First and most importantly, tracking food is working really well for me! For the first time, I can say having all these ridiculous devices (phone, Kindle, Chromebook, work computer) is a benefit. No matter where I am or what I'm doing, there will be a way to track my food. (For the record, the only one of these gadgets I purchased myself was the phone! The Kindle was from a nephew who works at Amazon, and the Chromebook was a Christmas gift a couple years ago--I'm really not a techie person, and feel conspicuous with all this stuff, frankly.)
My motivation is strong right now. I feel good about this journey, but my specific health goals are emerging, and firing me up. Can we talk about mornings for a sec? Getting out of bed is a job of work, people. I don't have any chronic back issues (though there have been a a couple bouts of back pain in recent years that had me down for the count), but mornings are a beast. When I wake up, my back feels incredibly tight, borderline painful, and I have to do some gentle stretches, and move very gingerly before I am fully mobile in about 30 minutes. I'm 40 years old, which is when some of this stuff happens anyway, I know, but I'm also *only* 40, when this stuff can be safely managed and minimized. Solid weight loss, core strengthening, and regular stretching are my keys to be able to literally jump out of bed in the morning.
So what am I doing with all this motivation? Rewards, of course! One is obvious, my Motivation Marbles jar. I've seen these all over the web, on Pinterest and SP, certainly. Here's mine, and what it looks like today:
The other thing I'm doing is a bit silly, and this blog post is the first time I've said anything to anyone about it, because it is so very goofy! For every pound I lose, I get to watch a couple episodes of "Supernatural." I love this show, and can't really justify watching all million seasons again...*unless* I tie it to weight loss. Two hours of tv for one pound is a bit excessive, I know, and I should probably choose rewards that encourage fitness, but there you go. Also, I'm a passionate knitter, so I can at least consolidate my sedentary hobbies, and knit while watching my earned tv! So far it's totally working. To be fair, I'm at the initial weight loss stage of 3-5 lbs/wk, so I'm guessing in a week or two things will taper off, and I'll only be bingeing on my show every other week or so!
They're pretty yummy, right?
Anyway, Happy Fourth, SparkFriends! Be safe and have fun!