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Scale Mind Games

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Ok the scale is seriously messing with me *chuckleS* I thought dating mind games were bad but this takes the cake. I weighed myself on 6/22 now 5 days later it says I am down 10 pounds... I guess that's possible but it just does not seem likely to me. I have had it mess with me before..it told me I lost 20 pounds in a day...but then the next day it was back up where I thought it should be.

I bought a $200 pair of scales because my weight exceeds what you would normally buy at Walmart. I got some nice industrial scales that will hold up to 1000 pounds. They seem to be calibrated properly...but every so often they mess with my head. I am standing there for 10 minutes getting off the scale...getting back on..shaking around...moving...getting off..back on *chuckles* that little piece of metal can really make a slave of us eh? It's amazing how something not even alive can hold so much power over us and shape how we view ourselves. I've decided I will get on and weight myself......and get off and on 2 more times. If the same number comes up just about 3 times..I am going with it...if it changes next time Ill go with that.

My Dr once told me that you can be doing everything you need to do and the scales might move in the opposite direction of what you want them too...its ok!!! Keep doing what you need to do and the scales will do what they need to do...but on THEIR time table NOT OURS!!!!

If we hop on the scales and the number is higher than we think it should be I think we need to sit down and be honest with ourselves about if we are really doing what we should be doing, if not then tighten it up a bit. If you are then have faith in your plan and yourself it will get you where you need to be. Have a goal..make a plan and follow it...everything else will fall into place. We will have bad days...we will have days where we totally blow it..THATS OK!!! Were human we are allowed to have moments its just when we allow those moments to be a way of life we start to lose our way. Everyday is a new day to make a fresh start, it doesn't matter what we did yesterday...its gone...books closed and can't be changed. Not happy with it? then make better choices today...cant? well there is always tomorrow.

We can't let the scales rule our lives, we need to rule our own lives!! Be well and have a great day!!!

Do something good for yourself even if you don't want to...and I don't mean have a piece of cake either, get out for a walk...do some exercises....go for swim...a bike ride..heck go for a drive. Do something that gets you out and makes you move..You can do it!!! It doesn't matter if you only go 5 feet its something..if you do that 1056 times you have gone a mile :) Don't focus on the how much only focus on the doing..the rest will work itself out. Be honest...be consistent and your goals will be in your grasp before you know it!!!

  
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PLUMSWEET1 6/29/2009 11:42AM

    I have had that happen too said I was 10lbs down and I'm llke NOOO way so of course I had to step on it a few more times and it went up 10lbs:( dang would have loved for the # to be true but soon it will! Sometimes I think getting rid of scales would be good and just wait for your clothes to fall off then you would really know how well you are doing. Good luck keep climbing your mountain!

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LADYINBLAQ 6/27/2009 9:28PM

    So true! I know the scales cannot control us if we don't let them. I weigh once a week and go with whatever number pops up on it. Then I keep on doing as much of what I need to do as I can and hope for a better number. But I refuse to let a bad number bring me down and make me lose hope again.

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MISSBEAR11 6/27/2009 5:48PM

    High 5!!! Take that dang weight!!! I ate high sodium yesterday and I'm not weighing today or tomorrow or the next day either. LOL

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MRS_HBE 6/27/2009 1:32PM

    A salty meal out will make me gain 7lbs over night - and lose it the next day! That's a good incentive to dine at home.

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MOBAYGIRL 6/27/2009 11:45AM

    This blog deserves a resounding AMEN Brother!

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ROUTINE is my key to success!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Well I learned a few things today. Mainly that ROUTINE is my key to success.

Ever since I started my plan of action I have had some difficulty completing all the goals I set for myself, I could not really figure out why I was just not doing it.

