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ONWARD AND UPWARD ~ Common Excuses to Avoid Exercise

Friday, May 10, 2013

I guess my most common excuse would be, "I just don't feel like taking the time to do it today." Being disabled in the fashion I am doesn't mean I'm not busy. Often I have too many things on my plate. I'm involved in three studies, two of which I teach. I mentor three women and I'm involved in our Missions Team and play an active part in it. Every once in awhile like tonight I have a short talk that took two weeks of study and then two days to condense it to fit the time I am speaking.

Often I just don't feel like taking the time because I'm fatigued with my other activities. That isn't a reasonable excuse since I believe most of us can sandwich in 10 minutes of time somewhere into our day. When we do, our health benefits from it, our blood pressure is lowered, it's great for the glucose levels, it lifts our spirits and pumps those endorphins into us that help to alleviate pain. There are multiple more reasons to exercise.

I feel better than I did before starting Sparkpeople. That is a benefit all the medications on my shelves can not give me. Possibly the exercise, if I do it right and consistent with what my doctor will allow, I may slow down the process that the prognosis of my condition threatens me with. Never let your mind or your disability talk you out of some form of exercise or activity that will benefit you. There are teams at Sparkpeople that share in those struggles and identify with the limitations and pain. I have found them and I encourage anyone else in a similar position to seek them out.

Here's to Sparkin'!

  
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DEEEBEE 5/10/2013 4:40PM

    You're speaking to me today because I told myself this is the day to go to the gym, but I really don't want to. Thank you.

DeAnne, Missourians Team

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ONWARD AND UPWARD ~ In Motion

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

I moved all day yesterday. I was energized enough to start work in a room that I felt depressed every time I looked at it. It is what I call my multipurpose room. I sorted out old files, shredded old documents, pulled books from my book cases that I haven't referred to in a couple of years, and gave away those things that I thought, "One day I'll hem this or that, take this or that in, etc."

I did learn something from all that activity. Pay more attention to the doctor's orders. I didn't pace myself and got lost in my activity. Next time, I'll set a timer and take more needed breaks. Ah, the joys of live and learn! It just felt so good to be doing!

Thanks Sparkdom for all the great ideas and support. This gal is on the move!

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IKACEY 5/8/2013 12:58AM

    Its amazing how easy it is to get into a project and forget the breaks. I use a timer for all my activites. At first I set only 15 minutes to be up and out of my emoticon But as you get used to moving and being active it increases. Now my timer goes for 1 hour, but I find before that time is up I am moving if I am in a chair, stretching and moving arms, legs, whatever feels stiff. You know the old fitness saying A Body in Motion tends to Stay in Motion. Its true. The more you move the more you feel the need to move. emoticon on getting that project monkey off your back.
IKacey co-leader of the Chair Exercise Team

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BECCAZEN7 5/7/2013 8:43PM

    emoticon Sounds like a very productive day! You girl are on fire!
breaks...who needs breaks....jk.
Becca
Missouria
ns! Team

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ONWARD AND UPWARD ~ Moving out of the Sick Bed

Monday, May 06, 2013

Stomach bugs and Fibromyalgia can be buggers together. I can choose to let it take me down, or I can choose to be tough as nails with it. I do find though, that making that happy medium is usually the best choice. Let the body regain strength and composure at a moderate pace so I don't aggravate all the other little challenges my body brings to bear.

Sparkdom helps me make the right choices. I'm learning to take the suggestions and helps in a manner that they are guides and not demands and then I adapt them in healthy ways to my particular needs and health issues. I never thought of myself as an "A" type personality, but I am finding this seems to be my problem. My doctor works with me and shakes his head at my stubbornness at times, but together we plug along and one day I will attain the optimal health that is possible for me with the optimal limit of physical activity. This is my goal... and I WILL REACH IT

Happy Sparking to you all in Sparkdom and all my team mates!

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DEEEBEE 5/8/2013 12:49AM

    I'm glad to hear you and your doctor are working together. You are a lot tougher than I am!

DeAnne, Missourians Team

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IKACEY 5/7/2013 3:13AM

    emoticon too and you have a terrifically positive goal oriented outlook blogged. I believe you will attain your goal, and I believe you are very right about using SP and doctor as advice and guides but not absolutes and demands. Its your Path and you have to make it workable for you. Go for it!!
IKacey co-leader of the Chair Exercise Team

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ONWARD AND UPWARD ~ Healthy bound

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

I am so excited to have found some teams for people challenged by pain and physical limitations! There are great people in SparkPeople land. I know that I will benefit from the teams I have joined and I so hope they will benefit from me and my journey. Thanks for all the great comments and making me feel welcome!



My goal today was to eat vegetable and fruits. This picture from Sparks is my motivation. I'm doing a streak for my veggies and fruit. Eating 5 a day will be a challenge, but I'm taking it on.

Thanks to all you Sparkpeople-landians!

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

DEEEBEE 5/1/2013 10:32PM

    I love your enthusiasm! And I'm glad to hear SP is helping you. I expected that! :-)

DeAnne, Missourians Team

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IKACEY 5/1/2013 4:57AM

    Most of the people on SP are very happy to respond to you with support and encouragement. If you are limited in your abilities our CE team is a good place for you to be. The exercises featured there work! Especially if you do the exercises, at your own speed and ability, instead of watching the video and then say I will try them later lol Enjoy your new friends and teams on SP emoticon
IKacey co-leader of the Chair Exercise Team

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ARTJAC 5/1/2013 3:44AM

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UMBILICAL 4/30/2013 10:57PM

  Great support group

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ONWARD AND UPWARD

Monday, April 29, 2013

Ideas for myself that require very little effort.... I hate to cook

1. Breakfast: Egg whites with various veggies, Whole Grain Bread (1) slice w/ fruit spread, 1 orange, 8oz glass skin Milk
2. Lunch: Whole Grain Bagel, Laughing Cow cheese wedge, Mixed Green Salad with Cranberry Crasins , sunflower seeds
3. Dinner: 4oz Skinless Chicken Breast, Mixed Veggies, Brown Rice, fruit salad over non-fat yogurt

In time I will think of more.

  
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BUSYGRANNY5 4/30/2013 7:45AM

    Great yet simple meal ideas! Love!

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BECCAZEN7 4/30/2013 3:15AM

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Becca
Missourians! Team

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MACILINN 4/30/2013 2:00AM

    I don't cook either: here is my daily meals!

B: a yummy granola bar w/dark chocolate/pnuts and almonds 170 cals. or a pkg of low sugar maple brn sugar oatmeal 120 cals.
L: An in and out burger (meat and tomm only) 325 cals!
S: Micowave smartpop 100 cals, a yogurt 120 cals, and some pretzels sticks 170 cals.
D: a big salad w/my fav dressing ( i dip the fork instead of putting the dressing on it) a WW secret about 170 cals. or less. and a serv of almost anything (maindish) plenty of cals left to have a 1/2 cup of ice cream or a McD cone during the day!
S: a pc of fruit for a late night snack! usually a tangerine.

That is a typical day for me , under 1500 cals and yummy! Make sure you like what you eat so you can do it for along, long time!

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BJPENNY70 4/29/2013 8:09PM

    Good idea! Thanks for sharing!

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