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Day 155: The REAL ME and Being Honest with Myself

Monday, November 11, 2013

I cannot believe I have allowed myself to fall so far behind in my blog and my SparkPeople commitment. It has been 39 days since I last logged in and 39 days since my last day of activity. I have not exercised as I should, I am not counting calories and I am NOT following the plan of healthy living. So many promises to myself have been broken. So many days have been wasted.

Though I have not gained any weight back, I have not lost the weight I planned on either. So either way, I have neglected me. Not good.

As I look back the last 39 days, I have to be honest with myself and see what is causing the setback. I look at my schedule and really wonder how to make it all work. I get up at 5 am, time enough to pray, do my Quiet Time, and get ready for work. I leave work between 5 and 5:30 every day. Then I get home in time to make dinner and whatever else needs to be done at the home. I am usually not in the mood to exercise, wish I could get past that feeling. I am lacking motivation.

Motivation is key to accomplishing goals. There have been times where I lacked motivation, but completed the task anyway because it had to be done. But, I do not see exercise as a mandatory activity. Perhaps that is the main problem. I need to change my mindset and treat exercise as the vital part of my life that it is.

I cannot lie to myself anymore and say that I do not have the time. If I have time to watch television, i have time to exercise. Even 10 minutes is a step in the right direction. I must look at my time and see that my mindset is the reason I do not complete any activity, not the schedule I keep. So today, I shall make sure I get off my butt and exercise before I end my day.

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INNERJETTIC 11/11/2013 6:17PM

    Would it be possible to put exercise equipment in front of the tv to work out?

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MARF226 11/11/2013 4:21PM

    Digging deep and finding that motivation is always tough. Sometimes, the only thing that gets me to work out is my spark streak (currently 87 weeks of 90+ minutes of cardio). And sometimes that means I come in at exactly 90 minutes and not a second more. But don't forget that every bit counts and something is always better than nothing. emoticon

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EJB2801 11/11/2013 1:36PM

    It IS hard to move more - as in exercise - at the end of a hectic day! I think you are right on track with considering those 10 minutes here and there. Nice music helps me get it done, sometimes. Yes, we can chip away at this!

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Day 119: The Real ME and Time In

Sunday, October 06, 2013

I cannot believe it has been more than a week since my last blog. Time sure knows how to get away from me. Life can sometimes overwhelm and cause me to take time off whether wanted or not. My time off was not wanted, but taken anyway.

I am still struggling with exercise. I have exercised two days a week but my other attempts always seem to fail. I dislike getting home at 6:00 from work. Working almost 12 hour days can be very draining. But until I find my groove, there is nothing I can really do.

I did exercise 40 minutes yesterday and discovered I can jog without getting over exhausted. That is something new for me. Normally I can not endure but three minutes of it. I believe I went a whole 10. Then my calves started retaliating. They continue on this morning. So today I will walk again. Give them a little rest.

I am so glad that I do not have to rely on the weather for my workout. It is nice to have youtube around to exercise on the television. What would I have done without a smart tv? I don't know but I am glad I invested in one.

So, as I exercise this morning, I will think about how I am making a difference and will not stop to examine how I will fit it in tomorrow. I will just take it day by day and do my best to get it together. I can walk using my computer or television. No matter where I am all I have to do is pick up my feet and do it. I must make it a priority and stop talking about it. I am getting sick of reading what I have to do and seeing that I only give it half an effort.

It is time to put my money where my mouth is. My health is too important to let it fall to the wayside. No more time off. TIME IN from now on.

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PENNYSAVER2 10/6/2013 2:25PM

    I wish you well on your journey. emoticon

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Day 110: the Real ME Ready for Business

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Well I did it again. Something I told myself I wouldn't. But it did. I allowed myself to get off the exercise wagon and have been feeling the repercussions from it.

Tired all the time, eating badly, moping around...It has been AWFUL!!!!!!

BUT NO MORE! Today I am returning to exercise.

I was so glad to see the Facebook entry about Indoor Walking with Jessica Smith. I clicked on it and walked with her. It was fun and easy. I was able to get my heart rate up there quickly without using strenuous movements. I even subscribed to her videos. I am going to stick with her cheery disposition and get moving with her. If any of the readers are looking for something easy to do, I highly recommend it. www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po

I cannot allow my month of inactivity to ruin all the progress I made over the summer. I will challenge myself and find time to exercise during the week. I will be successful and reach my goals.

Thanks SparkPeople for sharing the video and all the support. I am back on the right track to healthy living.

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PATSYB7 9/29/2013 5:57AM

    Good for you for getting back on track! Keep going!

