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Our bodies are meant to move!

Friday, January 22, 2010

It's amazing how tiring just sitting around can be. When my husband came home last night, he asked if I had a restful day. You would think I said yes, but the truth is I was tired. And I didn't do much -- and that's the problem.

Apparently it can be a real problem for your weight loss efforts, too, even if you're getting your ST and cardio in -- as I did yesterday. When the workers left, I hopped on the treadmill for a 75 minute walk, some of it at a 3% incline, and got my 10,000 steps in (before getting on the treadmill, I'd only gotten about 1500 steps in).

I reminded my husband of how tiring it was just watching the workers pack up our belongings when we moved.

Yesterday should have been an ST day, but I was tired, the electricity was on & off all afternoon making using the treadmill or a DVD impossible, and my shoulder is bothering me -- which bothers me. I've already been laying off any upper body workouts because it's bothering me, but so far it's just worse. It will go away on its own, I've had this happen before, but it's frustrating. I really miss my yoga and planks and so on. Plus next week is my week off running, and I had planned to substitute Turbojam, but it looks like punches are out so I'll have to come up with Plan B. Again.

Setting up my shop was helpful yesterday. So I've repeated it today: my water bottle is already full and down here; I put my workout clothes & my running shoes down here last night; I'll make some tea & put it in a thermos again this morning, as well as package up a snack. And I made a salad last night, so for lunch all I have to do is grab it & a fork and I'm good.

Blogging really helps, too, because that's what reminded me of putting the tea in a thermos. And as I was whining, er, blogging this morning about not being able to use my DVDs, I realized that I did have computer access all day. No reason I can't use a DVD on the computer, or do some of Coach Nicole's video workouts.

And read today's DailySpark about how sitting is bad for your health! That gives me even more incentive to make sure I get in small bursts of exercise today. Our bodies really are meant to move, and when I don't move, I find myself more tired than when I do.

What about you -- does sitting around fatigue you? Don't you just feel better when you get exercise into your day? How much exercise is enough for you?

  
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HEYRED221 1/22/2010 12:26PM

    Yes! I was fighting that yesterday. The weather here was really cold yesterday and I didn't leave the office all day, so that made me tired and not wanting to go to my boxing class last night. I told my boyfriend, "you need to talk me into it because I already decided not to go". He gave me a little pep talk, that was all I needed! I went and felt so much better afterwards. Its crazy how doing nothing is worse than just getting up and moving. Have a great weekend!

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KEAKMAN 1/22/2010 9:22AM

    Yup, the more I sit the more I seem to need a nap! Get me up and going, and I have all the energy in the world (unless I run a marathon!)

Hope the power behaves today and you can get back into your rhythm!

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SLIMMERJESSE 1/22/2010 9:17AM

    Yes, being sedentary tires me out more than a day full of exercise. I agree! Hope your shoulder feels better; have a wonderful day.

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LILYGAL 1/22/2010 8:15AM

    It is amazing that just sitting can make you tired!! I try not to do to much of it. I know that when we've taken road trips, I would be soooo tired when we reached our destination. But it's true that just doing nothing is tiring!!! I try to get at least 90 mins a day of excerise and then keep moving all day long. So keep up the good work!!!

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KARBIE18 1/22/2010 7:15AM

    Yes, sitting around does fatigue me. I exercise most days, too, but some days don't get much movement in otherwise. My body is used to what I do at work, so I have to make an effort to add extra movement, or I feel like a slug. I haven't been using the stool by my podium anymore, and I add extra kicks, or pace when I teach. My kids are used to me by now, and know exactly what I'm doing. At home I'm even worse. Like you, many of the activities I enjoy are sedentary - reading, playing my guitar, Sparking. I have been trying to set my timer so I'll get off my butt every 20 minutes or so. It helps when I remember to do it!

Today I've got a busy day ahead, and I'm not exactly looking forward to it. Work, a dentist appointment, grocery shopping, and a few other errands. Then of course I have to come home, unload, and deal with dinner. But really, if I'm aware, I should be able to get quite a few steps. Which reminds me, I think I'll wear my pedometer.