Yesterday it hit me I needed to move some things around. I go out in the living room and sit in my chair to read 5 pages out of a book and read my Tao of Recovery book, I could not figure out why I could not simply read one of the hand outs I have, well I discovered when I move the stack of handouts to the living room beside my chair and when I read those right after my books it works out a whole lot better *chuckles*

I also discovered I can be allot more successful in accomplishing my exercise goals if I do them after I do my meditation. I started doing 8 minute breathing meditation and I found that combined with the tapping helped me to get right up and go into my Tai-chi as soon as I was done with meditating, and as soon as I am finished with Tai-chi I launch into my gauntlet challenge of using the exercise video. I can't speak as to what might work for you but if you are having a hard time doing stuff don't be afraid to switch it up and do things in a different order, its almost like night and day simply by doing them in a specific order for me.

I also notice that since I am noticing some results from doing my push ups I want to do them. Granted they are wall push ups but its what I can do so I am doing it. The first few days my arms hurt so bad when I was doing it that I felt like maybe I was damaging myself, but I sucked it up and worked through it...4 days later it became easier to do them so I started doing a 4th set on the counter, that's lower so it makes it harder to do. Today I started doing 3 sets of 15, one on the counter (which is a challenge) one on the wall regular and one on the wall diamond style, let me tell you my arms were on FIRE when I was done and I couldn't be happier, I let out some 4 letter expletives that I can't mention here but I was pretty pleased with myself.

Find what works for you, I don't care what works for other people, I don't care what "experts say" and you shouldn't either, if its safe, its helping and it works for you who gives a crap what anyone else thinks? People love to sit back and tell you how your not doing something right or that you can't reach your goals doing it your own way, let them stick it in their ear, whatever it takes to get the job done safely and to ensure your on a road to better health so be it.

The choice as always is YOURS!!!

  
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LINDAMARIEZ1 6/27/2009 8:34PM

    I knew the key to success for me would be HABIT! I want my program to be as regular as brushing my teeth so...that when stress, anxiety, success, celebrations etc, hit....I will automaticially be ready for it! There is no cercumstance that I would walk out the door before I brush my teeth; and I want my program to be instilled that deeply in me! Only then wil I ride above what is going on in my life! I will succeed! and I know you will to!

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SCRAPPY_RN 6/23/2009 9:35PM

    Could not have said it better myself :)
When I first started using the treadmill I kept pushing myself to what I thought I should be doing and then I did not want to do it anymore. The other day I was down on myself because I only walked 14 miles for the week compared to what other people where doing. Some very smart people reminded me that it was better than what I was doing before and they were right.
emoticon You have to do what works for you :)

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MISSBEAR11 6/23/2009 7:56PM

    Well said. It counts that you are doing it and not when you're doing it! And I'm talking about exercise here. lol

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Scary-Easy Ways to Eat 1,000 Calories

Sunday, June 21, 2009

I get caught by this surprise almost daily. I know better but I get lulled into a false sense of security

Take today for instance I had 3 bread sticks from pizza hut no cheese or anything just bread sticks and sauce and then I had 2 pieces of pepperoni pizza. Now for me that's not a bad meal, I have had worse *chuckles* but that right there 1250 calories!!! I couldn't believe it when I added it all up. You have to be vigilant always, eat what you want but just realize the consequences of the actions. I love it when myself and other people say "I have no idea how I gained weight, I ate right but still gained" and we do fool ourselves sometimes I think. I know I do. I can't speak for anyone else but when I gain weight and I have been eating "right" something is off. I can either face the truth or go on fooling myself.

So just make sure you know what your putting in your mouth kids...its easy to rack up calories if you are not paying close attention..I think I am paying attention and do it anyways ;)

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MISSBEAR11 6/21/2009 2:46PM

    I'm suppose to eat between 1200-1500 calories a day. If I did the 1250 meal I would be done eating for the day. LOL I haven't had pizza from any pizza place since I started this journey. Now I take a tortilla wrap, crisp it up, put on a bit of pizza sauce, some mushrooms, onions, tomatoes and some ham or a bit of bacon, add a bit of lite cheese and stick it in the oven for a bit. Is it as good as a pizza joint pizza? HELL NO. But it keeps me in my calorie range. LOL Will I ever eat great calorie oozing pizza again? Of course I will and I will enjoy and savour every dang bite!!! One of the things I miss most is hot wings. How can 1 little wing be 100 calories? Ack Not bad if you only eat 2 I guess but I'm not even going to fool myself thinking I can stop. I use to eat at least 12 ... almost hitting my calorie limit for the whole day!!! Now I gotta do chicken breast with spices and hot sauce. Grrrr lol Hang in there, those calories are hiding out everywhere just waiting to attack. Hugs.

