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Exercise? Yeah Right!

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Everyone should exercise. We all know that. But for many, like me, that is like being told to eat your vegetables. In fact, I would rather eat my vegetables. When I started at Spark that was one of my goals, to eat more vegetables. Exercise wasn't even in the picture. I kept reading how this person and that found that they loved exercise once they found something they liked. My thoughts were, "Yeah, right. Not gonna happen with me!" For a year or more I did little to no exercise though I did do some strength training. Then I got disgusted with myself a second time and knew that I needed to add the exercise. I braced myself for my unpleasant future. The girls at the facility where I work were doing a Leslie Sansone DVD and it looked like something I wouldn't make a fool of myself doing so I bought a DVD. I joined one of the Bootcamps and saw how really easy it was to do a little here and there. I got on a regular schedule of cardio and seven months later I am still at it. Not only that, but I have bought DVDs for my co-workers to show them how almost painless it can be. I still have my days when I just don't want to exercise. Some days I do it anyway and am so glad I did. Other days I scale it back and some days I do take a break from it so I don't get bogged down with it all and lose interest. Well, lately I have had four separate people come to me, including my daughter, and they commented on how I look like I have lost weight. I really haven't, but they got me thinking. I measured and I have lost several inches, which thrills me. Then I got looking closer. Certain places where your skin comes together naturally aren't as tight as they have been for a long time. Then I can notice the firmness that is creeping in. Even my blouse fit looser the other day. I know I am in the best shape I have ever been in my life. It feels good to know that and that I will keep it up. I am healthier all the way around. I'm eating more vegetables AND exercising. I can't say enough thanks to all who have supported me and cheered me on. I thank the Spark guy for starting all this to begin with. If I can find something I enjoy, I know anyone can if they don't quit looking. I was one of the worst! I may never run a marathon, but I can walk two miles with Leslie Sansone on most any day and not look stupid doing so.

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3CATSLEP 8/3/2011 4:11PM

    I need to invite Leslie Sansone over to my house again:) I think I told her to take a vacation....

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PATRICIAANN46 8/3/2011 1:21PM

  What a great blog!!!!! I, too, hesitate when it comes to exercise and know that I should do it on a more regular basis. You are an inspiration. emoticon

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SNUGLBUNIE 8/3/2011 1:00PM

    I started with Leslie Sansone too and absolutely loved it. For some reason, I have slowed down a lot on the exercise this summer as the weather is so hot. Or is that really the reason, or am I burnt out from doing too much. I know I have to start back doing them because I am putting the weight back on and my measurements will definitely be affected. Thank you so much for sharing this with me and making me realize that starting tonight, I have to get back into a routine, no excuses. emoticon

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A Pile of Rocks

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

A long time ago when I was reading my Bible, I came across a scripture where the Israelites were told to make a pile of stones in a place where God had delivered them or done something great. That way when the next generation came along and asked what they were there for, they would be told again of what God had done. For some reason I really like that idea. So many times, I think we forget to remember. We can't necessarily leave a pile of rocks every time God does something. Sadly, I know that some churches would be empty and others completely full of rocks. We still have ways of remembering. I keep a journal. It is full of things God has shown me or told me. Things I do not want to forget. I used to use my Bible. I still go back and read them again and am amazed at how much I forget. I hope that when I am gone, my children will find something in that journal that becomes special to them as well. What are you going to do to help yourself to remember?

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MAURIZIA 8/2/2011 2:20PM

    I have always loved the rock story...Isn't that where the tradition of leaving rocks when visiting a Jewish cemetery comes?

As we got closer to our Family Reunion (this past weekend), I decided to create a group page for our family on FB...There I post documents with stories of our family history and memories I want to share/keep. That way my family can find surprises now.

I also journal.

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PRESBESS 8/2/2011 1:18PM

    Hey friend! Wow! I love your blog. I don't journal a lot, as a matter of fact, very infrequently. I just might start journaling more now.


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1CRAZYDOG 8/2/2011 9:07AM

    I absolutely love journaling too. Great blog and thanks for sharing. Going to start my rock pile!!

