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Fifteen Minutes At a Time

Friday, July 23, 2010

Iíve been using fly ladyís technique of using a timer. I know a lot about being overworked---having more to do in a day than is possible in 24 hours. Long ago, I learned to prioritize, get what you can get done done, and let go the rest. Occasionally, I re-train myself.

So today I focused on fifteen minutes. My major tasks take longer than fifteen minutes, but after fifteen minutes, I get a sip of water, stretch or change tasks to keep things fresh. Today, I even got on the Swiss ball and did a number of push-ups and planks (working up a sweat actually) while doing another large task.

My DH is depressed so when he comes home, I try to keep up his spirits. I hope he isnít depressed so long I canít cheer him. He has to come out of the funk himself. He does very little exercise. He also does not delegate chores to others and is overwhelmed He has things to do that he believes only he can do and will not let others help him. It is an awful habit. I would like it if he would let go and relax, let others do the work, and accept that it may be done differently. I am extremely capable, as are the children. Understandably, there are certain things a person wants to do themselvesóbut the list should be short, not long.

I thank goodness for exercise, or his funk would pull me down.

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DDOORN 7/23/2010 10:20PM

    Hope he can open his eyes despite the depression and be inspired by the super role model you are!


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ALYFITN 7/23/2010 4:36PM

    Thanks, guys. We walk together sometimes and I like it. I love DH dearly but learned I must not let anybody's negativity draw me down--I must draw him up. So I walk alone. In the past, I would not. A hard-working person needs balance to be able to keep going. And Rev, you're right--I can only control me. I AM going in a positive direction.

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JLITT62 7/23/2010 3:38PM

    My DH is very similar. It's very frustrating to me, because it spills over into my life -- we can't go and do fun things because he's got to do work around the house (or so he thinks).

Hang in there!

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REVJVH 7/23/2010 11:52AM

    It sounds like you're taking positive steps to change the only thing you can change in this world -- YOU! Keep on keeping on.

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PEGGYMAS1 7/23/2010 9:02AM

    hang in there and see if he will go for a walk that might help him. emoticon

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Shimmering Shoulders

Thursday, July 22, 2010

I did 30 minutes of technogym wave followed by weight lifting/strength training for upper body and abdominals. The sweat poured off me and I feel GREAT!! I canít wait til the next workout.

I got a new ipod but found my hardrive on my little macbook air canít hold as much music as the ipod! I will have to figure out what to doóI would like to have lots of music with me. My son is into weird musicals and symphonies that would be fun to listen to and I have a lot of fast paced cardio music of my own.

I feel proud of my shimmering shoulders today. I will feel sore tomorrow. It is amazing how you canít lift any more weight then you move on to another body section and come back to the first and lift some more. I donít want to overdo my upper body today, though. I can do more cardio and will do lower body tomorrow.

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ALYFITN 7/22/2010 10:42PM

    Thanks, Don. I went back a 2nd time today and did 40 minutes of elliptical and (grunt) squats and lunges with 45# on the Smith machine. I also did the glut machine. The Y is so quiet between 9 and 10pm--it was a real treat.

One of these days, I'll join the Columbus group on a 5k or a bike ride. I just did Big Rapids to Reed City on a Michigan trail--I'm just not real fast, partly because I use a hybrid Symmetric bike for mountain-biking and road. Okay. Also because I'm just slow.

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DDOORN 7/22/2010 9:49PM

    Good for you to be so dedicated to your ST!

I LOVE my mp3 player...Sansa Clip 8 GB...set in on shuffle and let 'er fly! I've rated my music on workout-ability and then select to play "top-rated" tunes.


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ALYFITN 7/22/2010 1:27PM

    Yes, I swear one part of me is totally sore, then I move on to a new part and forget the first. I'm not in class now but have a list of what my instructors put me through this winter and spring. Trying to keep a balanced workout going. Good to see you, Rev--Aly

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REVJVH 7/22/2010 1:07PM

    ---It is amazing how you canít lift any more weight then you move on to another body section and come back to the first and lift some more. ---

My trainer, Dawn the Tormentor, pulls this one on me all the time. I don't know why I manage to forget it in between times . . .

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I am Taking Charge

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

ďMany people get started in their journey toward reaching their goals but find discouragement at setbacks. This discouragement can quickly cause them to abandon their goals in favor of the old habits that are easier and most familiar.Ē (from todayís dailyspark blog)- yup, I have done that. Strategy: Go read one of the message board threads about how others jump back on the wagon.

