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Doin a bit better

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Well as you can probably tell from my last post I've been in a bit of a blue funk as of late. But I am feeling a little better. Not all gung ho and motivated but I do feel a little more motivated and have been trying to make myself do stuff. Even just housework at this point is a good sign of progress for me.

I got on my treadmill yesterday, finally. Only on for about 5 or so minutes. The thing started making this loud ringing noise that pretty much freaked me out and I stopped. But at least I proved I could get on the thing! Crystal says is sounds like something is loose or slipping or something. We'll figure it out I'm sure. It's an old machine so who knows how long it'll last, if at all.

I'm going to get back to my studying that I've been neglecting for 3 weeks. I'm so far behind. But I'll get caught up in no time I'm sure.

Thank you everyone for the advice on motivation. Tracy, I have to say you hit it on the head there. I HATE the way I look naked. Yuck and Yuck! I do want it to change.

I just started reading a book called Losing Your Pounds of Pain. Has anyone heard of it? If so, any thoughts?

Well that's about it. Talk to you later!

  
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TRACYZABELLE 6/11/2009 4:52AM

    5 minutes on the treadmill is a start! And f the blasted thing is trying to give up on you-- just put on a jacket and take your sneakered feet outdoors! The fresh air and the sunshine is good for you!

THat book sounds like one I need... I am carrying over 30 pounds of pain around with me and it will kill me if I do not RELEASE it-- I do not want to lose it because I tend to find lost things-- I want to release it-- set it free! emoticon

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Motivation and such

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

How does one get motivated when they want to get motivated but can't seem to find it within?

I have a treadmill. I now have a hike and bike trail literally a step outside my back gate. I have a new pair of New Balance 505 cross trainers specifically for walking off this weight. But I have no energy. No drive. No motivation. No nothing. I say to myself "I want to start walking and get get this thing going" but then just sit here. Wanting to do nothing but eat and sleep. What's happened to me?

  
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TRACYZABELLE 6/8/2009 12:32AM

    What motivates me is seeing myself naked! That is all it takes!So strip and look at yourself in the mirror and see if that is how you want to stay. I have been making sure to get my activity in as soon as I get in the house from work (if I have the energy) and now with summer approaching, I will be swimming !

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GINW1977 6/4/2009 2:35PM

    Make yourself do it. I have found that once I literally force myself to exercise, it becomes easier and easier to motivate myself. Exercise gives you energy. I'm glad you got something to wear besides Converse. That in itself will be better on your body.

Comment edited on: 6/4/2009 2:36:28 PM

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NOORZAZA 6/3/2009 5:11PM

    all of us have step backs, but never beat your self up, never let it bring you down
don't say i will start next Monday, just feel like walking and go do it, YOU CAN DO IT. if you feel like walking outdoor DO IT, if not just try doing non-workout activities, once you get your heart rate up, it will motivate you emoticon

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Treadmill

Sunday, May 10, 2009

My step-mom just gave me her old treadmill!!!! Woooo Hooo!!!!! Will tell you more later!

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So we got the treadmill today. It's an old Pro-Life (I think that's the brand name) and beat-up and a bit loud but it works. And that's all that matters. Now, the all-or-nothing part of me that sets unrealistic and loafty goals says I'll be on that thing every single day for an hour or so a day. But I'm recognizing that as unrealistic and as setting myself up to fail. SO... I am going to say that I will attempt to get on the treadmill once daily for at least 15 minutes at a time. BUT I will NOT beat myself up if I don't make it one day, or if I can't do the full time I set. I WILL celebrate every day I make it onto this machine. I WILL celebrate every time I make it past the 15 minute starting point.


So there you have it.

  
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GINW1977 5/18/2009 6:34PM

    That is the way to do it. Just make yourself get on there. I have to literally force myself to get on the elliptical. When I relax on myself, I end up a week later having done nothing. You can do it. Start making yourself do 15 minutes, even if it is at the lowest setting. It will get easier and easier every time.

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TRACYZABELLE 5/10/2009 7:30PM

    How exciting!! I can not wait to see the leaner and stronger you!

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CELTIC_WITCH 5/10/2009 7:29PM

    That's cool.

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First Thursday

Thursday, May 07, 2009

The first Thursday of each month, on South Congress, in Austin is a festival/bizzare of sorts. You park you car, usually a few blocks away, and walk...and walk...and walk...and..well you get the picture. There are food places (I had my first frozen banana on a stick freshly dipped in chocolate and rolled in toasted coconut...amazing!) And shops and street performers and markets all over the place! I've lived in Austin for 15 years (minus a 7 month stint in Louisiana) and have never experienced this! I said that when I moved back I was going to live the Austin life. Well... this is it in Spades! It was so much fun. We walked a couple miles! I am tired, hot and sweaty, my feet (wearing my Converse) hurt like mad and my lower back is oh so unhappy and I feel so great!! At the end of the night I made it all the way back to our car and I got a high-five and "good job Mom" from my daughter!! My night was complete and my heart over-flowed at that moment!! And for the first time I know I can really do this.

  
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GINW1977 5/18/2009 6:39PM

    Sounds like fun. You need some better shoes. Converse are cute, but you have back pain and knee pain, right? As soon as you can afford to, you need to get some shoes with support. I used to wear my Sketcher ballet flats and these really cute Mudd flats all the time. No support, and my back would hurt if I tried to walk 50 yards. I started wearing my Sketcher tennis shoes with support and my back doesn't hurt like it did. Proper footwear makes a world of difference.

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TRACYZABELLE 5/10/2009 7:31PM

    ONce in a while we make frozen banana bites at home! YUMMY! And the walking was great exercise so I bet that banana was walked off!

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MEMCCAIN 5/9/2009 12:18PM

    Fantastic Job! We all know you can do this. Keep us posted.

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JEWITCH 5/8/2009 7:43AM

    Great job. It is amazing what we can do when we aren't thinking it is work. It sounds like a great way to spend a Saturday.

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Lots To Lose 100+ Weight Loss Meet-Up

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

I attended my first weight loss meet up Sunday. I loved it! I met other women who are dealing with the same issues as I am. It was a small group but hoping it will grow with time. Most were my age and all were in the same weight range. We were mostly all Emotional Eaters. I suggested maybe starting a calling circle type safety net so we would have someone to call during those times when we find ourselves sitting on the couch with a bag of chips and no idea how we got there. We are also working on getting walking buddies. So I'm very excited about this. I'm going to keep going every 2 weeks (I hope to go to 2 meetings every 2 weeks). Wish me luck!

PS Sitting at Genuine Joe's coffee shop and a man just walked in and is wearing a Power Patch. AKA Fat Patch. Saying that it increases energy and reduces weight. His girlfriend said she dropped 4 jean sizes in a few months. Has anyone heard of this? I'm skeptical because when I asked about how much it cost he said "It's better to sign up as a business and get the patch wholesale" and then started talking about down-lines (pyramid scheme?). So has anyone heard of this Fat Patch/Power Patch? Anyone used it?

  
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TRACYZABELLE 5/10/2009 7:29PM

    I heard about the fat loss patches... I heard they do not work-- people will do anything to sell you!


I think it is great that you are involved in such a nice little group and you all have the same goals! I wish I lived closer so I could come too!

Good luck and congrats on making new friends...


Remember pills and diets dont work--- eating better and exercise is what works!

TracYZ

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