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I Want It

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Over and over, The Spark recommends visualizing a goal and leaving reminders wherever you will see them: in the office, at my desk, on the wall. This is another of those reminders for myself of how I can succeed if I put my mind to it, and stating outright what I want.

I want a healthy lifestyle and a more manageable weight, better fitting clothes and higher energy rates throughout the day. I want the discipline and confidence I envy in people who commit to their goals and see them through everyday. These matters are important enough to warrant reflection, appreciation, and a fight to achieve them!

Two years ago in May I came to SparkPeople wanting to make a healthy change as I was grossly dissatisfied with my weight. Come two years I've not reached the goals I wanted and fell off the wagon more than I stayed on. I am ready to restart the entire process, bringing in a new mindset and determination not present before.

So here's where I start my blog entries as I embark on the Spring Bootcamp Challenge. For the next month I am committed to doing this, even when I don't want to. My reward will be week three when I get to do my exercises in a hotel room in San Diego for a week! I have all the time in the world to do *whatever* I want. And I love it!

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GIRLINMOTION 4/26/2011 9:00PM

    You can do it. Remember to take baby steps. An all or nothing attitude will not work.

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Art Imitates Life

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

So I was having a conversation online with a friend this morning about (crazy maps on Neatorama that featured sea monsters, but it got to the topic of) ivory, and the discussion slanted to narwhals being hunted/prized for their great big ivory tooth. Definitely check out the maps, they're hilarious and totally cool to a geography buff like me.

Flash forward half an hour to when I'm driving to work and listening to NPR.

Subject? Researcher studies narwhals in northern Greenland to track their movements through unknown winter, because of poaching concerns.

Is it narwhal week? I am cosmically tuned in!


You know what that means.

Time for....


August Rolls Around Again

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

August is the month of my birthday and the time when I tend to ramp up for my goals in the remainder of the year, something of an end-of-summer drive. People have spring cleaning. I have August.

This summer wasn't necessarily a shining moment for my search for losing weight and today, I updated my timeline to reach my goal weight by 12/31/09 rather than 09/31/09, realizing there is no feasible way to drop 40 lbs healthily in a short span of time. Two months isn't going to happen! And surprisingly, I am fairly okay with this admission that my original timeline didn't work because I stopped and started as I am sure many people do. Somehow I thought this was going to inflict some fair amount of disappointment and the fear of kicking myself repeatedly, as I'm sometimes wont to do when falling short of goals I consider fully within my reach.

But I'm determined not to play the blame game with myself this time around. I am eating better, though this week has been a bit of a bust because of the overall lack of food in my kitchen. The meal plan didn't turn out QUITE as planned, but there's nothing to stop me from getting home and throwing together that salsa chicken recipe I pulled from Spark Recipes (except it's crockpotted, but tomorrow morning's lunch awaits!) and doing a little bit of exercise.

Really, it's the activity component which gets me every time because so many of my hobbies are sedentary. I find it hard to adapt, but it'll be back to the Y and back to reaching out to those who have supported me this far. I want my high energy and balance. I still feel healthy though not at the same energy levels I had before. And I still fit into the "smaller" pants, so not all hope is lost!


Finding Motivation

Thursday, July 16, 2009

I feel like I have no motivation today. I know I should go to the MuscleFlex class tonight at the Y, but I can find a million reasons not to do it, foremost that I wish the class were earlier than 6:30! Why can't I seem to get ahead when I want the benefits -- weight loss, energy boost, positive mood -- so badly? It's altogether too easy to shove off the workout til tomorrow, even if I know that I can do the class and probably should.

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ANDREA963 7/16/2009 6:13PM

    I just saw your exercise streak. Are you going to give up the two week streak you have going now??? Great job on the streak. You're motivating me. I've been doing strength exercises throughout the day. But now I'm doing my walk after dinner.

Thanks. Keep it up!

Comment edited on: 7/16/2009 6:14:04 PM

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ANDREA963 7/16/2009 6:12PM

Drop the excuses and do it. You won't regret it. You know you want to and its good for you! Going to the gym will perk up your motivation.


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Inspiration: My "Lazy" Brother

Thursday, July 09, 2009

I took my seventeen-year-old brother to the YMCA on a guest pass earlier this week, sick that he was slinking around the house lazily while on vacation. While I may have stomped his butt bike-riding -- apparently I'm a bit quick when I sprint uphill! -- he proved that for being out of shape, he can still kick butt too.

I spent 35 minutes pedalling away on a stationary bike, my "cheat" in the gym since I hate running and tire out too quickly. He jumped on the treadmill with the television (go figure) and in a pair of flat-soled Converse shoes, proceeded to run/jog for 35 minutes. He only slowed down near the end to a walk.

Talk about "out of shape" and in painful shoes. What the heck.

The image of him plodding away reinforced to me the importance of pushing it. If he can do it, well, maybe I can too.

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FATEOFTHEGODZ 7/10/2009 1:05PM

    Try the 30 Day Shred (I have a copy to borrow). You never ever have to leave your house, and that will give him a butt kicking like no other!

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GIRLINMOTION 7/9/2009 12:39PM

    Stick at it, push yourself and soon you will blow him away!!!

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MOLS626 7/9/2009 11:01AM

    I know the feeling. I have three brothers all of whom are like the story you have about your brother. Recently two of my brothers flew home to take part in a local triathlon - flying in the day before to train. They trained for ONE day and kicked butt the next morning. What the heck, right?!

GOOD LUCK - next time you can stomp your brother in the gym :)

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