ďFinish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdites have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsenseĒ emerson. (from Live2run4lifeís sparkpage)

I was inspired by a thread about how to jump back on the wagon, so I weighed in. I FEEL like 230óbecause of all my lapses the last few weeks. As it turned out, my damage was only 2 pounds higher than my last weigh in. I have been crazily going back to old habits and beatiní myself up over nothiní. I KNOW HOW TO LOSE WEIGHT. For me, I eat non-processed whole oats with protein and other good stuff in the morning and GO TO THE Y. Thatís my routine. Itís best when I go to the Y and directly to a class. But itís too late this morning for a class so I can do my weight lifting and cardio doing some old routines. Today, at 3:30, I have a 5hour roadtrip so I better get Ďer done NOW!

I am the maker of my own misery. I beat myself up and sabotage myself. Isnít that Crazy?? In part, it is because I am a health professional and think I should be perfect. Well, Iím not. Iím pretty darn good but NOT perfect. Today is an example. I donít wittingly do it (sabotage myself)óbut seem to do it subconsciously. I learned little things help get me back on track. For example, I jump up to routines thanks to flylady reminders. I check my friend feed on spark people, sometimes check some positive peopleís blogs from my friendís list, read a few messages on the message boardsóand that helps get my mojo back. When I fall, someone else is on the wagonóso that helps me get back.

I was consistent from January through June with workouts because I was in a twice a week weightlifting class. I took spinning just to warm up! I did lifts along with cardio 5-6 days a week for usually 90 minutes. I got off the wagon starting May 4 when I had to take a thousand mile trip cross-country. The last three weeks, I really let myself slip back into old eating habits. NO WAY! I am STOPPING those behaviors here and now. I will not meet my goal Ďon scheduleí. I see now that I donít have to have everything lined up in my life to focus on the weight loss goal. My weight loss program is separate from other issues in my life AND when I set and stick to small goals, the process and gain in confidence I get from the weight loss spreads over to the other arenas in my life.

Keep up the consistency, people. Take charge of your life!


Bring It On

Monday, July 19, 2010

emoticonIím back from another trip and have one more before the summer ends. I notice a number of my sparker friends have difficulty staying on track in the summer. There are lots of graduations, weddings, trips, reunionsóeverything out there ready to sabotage routines. Well, I back slide too. But Iím in town now, and my first chore after unloading the van this morning will be a trip to the Y. I fall back into routine easier there because I get in the right mindset.

emoticonI had a great time seeing everyone on my latest trip. I stayed active hiking, biking and doing water sports. I would have liked to have done more. Yikes, my diet was poor.

emoticonďYOU CANíT OUT-TRAIN A BAD DIET.Ē--- My Ďbadí is definitely the food intake. I cannot do enough physical activity for the oral lapses so I am determined to KEEP tracking so I will be more vigilant and honest with myself. I donít have access to my usual food so must get better at making do with substitutions and not over-eating.

emoticonKeep on sparkiní! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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REVJVH 7/19/2010 2:01PM

    Sounds like some good resolve there! I think vacations are really tough, and I applaud your continued activity, totally hear you on the eating, and love the "You cannot out-train a bad diet," comment. Ain't that the truth!

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Return from Trip

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Notes to myself: Progress not perfection! Overcome Complacency

I just returned from a 2 week whirlwind trip with my DD and family to Florida and Virginia. DD got into grad school and her work starts July 1 rather than when the school year starts. She and I flew to FL and found a lovely apartment minutes from her work and the beach!! We then flew to Va beach and met the rest of the family in Williamsburg to relax and vacation. I cooked mostly since we were in a condo. I am not happy with my adult childrenís habits. I enjoyed their company, though, and kept my thoughts to myself and made sure I had plenty of veggies, oatmeal and nutritious food available. I did well with selections on the occasions that we ate out.

Iím jumping back to home routines with both feet! The first email I opened was from Fly Ladyógotta get back to a neat organized house. Iíll use the local laudramat since Iím coming back from a big trip and we were full of guests (6 extra people!) just before the trip. I was delighted to receive some notes on my spark page while I was gone!! Thank you, spark friends, for continued support!
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LOLAINSC 6/26/2010 12:31PM

    What speaks to your children (even adult ones) more clearly than your good example. I, too, am struggling with discipline and organization problems in all areas of life--some braincells missing in that area-- but I get my emails from Might give Fly Lady a try just for some variety.

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BANDMOM58 6/22/2010 5:57AM

    I totally understand what you mean. I am also focusing on myself for once in my life. Its always been about everyone else, not that they aren't important but I always put myself below them. Now I am fighting back. If you know what I mean. Sounds like you had a good trip and tried to keep on track. Just think if you hadn't you would be kicking yourself.

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ALASKASKY 6/20/2010 9:28AM

    Welcome back.


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