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_CORTNIE 6/21/2009 12:26PM

    I just eat huge huge huge salads and lots of veggies and stuff. And always always whole grains. Fills you up and you don't need a huge pizza to be happy.

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I need a talented Artist

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Well I have been thinking for a while now that I want to get a sparkpeople tattoo, in case you havent noticed I am a tattoo guy ;)

But I want it to be something special and I would love to have someone work with me to design it. so if any aspiring artists out there feel like spending some time working with me and helping me design a tat I would be MOST appreciative. I have no drawing talet so I need someone who does :)

If more than a few people respond perhaps we can make it a group effort, I know I am asking for help but i am going to particular about what it looks like, I mean I do have to wear this the rest of my life so I want something that pops and that I am proud to wear.


I know I want the spark symbol in there...aside from that I have not begun to visualize what I want. but I know I want something. I am sitting here thinking something with electricity and "sparks' would be good....Anyways if anyone is up to the challenge I would love the help

Greg

  
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BETHHARRIS 6/18/2009 5:55PM

    I'd be up for a SP tattoo! I like your idea of something electric and sparky or a fade effect of the red, blue, yellow, green starburst spark design on the SP logo??

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GRAMMABENJI 6/17/2009 12:00AM

    great idea. when you get it post a pic. modaddy is very good at designing

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WORLDTRAV 6/16/2009 10:58PM

    That is so cool -- I wish I could help you. Your dedication is inspiring! Good luck!

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MOBAYGIRL 6/16/2009 10:57PM

    Hey guy MBD is my husband, he is an artist in his spare time and I read him your blog. He is working up an idea for you so where do you want it sent? SPARKMAIL me and let me know. Oh yeah and where do you think you want this tattoo, as you know placement does influence some design.

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A Challenge *throws down the Gauntlet*

Monday, June 15, 2009

Since I am feeling my oats and feeling frisky the last week or so due to some improvements in my life I figured I would start talking some smack and throw out some challenges :D

I was talking with someone about how I went yard saleing and I dragged home yet more exercise equipment that other people didn't use and I probably wouldn't either (I am a sucker for a good deal)

So it got me to thinking about how many of us out there had stuff we bought and tossed into the closet never even opened or maybe we used it once and then abandoned it.

So here is the challenge to dig out a piece of exercise equipment, or a book, or magazine, or video...something you bought to "change your life" and either never used it or gave up on it, either way it sits collecting dust or as a coat rack somewhere. So dig it out and lets use our stuff for 30 days and see what it can really do. You arent competing against anyone but yourself, no one is going to "win", there are no prizes aside from better health and maybe changing a habit or 2, if thats not your idea of a good time then we don't need you anyways you'll just drag us down, those of you who are up to a little bit of a challenge lets see what we can do.

Today is Monday June 15th, 2009 4:25 PM Lets say on June 22, 2009 as soon as you wake up this challenge starts. This gives you time to

A. Dig out whatever it is you are going to utilized

B. Make a plan on how you are going to use it and make sure that you use it

C Get together any tools you might need in order to accomplish said goal


So who is up for it? I am going to do it anyways so don't worry about me if you are not feeling it..I don't really need anyone else to play along I just thought it might be fun.

I'll be over here just pick up the gauntlet and head this way

  
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GREG32572 7/21/2009 10:05PM

    Well I finally messed around till I got myself a legitimate excuse to not do anything *chuckles*
I have had a herniated disk in my bad for a few years now. I'ts been pretty good for a while now, although pain killers
really help to keep it in line. The last week or so it has reminded me who is in charge and its been really hard to do much of anything
little lone the extra stuff I set out for myself to do.