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Monday, August 01, 2011

I've been looking at the life of Moses lately. I find him very interesting. He did not want the job that God thrust on him. When the rod first turned into a serpent, he ran in fear from it. God sent him back to a place where others wanted to kill him. He returned to face people he had grown to love who now hated him. He made excuses as to why he was not the one God should have chosen. Yet the job still got done. God would not relent in His choice. Then the people he was chosen to lead did not want him to lead them. God said He would teach Moses along the way and kicking and screaming, Moses said he would do what he was called to do. His problems didn't end there. Yet he pressed on. He had an intimate relationship with God that few have ever experienced I would dare to say. God even told the Israelites that Moses was special in that he had seen God's form and was his friend, yet they continued to reject him. They even rose up and tried to remove him as leader thinking they knew better than God. The calling of God made them jealous and they perished, their families along with them. Even his brother and sister thought they knew better than God. And Moses continued on. He tried to reject what God had called him to until he realized that God would not give up. Then a special friendship was forged and he became one of the greatest of all Bible heroes.
So let me ask you this. What has God called you to do? What has He told you to do that you have not yet done? Do you long to have Him call you friend? Do you whine because others make your life difficult? Are you afraid? Do you wish that someone else would do it? Or do you embrace it difficulties and all and continue to press on?

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KHDOESMK 8/1/2011 11:37AM

    I find myself kickin' and screamin' a lot..."GOD, what are you thinking????" Especially with the baby, sometimes I feel so OLD! emoticon

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Thinking Again

Sunday, July 31, 2011

I was reading Don't Sweat the Small Stuff again. One of the readings says if someone throws the ball you don't have to catch it. That really caught my eye and my interest! We have a lot of things thrown at us in life. Some people ask our opinion on things which we may or may not want to give. This in turn can produce stress in our lives either directly or indirectly. So when someone throws something in your direction you can choose to catch it or let it drop. Not that long ago I blogged about how we create so much stress in our lives because of allowing others to take advantage of our kindness. There are so many instances on a daily basis where we can participate in a healthy or an unhealthy manner. Just getting to where we recognize them can be a challenge. Again, this is another example. There is a time and place to say no to others and it is not rude to do so though it can be perceived that way. Even that is not our fault necessarily. We cannot take responsibility for someone else's inability to live a healthy life. All we can do is to protect ourselves from unhealthy influences. Is this something we have the time and energy to deal with? Is this something that this person really needs to handle on their own? It doesn't mean we don't love the other person and it doesn't mean we are uncaring. Sometimes it is just unhealthy for us to involve ourselves in the lives of another person if it takes more from us than we have to give.

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IUHRYTR 7/31/2011 7:55PM

    Love the ball visual and message. -- Lou

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LOSINIT52 7/31/2011 3:19PM

    Good point! We don't HAVE to catch it. Also good to remember to get out of it's y. Ie don't hang out at the all you can eat places. Or in my case quit baking bread.

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Saturday, July 30, 2011

When I saw my daughter the other day, she said I looked skinnier. I was really kind of surprised by that. I haven't done well for some time on losing weight. I am working hard at getting refocused. I have, however, not given up on my exercise and am now more fit than I have ever been in my whole life. I mentioned this as well to my co-worker. She said she was going to say something the other day but didn't because she thought the same thing. I wondered how this could be. I got out the measuring tape and began to measure. I record my lowest weights and measurements so that it motivates me as I go along. I then have a record of just how far I have fallen if I slack off. It gives me a target to reach once again. However, sometimes it can be hard to see how far I have returned to positive ground. A while back I measured and was horrified to see that with the 8 pounds I had put back on, I also added back two inches on my hips. I thought my pants weren't fitting right! So when I measured a couple of days ago I saw that I am now back within 1/2 inch of my all time low. Though I am not happy with my slacking on my weight I am making progress on my measurements. I am doing better at being more consistent in tracking my food because I know how vital it is to keeping me on track. Before long I hope to have a celebration, expected, in that area as well. As a side note, I have bought two of my co-workers a Leslie Sansone video to begin their workouts with. They are excited. When I began this journey I did not want to do it alone. I am excited to see others getting on board, including my husband. Though none of them are on Spark yet, we are all moving together to a healthier lifestyle. And that is exciting.

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3CATSLEP 7/30/2011 5:16PM

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KSPED75 7/30/2011 3:06PM

  Its one day at a time, inch by inch and pound by pound. If you are losing in inches sometimes that's better than dropping the pounds. You don't have to always rely on the numbers either. The fact that a loved one noticed and sometimes its harder when we see ourselves everyday... that is huge progress. Be proud of all your accomplishments and don't be so hard on yourself when there is a slip up...its normal. Good luck to you.

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