Have a great day!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 1/22/2010 7:14AM

    I know EXACTLY what you mean! emoticon

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SEKSUNSHINE 1/22/2010 7:07AM

    Sitting around drives me crazy which in turn leads to being tired. Tired from activity is much easier to get rested from, so I welcome it any day. Hang in there it will all be over soon. emoticon

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STARTSPARKING 1/22/2010 6:22AM

    I'm sorry that your shoulder is bothering you. I hope you will figure out the cause soon, and I wish you a very speedy recovery. I think fatigue from physical exertion can be a great thing, giving us a sense of accomplishment. On the other hand, mental fatigue is so draining, and it can be such a downer.

To answer your questions... Yes, sitting around does fatigue me. However, it has been a long time since I sat around because I have been extremely busy lately. Before I know it, an entire day is over. And yes, I do feel better when I get exercise into my day. That's why it is an important part to my daily routine, first thing in the morning. How much exercise is enough for me? For me, the problem is not the amount of exercise, as I work out most days of the week. It really is watching my food intake. However, for the last couple of weeks I have scaled back on weight training, and it's time for me to pick it back up again.

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Setting up shop

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Really, just plan for success. Yesterday was a very long day. I emptied the pantry, moved all the stuff off the counters (mostly), did my food shopping, 3 loads of laundry (the cats will be spending their next 2 days in the laundry room), walked the dogs, exercised, and cleaned the bathroom.

DH conveniently wasn't feeling well last night and was no help whatsoever other than the fact that I didn't have to make him anything to eat (it was just leftovers anyway). Altho he did come up with an idea to make the bifold door to the laundry room more catproof. The boys are pretty good about figuring out how to get into and out of most things --altho thankfully they've never figured out door knobs.

We had a much better setup in our house in Austin when we had work done. Our master bath was right off our master bedroom, was very large, and we had a litterbox in it. So we just shut them in the bedroom.We don't really have a good place to do that here. The laundry room would be fine if it didn't have that stupid bifold door. They are the main reason I don't feel I can go out today. DH will drop off & pick up the dogs from daycare, so they don't have to be stressed from the process.

We're not doing anything to the original cabinets, so I should have some use of my kitchen.

But I am setting up shop downstairs as much as possible. I've already filled an insulated water bottle and put it down there so I won't have to go upstairs to get water (tea is a different matter, altho I could use DH's Keurig. Except that doesn't get me my soymilk.

I've already made up a mid-morning snack and put it down here, too. And I just realized I could make some tea this morning and put it in a thermos (assuming I can find the thermos). Then I don't have to go into the kitchen at all until lunch.

I put exercise clothes down here last night, too.

So that's what setting up shop is all about. Planning in advance for what you'll need, and putting it where you'll need it, so that you have no excuses. It's another concept from the Spark book.

Today shouldn't really be too bad other than the noise. I've got the computer and a tv down here. I've got my painting stuff down here, too, but I think I may be too tired to paint today. We'll see.

This morning will be very rushed because they start work at 7, and I've got to feed the animals and get the boys into the laundry room before then. Usually I'm not finished with feeding the dogs until about 7:30 or so.

It will be interesting. We figure our insurance policy with this guy is that his parents live 4 houses down from us, so it's unlikely that he's going to disappear on us.

Have you set up shop -- in your house, in your work place, in your car? What things do you put into your "shop"?

  
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JUSTDUCKY1405 1/21/2010 3:09PM

    Setting up shop sounds a lot like what I have learnt from FlyLady... who was my home and routine lifesaver!!! Although I am not 'perfect' at setting up shop, I have progressed by leaps and bounds from when I first found Flylady!!! Sounds like you got your day figured out! I hope you are enjoying it!!! YOU ARE THAT MUCH CLOSER TO YOUR DREAM KITCHEN!

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HEYRED221 1/21/2010 11:56AM

    I have a set up at work with a mini-frig filled with water, yogurt, healthy snacks, fruit, diet soda and other items for lunch, etc. It really keeps me in line. I rarely ever want to venture out for some unplanned lunch or snack.