So all my posts have been quiet. I have not had anything to report so I did not report it, I should be reporting everyday reguardless
of if I have done anything or not, why should anyone else report if I am not? Ill do better on that I promise.

So now I am laid up like an 80 year old elderly person, I have to plan out each movement through out my day, picking up a sock off the floor now becomes
a "job" instead of a task.

Well this would be a great time to let stuff "slide" but I have already been doing that the last few weeks anyways so now I need to step up
and find a way to make things happen. I have been researching things like exercise for people with bad backs...hell even stuff for senior citizens
I figure if I am moving like one maybe I can use what they do to get back to where I need to be. It is a blow to the ego
especially my male driven ego but I can't get to where I want to be if I let that get in my way.

I am actually missing doing my pushups...its nice to "feel" progress in something. I need to get back on that really quick

Ill rework my plan here and figure out what the heck I am doing. I am going out of town tomorrow and ill be back on Friday.
I'll set a date of monday 7/27/09 to have a reworked plan of sorts in place. If I have not done anything by then someone kick me in the butt
I know there are a few of you out there who will relish the thought of smacking me ;)


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GREG32572 7/12/2009 12:55PM

    Well the last few weeks have been "interesting" to say the least *chuckles*

A few weeks ago I was standing on top of the world, I was feeling great.

My body hummed with an electricity I had not felt in I don't know how many years, I think I was actually happy and felt happy for once, and then in the blink of an eye it all came toppling down.

This has made me be more aware and appreciate the light days so when the dark ones come I know what I am striving to get back too. It reminds me of a quote from the movie BLOW:

Fred Jung: Sometimes you're flush and sometimes you're bust, and when you're up, it's never as good as it seems, and when you're down, you never think you'll be up again, but life goes on.

I would only change that slightly to "when your up you never think you'll be down again"


Once minute I was master of my domain and all that I survey, and now I just want to burn it all to the ground. Its funny how quickly life will twist and turn on you, yet that is the ebb and flow of our lives. This is the GO time, we think that we are working out fingers to the bone to get to a "better" place in our lives, if we can just get THIS we will be happy or if we can just accomplish THAT..life will be GREAT..

I think we have it backwards to a certain extent. I don't think we ever stop to appreciate the good things in life we only focus on the bad, least thats how it seems to me I can't speak for the rest of you. We strive for the "good" and ignore the "bad" when in reality it should be the other way around, well maybe not the other way around per say but I think we should relish the challenges in life more than we do the good times.

Hmmm I feel myself digging a hole that I can explain away in my mind yet I cannot find the words to put on paper. I guess all I am trying to say is we will spend far more time in the challenges of life than we ever will in the victory, yet all we strive for is the victory and I think we forget to be mindful of the challenge and the journey we are on. I feel its truly the hard things in life that make us who we are, those are the experience we should pay attention to and remind ourselves of, that way when we get that brief moment of victory we can savor it and enjoy every second of it.

My first response is to hide away and not tell people what is going on with me..

I don't mind sharing my life, its just when I am down in it I am not too keen on letting people know how bad things are. If I share after then I have beaten it and I am rising to my feet again, now I am down on my knees and my head is being forced towards the ground in submission.

But I opened this door so I cannot very well close it now, otherwise everything I say I believe in and stand for doesn't mean crap. Its easy to speak the words but SO very much harder to live them. But I guess that's what builds conviction and character.

Part of me feels like a failure because I set out to do some things but I am not really doing them, on the flip side of the coin I have not thrown the towel in like I normally would. Like today for instance I stuck to my plan (for the most part) but I did not do my gauntlet challenge yet.

The last few days I have not felt like doing anything and I did nothing, well then again its a matter of perspective. A few days I could have overeaten and I did not...other times I should have been better but I did over eat. Like yesterday for instance..I had 1 slice of pizza for lunch when in reality I wanted to eat both of them but I gave my mom a piece...

well some of it she only ate half and I finished it *chuckles* but the mindset was different then normal, my first thought was to buy 3 pieces and give her one so I could have my 2...but I did not..I also got a bottle of water to drink instead of soda or something "sweet" so those are little victories for myself...

