I thought I needed to run EVERY day to become a good runner, but I ended up burning myself out very quickly and pulled several muscles in my leg, making it so I couldn't run at all for a week afterwards.
There comes a time in everyone's life when you just have to tell a doctor (who has just trotted out the "umpteen years of medical school" card) that you've had 40-plus years experience with this body and know which antibiotics work for you and which don't -- and then find another doctor who actually listens to you.
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575 2/23/11 5:06 P
If you have to question whether its ok, its probably not good for you. Also, eating greasy foods does not equal happy feelings and can actually make you feel worse. Oh and sucess is not an excuse to slack off! Otherwise, I start to slide back up!
I learned that I know my body better than anyone and, if I feel like I can't crawl out of bed for 8 flippin months and gain 100 pounds during that time, it's not the cookie jar Dr. Scht4brains!!!!! (Can I say that on Spark People? If not, my deepest apologies. It's a subject I have some extreme emotions about)
That you can get a workout trying to herd cats back into your apartment from the hall -- especially if they're doing relays (i.e. one comes out as you chase another in). Actually, it's kind of a fun workout when the weather's too bad to go outside, but they always seem to want to do it when my roommate leaves for work and I've got to get myself ready.
Edited by: TISTYEN at: 2/23/2011 (16:58)
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355 2/23/11 4:48 P
I've learned that I CAN! Started working out in January and am now doing things I never thought I'd be able to do again-jogging, crunches even jumping jacks which I thought were too simple to bother with-at almost 300 pounds jumping jacks are a great workout but i CAN do them now!
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3,644 2/23/11 4:36 P
You reap what you sow (or, what goes around comes around).
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596 2/23/11 4:29 P
Don't tell people about stuff you are hoping for until it happens. I 'worked' on Friday, probably for free at this point, for a guy/company I thought was going to be working with. I was so excited I told everyone at school all the details of how I would be working at this 'awesome' place. I have been playing phone tag with the guy since Friday and even if the job does come through at this point, I have some serious reservations about the company after being jerked around all week. I'm guessing I'm gonna feel pretty embarassed every time someone at school asks about the job situation. Of course, I guess that's another thing I have learned the hard way: Most people aren't thinking about you. they are thinking about themselves. If I don't bring this up, maybe no one will care? sigh... we shall see....
One of the few wise things my first stepfather told me was, "Don't put yourself down. There are plenty of people out there who'll do it for you."
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1,023 2/23/11 3:59 P
1) Most of the time, your elders ARE right. 2) Always accept help when it's offered. 3) God's opinion is the only one that matters; and because of this, I (you, whoever) have no right to judge any individual. 4) Reaching a "goal weight" will never make you happy unless you love every part of yourself, inside and out.
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52 2/23/11 3:56 P
Ho boy, where to begin? Here are two:
1. Keep my goals to myself (http://sivers.org/zipit). I "relearned" this last autumn, when I revealed to a family member what my target weight was. His response: "That much? You should try to weigh [10 lbs lighter than stated goal]".
2. No one needs to know how much I paid for my guitar or article of clothing. Answering the question, "How much did it cost?" invites commentary of the judgmental nature.
A lesson I'm still learning: Not to judge my insides by other people's outsides.
Stop the self doubt, self imposed mental beatings and low self-esteem. You are only wasting your precious time and hurting yourself. You've got nothing to lose by turning these things off and everything to gain!
Too much sugar in a day affects sleep, mood, amount of food that I crave and eat throughout the day. It takes 2-3 days of not eating sugar to get the body out of the "habit" to eat more and more sugar. The more sugar you eat, the more the body craves sugar, carbs, and everything that will put you off track.
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1,571 2/23/11 2:49 P
Twenty years ago I lost 65 pounds and learned the hard way that you have to tackle even the smallest weight gain during maintenance or it will all creep back. How I wish I had immediately relost those first three pounds I gained shortly after reaching goal. Not doing so, and seeing all that weight come back over the next five years was a hard and sad lesson I will not repeat this time.
I learned not to overdo it on the arm exercises at the gym! I did arms 2 days in a row and by Saturday I couldn't put my arms all the way down or straighten them out! I looked like one of those muscle guys who can't put his arms all the way down because his muscles are too big! It made sleeping, scratching an itchy nose and doing anything almost impossible!
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2,083 2/23/11 2:30 P
Cooling down after a run REALLY CAN prevent injury. Infact, cooling down after any cardio.
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69 2/23/11 2:26 P
Ditto, girl, ditto! I am in the same boat...finally realized, if not now, when???
Never stop tracking, read every label, read restaurant nutritional information carefully because some of them try to cheat the system by posting incomplete information (I'm talking to you, CPK, for only posting saturated fat, not total fat!)
