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January in review

Monday, February 03, 2014

I didn't walk as regularly as my goal was, but I walked more than I would have without the goal!

I have logged in to SP most days and kept reminded of my goals of walking and drinking more water.

I am sooooo looking forward to being retired! When I get home from work I am just brain dead and don't want to do anything. Really looking forward to having more me time, less structured time.

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DR1939 2/3/2014 10:01AM

    Retirement is great!

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Week in review - 12-29 thru 1-4

Sunday, January 05, 2014

I did not meet my goal of walking 6 days, but I did walk 4, which is 4 more than I had been doing. I think I have been sleeping better, too. emoticon

I did not drink a full 8 glasses of water each day, but I did drink more water than I had been since the weather has gotten cold. emoticon It's hard to drink as much because I don't get hot and thirsty, but I can tell my hands and lips aren't as dry.

I forgot to weigh yesterday morning, so I weighed this morning. Down 1.5 pounds for the week. That keeps me on target for the year. emoticon consistency is my problem, though, so I have to keep focused.

Other successes, my house is thoroughly cleaned and ready for tax season to start. The major stuff at the office is completed and ready for tax season. Just some little, last minute stuff left to do.

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DR1939 1/5/2014 12:35PM

    Sounds to me like you are doing well. emoticon

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New Year - new beginning

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

emoticon It's hard to believe that a new year has begun. Looking back at my lack of progress is so depressing. But as I review my goals closer, I see that I have made some progress in some areas.

I emoticon the new start page with the "step 1" etc and the review of the goals on that first sign in page. Excellent way to keep reminded of the goals. I had previously found some pictures that kind of symbolized some of my goals but had never really gotten them into a collage. But the scrolling goal pictures is wonderful.

One of my goals was to sell my offices, and I did get one of them sold this past year! emoticon And this will be my last tax season in the other office. By this summer I hope to have the building sold and be officially retired and finished doing income taxes. Not fitness or weight loss goals, but life goals and I am making progress on them.

About the only goal / New Year's resolution I am making is to walk more. I am starting out with a goal of at least a half mile a day, 6 days a week. I know that's only three miles a week and many people do more than that on a daily basis. But for me, consistency is the problem, so I'm starting out with about 10 to 12 minutes a day. My goal for the year is to average 4 miles a week, which will be a total of 208 miles by Dec 31, 2014.

I have downloaded a Bible to my Nook and have discovered that I can walk on the treadmill and read my Nook, so that helps, too.

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PANZEE 1/3/2014 11:58AM

    That sounds great Yvonne! I wish I could read on the treadmill but it turns my stomach. Maybe I'll try it again and see if that's changed, you never know.
Happy New Year!

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DR1939 1/1/2014 2:03PM

    I save the best book that I am reading to read on my Kindle while I walk on the treadmill. It's my reward and I sometimes go a little longer just to get to a good stopping point emoticon

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Forty Years

Saturday, December 28, 2013

As we approach the end of another year, I do what most people are doing. Looking back at the year just finishing and forward to the new year ahead. But my goals and struggles always seem to be the same.

I found a quote that I put on my Spark Page that says "It's not who you are that holds you back. It's who you think you're not."

When I watch weight loss shows, and even some of the motivational videos here on SP I hear phrases like "It's been 10 years since I was this small. Or under 200 pounds." Or something similar. I always think "It's been close to 40 years since I weighed less than 200 pounds!" Is it still possible to get that much weight off?

I think the answer has to be YES. It may be a slower process because of my age and my body has adapted to the weight. But the process of eating less and moving more has got to still work. I wish I could really believe that. I have a struggle visualizing myself as much different than I am now. I know I'm suffering from stinkin' thinkin'. definitely something to work on.

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RUNNINGOMA 12/29/2013 12:30PM

    emoticon It is a daily decision to work on those goals.

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SUNSET09 12/29/2013 8:16AM

  It's mind over matter as you have to know that you can do it and put it into practice. See it, believe it, achieve it! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GON2DOIT 12/28/2013 7:21PM

    Yvonne, I know that you can do what you put your mind to!!

You will make it, it will just take time. emoticon All that you can do is take it one day at a time and keep going!!

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Motivation / Lack of Motivation

Saturday, September 21, 2013

I'm not feeling motivated, lately, to exercise. Some others on some of my teams are saying the same thing? Just not motivated.

I'm wondering why is there so much emphasis on motivation? We do a lot of things we don't really want to do just because it's the right thing to do:
go to work
clean house
pay bills
sometimes cook dinner
sometimes - go to church (or maybe I'm the only one this fits)

But we do them anyway. Not necessarily because we want to but because we know it's the right thing. Why is it so difficult to exercise just because it's the right thing to do?

Of course, with the things listed above, there can be some very negative consequences to not doing them, even when you don't feel like it.

If you don't go to work - you probably won't have a job very long, then you won't have money to pay your bills that you don't want to pay, and eventually you won't even have a house to clean. emoticon So you go to work.

If you don't cook dinner - either your family will go hungry or you'll end up spending more money than necessary on food that isn't really good for you, which means you have to go to work the next day so you'll have money to pay for the fast food. emoticon emoticon So you cook dinner.

So what happens if I don't exercise? My body becomes weaker, both the mussels I'm not using and the bones. My heart and lungs don't work as efficiently as they are designed to do. I have less energy. I am more prone to diseases of various kinds. emoticon emoticon

So why isn't just knowing this enough motivation to get me going? emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I wish I knew!!

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RUNNINGOMA 9/24/2013 12:49AM

    This is a common struggle -
I say - it is not knowing what to do, but doing what you know.
So, maybe we need to quit thinking so hard about why we have a lack of motivation and just make ourselves do that 10+ minutes of exercise.

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DR1939 9/22/2013 9:36AM

    Good points.

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