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May 2018

Sparking Habits
May 15, 2018

In my attempt to be healthier, Iíve returned to two sites that I believe have and could help me. SparkPeople and Habitica. If anyone is curious about either one of them, Iíd be happy to share what I know and like about each one. Or, if youíre already on them, let me know. It would be cool to have an accountability buddy.


I am doing reasonably well with day 2 of my goals for this week. Iím getting most of my hourly steps. Iím trying to drink plenty of water. Iím walking a bit faster during our evening strolls (at least for part of it). And Iím about 50/50 with stopping myself from eating when Iím not hungry. I was doing well with the ďno new sweets in the houseĒ goal until this afternoon, when I got a cold chocolaty drink from the book storeís cafe. Oh wellÖ Iíll move on and act as if I didnít slip up.

I need to focus on the mental aspect of this journey as well. Iíd like to talk to someone who can address my emotional / boredom eating, as well as my sedentary / low-activity lifestyle. If Iím to lose weight, get activeÖ Iíll need to keep track of what, when, why, and how often I eat. Maybe even improve my food choices. Iíll need to find fun exercises that I can stick to for more than a day or two. Maybe start with easy, low-impact, off-the-floor exercises. And, as needed, talk about my emotions and redirect my ďboredomĒ. Maybe rediscover old hobbies or something.

My 40th is in roughly 9 months. My wish is to be at or just below 200 by then, which is doable if I lose about 2 pounds a week every week till then. But, I will take this as slowly as needed.


I am taking baby steps until I see my doctor in 3 weeks. Then Iím going to ask her a lot of questions regarding my health. Maybe sheíll refer me to a dietician or someone who can help with my eating. And maybe to someone who can help me find the right exercises for my out-of-shape body. Maybe the doctor will do blood tests and then, depending on my results, have me return in 6 months for more tests. Hopefully Iíll be okay and wonít need medicationÖ just diet and exercise.

Anyway, those are today's thoughts.

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by Christine
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