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Sticking with Your Goals Enhances Your Motivation

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

I always feel good when I can stick to my goals. I've exercised some every day and eaten a healthy diet since Jan. 2. I'm starting the fourth week of the 28-day bootcamp exercise challenge today.

So does anyone have good suggestions for a goal after the bootcamp challenge? I had some days when I wasn't sure that I wanted to exercise. Knowing that I had committed to the "challenge" helped me stay on track.


Avoiding another derailment

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

I've had a successful two weeks with SparkPeople. I've exercised every day and stayed within a decent calorie range. Today I started teaching my spring courses. Tuesdays and Thursdays will be particularly tough. My only break from teaching during these days is 10-11:30. That means I need to figure out portable foods to take--particularly so that I can eat quickly before I begin the three-hour teaching marathon from 11:30-2:30.

Also, drinking all this water becomes inconvenient on days when you can't easily take a restroom break. I need to look on the message boards to see if others encounter this issue. I keep thinking that I'll have to save my liquid intake for later in the day.

The healthy eating and exercise falls by the wayside for me when my work life gets hectic. This time I'm trying to strategize ahead of time to avoid derailment.

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JUSGETTENBY42 1/18/2011 7:20PM

    If it's only 2 days, try just laying off and do all the other things and your workouts on the other 5. Good luck

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Back on track

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

So I learned about SparkPeople and signed up last summer. Then I really didn't do much with it. Seemed too complicated at the time.

And so I did go through the fall with no exercise and less attention to my health.

I don't begin teaching again until January 18. A week ago I started exercising daily and eating right again. I'm using SparkPeople to keep myself motivated and just joined the 28-day exercise challenge. The real test for me will come when I have a pile of grading to get through. I truthfully don't like grading because I teach good students who treat "Bs" like failures. I like everything else about teaching.

I remember using a small bag of M & Ms to occasionally motivate myself in college to get through a big night of studying. Back then, I had a faster metabolism and more active lifestyle--so those evenings when I used candy for motivation didn't really hurt me.

In recent years, I've found myself turning to a snack to get through an evening of grading. I obviously need to find a better strategy. However, I suppose a 100-calorie popcorn could do the trick in a pinch.

The other problem for me is that time becomes an issue--when I need to get a pile of papers back to the students and have limited time, I sacrifice exercising. I'm going to try to hold myself accountable for getting at least 10 or 15 minutes of exercise in during those crunch times.

Like others, stress and time crunches become my barriers. I keep reminding myself that I'll handle stress better if I keep my own health in check.

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CAIKEN74 1/11/2011 5:17PM

    I think time is a lot of people's problems. I just decided that exercise was one of those things that I must do, a priority. I hope you continue to find time to exercise.

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