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Actions and Rewards: Day 1

Saturday, May 19, 2012

I'm working through the book, "52 Weight Loss Missions" by Michele Connolly.

Right now I'm on Mission #18, Reward Yourself Strategically.

This is the perfect time for me to be reading this one, too!

I have been very frustrated because other people are losing weight much faster than me, and I track all my calories and exercise daily. But I'm just not willing to lower my calories lower than losing a pound a week...I don't like how going lower in calories makes me feel truly deprived and suffering.

And yes, I know a pound a week is a good loss.

Still, it's hard not to notice when others are losing faster.

ANYWAY, this Mission has you reward yourself for ACTIONS, not results. Because your long term actions are what are going to get you to the result you want. The author makes the point that many people have given up prematurely because they weren't getting the results they wanted. But if we keep doing the actions necessary, we WILL get to the result.

I already have downpat as habits the actions of tracking my food (I use the Lose It! app, it's great) and exercising (I'm doing Turbo Fire).

So I'm choosing writing in my blog every day for a week to start, and then reward myself with spending an afternoon reading a novel in a cafe'. I love coffee shops and I rarely go anymore. We have several nice local ones in my town.

So, here is Day 1 of my new action! I hope it will help me to keep my mindset on track.


  
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-STARRYEYED- 5/19/2012 10:06PM

    emoticon for a great plan & I LOVE that you are rewarding actions, not results. That is reason I redid my large vision collage. My original one was linked to inches lost for my rewards. Now I reward myself for fitness goals and other goals not related to inches or pounds. Makes me feel a lot better to reward myself even if I didn't get the physical result immediately.

Long term, actions will give us the results we want. Plus, we have the habit and lifestyle in place rather than short term deprivation which (at you point out) leads to feeling frustrated and the inevitable binge.

So, yippee Celeste! And I really like your reward. I may have to copy it. An afternoon of peace sounds emoticon!

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It Doesn't Get Easier

Sunday, May 13, 2012

This morning the following conversation took place:

Me: I've been exercising every day since Jan 1. When am I going to stop waking up with stiff muscles?

Husband: When you stop pushing it.

Me: That ain't gonna happen.

  
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FATHINSN 5/13/2012 10:11PM

    Way to Go!

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BARCLE 5/13/2012 3:59PM

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ME_THE_REMAKE 5/13/2012 3:21PM

  Great sentiment! emoticon

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Publicly Stating My Goals

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Go from 166 to 162 by Monday, June 4. That's when I'm traveling to California for my husband's nephew's high school graduation. While there, I'm meeting up with a friend who is a BeachBody coach and we're going to do P90X together.

Get to 158 by Monday, July 2 when I go to Nashville to do a 10K on the 4th of July with my awesome SIL StarryEyed! When I reach that goal, I will be back to a healthy BMI!!!!!!

Here's me and my wonderful SIL. I can never thank her enough for telling me about SparkPeople.

  
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FATHINSN 5/13/2012 4:22AM

    WooHoo for your pounds losses and SIL (for telling your about SP) :D

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Why Do Some People Limit Themselves?

Friday, May 11, 2012

I've been having some not so pleasant interactions with a family member lately.

My family member is new to fitness and is in a program that includes a dietician and a gym trainer.

My family member says that the dietician stated that women after menopause can NOT build muscle. That is just patently untrue. There are so many scientific studies showing that seniors CAN develop muscle. Can, and should.

Somehow my family member has also gotten the idea that lifting weights destroys muscle. READ THAT AGAIN!

What?

That lifting weights destroys muscle, but using stretchy bands and bodyweight exercise builds muscle.

That makes no sense. Your body cannot tell if you're lifing a handweight or a band or doing a pushup.

In fact, a pushup is going to be MORE weight than a usual handweight that someone new to fitness would use, because when you do a pushup, you are lifting 65% of your bodyweight.

I try to ignore all these statements but it is difficult.

Then, this past week, a friend asked on Facebook what people thought about P90X. I have two middle aged women friends, late 40s...probably 48 years old, staring down the barrel of 50 who are doing P90X and ROCKING it. I mean KILLING it! They have totally transformed themselves.

So I asked them to share their experience with P90X with my friend who is curious.

My relative joined the conversation and said her trainer (who no doubt is some young guy, and I've probably been exercising for half his life on this planet), her trainer says that P90X is "hard" and that guys he knows can't do it all and they pick and choose the exercises they want to do rather than doing the program as it is.

??? If I just did the exercises I "want" to do, that are easy for me, I would not have worked hard on burpees and now be able to them. I love burpees now! I can kill me some burpees! Im also 3/4 of the way down now in full man pushups, any day now I'll be rocking the full pushup. YES it is hard. SO WHAT?

