, a banquet as well as prayer and services etc. I think I am going to aim for this date - to show off (to myself mainly) my progress. For a long time in many years I aim to feel comfortable and beautiful in my skin