Monday, January 28, 2013
Today's SparkCoach activity is to figure out what my excuses are. When I start using them, I need to have a plan to talk myself right back into the healthy ways. I've been having a great week and am super motivated today so I have to think hard about what excuses I use when I slip.
One excuse I have to work on is pain. Pain/fibromyalgia are just a fact of life in my world. Pain and fatigue used to be my excuse not to exercise. I wasn't eating much so my body was in starvation mode. I gradually started exercising 5 minutes at a time. I discovered my energy was increasing. Of course, I was also eating again, only much healthier foods than ever. Again, a gradual change. Nowadays when the pain comes I have to not use it as an excuse, but at least try. Most often I can continue my exercise and the pain actually lessens!
My excuses for working out and playing outside: it's too hot/too cold/too windy. One way to handle this excuse is to visualize our service men and women who bear this extremes is full battle gear while they defend our country. I'll do something in their honor.
My excuse when hubby brings something yumful home and I've already hit my nutrition goal: I'll hurt his feelings if I don't eat some. Solution: I can usually take a bite or two and save the rest. He rarely brings home edible treats that can blow my day these days. In fact, he'll bring home fruit and specialty cheese. The kind you only need a bite or two to savor the flavor and be satisfied. If I am at the top of the range I will not eat it and look forward to a taste the next day and make sure I plan for it. It will be a reward for staying on track!
That excuse can apply when eating at somebody's home. Though I had to learn that the theory "clean your plate. Kids are starving in China" is just a saying, I can enjoy small portions. I won't be hurting anyone's feelings. I'll also think of it as a life-style exercise.
My excuses about exercise. If I haven't done my exercise in the morning, it is difficult for me to get them in in the evening. I am usually very tired (if I get up past 4am I've overslept) and achy. I also think exercise will wake up my thoughts. Oh, my body is willing to go into rest mode, but the thoughts just won't quiet down. Soluton: exercise for at least 10 minutes early on. This usually leads to more. If I'm exercising to music I'm amazed when 30 or 40 minutes have gone by. If, for some reason I cannot do them in the morning, I will walk in place or do a series of stretches. There is NO excuse for not moving the body.
Motivation. Sometimes I just plain don't feel like sparking (my new word for my program). Like exercise, I make myself get 10 minutes in to connect with my teams. Unfortunately that time goes by fast too, and I end up having to control it. What's my excuse for sitting at the puter so long for Pete's sake?!
That about covers it for now. I know I'll think of other things. When I do I'll journal them. It is important to know what excuses and trigger points I have in order to better handle the inevitible road blocks waiting for me.
Thanks for reading my blog!
Saturday, January 26, 2013
I'm giving this week an A+. I had a day of rest and got recharged. By rest I mean light exercise. Just enough to keep the juices flowing. Every day I was within my nutrition range and exercise requirements.
The Valentine Challenge had me working on my sanctuary/oasis. The den has been transformed. My portable fireplace/heater is in there with a nice rocker next to it. It's a great place to pray & reflect. I can listen to soothing music, read or crochet.
There is also room for my gazelle and some of my other exercise things, craft items and the puter. Things are organized, and that is a great feeling!
Monday, January 21, 2013
Yesterday I took the day off. Oh, I ate healthy enough, but as far as exercise went it was just some walking in place and stretching. I feel great today. Everyone needs time to relax and recharge.
I was reading a friend's feed and she took the day off, too. She said, however, it wasn't worth it. That got me to thinking. It can be hard to relax, especially when we have momentum going and we don't want to break it. I realized that it takes effort to relax just as it takes effort to get going. Relaxation has to be a habit just as fitness does.
For those of you who find this hard and/or are visual folks, imagine this scenario. You forgot to plug in your laptop or cell phone. Before long there is no charge. The only thing to do is put it on the charger and let it sit and recharge. And no, you do not have another battery waiting, so don't go there.
Monday is here and I am recharged. So much so I was up at 2am and wide awake. Today I am working on my corner of the world. A little sanctuary where I can unwind at the end of the day or as needed. It's part of my Feeling Fit Friends Valentine Challenge.
Happy, blessed Monday, friends.
Saturday, January 19, 2013
The other day hubby had off to fix our water problem and I tagged along in the truck. I had him drop me off at Sears while he picked up the things he needed.
I found a beautiful blue sweater that I fell in love with. I'm not much for clothes shopping, but it was marked down and then had another sale price deducted at the register. The problem - there were only 2 left. One an XL and one a medium. Sometime in December I discovered I had lost enough weight and toned up enough to fit into a large.
I opted for the medium thinking it would fit in it in another couple of months. I will still get many wears out of it as the Colorado nights are cool, even in summer sometimes.
Getting the sweater was the beginning. I showed it to hubby telling him my options were to return it for the bigger one, return it for refund, or just keep it and work to fit into it. I told him I wanted to keep it.
Hubby "caught" me exercising the next morning. I hate when anyone sees me. I am not well balanced or coordinated. He made a comment, "I can tell that is harder than it looks." I felt so good that he noticed. He then agreed that I should keep the sweater. That shows he has faith in me.
Later I was counting my (1 quarter per 30 mins) exercise money. I told him I was no longer saving it for shoes in the spring, but for a fitbit. I told him a little about them and went on about my business. He popped into the room I was exercising in a little while later. He had been researching the fitbits. Not only that, he had bid on one for me. One with all the frills.
Later my dd was on the phone with me and I told her about it. She warned me not to be disappointed. Many people have bids and win at the last second. The countdown commenced while we chatted. I glanced down and told her I just might win, though I was trying to stay calm. We counted down the final seconds together. What a shriek I let out when I won! (I did have the sense to move the phone before I attempted to break her eardrum)
I am so excited about this. The earliest it will come is the 25th, the latest, they said, would be the 30th. It is going to be great starting February with it.
Yes, I am going to fit into that gorgeous blue sweater!
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