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Mixed Feelings - the goal-setter's paradox.

Monday, July 18, 2011

I'm making progress, but feeling rather blue anyway about it. For my goal-setting personality, there's always another mountain, and that's what's always in the forefront of my mind. While I'm quite productive because I always set goals, I feel unproductive because there are always more goals to accomplish. I'm at it in all areas of my life.

Consistency: So while I'm proud of the fact that I've been exercising each morning for thirteen days now and staying consistent with water and food I'm disappointed about other things. I'm not sleeping enough. I eat too much sodium 3-4 days out of each week. That's pretty much unacceptable. It's hard, though, when money's tight and canned veggies and soups are a delicious and cheap way to make all the other targets I'm looking at--not to mention I definitely have a salty tooth, if that's even a thing. It tends to work out that my salty tooth leads to too much salt, not upending the day with respect to calories. But still.

Numerical progress: I am losing pounds, but not inches, at least not in the places where I measure. I have lost two pounds this month, and while I can see the difference in a holistic way, and I'm happy with that, I am still none too pleased with the continuing lack of movement on my hip measurement. I'd change a slightly higher weight for an inch off my hip. I'm also not planning to lose any more than 2-3 pounds, so it's kind of like: Mother Nature, it's now or never. My goal hip measurement is all of 36"(heck, I'd take 36.5"), so I'm not even being unreasonable here.

Work and school: I get some things under control, but then I look at all the other fires I need to put out and feel powerless, sloppy, even though I know I should be happy that I completed some work to satisfaction. It's like there aren't enough hours in day.

Looking at all of this, it's clear that it's my mindset that needs to change. Nothing will ever be perfect: at least I hope not, because then what will my mission be? I need to not be so hard on myself for not having everything done at once, and give myself a well-deserved pat on the back for all my hard work. Easier said than done, but I have to try.

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IMREITE 7/19/2011 12:33AM

    I have been struggling with some goals. i wanted to get a promotion at work and they keep overlooking me, but giving me (false?) hope.
i sometimes struggle when i have so many goals. i have the most luck when i make 1 goal anf focus on it.

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Eleven Mornings and goals for next week

Saturday, July 16, 2011

I have managed to keep consistent in having some morning exercise every day for the past eleven days. My goal is to get the longest streak I can going. I have been exercising about 10-20 minutes each day. It's not much, but I know it's making a difference.

Next week, I would like to get up early enough to get at least one longer workout video in there that's about 30-40 minutes. I also want to get in the habit of doing some PM stretching and meditation right before bed. I think it would help with stress and wind me down well. Finally, I will continue tracking my food, making sure to consume within my calorie range and control my sodium intake, while keeping my calcium intake at an appropriate level.

Finally, a little victory story. Last night, my boyfriend and I went to our favorite neighborhood restaurant. I got my usual: a reasonable, yummy salad. But I didn't eat any of his fries this time. You see, it's par for the course for me to get my salad, then eat half his fries, even though the salad is perfectly filling. I was so proud that I finally resisted taking fries!

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TISHTOES 7/16/2011 5:31PM

    Wow, congratulations on your 11-day streak! Great! Keep it going!

And how nice that you resisted the fries. After awhile, if you take one, it won't even taste that good! Celebrate these small successes--they all add up!


A trophy for your accomplishments!

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Seeing and feeling results

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Consistency is its own reward insofar as it gives me something to feel proud of, regardless of what shows up on the measuring tape or scale. I've been working out every morning for the past 5 days and it feels great. I feel like a woman in control of her life.

I also feel as though I look a bit trimmer and more toned, but there's been no change on the scale or in my measurements. No matter - I feel better, and that's valuable in and of itself. It hasn't been that long since I rededicated myself to tracking and made a firm commitment to morning exercise. The "objective" results will come in time.

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SPOKENWORD 7/13/2011 10:01PM

    Woohoo! You Got It! Congrats!

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**RENEE** 7/11/2011 5:28PM

    It sounds like you have already earned so much with your hard work. Confidence is something you can hold on to at any weight. Knowing that YOU CAN be consistent and set and reach goals beyond the scale is a great feeling.

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FIREFLYBRIDE 7/11/2011 12:42PM

    emoticon Excellent attitude! Thanks for the encouragement!

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LEAGALEYES 7/10/2011 10:29PM

  I feel the same way. I've been on Sparkpeople since March and I've lost about 5 pounds. I was disgusted with the scale, but like you I was consistent with my workout and my food tracking and noticed that I do look trimmer and toned and have been getting a lot of compliments. So, it's not all about the scale, it's about the consistency. So stay consistent and yes, the results will come.

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Carrot-and-stick consistency - and eggs!

Saturday, July 09, 2011

So much for the 7 day Sparkpeople bootcamp! While I loved the first workout, the rest all require a stability ball, which I do not have. I don't have room for one in my tiny place, unfortunately. I did work out again this morning. Jumping jacks and British sketch comedy for 15 minutes! I am motivating myself to work out in the morning by pairing working out with watching stuff I'd want to watch anyway.

I used a microwave egg-poacher for the first time today. I love eggs, but I don't eat them enough because I am a food-assembler. Eggs are simple to prepare, but I like no preparation. I rarely eat out without company, but I do the almost-instant thing at home. I like salads, sandwiches, cereal, yogurt, bars. It's not like I don't like hot food (I do!), but I just don't have the patience for starting to make food before I am actually hungry. I can assemble cold foods quickly. But with this poacher, I can crack open an egg or two, microwave for a minute, and poof! Cheap, healthy, salt-free, non-processed protein! It's like a dream come true. These eggs will be making a regular appearance in my salads/sandwiches from now on.

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**RENEE** 7/9/2011 11:55PM

    Great job adapting your workout routine to be motivating and something that fits with what you have. I know it's so easy for me to give up when things aren't what I expected or that don't work with what I've got available to me. You will definitely be rewarded with your consistency.


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What I really want

Friday, July 08, 2011

Exercised in the morning today for thirty whole minutes! Iím pretty proud of myself. I marched in place and watched a lecture for 20 minutes, then I did Sparkpeople Bootcamp Day 1. I like how short those workouts are. Very well suited to my goals. I think I will do the seven day challenge, just to see which of those workouts I like best and want to include in my regular routine. I loved the kickboxing one so much Iím tempted to do it again tomorrow!

I think itís helpful to envision the real reason why Iím losing weight, which is to tone and tighten my bottom half. Thereís a culture of phrasing oneís goals in terms of pounds lost. I admit it - Iím part of that culture. Iíve said my goal for July is to lose 3-5 pounds, and I mean it. Reaching the teens has a special allure for me. However, what I really want is to lose an inch from my hips. I can imagine, realistically, what that slightly slimmed down version of myself will look like, and that motivates me a lot.

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CHARLIESGIRL69 7/9/2011 11:28AM

    Way to go! You can do it! Keep up the good work.

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HEATHERDIAN 7/9/2011 1:23AM

    An inch off my hips would be incredible. Way to go on the work out this morning.

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