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Time---managing it...

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Know the true value of time; snatch, seize and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness...never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.

I certainly have come a long way from my days of putting everything off 'til the troops were better rested(this trooper never did get rested-LOL)! Four years ago there was very little that could make me move and when it did, I resented it and wished I had nothing to do, because that's what I liked. But today tells a totally different story: up at 6:30 at the gym by 7 lifting until 8:00, spin class number one at 8:15, then spin class #2 at 9:30! Come home, eat something, shower, head to my mother's to help her with some chores...

While the two spin classes is not the norm, it just shows how different things are now as compared to 2005 and before. I can honestly say that I've learned to appreciate every minute and what I'm now capable of doing with them. It's a much better life and one certainly that I couldn't envision 4 years ago!

I watched the Biggest Loser last night and was once again struck by their irresponsibility towards the ever ballooning obese population with the dissemination of misinformation and continued stereotyping. Why is it necessary to show exercise in such a bad light? For someone who's resisted getting off the couch to exercise, watching the contestants puke up their guts certainly isn't very motivating. It merely re-enforces what they fear....exercise is too hard and something unattractive to them. Additionally, while I'm certain losing 34 pounds in one week is possible when you eat next to nothing and exercise all day long, it's certainly not the medically sound/recommended method of choice...the show drops the ball in so many ways, and it has become little more than an hour long advertisement for products with the BL label and a good part of the diet industry. What a waste of a golden opportunity to really help stem the obesity epidemic!

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SNAZZYPS 1/6/2010 8:48PM

    I agree with the fact that there has been a lot of negativity attached to the hardships these contestants face at the ranch and the fact that what they accomplish on the show is far from "real life" but I am a faithful watcher of biggest loser. Obesity is a serious problem in our nation and although the show does not portray the "glamorous" side of losing weight I think they have gotten better at portraying the seriousness of the health issues that can be turned around by getting fit and eating right.

I do wish that they would show more of the contestants diets and more of the positive aspects of working out and having support.

Great blog - thanks for sharing

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WANT2CHNG17 1/6/2010 7:59PM

    Your blog really hit home for me..." Four years ago there was very little that could make me move and when it did, I resented it and wished I had nothing to do, because that's what I liked."
Although I have "moved away" from that mindset, I can still easily slide back into it, and I fight against it!

You are so right - no idleness. Thank you for the reminder!

I agree with your points about The Biggest Loser; it paints an unrealistic - and unhealthy - picture. Watching people puke certainly does not make me want to lace up my sneakers and work out!!

You are an inspiration - thanks for sharing!

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FRIDAYSCHILD2 1/6/2010 7:50PM

    I cannot stand to watch that show. My Mother was extremely obese and the way the people on that show are portrayed just rubs me the wrong way. Nothing about that show makes me want to hit the treadmill for hours at a time.

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Being Enough

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

The fate of many has been changed by the actions of just one person who has grown tired of "how it's always been done" and instead turns and does something more positive. The world does not demand of you to give your entire life, but we can all be instruments of positive change.

If only we all took this to heart and did just one thing to improve the world around us. Of course the best place to start is with ourselves. We often focus on just our outside, as all of us on SP want to look better, be thinner, of course, but sometimes we need to first change what's on the inside. What is it that led us to this starting point? That's often the most difficult part of this journey or us, but in the end is the most important; if we don't know how we got here, we can't find our way reasons, are many, but most of all self-sacrifice, losing me in becoming a mom and wife. I believe that I always doubted my worth and becoming a part of a unit(wife/husband)and then a parent was a way to escape and become important and I know that I've always been worthy always enough, I just failed to recognize it...but no more I know I'm a valued member of society who can do much to hlep make it a better place.

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TAPPY49 1/5/2010 8:37PM

    Congratulations on your insights. I feel generally as women, we do lose ourselves in the roles that we take on. One statement a friend made to me that I try to carry in my heart is: "When you take care of yourself, everything else is taken care of." That rings so true because in not taking care of yourself, you may not be around. So I wish you continued success and thank you for your blog.

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And the new year gets off to a great start

Monday, January 04, 2010

It's always a great feeling to have an excellent workout for the day completed. Although my knee is a bit swollen, I feel really good from having it completed. Using the HR monitor is really my biggest motivator to work hard in spin class, and finding a new lifting program always has me charged up to go. So basking in the afterglow is making my day.

Isn't it funny how we are our own worst enemies at times? Procrastination, lateness, being disorganized, pessimism, not being honest with yourself, severe self-criticism, downplaying achievements, focusing only on weaknesses while ignoring strengths, keeping goals a secret, demanding perfection, giving up after a small setback--these are all ways you can make it tough to be (and do) your best. Once we ditch all of those "goal killers" we can make progress and use that as a building block to build ourselves up rather than trashing ourselves.


Happy New Year!

Friday, January 01, 2010

it is time to finally forgive yourself. You've carried the guilt, the shame for long enough. You've kept your wounds open for long enough. The time has to come to let go, to heal. Keep the lessons and let the pain heal. Yes, you know what we are talking about it.

Reading this is important because even after though tomorrow marks my 4 year anniversary, I still haven't let go completely, the guilt of having ever become 300 pounds. I still always qualify a compliment on my weight loss and how proud of my accomplishment I should be, with some remark about how I should never have been in that position in the first place...and worse in my heart I still always feel somewhat ashamed of myself as well.

But perhaps it's now time to totally get rid of that guilt and shame and focus on the here and now, and the fact that I have taken control and gotten my life back and that life if one of which I can be proud.

I had planned to go to the gym today, but I'm going to push today's workout to Saturday and take the Sat spin class, since there is no spin today. Additionally, with ore sleep I'll give the effort needed and get more out of my lift. I know that sounds like I'm making excuses, which is contrary to my beliefs, but I'll keep that appt. for sure and taking life's little bumps and keeping your stride is also part of making this a lifetime commitment!

Happy New Year! May this year be all that we hoped for and more, and may all our resolutions become lifestyles; to infinity and beyond!

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HOCKEY47 1/3/2010 12:34AM

    thanks for the blog, i agree, it is my mouth that got to me to where i was but this year I really aiming to be at goal and you as always i draw inspiration from


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DESERT_BIRD 1/1/2010 10:56AM

    Great blog! I can relate to the "I never should have been in that position in the first place" comment. But stuff happens... and you wouldn't be the inspiration you are today if it hadn't happened. Happy New Year!

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Year's end

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy to say I ended the year in great fashion! After my October knee injury my intensity/commitment to cardio was now where it has been for the past 3 years. After having been cardio-free for 3 weeks I've been slow and somewhat apprehensive in terms of cardio/specifically spinning. So this past week has seen a return to wearing the HRM and being re-committed to total effort. It feels great! Even though we had a few inches of snow on the ground this morning (NY eve) I made my way to the gym and feel great for doing so! I'm also pleased to have been completely on track with my food--getting my serving sizes back in check and eating clean--no pretzels. I had harbored thoughts of waiting until the NY but proudly, decided not to put it off, but to jump back in with both feet! So here's to seeing my 4 year anniversary of health and fitness in properly! Keep it on for 2010 and beyond!!!!!

Happy New Year!!!!!!!!!

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PAPASNAPDRAGON 12/31/2009 1:37PM

    Happy new year BAMOM19 and much more good news in the future .

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JEANNE229 12/31/2009 1:36PM

    Good luck on your 4th! We'll see you again on your 5th!

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