How times flies when you’re – joining fitness classes, visiting county parks, cooking new recipes, making smart nutritional choices, meeting new friends, encouraging others, sleeping more soundly, and shopping for smaller clothes! That exactly what the crew of Hendricks County Great Shape has been doing for the last six months. They have literally been shrinking before our very eyes! But the can-do spirit and positive attitudes have grown!
I have learned a lot of things from the Great Shape Program. One of the things that just keeps coming up in my mind is that I do not have to be so hard on myself all of the time. I have learned to take one day at a time, not to expect results right away, to take my time to make good healthy choices when I plan meals or got out to eat, and that physical activity is very important. I now know that I've got to keep moving each and every day. I also have learned to change the way I think about myself and to have positive thoughts like, "You can do this, you are worth it, keep it up!"
In the beginning there was me, my scale and my food journal. For the first several weeks of my Great Shape journey, eating seemed fairly complicated. Forget just going into the kitchen to get a quick snack. Oh no! There was the weighing and the calculating and the journaling then, finally, the eating. It definitely caused me to give more thought to what was going into my mouth.
When you're trying to get in shape, a personal trainer is a great benefit. But what about when you are struggling to improve your health while juggling chronic conditions like high blood pressure or diabetes? Same goes! Our clinical health managers are registered nurses that give one-on-one help that sparks healthy lifestyle changes. They team up with you and your doctor to create a personalized action plan, and give support every step of the way. This brand-new service is available at the YMCA and is free.
Editor's Note: This blog entry is the second in a two-part series about health-related mobile apps. Abby tried out two different free apps that help users track meals and activity.
SparkPeople is the other app I tried. The website is informative, but a little overwhelming at first. For serious calorie counters, those who want options to track any kind of goal, and want a large online community with resources, then this site is for you. SparkPeople has great articles and inspiration to keep you focused. The daily emails can be overwhelming if you receive a lot of email like I do.
Does anyone else watch The Biggest Loser? Of course you do, we all do. So, a few weeks ago they were in New Zealand. Several of the contestants, even trainer Bob Harper, had the opportunity to conquer their biggest fear – heights. I was so touched by those episodes because, on a lesser scale, that's what I feel I am doing (along with my fellow Great Shapers). My first fear? Applying for the Great Shape Program to begin with. Actually, it was more just writing down on paper that I needed help.
I like being successful. Whether it's playing a game or making life changes, I want to succeed. So, when I decided I needed to eat better and exercise more, I wanted to arm myself with the right tools to ensure I would be as successful as possible. From the Great Shape Program and other experts, I know keeping a food and exercise journal is the way to go. Have you tried to write down everything you eat and drink?
There are times I feel compelled to eat. Not merely, “Gee, ice cream sounds good.” More like, I’m totally distracted from my life due to the pursuit of food. Sometimes, I’ll spend an entire evening just going back and forth to the kitchen. When the first thing doesn’t satisfy me, I move on to the next thing, and the next thing, and the next thing. It is frustrating. It is embarrassing.