I also keep a case of bottled water in my car trunk and I usually have at least a Fiber 1 bar in my purse or gym bag at all times as well.

Sounds like you have a great set up as well!

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KARBIE18 1/21/2010 10:34AM

    I've been without just about every room but the kitchen at least once since I moved in. Don't usually get much time to plan in advance, because DH does the construction, and he's a very impulsive kind of guy. He started the living room one day when I was at work. I came home, and my bedroom and dining room were storage areas for the living room stuff, my bedroom stuff was squeezed into our very small spare room, and my dining room table was in my tiny kitchen. It was just a couple months after I found Flylady, and I finally had my home under control. If I recall correctly, tears were shed.

My dining room started out in a similar fashion. DH decided it was time to take the paneling and plaster down. Less than two days later, he hurt his shoulder and had to stop construction. Finally, after WAY too long, we're about to get the drywall up. I've had to remind myself repeatedly that these are HIS babysteps, and progress is good.

But, my main point, finally, is that doing without those other rooms is a pain, but nothing like a kitchen would be. Way to plan ahead! I know I sound like a broken record, but it will be SOOOOOOO worth it!

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DAYHIKER 1/21/2010 9:21AM

    Ohhhh, that's what it's all about! I had missed your blog yesterday! Oh, cats. They are too smart for our good sometimes! Your plan is good and I hope that the work goes quickly and well so that you'll be back to normal soon! emoticon

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SUGARBABY60 1/21/2010 6:16AM

    Have you seen the Am. Funniest Videos where the cat keeps jumping up with his paws on either side of the door knob until he open the door? No I guess you haven't, ahem... well good luck, ha ha ... Oh and congratulations on the reorganizing your area very smart lady.I agree THE SPARK book has some excellent ideas I am in the midddle of reading it now. it is great! Have a healthy day emoticon

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SEKSUNSHINE 1/21/2010 6:03AM

    I don't envy your job and mess, but I know it's going to be so worth it in the end. Our cats would be out of the laundry room in a flash. They would put their paws under the door and pop it open in a second.

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You are a product of your choices & other sayings

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

I've been collecting quotes & putting them on my tiny dry erase board on my fridge. I may have to buy myself another one just for my quotes! I don't remember where I got the one in my title, but it's so true!

The other two that are there right now:

You can only fail if you quit.

If you kind of track, it kind of works. If you REALLY track, it really works.

We all make choices, every moment of every day. Choices about what to eat, what to do -- whether to move or not, what to think (yes, you really can choose your thoughts). And all those choices add up to who we are.

I made one of my goals to declutter "my" room which was a depository for my stuff (and some not-my stuff) when we moved. This inspired DH to work on "his" room. Good thing, because another goal was to finish our kitchen rennovation. Which is now becoming a reality, a bit quicker than I am actually comfortable with -- they start Thursday (which means I can't go to my WI unless I can find one today that will fit in with my food shopping, which pisses me off. I hate missing meetings).

So now our rooms are a depository for a bunch of stuff from the kitchen. If we hadn't worked on clearing them out, we wouldn't have anywhere to put the stuff temporarily.

I didn't like the idea that they were going to start next week. We're going to knock out two walls, and put in cabinets in an L-shape. The reason I actually didn't like that they were going to start next week was that we won't get the cabinets for at least another month. So we have to live with stuff all pushed around & out of place for an entire month at least.

As many of you know, I spend a lot of time and effort in the kitchen. I have to hold onto the fact that in the end, this will make the kitchen so much more useable -- not to mention user-friendly, because I'll no longer feel like I'm trapped in a sardine can.

We're also enlarging the pantry, which is great because it's a small pantry with a really bad design. But in the meantime it means I've got to completely empty the pantry. Not to mention I have stuff in there I use EVERY day. On the other hand, that part will be done in just a few days and I'll have more space, which should mean I can take some of the food that's in cabinets now and put it in the pantry, clearing up some space.

