Almost a week ago I decided it was time to take my health (and therefore myself) off the back burner. When I came off the scale for my first weekly weigh in a swirl of negative thoughts swirled through my mind. I cut them off.
I knew the first thing that I needed to do was get back on sparkpeople. I came on, put in my current weight, and set my first weight loss goal to be 10% of my starting weight. I calculated how long it would take me to get there with 2 lb a week weight loss. I've lost this weight very recently after all, so I know what I'm capable of.
The next thing I did was visit My OMAT Challenge team page.
OMAT stands for "one month at a time". (Learn more about OMAT here www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
We chose our own goal to track eac month. Here was my OMAT goal post.
"Hi Omatters, long time no take care of myself! But I'm jumping back on the healthy me band wagon in June. I'm going to start slow and log on to sparkpeople 16/18 days remaining in June. It's a small step, let's see where it takes me."
Yet, when I stepped off the scale today, I had a negative reaction to that number on the scale. Once I stopped that tornado of negativity I realized that my expectations were very different than what I had proclaimed.
The truth is that by meeting the goal that I set for myself I took quite a few positive actions which resulted in a weight loss at today's weigh in.
During the past 6 days of logging in to Sparkpeople I have tracked food, exercise and other goals. I have gone from 7 dine out meals a week to 2 in 6 days. I went back to the gym and did a min 30 min water aerobic exercise 4 of the 6 days. I reconnected with some sparkfriends. I blogged and I signed up for the Summer 5% Challenge.
Outside of sparkpeople I set some personal boundaries with people that have been drowning me with their negativity. I've been slowly reaching out to people I haven't talked to the past few months, and took steps towards getting my kitchen ready for more home food preparation.
The result of this is that I moved 3lbs closer to my goal weight, and that is a good thing.