I just do not see the point, when someone is asking about an exercise program, to talk them out of it. Especially when it is someone you don't know, you don't know what their determination level is and what they can achieve.

I will never forget when I was in marathon training and this guy I know looked at me extremely dubiously and said this: "Do you really think you can do that?" Well YES I DO and I now have the medal to prove it.

My relative commented for 2 days about how hard P90X is, for young guys. Meanwhile my almost 50 year old women friends are doing it every day and doing their pullups like someone spring loaded.

Finally I said that I think the trainer and his guy friends are wimping out on their fitness if they only do things that are easy and skip anything that is hard.

Well, THAT did not go over well. Now I'm "mean" and "name calling".

I really do not understand why people limit themselves. We can do so much more than we give ourselves credit for, especially in the fitness arena.

Do you tell yourself, "I can't do that" or do you tell yourself "I'm going to work towards doing that"? And if you do want to tell yourself you can't, all well and good. But why tell someone ELSE something is too hard for them?

You know what my next exercise program is going to be after I finish Turbo Fire, don't you? Oh yeah baby, P90X2. Bwahaha! Whatever motivation you can get, USE IT. Use it for your own aims.

BRING IT! Check out this P90X2 trailer:
youtu.be/OTOu7AwlNC8


  
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FATHINSN 5/12/2012 4:45AM

    I think your family should dump that guy as trainer! I kept saying "WHAT?!!" several times reading your blogs. If I had that guy when I just started to learn doing workout, I think I most probably end up giving up easily! If you know other trainers who are not wimpy, how about bring your family to see them, hopefully can change their mind.

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-STARRYEYED- 5/11/2012 10:17PM

    I never pushed myself to failure while ST until I hired a PT at the gym. She taught me how to properly ST, and I am so happy. I loved watching the video; I know you'll rock no matter the series you choose. You've been a fitness inspiration to me for a long time, and your consistency is what I emulate.

emoticon & you are gonna kick booty!

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OPTIMIST1948 5/11/2012 10:09PM

    The trainer and dietician may have come "free" with new membership. My sister got them when she joined her gym. That said, it seems that the trainer is an idiot.

PS. While I agree with you in principle, that YouTube link was SCARY for me. I could do some of those exercises - but others are just insane!

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LYNNA7499 5/11/2012 5:03PM

  Did she hire both the dietician and the gym trainer at the gym? It would make sense since they are both idiots (oh yes - I'm name calling) emoticon

Of course the trainer is going to tell her P90X is hard - he doesn't want her to purchase it because he will lose a client. All the beachbody infomercials show you the results you can get without setting foot in a gym - which is why trainers discourage them.

Good luck with P90X2

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IRISHF 5/11/2012 3:28PM

    I think it's lame too, Becky! :)

(Now rushing over to talk ChaLEAN with Becky. And Insanity. Because I've had my eye on Insanity too, that program looks FOR REALZ!)

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BECKY3126 5/11/2012 3:23PM

    I love this blog. I have known way too many people who have tried to convince me that a fitness program I was either doing or thinking about doing was somehow going to do more harm than good. Even my super thin friend who runs multiple days a week has told me in the past that lifting weights will just make me bulk up and that I should work more towards just getting lean. Ummmmm....hello? Muscle burns fat. And women do not bulk up just because they lift weights. You would have to consume massive amounts of calories and do extreme weight lifting for that to happen. I don't think that my ChaLean Extreme workouts are going to make me look like a man.
I think that when people shoot these things down and say that they are going to be too hard that it is most likely in regards to their own fear that they can not do it. And I am sorry, but if these young guys are picking and choosing what they do out of the workouts, then they are LAME. The entire point of doing challenging workouts is to push yourself and to keep going and see how much you can improve. If I can get up every morning and do Insanity, then trainers and young, in shape guys can do P90X.
I would continue to tell all those people just how wrong they are....and prove it to them everyday in how healthy and in shape you can be.

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Most Inspirational Transformation Story I Have Ever Seen

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Disabled vet, unable to walk, completely transforms himself in less than a year. I cried. I bet you will too. Tears of joy and amazement.

I hope you will all go watch his video on YouTube, seriously it is worth it. If you read my blogs, you know I don't post lots of videos like some people do. This one is WORTH IT.

youtu.be/qX9FSZJu448

  
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MSLADYBUG3 5/10/2012 5:18PM

    Loved it and it has inspired me to keep on going no matter what I just can not stop!

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-STARRYEYED- 5/10/2012 3:40PM

    I saw this video yesterday! I did cry then I made Elie watch it. It was very moving! I want to know what his diet was like. You know he had his nutrition madeover in order to drop that much weight so quickly!

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