I feel like I tarnish them when I share them, but I honestly am not bragging..I know some of you feel that I am a little too full of myself and I crave attention..which I admit could be possibly true to a certain extent..I realized lately my ego is a little big bigger than it should be *chuckles* but believe it or not I don't share what I share for compliments or pity or to seem like I am better than anyone else. I only do it because some of you seem to connect with me and it helps..I really don't know why..

but I don't care if it helps I'll share it..and in the end I will share it because I do love the sound of my own voice even if i am the only one listening.


So last night for supper we cooked out on the grill. I had the opportunity to have a decent day but at the very end I dropped the ball *chuckles* we had bbq chicken thighs (boneless/skinless) cheeseburgers and some pork burgers. We discovered ground pork at the store and thought it might make a good burger, which really it was nothing special in my opinion an don't something I would do again. But I had a piece of chicken and 2 cheeseburgers and part of a pork burger, suffice to say I was FULL by the time I was done. I crossed the line *chuckles* and I felt like crap because of it, on top of that I pretty much binged/inhaled my food. so over all not a banner moment in the course of my day.

Although I feel like I am failing I need to realize that even though I did not have a '"perfect" day, which really there is no such thing...some days are better than others..some days are not so good...its simply how it is..no matter how it is all that matters is I am not where I was before.

Maybe I am not where I want to be but that is my fault, and that is not being negative its being honest. If I put more effort into watching what I ate, following my plan and exercising like I KNOW that I need to..I would be further on down the path than I am right now..but I CHOOSE to do things my own way and I am paying the price for it...yet I am still making progress and I realize this so in a sense no matter how badly I feel I am clawing ahead inch by inch and I am winning battles

I just think its important for people to see that we ALL struggle...we ALL fall...we ALL feel like giving up at any given time...no one is perfect all the time and THAT'S the reason I share all that I do..I really don't want people telling me it will be ok or this or that...maybe it seems like that but it truly is not my intention..*chuckles* that amuses me to no end I say I don't care what people say yet I feel the need to clarify my actions..ahhh well life is a walking contradiction at times..I guess I feel good that at least I recognize it and I am not blindly stumbling around.

We all have challenges...always have always will...like the quotes I post say it really is HOW we rise to meet them that matters

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GREG32572 7/9/2009 8:24PM

    *sweeps up the dust and shoo's out the crickets*

I am feeling a bit red faced as I am the one who ran my mouth about this and I am the one who's goal tracking log is constantly behind.

I am on again off again with just about everything but most specifically with my gauntlet challenge. Even when I do it I feel like I am "cheating"

Most days its a struggle to just get through using the dvd I am doing...its 10 minutes of stretching..not like I am really kicking my own butt or anything *chuckles* But I have been doing the same thing for 2 weeks now..my original plan was to use a diff dvd each week. But I slid back seeing as how I could barely use this one as much as I said I was going too. I need to rework my challenge a bit I have just not figured out what I need to do per say.


If I keep thinking about it I am never going to get anything accomplished because I will fight with myself the whole way...so I need to suck it up and take my own advice and JUST DO IT.

I'll write more soon :) I'll figure it out, I haven't quit yet and that's a change from the "norm"
this is just the time when the new car smell has worn off and the fun has faded and the true work begins. I so loath this stage its one of my greatest nemesis but this is where the rubber meets the road so to speak. The time for challenge and rising is upon me



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I accomplished my gauntlet task for today. It wasn't perfect mind you but I don't care I got it done that's all I give a rats behind about!

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GREG32572 7/6/2009 10:52PM

    Well I accomplished everything I set out to for today. I have been thinking about my gauntlet challenge for a week now, some days I do it some days I do not. someone brought up a good point in a post


""Persevere, my good man. You said yourself we can modify our goals. Clearly you aren't having much fun with yours- keep what's working and try something new to fill the void from the part that isn't. Small increments - several 10 minute workouts a day...do something that makes you laugh while you're doing it! DO NOT GIVE UP on yourself. That's the only rule. Am I right?"" (thanks Zeldapliff)


Part of me is wanting to smack myself around and tell me to toughen up and get the job done because that's what I tell other people. The other part of me is in tune with the words from up above because I have said those to others. Now I just need to reconcile my 2 half's to find a common ground.

