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Help...I just can't seem to do this!!!

Monday, March 18, 2013

I seem to be completely stagnant. Why can't I find the motivation that I need? What do I need to do this? I can't find any oomph, motivation and even willpower any more. I lost 21 lbs since Christmas and I am watching my self slowly gain it back. I just can't seem to get where I want to be. I am not asking to be a super model. Just healthy and fit...but I am weak and I love yummy food. Food is everywhere and bad food is easy. I try so hard not to have excuses...but I have a boatload of them right now!! I am totally frustrated!!! With myself mostly....

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JACKIE542 3/18/2013 9:39PM

    I use to always look at some of the spark motivation pages whenever I felt this way. Reading other sparkers blogs seemed to help too. Maybe finding a new exercise or changing thing up to make your routine more fun.

If you live in a cold place I think when Spring comes you will feel better. emoticon

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CHLOEINPARIS 3/18/2013 5:56PM

  I've been there and done that. But tomorrow is a new start. Like I said, why not a Tuesday?! I've tried every diet under the sun. But this time, it HAS to work. I've found my motivation recently. I want to start a family in a couple of years. And I do not/will not/can not do that without being fit, healthy and active. Look at everything good you have in your life and use that as a motivation. Friends/family... no one wants to see you unhappy, demotivated and unhealthy. Do it for them. It might just be the trigger you need.

Bad food is easy, true. But good food can be easy too if you let it. And just as yummy.

We can do this! I hope some of my new-found motivation will rub off on you!

Good luck :-)

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Monday, January 14, 2013

The time has come....the day of reckoning is upon me. I have GAINED weight. I cannot believe it. It is time to face the mirror and begin again!!!

On Christmas Eve, we were at my Mothers stuffing everything we could get our hands on into our faces and I felt as if I couldn't even walk. I left feeling like I may never eat again. The next day (Christmas), I had to work and I fasted to at least feel somewhat normal. I weighed myself at the end of the day and wow...up 11 lbs from last weigh in!! My husband and I had already decided that after the new year things were going to change, but I couldn't wait. I felt like I was drowning in my fat. I am more winded when I do stairs. My fitness level has dropped to nothing and my excuse has been lack of time. The day after Christmas I began a fitness routine. I walk during my lunch at work. I make a mile and a half in a half hour. I walk so fast that I can't talk. I run up three flights of stairs first to raise my heart rate, then walk as fast as my legs will carry me. I have LOST ten pounds!! We have modified our daily eating. NO fried food...ALL whole grains, even pasta...NO soda(I still miss this)...Very little if any red meat. We are going strong. I am starting over at Spark people and I WILL do this!! I have joined a biggest loser challenge at work and could win up $250!! The time has come to get my priorities in line...

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KATHY98665 1/14/2013 9:02PM

    So glad to see you back! I am in the same boat as you, but have not lost what I gained back. Injury + holiday season is a bad combo. I soooo know what you mean about feeling what we have lost in terms of fitness and of how we feel. I have every confidence that you will be walking away with that Biggest Loser prize! You rock! emoticon emoticon Biggest Loser trophies for you!!!

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OUT-OF-ASHES 1/14/2013 10:11AM

    I know that you can do this! You were always there for me from the beginning and I know from experience that an accumulation of small changes over time lead to big results. Don't give up, push through, and congrats on your latest weight loss!

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Back at Step One??

Friday, July 13, 2012

Wow...I can't believe how much physical fitness that I have lost in just 6 weeks. I am now becoming winded when I climb the stairs at work. I recently was hired for a fabulous new job that I absolutely love, but I work about ten hours a day. Often it is a very fast paced environment and I am worn out when I get home. Unfortunately, it is a desk job most of the time. I do get away from my desk and walk the stairs every day for at least 20 minutes if not longer. But I can feel it...I can feel that I am going backwards. I am not gaining weight, but I am not eating right either. I had accomplished so much. I have lost altogether with and without sparkpeople over 40+ lbs and accomplished physical fitness like I couldn't believe. I managed to run a treadmill 5k and go running with my son several times. We would walk at least four miles several times a week, now I work weekends. I have not contributed many physical fitness minutes at all since becoming employed. I have faded from SparkPeople almost entirely. I have to establish new boundaries and guidelines for myself and it seems too much work. I feel as if I am running on all cylinders MOST of the time. Between work, family, appointments, shopping, housework, KIDS, I have no time!! I thought that if I got organised, I would have more time...NOPE, not yet. There is always something that needs doing and it seems that I am the only one that will do it. Oh well...enough whining. I think I will walk the dog...

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KATHY98665 7/16/2012 10:20PM

    You are here, you share what you are going through. That is a success right there. And I am SO impressed that you are taking time to walk those stairs at work! emoticon
You are having to learn a new way of going about your day- of planning and fitting it all in- even when it seems impossible. Loved the idea for using your crockpot- it can sure make a difference.
Don't forget, you not only have a new job, but the medical procedure took you back a few steps as well. You can regain what you "lost" ( as far as fitness goes) and you can lose what you "gained"...keep at it! You have come SO FAR and I am so proud of you... emoticon
Let's not give up...this might seem impossible, but it is do-able. Let's prove it to ourselves...xoxo

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2PB4JSNM 7/16/2012 8:54PM

    Ivy I know exactly how you feel. I've had some hectic weeks at home and work ... I haven't worked out in over 3 weeks. I think our bodies kinda of reset and for awhile are resistant to the weight gain. But they also miss the workouts. It's hard when you have obligations that cut into so much of your free time that your workouts come from. But I think maintenance takes a lot less time also. Try to get in 20 or 30 mins a couple times a week. You sound lot like me. A little OCD. Meaning when youre working out you want to workout ALOT. I know I do. We may need to break those habits too. And accept a little goes along way. A least that's what I'm gig to try. Good luck to you my friend. Don't lose the faith. emoticon

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OUT-OF-ASHES 7/13/2012 11:44AM

    Well welcome back sunshine! Oh how I have missed you! Remember that it's never too late to start over or to try again! You can do it. Baby steps!!!

