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Week 9 TNT Assignment - Tools and Resources

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Our TNT assignment this week is two share the tools and resources we have to help us on our journey.

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1. SparkPeople - The articles are all filled with amazing information, and I love reading them. In the beginning, the nutrition and exercise trackers were life savers for me. Since I use a fitbit to track my daily movement now, I don't use the fitness trackers anymore (it ends up double counting and it gets messy). I have also stopped tracking food regularly (but that will be mentioned more in another category).

2. My Fitbit - I absolutely love this tiny little tool. I've encouraged my BF's family to get them and my mom owns one as well. It leads to a lot of competition and motivation to move more! I can honestly say that I would not have gotten as far as I have without it. When I lapsed on my exercise last winter, I was averaging 2000-4000 steps a day. Because of this amazing tool I have, I have 88 days in a row of over 10,000 steps. By the time I go to bed tonight, that number will be 89!

3. My family and friends - these people have been so supportive of myself (and my fiance) over the past 15 months as we have worked so hard to get to where we are. We are able to go home now and know that whatever we are served for dinner will be both healthy and delicious (well, it was always delicious).

4. Myself - Back to not tracking nutrition - I have gone a few months at least without tracking what I am eating (regularly), and I have still lost weight. Yes it's coming off slower, but after obsessively watching my calories for a little while, I realized that this wasn't the solution for me. When I was tracking every calorie, I was actually losing less than I am now. How is this possible? I've learned to listen to my body and to eat fruit or veggies when I get hungry instead of chips or pretzels (ok, I admit, if I had them available, I'd probably go for them, but I don't buy them so problem solved). Through this journey, I have learned that I can trust myself. I know when I've made a bad decision (like the Chinese food last night) and I know when I've made a good decision (like the fact that after years and years of putting salt on EVERYTHING, I don't even need it on my eggs anymore [and that's one thing I said I would NEVER be able to give up]). I am my own strongest tool on this journey. Without me, the 47 pound weight loss that I have achieved to date would not be possible. And with 18 pounds to go to goal, I am prouder of myself today than I have ever been in the past (ok, except for maybe completing my first 5k and walking 39.3 miles for Breast Cancer Research - but it's close!)
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  • ROX5CAR
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  • FUSIONFITNESS3
    emoticon Tonka you've got this. When I read how you are your own strongest tool, I know that you've got this lifestyle under your belt. Wow!!! I now have more to aspire to. It's such a flip to be able know you are your own strongest tool than to see yourself as what holds you back.
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    2361 days ago
  • FLORIDAFLUTIST
    Fantastic blog and excellent use of tools. It must be great to be able to "instinctually" nutrition track. I hope to be able to get to that point someday!
    2361 days ago
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