We all have to do things in life we don't enjoy, that's just a part of life, not real way around it. so if you dislike exercising what then? I have to re-evaluate my challenge for myself, because almost as important as actually doing what I set out to is the concept of building consistency and proving to myself I can change my old habits and build new ones. Perhaps I bit off more than I could chew in the beginning, or perhaps I am not pushing myself hard enough. I suppose I could drive my self crazy trying to figure out which one it is, and maybe its a combination of both. I am conflicted on what to do really so I think my initial step will be to modify my challenge to give me another option of something different to do so when I have those days I just don't feel like it I have an "out"

I am aware of the situation and whats going on so I think rather quickly I am either going to realize I made the right choice because its helping me get to my goals in a different direction or I am going to realize that I am not pushing as hard as I can and that I need to suck it up and get the job done. Either way both paths will lead me to the same place, both paths hold there own merits, and either way both paths will slowly combine into the road I am on

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GREG32572 7/4/2009 10:02PM

    Well its been an on again off again week. I honestly don't know how many days I achieved my goal this week, my tracking has been off. I did everything yesterday, and I may have done it the day before. Today I made the choice not to do it. I have company for 5 days which makes it difficult to stick to a routine but its not impossible.

I just decided to do everything else but my gauntlet challenge today. I kind of feel like I am spinning my wheels yet I am moving forward at the same time. I am still making forward progress so I won't dissect it and analyze it to much like normal, I have to be vigilant though otherwise the conscious "choices" will start to become and habit and I will start to think "well I made the choice so its ok" I guess I am in a transition period here, part of me thinks I should cut myself a little slack because I am doing far better now then I really have before ever in my life, yet the part of me that has awakened knows I need to keep pushing forward and that I could be doing more than I am doing.

I feel like a reckoning is coming in the very near future, what exactly this means I have no idea. I pray I am ready for it

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GREG32572 7/1/2009 5:46PM

    After more than a few days "off" I got back to my gauntlet challenge. Part of me feels like I "cheated" but part of me does not. I mean its my challenge I owe no one but myself but I will contemplate more on this later.

I started with the stretching video. And I have been doing the sitting stretches (most) of the week. There is standing..sitting and floor. I started with sitting its about 10 minutes. today instead of switching DVD's to something else I did sitting AND standing. So by the base description of what I wanted to do I have accomplished my goal. I am using something I never have before and week to week I change what I am doing. I will modify this as I go along but important thing for me is after and absence of 2-3 days I have returned to doing what I need to do. Ill be bloggin on this whole experience here soon as I have had allot of thoughts over the past few days

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GREG32572 6/27/2009 12:35AM

    Not really much to report today I banged out what I had to do in a pretty quick fashion, I almost cut myself short on time but I managed to get it all done.. I am going to have to add some more to this I can tell. I might start a new DVD and do 2 a day. We shall see how it goes...so far so good :)

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GREG32572 6/26/2009 12:00AM

    Well the midnight hour rapidly approached yet I got my stuff done just in time. Yesterday I did not manage to get my gauntlet challenge done.

I was out of my routine, partly my fault. I did not get up in time to give myself proper time to get everything done, I did initially but the person I was going with that day wanted to leave early, I am not blaming them I should have been up earlier to get this stuff done. So I missed one day, its bound to happen and I almost missed it today too. Our power went out last night and I can't sleep without my cpap machine keeps me breathing..so no power no sleep so I stayed in bed longer than I should have, but I got up and was out of my routine 2 days in a row. I got everything done today just not in the way I should have.

