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Half Empty or Half Full

Monday, January 27, 2014

I'm doing the 28-day Bootcamp Challenge that I've successfully completed in the past. First two weeks went great; last week was marginal. I continued to track food and I did exercise but did fall short of the Challenge goals for the week. I didn't actually exercise at all on three days last week. I tried to make up for some of the loss yesterday and am caught up and back on track with the videos. I'm still behind on what I wanted to do with cardio. No weight loss--but also no weight gain.

So I'm trying to get into Spark spirit and focus on the half-full part: I'm exercising again, taming my sweet tooth, eating healthier, tracking food and exercise, and not gaining. It's too easy to give up when you don't accomplish what you intended. I am in a busy, busy time at work teaching more than I usually do, so I feel reluctant to exercise when I have so work to do. I'm also playing too much of a video game on my iPhone--time that could go towards exercise! I haven't been ready to take that game off my phone...maybe soon.


Halfway to my challenge trophy

Sunday, January 19, 2014

When I tried SparkPeople the first time, the exercise challenges were one of the biggest things that helped me. Usually, it's hard for me not to finish something I begin publicly. The goals and videos make completion so concrete; therefore, it's harder for me to talk myself out of exercising.

I'm 15 days into this exercise challenge, and I've exercised a minimum of 30 minutes per day and an average of 40 minutes per day. I have a 30-minute indoor walking routine that I'm doing 6 days a week (Leslie Sansone if you've never tried her). I find I have to make up some of the strength-training videos on other days, but I am making them up and even doing extra on the weekends. I just make sure to at least get in that 30 minutes of walking. I made up a lot of the deficit on my videos yesterday at the end of week two of the challenge. To begin this week, I worked ahead on two of my videos. That way if I have to miss a day of videos I won't be behind.

I can tell I will make it through this month with an exercise trophy--feels great!


Lost another pound--putting it into perspective

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Last night I was thinking: "Well, I'm exercising and eating better--I'm surprised I haven't lost another pound by now." Well, the good news is that when I got on the scale this morning I had lost another pound.

However, my next thought last night was: "I gained about a pound per month over the past two years--maybe I should be happy to lose a pound per month over the next two years."

Happy to say I'm losing and not gaining!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

AY_BEAUTIFUL89 1/16/2014 4:26PM

    I really appreciated this blog in that you are being so reasonable about weight loss. So many of us expect it to happen overnight. Now, it shouldn't take 2 years if you continue to exercise and eat well most of the time. However, if it takes a little longer than you hope, just keep pushing and know that all good things come to those who wait! emoticon

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WDIPIM 1/16/2014 7:52AM

  keep up the good work - losing IS better than gaining!

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Love those trophies

Saturday, January 11, 2014

I completed week one of the bootcamp challenge. Having done these SparkPeople challenges to lose weight and get in shape a couple of years ago, I felt like I was reconnecting with an old friend. And I got one of those email trophies for exceeding 250 minutes of exercise. When you're at the beginning of losing weight, like I am again this time, those little trophies can keep you motivated until you begin to see actual results. That's why I came back to SparkPeople: the videos, the recipes, others' positive stories, the "trophy" challenges, the tracking tools--they all help keep me motivated.

On another track: This morning I was thinking that one of the reasons I have a hard time getting started with exercise each morning is the "cold." When my feet are cold, I just want to stay warm in bed. Luckily, once I exercise, my feet and body are warm--and I then feel more revved to start the day. But first I have to talk myself into exercising instead of staying in a warm, cozy bed.


Almost fell off the wagon today--thanks for the support!

Thursday, January 09, 2014

This morning I didn't exercise because I needed to spend the early part of the morning preparing a training presentation for some colleagues. I figured I'd exercise after work instead. So how did they thank me? A gift bag of three kinds of chocolate from a really good gourmet store: truffles, homemade dark chocolate toffee, dark chocolate covered fruit. So there was the temptation before me. I did eat some. One truffle--the best I've ever had--and some of the chocolate covered dried fruit. I'm sure it was not low calorie. The only thing that probably saved me today is that I ate three pretty light meals. I got home from work (it's very cold out) and planned to exercise inside except that my daughter and friend were in the room with the computer where I also exercise. Finally, at about 8:15, I pushed myself to work out for 30 minutes. I figure that finally exercising is what saved me from just saying "to heck with it. " Reading everyone's support for the blog I wrote earlier today is also helping me stay motivated. Thanks! Somehow I think it was easier when I lost weight a couple of years ago.


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