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Desperately seeking motivation

Thursday, March 01, 2012

I have GOT to exercise more. There are no ifs, ands or buts - if I want to lose weight, and I do, then I have to be more active. I can't bemoan the lack of time, because I know that if I want to make time, I can make time. I hate exercising early in the morning, so I can do something at lunch break, or I can do it in the evening, after supper has digested a little.
It's just that the couch is so comfortable, and the idea of getting up to sweat seems almost impossible. Even though I KNOW that when I do make the effort, and exercise for even just 20 minutes, it makes me feel good.
Then there's the eating. I eat healthy, in general, but I just eat too much food. Snacking on whole-wheat crackers and peanut butter at 9:30 last night? Why? Because i wanted to sit on the couch and eat.
So I have to remember why I want to lose this 30 pounds. I want to feel good about myself, I want to be a good role model for my girls, I want to look better, I want to be more fit, and I can't get that way from sitting on the couch reading. Twenty minutes a day isn't that much - why do I have such a hard time reminding myself of that??
So tonight, after play practice, it will be 9 p.m. before I get my daughter to bed and settled down, but I'll exercise while I watch The Office. Maybe if I say it here, it will actually happen!

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GENAGIBSON 3/2/2012 10:12AM

    I did 25 minutes of weights at 9:30 - which is too late, really, but it made me feel good!

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YICHE12 3/1/2012 5:48PM

    It takes some getting used to but exercising in the morning gives you energy for the whole day. I love exercising in the morning but find that I'm doing evenings more these days. I really have to get back into my morning routine as well. Come on, emoticon

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Yet another beginning

Saturday, February 18, 2012

So maybe this will work. I don't know if I'm ready to track every calorie on this site, although I do track them in my trusty diet notebook - which is also where I usually write all of my positive and negative (more negative, I admit) thoughts on this whole losing-weight deal. It's not easy. And I've gotten a little obsessed with my weight...but what am I saying? I can remember how much I weighed at almost every point in my semi-adult life, starting when I was about 14 (145, if you were wondering). And then 180 by the end of high school, then lost 35 to get down to 145 after college, 155 when I got pregant, 230 (yeah that's right) at the height of my pregnancy...and so on.

So now it's time to lose weight. I weigh 183 pounds, more or less (the regular weigh-in at my mom's house is tomorrow, so I'm hoping against hope that it's no more than that, because the number on the scale does affect me too much), and my goal is 150 pounds. The time is now, as I rush headlong toward my 40th birthday. Ugh.

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GENAGIBSON 2/22/2012 7:01PM

    You know, I didn't actually to expect comments, what with SparkPeople being such a big site and so many blogs. But I admit, it's nice, and it does make me feel like we're all in this together, in some small way. Motivation is really my big downfall: I have it, until I'm sitting at home at night watching television and MUST HAVE THAT CHEESE BUN. But thanks everyone, for the positive comments and feedback. It's nice to be listened to and encouraged!

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CCASKEY37 2/19/2012 6:37AM

    This site is a remarkable resource to help you live healthier. It's a good place to find encouragement and share your positive and negative thoughts. Just be you and you will find success.

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RAGAMUFFINKEL 2/19/2012 12:19AM

    emoticon Gena
emoticon job with your first blog.
Some thoughts and suggestions as I say emoticonto Spark People.
emoticonThis sight has so much to offer! One of the easiest ways to learn a lot about what it has to offer is to go to your "My SparkPoints" tracking Page. Next to each opportunity to earn Sparkpoints there is a link that will take you to the place on the site that helps you complete the task. Some are one time opportunities, others are daily tasks. Complete as many tasks as possible per day.
emoticon don't emoticon to the temptation of making the journey all about the numbers. It is not about pounds taken off or inches trimmed, it is all about creating a healthier and more fit you. emoticon
emoticonBe on the lookout for the many, many, many non-scale non-tape measure victories you will achieve. Feeling healthier, breathing easier, enjoying activities that were once a drudgery, trying something new and enjoying it, choosing a healthy snack versus an unhealthy option, choosing a less than healthy food option over a decadent food option! The possibilities for non-scale victories are ENDLESS. emoticon
Some things to remember: emoticondrink plenty of water every day!
emoticon sleep well, it is probably more important than you know. emoticon healthier every day. emoticonDon't go the way of total deprivation, it is apt to set you up for failure and a binge that will leave you feeling devastated. Look for opportunities to emoticon every day. emoticonwhen you need to --it is healthier than emotional eating! Find ways to emoticon emoticon emoticonexercise that you ENJOY. The right form of exercise is the one you can stick with regularly!!! Something else may burn more calories in a shorter time, but if it makes you give up you won't burn any calories! emoticon
emoticonMAKE EVERY STEP COUNT. Even steps that seem to move you backwards or to the side have a purpose. Sometimes it is just to get another look at something you passed by without noticing.
Perhaps most importantly from my perspective DONíT LOSE weight or inchesÖTAKE THEM OFF, emoticonKICK THEM TO THE CURB. You arenít interested in FINDING them again. GET RID OF THEM through hard work, determination, accountability, whatever it takes!!!
Finally, join teams, make friends, encourage others, be encouraged, take challenges, write out SMART goals regularly and track! Track! TRACK!!! It will help with both accountability and motivation, and You will be glad you did!!!
Feel free to stop by my page, let me know if there is anything I can do to help you in the journey!
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DWROBERGE 2/19/2012 12:04AM

    Keep focused for success.

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ELISOS 2/18/2012 11:59PM

    you can do it

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CHRISNMB 2/18/2012 11:07PM

    You can do it!!! I'm nearing 50 and my goal is around 145 pounds. I just started a few days ago so Thursday will be my weigh in day. Kind of nervous myself. Feel like I am busting my butt to shed this weight. Do like how the program tracks everything and most of all that it is FREE!!!!! Have a good night and keep up the good work. Christine emoticon

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