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Sustained Discipline

Thursday, March 01, 2012

I am not a blogger. But I am a thinker. Today I have been reading my assignment in the book "Made to Crave" by Lysa Terkeurst and asking myself if sustained discipline is possible. I had a disciplined week last week followed by a day of letting myself go. Why is choosing to be disciplined so difficult. I believe that God call us to be disciplined in the way we live our lives and He would not expect it of us if it were not possible. The next choice I make will be one of discipline. I am hoping to keep making one wise choice after another, but if I don't? God forgives and I will begin again to make one wise choice.

Sometimes I don't feel like the small daily choices I make matter very much, but they all add up. If I keep making one small wise choice after another, I will lead a disciplined day. If I lead a whole row of disciplined days I will have had a disciplined week! The only way I can accomplish this is if I depend on God to help me make these wise and disciplined choices. i am unable to sustain it on my own.

My first wise choice today is to not spend too much time on the computer...

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How weight loss has changed my life...

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Actually, weight loss hasn't changed my life. Except for being pregnant, I have never been more than about 15 pounds over my ideal, though unrealistic, weight. So why write an entry with this title? I know that I have the potential to be obese. I have watched many of my close relatives struggle with issues relating to being excessively overweight and I have vowed to myself to not let it happen to me. I love to be active, so exercise is a big part of my weight management. I run, garden, play with my children and I have energy to spare because I do it regularly! I also try to eat healthy most of the time. I don't always. I eat too many sweet snacks and desserts, but overall I try to do little things that add up to make my calorie intake reasonable. I watch portion sizes, make substitutions and eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. The little things add up. I still have that 15 pounds that I am dealing with, but I keep after it. If the scale creeps up a few pounds, I take action to get that number back in my "range."


Biggest fitness accomplishment so far...

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

I believe that my biggest fitness accomplishment so far is running. I have made running a regular part of my routine at least 3 days a week. It will be 2 years in July since I picked up my first pair of running shoes and began training for my first 5k. When I started I did the "coolrunnings" website's "Couch-to-5k" training plan. It required you to run for 30 seconds and then walk for 5 minutes repeating for about 30 minutes. This initial training was so hard for me! I thought 30 seconds would never end - I kept watching my timer to make sure it was still going. Now, I regularly run for 30-45 minutes each time I run. I have come to enjoy it. Now if only the North Dakota weather and country roads would cooperate so I can give my treadmill a rest for a while!


No more excuses

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Off and on I have made exercise a habit in my life. I have gone through spurts of doing Pilates everyday, doing workout videos several times a week, daily walks... You get the idea. Each of these activities eventually came to an end through some kind of interruption to my schedule - North Dakota blizzard, family vacation, injury. But I like to be fit. Eventually I get back after it and try something else.

In the summer of 2007 I decided to give running a try. I had never been a runner - not even in high school. It was a novelty to try. A local 5k race became my goal. Having a goal in place made all the difference for me! I did not miss a workout no matter what my day was like because I was in training. No matter where we were or what the weather was like, I did some kind of workout so I would be ready when the race day came.

Having that experience made me see that seldom is there really an excuse that prevents me from exercising. Since then, I have set goals to run in other races and each time having that goal renews my commitment to run. I have come to enjoy the exercise for its own sake, too. It always feels good to do the right thing.



Wednesday, March 11, 2009

What motivates me to keep going on my journey to a healthier weight and lifestyle? I wish I really knew because I can't seem to keep motivated. When I started SparkPeople, I was on-fire! I knew that I wanted to lose weight and I was determined to do it. I lost 5 pounds in the first two weeks. That was exciting. Then it was Christmas holiday time... I didn't lose any weight, but I didn't gain either so I was satisfied.

Then my online course started again and I was busy so I quit tracking. That was when things started to go down hill. I have gained back most of the 5 pounds that I lost and am struggling to regain the footholds that I had etched on my way before.

Some days, I am motivated to keep working because of the way my husband looks at me after a workout. I know he is proud of me when I try to keep myself fit. Some days, I am motivated by the clothes that don't fit as well as I would like them to. Some days, it is the video of me at piano lessons and the overgenerous proportions of my backside that make it into the picture. Some days it is my children and wanting them to have a healthy mommy. Some days it is the way the extra fat on my body flap a little when I run my 3.5 miles 3x a week.

I need to translate these momentary motivators into long term motivators that keep me on track. I haven't figured out how to do that. Instead I sabotage myself with mindless snacking. Or food rewards just because I have had a busy day and finally have a moment alone.

Most of my parent's family are significantly overweight, so I know it is in my genes and I don't want to let my weight reach a place where it is a big problem. That also keeps me motivated. I want to be healthy. I want to honor and glorify God (gluttony is a sin that He detests.)

Somehow I will do better tomorrow.


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