I've learned that obsessing about cooking makes me gain weight, because I want to try something new every day. If I can go most of the time making simple, standard meals, I have much more self control. For instance, a salad and a protein for dinner every night, and some sort of carb, instead of trying to find an interesting, delicious recipe that I will want to eat, and eat, and eat.
I learned the hard way how important it is to have a good eating and exercise plan in place before peri-menopause sets in. I was not paying attention! I was miserable and I gained 40 pounds during that time which only made me more miserable. If I'd known how I was going to feel (20/20 hindsight here) I would have had a plan in place and even made sure I was a little under my goal weight.
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1,169 2/23/11 2:12 P
I learned I'm not a good salesman or money manager.
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66 2/23/11 2:10 P
Do not "assume"! (You know what they say when you do!)
Read, read, and re-read labels! I thought the sugar free candy I was buying was made solely from Splenda and BOY WAS I WRONG!!! It contained maltitol which causes SEVERE intestinal cramping, gas and ungodly diarreah.
I learned this the hard way which was horrible since I am a teacher and have limited use of the restroom during the day while I'm teaching.
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2,609 2/23/11 1:59 P
sports bra!!! get a really good one!! lol!! cause running/jogging they tend to move too much...
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2,318 2/23/11 1:43 P
The biggest lesson I've learned is don't get complacent. If you start to tell yourself that you can indulge "once in a while" because you're so good most of the time, you'll end up losing ground. Do indulge, but make sure you're still within your calorie range! Make 'em PLANNED indulgences, not spur-of-the-moments.
I learned that just because you lost a few lb's that week doesn't mean you get to go gorge on cheeseburgers, don't expect to lose anything the following week! Treats and cheats should still be small and enjoyed very slowly!
Let's see, lessons learned the hard way...are we talking about Life? Because I could write a book at my age... Okay, Sparking lessons. Number One: If something is really a trigger food for you, dividing it into portion-sized containers and putting it back in the fridge may not necessarily prevent you from proceeding to eat all the portions.
To be honest I don't think that you can learn a lesson the easy way. It's the aha moment you finally get after having to do the same thing again and again, that makes the lesson stick this time over all the others. If it is too easy, the lesson isn't absorbed.
It's not a funny story, but I've learned (and relearned, and am still learning) not to overdo it when it comes to exercise. Every time I overdo it, I injure myself. I've had stress fractures, ruptured discs and now a problem with my hamstring. I may be a little more fragile than some (I'm hyper-flexible, which means it's easy to step wrong or injure a ligament), but I think the principle holds true for others.
It's really tempting, especially when you read all the success stories on SP, to go from 0 to 60 (60 minutes that is) or more a day of exercise. Some people are exercising every day, without giving their bodies a rest. Some are doing lots of cardio without paying attention to the need to stretch and to strengthen/stabilize the body parts (like hips, knees and ankles) that support their exercise. Or they focus on cardio capacity (which can improve much faster than strength) and then mess something up when they run. I've done all of these things, and I'm trying to stop it.
The best advice I got was "Exercise today in a way that means you'll still be exercising next year." Among other things, that means not overdoing it, since you risk injury or burnout.
Ha! What lesson haven't I learned the hard way? I think I'd have a harder time coming up with lesson that was learned the easy way!
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706 2/23/11 11:35 A
If it just snowed and sleeted outside, take a LOT of care going down the black metal steps outside. I slid down about 6 of them on my butt last year during those two major blizzards Maryland got. It's been over a year, but I still sometimes have pain and soreness around my tailbone! (Not funny at the time, but in hindsight, it's pretty hilarious - pun intended.)
Right now I'm slowly learning that healthy food really IS the better way to go. I can eat more of it, feel full and stay in my calories goals. When I eat "junk" I end up wasting calories, get hungry quickly and it just doesn't live up to my memories of it.
Despite knowing all this, I still have days where I gobble down two candy bars then get mad at myself for doing something so unnecessary (and give myself a stomach ache!).
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734 2/23/11 10:23 A
When starting a workout regimen after a layoff, don't pick up where you left off.
My first day back of hitting the gym (started back on 12/2/10) when I got to leg day I did what I did when I stopped lifting back in June. Needless to say the next two days it was difficult to get out of my chair at work! I've never been so sore!
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730 2/23/11 10:01 A
I learned short cuts to lose weight and maintain the weight loss doesn't work for me...I need to rely on good ole healthy food choices and consistent excercise.
So, I was hoping to hear some funny stories about how you learned a good lesson through trial and error. I'll start with myself!
I've learned that if at the end of the day I realize that I have not had all 8 cups of water a day, DO NOT necessarily chug what you have left prior to going to bed. Had a horrible night's sleep due to having to get up for the restroom multiple times during the night.
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