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No Longer Plotting the Demise of Gym-Time

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

You know what I think about working out? I think that the more I think about it, the higher the probability that I won't do it.

If I sit around all day dreading tonight's workout, then I am going to have HOURS to come up with an excuse not to go. Too tired, too much work, in a bad mood, car's out of gas, need to do laundry, washing my hair, out of the country, etc.


So, I'm not gonna think about it. I have been focusing all day on eating well and finding foods that are good for me. I've been focusing on doing whatever I'm doing in the best way possible.

Now suddenly it's 4:00. Time flies when you aren't plotting the demise of gymtime! Besides, I'm actually looking forward to it. I need the hour of cardio today in order to prepare for my hour with my trainer tomorrow!

I'm also nervous about weighing in. I know I've done well food-wise, but I know that there are so many factors that play into weight loss. I don't get enough sleep, I'm developing muscle, I'm super-stressed, etc.

You know where I'll be tonight? I'll be at the gym. I'll be on a treadmill, wishing that I could rewind back to high school so that I could tell my past self what I know now. Since I can't, I have to do the next best thing and fix this before it gets worse.

Besides, I always feel better after a good workout and a hot shower!

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SAVEMESANDRA 5/4/2011 3:59PM

  Wouldn't it be great if exercising became a habit that you don't even think about -- like brushing your teeth? I'd never dream of starting my day without brushing my teeth, but it's not like I have to think about it -- it's just what's done. I've been told exercise is like that too, if you stick with it. So that's my goal -- to start my day with exercise as well as pearly whites and fresh breath without a second thought! emoticon

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BEKAH0203 5/4/2011 6:15AM

  WOO! You go! I've noticed that even if I miss one day of taking the dogs to the park (or even walking down the street!) I feel crummy. You're doing a great job. The gym DOESN'T have to be a place of dread.

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CANDYGETNFIT2 5/3/2011 11:58PM

    Well, good for you! See, you talked yourself into liking gym! Have a wonderfully fulfilling gym time tonight!

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JENNSWIMS 5/3/2011 7:49PM

    Making a playlist for my IPod really helped me turn the corner from thinking of treadmill time as work and made it more me time/fun.

Way to go to the gym tonight!

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KATHARINA01 5/3/2011 7:05PM

    I so know what you mean. Last year I even started going to the gym in the mornings even though I absolutely hate getting up early, just so I would have less time to come up with reasons why I shouldn't go to the gym that day. Apparently, I am too tired in the morning to come up with excuses, but if I have all day to think about it, then I will find at least a dozen good excuses not to go.

Come to think of it, now that I'm getting back to exercising, I might have to reinstate my early morning gym visits.


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FatMe vs. RealMe: The Ultimate Battle

Monday, May 02, 2011

I am a competitive person by nature. The quickest way to get me to do something is to challenge me - tell me that you can do it faster or that I can't get it done in 20 minutes and you'll be amazed at what I get done.

This is why I love SP. Sure, I wanted to lose weight before. Pretty much every I know wants to lose weight. Motivation has always been my problem. I could go to the gym now, or I could clean my apartment for an hour and call it a day. That hour of cleaning becomes 5 minutes and suddenly I'm on the couch watching tv.

Thanks to SP and all my teams and friends here, things are changing for me. I'm using challenges for my own benefit. I'm joining in on things I never thought I would, all because it's a challenge.

The trick now is to get myself to a place where I will continue reaching for my goals even when there isn't a competition in place. I want to get to a place where, when given a choice between a plate of fruit or a plate of cake and chocolate, I will choose fruit. And maybe a small piece of chocolate.


The more I think about it, the more I realize that I AM IN A COMPETITION. Every day is a competition, and I am competing with myself. There's RealMe, a woman who's healthy and happy, and then there's FatMe. FatMe doesn't care about the future. She only cares about RIGHT NOW. She wants a cheeseburger and cheese fries RIGHT NOW because they taste good. RealMe also wants a cheeseburger and cheese fries, but she realizes that those things will not help her. They won't get her where she wants to be, and they'll actually hurt her in the long run.

I will not let FatMe win. That girl doesn't care about my future.

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JENNSWIMS 5/2/2011 5:21PM

    FatMe will not win! I love it!

RealME resisted Cadbury eggs today. FatMe wanted to sleep in and forget about the gym. RealMe won!

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DANATTA 5/2/2011 4:49PM

    Awesome realization! I love that u made it an inner competition.

emoticon RealME emoticon

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Healthy is a Lifestyle, Not a Journey

Sunday, May 01, 2011

I had a realization today that made me stop and really think for awhile. When I think about my weight loss journey, I think of the time I spend in the gym and the healthy or not-so-healthy food choices I make. In reality, my weight loss journey is a 24 hour job.

Weight loss doesn't begin and end with your time at the gym. It doesn't only matter when you are eating or when you're faced with a tough decision about cheeseburgers. It is a fight every second of every minute of everyhour of every day. If I sit down to watch a movie, that choice is having an effect on my weight loss journey. I could be doing something active, but I'm not.

Of course, sitting down to watch a movie isn't a bad choice. I can't actively be working out 24 hours a day. That would burn me out and I'd never want to even drive past a gym again! But if I'm watching a movie and folding laundry or doing some stretches or doing something else at the same time, then it's going to help me want to be more active. Instead of watching my little brothers play baseball in the backyard I can join in and play. That's helping me toward my goal.

