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Are you a "Tigger" or an "Eeyore"?

Saturday, July 16, 2011

If you've never watched the "Last Lecture" of Randy Pausch on YouTube, I recommend it. He died a few years ago of cancer but gave a very inspiring last lecture to students, which Oprah had him give again on her show. The lecture was not about his struggle with cancer but was rather about how to achieve your childhood dreams.

How do you achieve your dreams or goals? Randy recommends that you approach life like "Tigger" instead of like "Eeyore." If you are familiar with these characters, you know that Eeyore takes a pessimistic and gloomy view of life. When you are thinking like Eeyore, it's hard to break down barriers or walls that are in your way. Tigger, in contrast, is cheerful and has confidence in himself. And with all that bouncing that he does, Tigger must be physically fit.

We all have days when we feel like Eeyore. For me, it's sometimes tough when I hit a plateau. However, I hope to think like Tigger on most days. Tigger bounces back. I like his exuberance and joy for life.

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SANGSRAI 8/9/2011 10:42AM

    That is an interesting analogy. I am so glad that I read your blog, it is very subtle yet precise way to shift the paradigm that we seem to trap ourselves without realizing. emoticon

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TOPAZROSE 8/7/2011 10:08AM

    Thank you for this blog. Lets laugh, play and celebrate as we all have so much to be grateful for even when things are bumpy.


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INDICARGIRL 7/16/2011 8:41AM

  This is so true - enjoyed your blog. I'm having an Eyore moment about New You Boot camp so will turn it round to a Tigger time. Thanks!!

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GREENEYES2020 7/16/2011 4:41AM

    I love this! Too often I am an Eeyore. Maybe having a visual thought of Tigger will give me more of a happy outlook on life! Thank you!

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Busting the Plateau

Friday, July 08, 2011

I liked today's email that I got about busting plateaus.

I tried something else that seems to be working for me. The last time I hit a plateau I did the May Spring Into Shape Bootcamp Challenge thinking that a month of regular exercise with some new exercises thrown in might bust the plateau. It didn't.

Finally, in June, I decided to focus on maintaining my weight instead of losing weight. Now, in July, I'm back to exercising more regularly and eating a few less calories and the scale seems to be cooperating again.

Maybe when we hit a stubborn plateau we should back off and spend a month eating the calories we'd need to eat to maintain our weight. In June I maintained weight by eating a little more than I had been and exercising a bit less. Perhaps our body sometimes needs a vacation from "dieting."



Monday, July 04, 2011

I got within two pounds of my goal back in mid-April and have never reached that goal. I was at a plateau that I couldn't get past. In June, I decided not to stress over those last two pounds and decided instead to maintain the loss I had achieved.

I've been successful staying at the same weight since mid-April. I still use SparkPeople to log in my exercise and eating habits.

Most days I try to stay within the calorie range for weight loss for most days and occasionally have a splurge day where I go over. I try to exercise every day.

What are others' secrets to maintaining weight loss?


Drinking all that water....

Sunday, July 03, 2011

I've done well with tracking food and staying on an exercise routine. You know what I haven't conquered....Drinking all that water!

Sounds simple--drink 8 glasses of water a day. I have to flavor it to drink very much of it. Then I figure I'm adding those artificial sweeteners, which aren't so good for us.

Maybe we should have a Water Bootcamp Challenge!

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LADNBA 7/3/2011 8:47AM

    Yes but the water is actually more important. My husband has to drink A LOT of water and both his surgeon and our GP said to flavor it. You can try flavoring with some 100%$ fruit juice/nectar unless you are diabetic or really have a sugar problem.

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My six-month anniversary!

Friday, July 01, 2011

“Work harder on yourself than you do on your job.” is a quote from Jim Rohn, who was a motivational speaker and entrepreneur.

I have often neglected myself because I've worked so hard on my job throughout my career.

For the past six months, I've tracked my eating and exercise on SparkPeople, exercised regularly, lost about 15 pounds to get to a healthy BMI, and completed two SparkPeople bootcamp challenges. I am particularly happy that my body is much stronger than it was six months ago.

Today I began another bootcamp challenge and look forward to keeping my health on the forefront for the next six months.

SparkPeople is a wonderful resource for people like me who had a hard time finding time to exercise. I especially appreciate Coach Nicole's strength-training videos. I don't have to go to the gym to get into shape. I log into SparkPeople to complete a strength-training video, pop in a Leslie Sansone or similar video in order to "walk" for two or more miles, hit the shower, and go to work knowing that I've taken care of myself that day. While many would prefer to vary their exercise routine a bit more, my approach is simple and helps me maintain my new exercise habit on hectic days.

My new goal is to be able to say six months from now that I'm still exercising and eating right!

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