We will all have days we slip, drag yourself back to your feet and get it done!!! I was very close to letting this be the 2nd day in a row but I sucked it up at the final hour and gone it done. It wasnt pretty but I held my commitment to myself. I hope in the future I am better prepared to meet these needs, but at least now I know that when life does not go according to plan (which it wont often) I know now I can pick up the pieces and still make it work, you can too! When it comes to crunch time you can either say the heck with it and let it slide or you can do what needs to be done to get the job done. I did this time, I hope I find the strength next time but if I don't then I need to the following time, no one is going to make me healthy for me. I must do this myself, WE must do this ourselves!!!


PS: Everyone taking this challenge please join The Gauntlet Team!!! I plan doing this for 30 days and if enough people care interested we will keep doing challenges every month

Come join..introduce yourself and make your own tracking post!!!

www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/g
roups_individual.asp?gid=34320

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GREG32572 6/24/2009 12:13AM

    I wrote this for another post I did but really it covers my day so I am posting it here too :D


Well I learned a few things today. Mainly that ROUTINE is my key to success.

Ever since I started my plan of action I have had some difficulty completing all the goals I set for myself, I could not really figure out why I was just not doing it.

Yesterday it hit me I needed to move some things around. I go out in the living room and sit in my chair to read 5 pages out of a book and read my Tao of Recovery book, I could not figure out why I could not simply read one of the hand outs I have, well I discovered when I move the stack of handouts to the living room beside my chair and when I read those right after my books it works out a whole lot better *chuckles*

I also discovered I can be allot more successful in accomplishing my exercise goals if I do them after I do my meditation. I started doing 8 minute breathing meditation and I found that combined with the tapping helped me to get right up and go into my Tai-chi as soon as I was done with meditating, and as soon as I am finished with Tai-chi I launch into my gauntlet challenge of using the exercise video. I can't speak as to what might work for you but if you are having a hard time doing stuff don't be afraid to switch it up and do things in a different order, its almost like night and day simply by doing them in a specific order for me.

I also notice that since I am noticing some results from doing my push ups I want to do them. Granted they are wall push ups but its what I can do so I am doing it. The first few days my arms hurt so bad when I was doing it that I felt like maybe I was damaging myself, but I sucked it up and worked through it...4 days later it became easier to do them so I started doing a 4th set on the counter, that's lower so it makes it harder to do. Today I started doing 3 sets of 15, one on the counter (which is a challenge) one on the wall regular and one on the wall diamond style, let me tell you my arms were on FIRE when I was done and I couldn't be happier, I let out some 4 letter expletives that I can't mention here but I was pretty pleased with myself.

Find what works for you, I don't care what works for other people, I don't care what "experts say" and you shouldn't either, if its safe, its helping and it works for you who gives a crap what anyone else thinks? People love to sit back and tell you how your not doing something right or that you can't reach your goals doing it your own way, let them stick it in their ear, whatever it takes to get the job done safely and to ensure your on a road to better health so be it.

The choice as always is YOURS!!!


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MOBAYGIRL 6/22/2009 11:24PM

    OK I dug out my crunchless abs DVD, dusted it off and did it.....what did y'all do???

6/23 Dug out my Belly dance for weight loss Hip Hop Hip drop and did 45 mins of sweatin..... and Y'all hello???? Anyone???? emoticon

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GREG32572 6/22/2009 5:32PM

    Well I had to change my challenge slightly. After reading the material and seeing warning after warning on the videos I decided not to do the typical male thing and just do it anyways, the P90X has strict warnings about if you are not in semi good shape don't do it because you will hurt yourself. At first I was like screw it lets go but then I thought maybe this would be a good time to listen to reason.

One herniated disk in the back is MORE than enough or more *chuckles* so I put the P90x at the back of the bunch..FOR NOW..I will be coming for you later!!!

So I dug out my wimps collection of stuff (you'll see what I mean) I selected at least 4 video's to work on in the next 30 days. 1 per week.. my goal will be to do this at least 5-7 days a week. I might take 2 days rest if need be. But 5 days a week is minimum, I will push myself for more.

So the first video I did today was called

Total Stretch for Beginners: With Tamilee. Its part of the Naturaljourneys collections.