I also always hate feeling trapped in my own home. I can't really go out while they're here. We're planning to put the dogs in daycare, but I haven't heard back from my daycare person yet. Obviously I'm not going to be able to do a whole lot in my kitchen, either. I spend a lot of time in my kitchen!

Thankfully all my exercise stuff is downstairs, and they'll spend almost all their time upstairs, so I should be able to exercise. It'll still be awkward, but it's gotta be done.

In the end, I'm gonna be happy. Just gotta keep repeating that to myself! Sort of like weight loss, right?

Do you have a plan B? How do you deal with your weight loss journey when life throws you a curveball? Have you been making good choices lately? If your choices have been bad, can you make one good choice for yourself today?

Remember, you are a product of your choices!

Oh, and if you made it to the end of my blatherings, you are in serious need of a spark goodie!

  
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DDHEART 1/20/2010 8:08PM

    Well, it's a stressful process....I was lucky when we did ours, since my husband and I did it ourselves and I made him plan it so that I would only be without a kitchen sink for 2 days....he kept his promise actually I was only without a sink for one day! but it did take a lot of planning and coordination...we tore walls out and totally re-laid out the kitchen and yes it is wonderful now....stressful then.

Anyway, your title brings me to my word of encouragement for you.....

"Choose to be happy" And.....if that doesn't always work, remember that this too shall pass, like a kidney stone with great pain and tears.....but what a relief! emoticon

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HEYRED221 1/20/2010 12:38PM

    Sounds exciting to have your kitchen redone. I know its hard to go thru but the reward will be great. A wonderful kitchen to work in and make your life easier (I hope!) and healthy eating plan even better!!!!

My plan B is to just move if I can. Even if that just means a short walk - that is better than nothing at all. And with food, even if I have a bad day, tomorrow is a new day.

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ASHERAH38 1/20/2010 10:19AM

    Visualize your new kitchen and keep visualizing it until all the work is done. The larger pantry and new cabinets--I am jealous! Can't wait to see the before and after pics.

We truly are the product of our choices. That is such a simple concept and yet so difficult to really grasp. Lately I have been thinking long and hard (perhaps too hard even) about my past choices. Sometimes its hard for me to grasp that the issues I am dealing with are because of my own choices. I can't change the past but I can make good choices today.

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JUSTDUCKY1405 1/20/2010 9:09AM

    Oh, I feel your pain! And wish I was active at SP so I could get my frustrations out when dealing with these sorts of stresses! You are right, and keep saying it, "It's all worth it in the end!" I love my basement now, and can't imagine life before it! You will be blogging soon about how happy you are in your new kitchen! I can see it already!!!

Today, I CHOOSE to take it easy! Very tired, and plan on blogging about it! Maybe I will feel better... lol!

Deep breath in......... deep breath out! YOU ARE DOING THIS! And it too shall soon be in the past!
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MOMMA_GRIZZ 1/20/2010 7:55AM

    You are going to be so happy with your new kitchen - it sounds wonderful. It will be stressful but soooo worth it.

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KARBIE18 1/20/2010 7:23AM

    It will be SOOOOOOO worth it! (And you know I can relate to your construction woes.) Be kind to yourself and use that "trapped" time to do the other things you enjoy - exercise, sketching, painting, etc. and it will be over in no time.

Love the quotes, and the way you post them. LOL on needing another whiteboard!

Have a great day!
Karen

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SEKSUNSHINE 1/20/2010 5:49AM

    Look at the big picture. When you compare the amount time your life will be disrupted to the amount of time you will spend in a kitchen you are happy with it will seem like no time at all.

You know the good truly does out way the bad. Thought I'd give you another one for your quote board.

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My choices matter no matter what the scale says

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Thank you, slimmerjesse. She shared a blog about keeping her motivation despite a long plateau.

I got very tired yesterday afternoon (plenty of good food, so that wasn't the problem -- and not too much, either). The day had turned gray, and so did my thoughts. The old "what's the point if you're not losing the weight?" krept into my mind. Hey, yeah, I really am human, too.

