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Survivor Challenge - Successes & Challenges

Monday, June 20, 2011

This blog entry is for the Survivor Challenge I am doing over at the Parents of Infants Under 2 Team - but it is also a nice reflection exercise.

DIET

Success: NUTRITION TRACKER

when I started on SP, I started tracking my food within the first week, but I was way over - instead of getting discouraged, I told myself I would track it no matter what, no matter how high the numbers were, and that I would try to learn from the feedback reports - within the first month I found myself naturally falling into my ranges (for the most part) - and I found issues where I didn't know I had them (like I was significantly under-consuming protein)

Challenge: SODIUM & FIBER

about a month ago, I started tracking sodium and fiber intake in my nutrition tracker - and I was shocked - really shocked - I was at times getting twice or more my daily amount of sodium and half or less on my fiber - I have started working on these because awareness is the first step, and although I have brought my sodium significantly down and my fiber has improved, I still am not hitting my ranges regularly (and sometimes I can hit one and not the other) - I have discovered fast food is an enemy of both (even if I make "better choices") - and so for this current month I have tried to eliminate it completely - but these two currently are my biggest dietary challenge

EXERCISE

Success: MOVEMENT MATTERS

SP has taught me that movement does matter in overall health, and is an important component to well-being and fitness - I love how I feel when I exercise, and I love how my flexibility has improved, along with my endurance

Challenge: MOTIVATION

even though I love the way I feel after I exercise, some days it is so difficult to find the motivation - especially after spending all day with the kids and wanting to spend what little alone time in the evening with my husband - it can be hard to get out and walk or devote myself to exercise when I just want to sit and relax - but I feel soooooo good after exercise - it is just sometimes I forget that - and I let weather influence my laziness too often - I need to remember that I love getting out of the house and being alone in my own head for that half hour to an hour of time

LIFE

Success: BREAKING THROUGH

I have been at or around (or higher than) 250 lbs for quite a few years now (with a few exceptions) - I finally broke through that - I'm currently in the 220s which is about my summer college weight after a rigorous summer of working at a mountain girl scout camp - that was 17 years ago!

Challenge: FAT-GIRL MENTALITY

this is my biggest challenge right now, and I think it is going to continue to be a challenge, even as I near my goal weight - I need to work on overcoming it - when you are overweight for the better part of your life - and when you begin to identify with your weight, it is hard to let it go - definitely a work in progress
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  • KALIGIRL
    emoticon Blog - you are on your way!
    3307 days ago
  • VOCALMAMA
    Thsi was great. I loved the way you laid it out, it really makes all of the points hit home. I think you are doing an amazing job and I so apprecaite all of your encouragement and cheering!
    3307 days ago
  • MOMOFBOYSINMO
    Awesome blog entry. I am blown away. It was a great reflection and it really seems like you thought it thru and got something out of it.

    Great job on all the successes! I would imagine that sodium and fiber would be two hard ones. I may have to start tracking those too.

    Again, thanks for writing this for us to read!
    3308 days ago
  • MELSBELLS
    I'm so with you on exercise! I am usually dreading to do it...but once I dive in I feel so fantastic afterwards!
    3308 days ago
  • TARANITUP
    Great reflections... and I am SO with you on the fast food... EVEN healthy options. I was also shocked when I got one of the "under 500 calorie" options at Applebees and ate it, came home to track and found out it had 2900 mg sodium! I wanted to vomit! Keep going lady!
    3308 days ago
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