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OBIESMOM2 7/13/2012 9:40AM

    keep grabbing those extra minutes for a quick walk or taking the stairs when you can.

If you are cooking meals at home, can you make enough to have lunch for the next day? Use your CrockPot as much as possible. I love coming home & dinner is ready!

any chance you could get some help around the house? If not from your family, maybe a cleaning person every other week?

I seem to get more done early in the morning. I can throw a load of laundry in and grab 30 minutes or so on the elliptical, shower, finish the clothes, vacuum, etc.

A good friend of mine has a TO DO list of things that should take about 30 minutes. She devotes 30 minutes each day to her list. Often she finds that the task didn't take as long as she thought, and she'll knock out several things.

remember that YOU are important, and YOU need to be on your own priority list!
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The glass is half full???

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Okay, so I struggle with the daily obstacles just like every one else and I always share the glass is half full mentality with all my spark friends. Today, I really need to turn this around onto myself. I had a minor surgical procedure done last Thursday, but I was put out. I do have a recovery period of about two weeks, but I am not really sure what I can and cannot do. I guess I am supposed to progress at my own feel like it level, but of course, if were up to me I would lay around the hosue and eat bon bons....right??

I walked over two miles yesterday and felt like I did. Today, I did my Coach Nicole 28 day bootcamp day 7, my strength exercises and walked on the treadmill for 20 minutes. By the time I was done on the treadmill, I almost wanted to cry!! It seemed so hard....and all I did was walk. I have worked so hard to get his going and I almost feel like I have to start over. I had progressed to walk/run 5K's three times a week and walking miles and miles every day.

BUT....the procedure was something that I really medically needed and my life will be forever changed if it works. I just need to convince myself that this was the best thing for me and my progress will be based on what I am able to do and my glass is always half full!! I have a wonderful blessed life with bountiful rewards and this is only a very small segment of what is my destiny...

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TWNOMWE 4/26/2012 4:48PM

    You listen to your body and take it slow. The body needs to heal and if being on your feet is tiring use your upper body for exercise when you feel you have to do some activity, Row instead of walking or just do upper body ST.
Wishing you a fast recovery and back to s full glass.
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OUT-OF-ASHES 4/25/2012 9:25PM

    You are doing incredibly well considering your setback. Great job! I do worry you are doing too much too soon, but you are your best gauge on whether you feel up to activity or not. One thing I've learned about myself is that frequently what is holding me back is all in my head. Maybe there are no limits if we don't allow them, just fear and mental blocks. So sweep those away with baby steps and you could find yourself better than ever! You are doing a great thing here, keep it up!

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KATHY98665 4/25/2012 12:22PM

    I feel your pain and frustration. And you are right, this procedure will be so beneficial. Think of the "before" and how you spent that time. Your body does need time to recover. To flush out the drugs from being knocked out.

When I had emergency surgery three years ago and had an infection, it took me out for months and months. My muscle turned to mush seemingly overnight and it was heartbreaking to see everything I had worked for "gone". But I came back stronger ( might not seem like it with my recent whiny blogs!) and more determined to take care of business. You have had a setback, but ultimately, this set back will propel you into a stronger you. Good for you for getting on the treadmill AND for sticking with it even when you wanted to cry. Every day will find you stronger. Keep the faith. xoxo emoticon

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Exercise Setback

Thursday, April 19, 2012

I have really had a head of steam rolling and today I am having a procedure in the hospital that will change my life dramatically, but will cause me to have to postpone any aggressive fitness for two weeks and possibly a tad longer. I know that my health and well-being is of utmost importance, BUT...nows heres the thing for me...what if I lose what I have gained. What if a dry spell with no exercise causes me to go backwards or I lose my stamina? This scares me....what if I have complications and end up with a dramitic surgery and have a 6 to 8 week recuperation?? Well, I have so much on my mind and I KNOW that whatever happens will happen and I will come out of it ready to start the next phase...it is what it is, I guess. Thanks for listening....

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OUT-OF-ASHES 4/23/2012 4:01PM

    I am praying for a VERY speedy recovery and I hope you know that we are here for you no matter what happens. Even if it takes longer than you think it will, I'm sure you will get back on your feet. Keep lookin up, don't stress it, and relax!

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KATHY98665 4/21/2012 1:10PM

    I have confidence in you! You are a BEAST with your fitness, I know that, but you are also careful with your calories too. You can keep moving, but perhaps not run etc. and that will certainly help. As long as you keep logging in, stay on top of your calories in, and do whatever exercise your doc approves, you will be fine.

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BLUESKIES139 4/20/2012 8:42AM

    You will get through this!!!! I dont think you will loose your stamina. You have worked so hard and know what it feels like to do good for yourself. Even if you do gain some of your loose back you know how it feels to get it off and i believe you will go right back to what you have been doing!!! Try not to worry to much!

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MOMTOCONNOR2003 4/19/2012 9:52AM

    I have had several set backs in the past and they have knocked me for a loop. Just continue to track your food that way if you do not get in your exercise you will not gain you will only maintain. I injuried my arm in August of last year and it took me until February to come back. In that period of time I stopped everything exercising, counting calories, etc. I gained 17 pounds back in just 6 months. If you have the proper mind set you will be fine. If you listen to the doctor you will be back up and moving in no time.

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