Lately I've been reading a lot of books and every time I get to the end of a chapter, I do something active. I do some situps, streches, or take a short walk around my apartment. It's been helping. Now instead of dreading the gym, I WANT to be active. I'm getting used to being active again. In fact, I feel a little bit lazy if I'm just sitting there watching my tv.

Becoming healthy isn't just about eating right and going to the gym. It's about every decision I make and how it impacts my body.

I won't be healthy overnight. I'm going to want to be lazy and I'm going to want to spend a day curled up on the couch every once in awhile. But I hope that I get to a place where the couch isn't the most likely place you'll find me. At the end of this weight loss journey, I'm not going to be eating cheeseburgers every day and I won't stop going to the gym. I'll just be at a point where that's part of my life and it's what I do because I like it and because it's healthy, not because it's helping me lose weight.

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DIVA2K11 5/2/2011 2:17PM

  Great attitude to have! Keep up the good work, chickie!!

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RONNIE0404 5/1/2011 6:54PM

    You have such a grounded and healthy outlook on things. Congrats to you and keep up the good work.


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JENNSWIMS 5/1/2011 6:25PM

    I love this! Well written and so incredibly true!

Keep up the good work, it seems like it gets easier to get off the couch and go the the gym each time I do it. At some point our weight loss will become habit!

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NEWMAC2011 5/1/2011 6:25PM

    You are so right! Choosing healthy foods & exercising is becoming the new lifestyle to replace the couch potato eating junk lifestyle! I'm focusing on getting fit. Losing the weight is important but my secondary goal. Wishing you all the best with your new lifestyle!

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JAZZMINE 5/1/2011 6:23PM

    You have a good attitude. Stick with it!


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The Cheeseburger Does Not Own Me

Sunday, May 01, 2011

I wanted a cheeseburger today. I wanted one so badly that it was all I could think about. Every answer to every question was "cheeseburger". I finally decided to give in and that I'd stop for a cheeseburger on the way home from my parent's house.

But I didn't.

I started thinking about the struggles I've had the last week and the decions I've made. I've been doing so well. Then I realized that a cheeseburger is just food. It's not life and it's not air. It's not something I need.

So I drove on by.

Someday when I've completed my goals and when I'm feeling better about my weight I will have another cheeseburger. But not today. I won't let food own me.

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ADHINTON05 5/1/2011 11:00AM

    Way to go girl!

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KINETICKATIE 5/1/2011 7:25AM

    Way to go on passing up the burger! That is so hard to do and it really shows how dedicated you are to the new you. It speaks volumes about your strength in winning this battle!

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SUNNYBUNNY112 5/1/2011 12:53AM

    I really enjoyed this blog...enough to look back at your others..you write very very well..I commend you on not giving into that cheeseburger...because you are right, it's just a food...and it will be there tomorrow :)

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Someday, My Goal Weight Will Come

Friday, April 29, 2011

Lately when I've been on the treadmill at the gym, I've been feeling discouraged. I'm not seeing a huge change in my weight. I understand that it'll take time and I know that my body is changing. Muscle weighs more and my measurements are changing slowly but surely.

So I've started a game with myself. All of the fitness equipment at my gym have televisions attached. I don't like to watch tv because I get distracted, so instead I bring my IPod and listen to music. Even though I'm not watching the tv, I can still see it. I keep it turned off so that I can see my reflection and while I'm walking or biking or on the elliptical I look at myself. I can see how hard I'm working. Then I look at my face and picture it thinning. I picture my cheeks becoming more defined and I "watch" as the flab under my neck goes away.

And then I smile. Sure, I'm not there yet but I'm working on it and someday I'll get there. I might not see the results I want right now, but they are coming. Those results are on their way and soon I will see them and we will hug like old friends and I'll never let them go away again.

I just gotta keep pushing for now.

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SLLANGLOIS2 5/13/2011 12:16AM

    Positive visualization. I LIKE that!!! I've got a good imagination, although sometimes it runs amok. I'm gonna try it!

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BECCASAYLOR4 5/2/2011 1:47PM

    That's an awesome idea! I hear visualization helps so much. I'm not a good visualizer. I haven't "seen" myself there yet, but OTHER peoples success stories inspire me alot!
Sounds like you've got the right mindset for sure!

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SARAMOUSY 4/29/2011 9:26PM

    Awesome way to look at it. I like looking at old pics I have when I was skinnier and picturing me there. One day! Good luck! Keep it up! emoticon

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ADHINTON05 4/29/2011 9:15PM

    You are going to get there, think of it as a journey and enjoy every minute of it... when you reach your goal you will be able to appreciate it so much more!! I LOVE the idea of picturing yourself thinning... not only are you changing your body while doing that you are changing mentally. WAY TO GO!!!

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CANDYGETNFIT2 4/29/2011 2:18PM

    Way to go, girl! That's the spirit! Just keep on keeping on and you'll get there! I'm concentrating on food and water and walking right now.

Putting those possitve pictures in your head is so encouraging to you! Keep it up!
You can do this!!!

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MOMMA-NE 4/29/2011 1:34PM

    Great idea! I'm going to put a mirror up in front of my treadmill at home so I can do the same thing.
Thanks for sharing!

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129ISMYGOAL 4/29/2011 1:20PM

    You are on the right track. It is a good idea to have a picture of what you want in your head. I do the same thing sometimes. \ You can also tell yourself prior to sleep the same thing. It is really the mindset that helps change things for good.
Good luck meeting your goals. emoticon

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