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Day 103: The Real ME and Tolerance

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Tolerance. It seems to me that tolerance is used a little too often in the world. We must show tolerance for religious faiths not like our own, sexual preferences, political beliefs, etc.
The definition for tolerence according to dictionary.com is "a fair, objective, and PERMISSIVE attitude toward those whose opinions, practices, race, religion, nationality, for example, differing from one's own".

I do not mind being fair and objective. I believe that Jesus came to the world to show God's love for us all. However, a permissive attitude is NOT what he did with actions that were against His Father's laws . I think tolerance is straight from the devil.

When Jesus addressed people who were living in sin, he showed love and compassion. He shared God's love with them and then told them to stop living in sin. He did not tell them what they were doing was okay. He wanted them to change to be more like Him.

He was not doing that to belittle them. He wanted all people to experience God's best for their lives. In order to do that, we all must choose life over death, righteousness over sin, good over evil.

Unfortunately, people are very self-centered. I know I was. That is why I gained so much weight. I was a slave to food. I chose to eat whatever I wanted and whenever I wanted. It was my desire and I fed it constantly.

When we decide that our own desires are more important than God's will for our lives, we will fail miserably. We will be chained to that addiction we place so much importance on. Whether that sin be sexual sin (fornication is fornication, whether homosexual or heterosexual), food, drug, alcohol addiction, disrespect of parents, etc. we are slaves to it. We are a cursed nation because we put so may things before God and His sovereignty.

It matters not what you believe. God has and always will be the creator of the universe and our Heavenly Father. Jesus is His only, begotten Son and is the only way to heaven. Everyone WILL believe and bow before Him. It is up to us whether our belief comes too late and at the cost of eternal life with God in paradise or without God in hell. Again, it is all about our concept of self.

So I am refusing to tolerate those actions that go against my belief in God. The One thing I know to be true. I am tired of the minority having the loudest voice because Christians are so afraid of being intolerant. Show love. Show mercy. Show forgiveness. But do not tolerate sin.
Do not scream "Turn or burn." That is NOT Jesus. Jesus accepts people where they are and as they become more and more familiar with him, change will occur. You cannot know Jesus intimately and not be changed by Him. There is no way.

As Perry Noble, Pastor of NewSpring Church, says so eloquently, "Every number has a name. Every name has a story. Every story matters to God."

You matter to God. Because you are His child and He has a plan for your life. It does not revolve around selfishness and sin. It revolves around people. Other people. You were not created just for the sake of your own desires. You were created On purpose, with a purpose, for a purpose.

So, No Jesus, No change. Know Jesus, Know change.
No Jesus, no love. Know Jesus, Know love.

If you know Jesus, share your love to others so that they will want to know Him. Then let Jesus do what he does best; Change hearts and lives.

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PATSYB7 9/22/2013 6:30AM

    I don't teach tolerance in my classroom. I teach respect for others' differences. I also teach the Golden Rule. Treating others the way you want to be treated is a great way to live. I believe that most of the issues we're having in our society lately stems from people not loving themselves. You can't love others if you don't love yourself. Have a great day.

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Day 102: The Real ME and Getting Back on the Exercise Wagon

Friday, September 20, 2013

I missed it! I really wanted to blog on Day 100 of my weight loss journey but did not have time to do so. UGH! Oh well. Today will have to do, after all, 102 days is a grand milestone.

So, I have completed five weeks of school and five weeks of exercising frustrations. I have allowed my tired self to talk my healthy self out of exercising every afternoon. It seems that I am easily swayed by lack of motivation.

I have been looking at my day and trying to understand why I cannot seem to get it together. My planning period should give me time to get half of the next day ready. But I am always finding other things to complete. A teacher's day is never empty or complete. There is always something else that must be done.

Today is assessment day. Every class must assess on what they learned during the week whether it is vocal sight-reading, or playing a guitar or piano piece. This is how they can see growth as well as me. It is important for my students to reflect on their learning for the week as well as their daily learning.

So, why can I not apply what I expect from my students to me? I should be practicing each day through exercise and by measuring, weighing, feeling my clothes get bigger by the moment, etc, reflecting on what I have accomplished and what I need to do to reach the ultimate victory.

They have a set time to do this but also need to go home and practice. They cannot expect to continue learning by only practicing during their 50 minute period with me. They must take responsibility for their learning and do what it takes at home.

Like my students, I must set aside time to do the needed activity. I must say no to all distractions and boldly begin and complete the scheduled exercise. No excuses can be made.

So, today I will go to the store, buy those AA batteries and get to working out with my DVDs again. I cannot allow my old self to entice my new self. There is nothing about the old me that I want to revisit. There needs to be a strong, exact, no-turning-back separation from that person. I cannot crossover to the past. I must continue with my future. A future that is bright, healthy, and glorious!

I CAN DO THIS!!!!!!! emoticon

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CANADIANFROG09 9/20/2013 6:36AM

    Wishing you great success towards your goals! emoticon emoticon

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