Happy Saturday, SparkPeople!!!
For any of you that 'know' me here on SparkPeople, you know that I am one of the Overall Leaders of the 5% Challenge Community as well as a current Co-Leader of the 2019 Spring 5% Challenge of the Firecracker Team. I initially began writing this as a SparkMail to my team, but as I was writing ~ I thought it might be blog-worthy ... because it seems to be more about 'being stuck' and 'having excuses'.
For those of you that don't know about the 5% Challenge, it is typically a seasonal, member-led Challenge with the ultimate goal of losing 5% of your weight in an 8-week period.
Today marks the beginning of Week #4 of the 2019 Spring 5% Challenge. That means of the 56 days that we 'fly' together, this is Day #22. There are only 34 days left in the 2019 Spring 5% Challenge ~ and that also means that we are almost at the half way point!!!
For those of you that are Challengers, how have YOU been doing during this Challenge? For anyone else ~ I could ask you the same question: How have YOU been doing during the last 3 weeks? For me, the slow weight loss that I have been experiencing continues to be painfully slow. MANY TIMES I ask myself: 'Why is that'?????
If I'm going to be totally honest with myself, it is BECAUSE OF ME!!! Please understand, I’m not beating myself up for what was, but I’m merely taking at another look at what I have been doing (or what I have not been doing). I find that after doing these Challenges for so long, I tend to read the week's directions ~ yet, I don't REALLY read them. I skim over them, get the basic information I need and move on with my day. I think that is my FIRST issue!!!
My second problem is our good old calendar. Again – not blaming, just stating the obvious. Easter came during this Challenge, and, of course - as is usual ... preparations and dinner took place at my house. So dinner with ALL of the trimmings (Easter eggs/candy, etc.) were front and center in my house for at least a week leading up to our Easter Sunday dinner with family. I worked all day and came home from work and cleaned/spruced up the house for our holiday and our guests. I tended to focus more on creating the Easter celebration than on myself. Another ‘convenient’ excuse, I suppose for not paying attention to me!
This past week, things were getting back to ‘normal’. I went back to work; back to the YMCA (I generally go there 3 days/week and take a minimum of 3-4 classes per week) ~ back to my ‘normal’ routine … BUT my giving into the treats that are still in the house has not yet ‘gone away’. DH went for a check-up and is now on medication for pre-diabetes. The doctor actually mentioned to him that he needs to cut out carbs in his diet as that will help this condition (among others). Getting back on track and eating healthier will be good for both of us: I just feel better when I’m eating healthier, and, for him – the heart attack several years ago and the diabetes ‘looming overhead’ --- the writing is on the wall --- he also needs to shed a few pounds once again and look toward a little bit of a healthier lifestyle. WE have our daughter’s wedding to attend in June, 2020 ~ not only do I want to be there, but I want to also look good (maybe not as good as the bride, but ‘good’ overall).
I’ve been ‘loosely’ following Keto, and it really does work for me. If I was stricter with it, I’m sure it would work even better. I do like eating that way but I really miss some of the fruits/vegetables that are ‘not allowed’ on the plan, especially this time of year. If I’m being really honest with myself, I have an addiction to carbs. Once I get off of them for a few days, it is much easier – but as soon as I ‘cheat’, I find myself looking for them; craving them. None of this is really ‘headline news’ to me, and for anyone reading this blog ~ I’m sure that you can relate.
As I write this blog, I’ve decided that I’m getting my ‘head back in the game’. I’m going to clear the house of the candy/treats that are still in the house and ‘get with the program’ once again. For many of us, we instinctively know WHAT to do ~ putting that 'what' into daily practice/daily action is sometimes the challenge.
Who’s with me on this SparkJourney???