It has 2 workouts Total Stretch for Beginners and Beginners stretch for flexibility.

I worked with the Total Stretch for Beginners, inside of that it breaks down further into

Standing/Seated/Sitting Stretch programs. Each one is about 10 minutes.

I started off light with the seated one, I will probably move to the standing one as well, the sitting on the floor one I am not sure about (yet)

But I did it, seemed pretty easy, I defiantly felt the stretch, there was only one exercise I was not able to do (yet) so overall a good first day I am pleased with myself.

The other videos I will use are:

Pilates for Wimps

Bellydance for Wimps

Chi Kung for health: six seated meditations

and I also have back ups:

Easy Pilates

Bellydance Fitness for Beginners



How did you all do?

I will be figuring out how to track this and be sending people emails to bug them (in a positive way) very soon. I am not fully together like I should be..my bad *grins* But don't let my slip ups be an excuse to derail yourself. Also you don't have to explain anything to me or anyone else of what you did or why you did or did not do it.

The only person you have to explain something to is the person in the mirror and if you want to give excuses to them well none of us can help you, your on your own in that retrospect like we all are. You can be accountable and you can hold yourself accountable..

Stop worrying about it and just do it, no I don't want to hear it.

JUST DO IT!!!!!!

its that simple...anything else is an excuse...harsh but
true...and I don't want to hear your excuses I have a hard enough time deflecting my own...go in the
bathroom and feed them to someone who will take them ;) But I hope they don't!!!!!!


PS: I was thinking that maybe I would start a group to track all of this in..yes I know the groans are
starting..."not another group" well I will let majority decide if enough people think its a good idea I'll do it, really all I need is a few semi motivated people who will contribute and we are off and running...nothing I hate more than being the only person in a group saying anything...I mean I LOVE the sound of my own voice but I can talk to myself here I don't need to post it :D


Those who don't want to join a group...don't *shrugs* I don't care...I won't be upset its not for my benefit anyways what you do...well I guess the group would be for MY benefit..but you joining or not joining is not really for my benefit its YOURS!!! Although it would be great to have you there so we could encourage each other :)



PPS: Actually I changed my mind I am starting a group if you want to join then join ;)

If this goes well then maybe we will have a 30 day challenge every month. We will see how it goes and take it from there.

http://www.sparkpeople.com/my
spark/groups_individual.asp?gid
=34320


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MISSBEAR11 6/16/2009 10:48PM

    How about the spark icon and a little guy in a ballerina costume dancing around it. That would definitely make peoples eyes pop out ... I mean, it would pop. lol Wish I could help you but I'm autistic not artistic.

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MOBAYGIRL 6/15/2009 10:13PM

    I have my crunchless abs DVD ready to roll! Challenge accepted!

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MISSBEAR11 6/15/2009 9:37PM

    Count me in.

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GREG32572 6/15/2009 7:48PM

    Since I post to a few forums this might not apply directly to the thread in this forum but it does... yes confusing I know after I say what I have to say if you read everything it might make more sense *chuckles* or not.

But the response has been GREAT!! I am pretty pleased so many people liked the idea. However I see a few of you stragglers still sitting on the fence....YES I am talking to you...what's with the "I might do this" COMMEEEEEE ON...for once just agree to do it. I am about as lazy a male as you can find, you could find one worse but you would have to work on it *grins* none of this maybe CRAP...you are either in or out..Yes or No..maybe it not an option, it's not going to kill you, well then again it depends on what you are doing I guess but i take no responsibility for that...actually maybe I should print a warning to cover myself..hmmmmm

So no more maybes....lets just do it :D I think it will be a personal sense of accomplishment to be able to say "ya I had a goal, I made a plan and I followed through on in" Maybe you have never had that feeling before, maybe you have, maybe you have it all the time, but honestly can it EVER get old? I think not. Yes I am a pain in the butt, but its suppose to be a CHALLENGE...otherwise I would have said "say uhh hey guys maybe we should.."


Jump in with both feet the waters fine!!

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