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What is my problem?

Thursday, August 28, 2008

I don't know why I think I'll work out after work... I can find a million excuses. I stay late, get home check out the computer (including work emails), think about dinner and then deem it's too late to do anything. It's quite cloudy and the skies look like they are going to open up...another excuse.

I'm so much better when I go in the morning - thing is I am preferring the outdoors lately, not the treadmill. I guess another excuse.

I'm choosing to go get my bag together for the gym right now! That way the morning I'll have no excuse. If I go tomorrow and Saturday...then it'll meet my 4 times a week goal.

Can't overshoot that goal now, can I emoticon


My good and bad day of jogging

Monday, August 25, 2008

Today I recorded my fast mile. Still walked some of the 5K but I'm guessing only about 1/5 of it. My Nike+ iPod gave me my stats and Tiger Woods congratulated me at the end for putting my fastest mile... 12:40. Most of the walking occurred either at the beginning to warm up and on the 3 hills I had to go up. I'm happy with that. I signed up for a 5K on Monday and I may actually jog the whole thing!

So I finish up, start walking back home (at this point I was 4 houses away) and realized I dropped my house key. I retraced my route... the LONG way. I do loop around the local school... I went right and the key was about 50 yards to the left of the starting I got another mile or mile and a half in looking for the key. I so needed water at that point and had none with me.

Maybe it's God's way of telling me I'm capable of more than I give myself credit for. I need to start pushing myself.


Applying what I learned from Spark

Friday, August 15, 2008

My time on Spark has been very successful. I had a goal (even if it wasn't clear to begin with) and made a plan including nutrition, water intake, exercise, etc and pretty much stuck to plan. Goals may have changed a little or added some...but I always knew what I had to do related to that goal and did it.

I had a aha moment the other morning about my career. I don't know what I was doing, I don't even think I was giving my career much thought but then this thought came landed on me like a ton of bricks - "I don't have a plan!!!!!"

For years I have been wanting something more. If someone asked me what I wanted to do, I could tell them. I would then go back to my normal day to day things. I would do things in my current job that I felt might help me but that was about it. So, I'm going to have to admit that I don't have career goals... have career dreams. I need a plan. So by Labor Day I want to have a plan. I will decide who I need to talk to, what I need to do and by when. I'll give myself time lines on who long I'll remain with my current job in case my goals don't come to fruition.

It's time to realize I'm worth having career fulfillment for.


Like tying our shoes

Friday, August 01, 2008

I was thinking the other day how learning to lead a healthy life is a lot like learning to tie a shoe. Now, I've never had to teach someone how tie a show but I've seen my sister and mom trying to teach my nephews how to tie theirs.

My nephew was taught how to make a loop and turn it into a bow. My sister will show him a few times how to do it, encourage him to try and be there to show him again. He'll finally do it once and she is happy. The next day comes and she hears "I can't do it". She knows he can because he did it yesterday so she tells him he can. Stubborn, he doesn't even try today. She tries to show him again making the loops for him but he's not interested. He wants velcro shoes and she's frustrated because she knows he can... he just won't try! There's a difference between "I can't" and "I won't try" which is very frustrating for any parent to get from their child. She much rather him try, fail and her have to reteach them him not try at all.

For losing weight we'd all like velcro shoes. We'd like a quick fix with the same end that stay on our feet. It's not that easy. Spark is wonderful in providing tools for us to learn how to do it, just like my sister showed how to make a loop. But like my sister, Spark can only train and encourage, it can't do it for us. It's up to us to stop the "I can't" because deep down it's probably more like "I won't try".

To a four-year-old learning to tie a bow can be daunting and frustrating. They wonder if it's tight enough, will it stay in, are the loops equal...they strive for perfection. Sound familiar? Just getting the mechanics down is what we all did when we first tied our shoes and we need to do the same with leading a healthy lifestyle. Consistency and good habits come with time. Even as adults we have days our shoes come undone every hour but that doesn't mean we don't know how to tie our shoes. I've even had days I'm ready to throw a pair of shoes out because they won't stay it can still be frustrating.

It's time for us to choose to try. It's time for us to realize that although daunting and frustrating it's doable with applying all the lessons taught. We don't need to strive to be perfect, just be willing to try to get it right.

BTW, Shoes with nice bows are much more attractive than velcro ones.

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FIERCEBALANCE 8/7/2008 10:55AM

    What a great analogy (works for SO many behavioral changes), and what a positive page overall!

Thanks for the sweet comment on my blog, too. I appreciate you taking the time to congratulate us.

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MYKIDSMOM726 8/1/2008 4:01PM

    This is such a great analogy!

I'm still learning how to tie my shoes, but it's way better than wearing the dorky velcro ones! LOL


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The great exercise feeling

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

I have been proud of myself that I've kept up with going to the gym 3-4 days a week since the end of January. I go before work so it's takes a little extra effort to get out of bed that early...but I do it.

I'm not always proud of myself that I don't push myself too hard. Exercise still isn't my favorite thing so many mornings I'll do my 30 minutes and be done with it. The strength never bothers me so I'll do that with no problem.

This morning I was in the non-push myself mood and did 15 minutes on the bike. Then I realized I needed to get my heart rate up more so I went to the treadmill. I started by jogging, then went to walking at a high incline. With 6 minutes left of my 30 (I snoozed once so I didn't have as much time this morning) I decided to jog again. It wasn't easy...but it sure heck wasn't too difficult. I've jogged a mile many times, I'm not sure why I don't do it more often.

I loved the feeling when I was done!! Nothing like feeling alive after getting your heart rate up.

Why can't I do that every morning! emoticon

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KELLY@50 7/23/2008 1:30PM

    What great news, thanks so much for sharing!

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