I think part of it started when I pulled on my skinny jeans, the ones that still don't really quite fit, and they felt tighter, not loser. Funny how something like that can send you into a tailspin. I thought I felt lighter over the weekend, and in one moment I felt fat.

But my spark buddy reminded me that the point is that I love the new me. I love that I have the energy (most days) to do more than lay on the couch and watch tv. I love that clothes are so much easier to find. I love that I have no double chin anymore. I love that I've been inspiring DH to take some teeny, tiny baby steps of his own (even if he had a doughnut for breakfast yesterday and a cheeseburger for lunch -- he must've at least been thinking about his choices, because he doesn't even usually tell me what he's eaten).

I still think my biggest problem is figuring out how to eat just a little less food and still be satisfied. Or maybe I just need to be patient. Whatever. I am not the first or last person to hit a plateau.

I will continue to fuel my body with the food it really needs, so that I can feel satisfied and full of energy. I will continue to have a small treat each day. I will continue to move my body because our bodies were created to move.

And I know that all these choices matter no matter what the scale says.

How do you keep your motivation when the scale doesn't budge, or moves in the wrong direction? How do you keep reminders of all the healthy changes you've made?

  
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RUN2BEFREE 1/19/2010 9:22PM

    What you said in your blog really spoke to me. Choices do matter... I have to continually remind myself that what I put in my mouth will show up on my rear end. And, if I do that often enough, the old me will come back... and the mirror would not like that.

Thanks for reminding me that each meal and each time I want to stay home from the gym is a choice that may affect the clothes I wear and my feelings about myself.

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KEAKMAN 1/19/2010 9:01PM

    How do I keep my moitvation when the scale doesn't budge? You mean for the past 11 months??

YOU!

And all my other Sparkfriends. You guys are the ones to keep me trying, thinking, and being honest. Y'all are the ones who boost me up.

I am glad that slimmerjesse did that for you. Remember, there are others of us out here cheering you on, loving how great you look already, and wishing that we could paint! emoticon

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JUSTDUCKY1405 1/19/2010 12:53PM

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And you are doing it! By getting your thoughts out and sharing here! And by coming back, even when you don't feel like you are 'succeeding'... because you are! It's remembering what to be grateful for! To see how far you have come! You know what you gotta do! And it is happening!

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HEYRED221 1/19/2010 11:09AM

    emoticon I just remind myself where I was before I started all this and how unhappy I was with my body, my self image, etc. And I also think about how I feel now, my energy level is so much better, I feel more confident, my clothes fit better, I am sleeping better.

I know how you feel, I think we all do. But just remember we are all here for each other! That helps a lot too :-)

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Carolyn

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SLCB1023 1/19/2010 10:06AM

    I have been on many plateaus, some of them months long not days or weeks. But I keep reminding myself that this is just how I live now. I can't go back to my old way of life where I would have run out and binged on some sweet treats or skipped my exercises. That is not the way normal sized people live and that is not how I live anymore. I am after progress not perfection. Progress is sticking with the plan!! emoticon

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BZYBOYSMOM 1/19/2010 9:54AM

    emoticon No words of wisdom from me.... It is not easy but it is worth it! Funny I had the same experience with a pair of jeans yesterday and I did let it derail me. But back on track today!

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SLIMMERJESSE 1/19/2010 9:34AM

    Thanks so much. Very sweet. The important lesson for me was learning that I could lose my motivation, and yet come out the other side and get back on track again. Once I'd gone through that process, I now don't worry about myself falling off the proverbial wagon. I know that I am getting stronger in making the right decisions. Have a wonderful day.

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SHISHYCAT 1/19/2010 7:25AM

    I had a similar day yesterday. And it's creeping into today. But you're right - our choices do matter. We just have to keep thinking that. Because if we continually choose badly, we'll just be right back where we were. That's what I keep telling myself!

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KARBIE18 1/19/2010 7:18AM

    I've had that day you describe - the one when I'm feeling thinner, and I try something on and it feels tighter, and then instantly feel fat. Those are the times I make myself remember how far I've come. I remind myself how hard I worked to get into 12s, then 10s, then 8s. Sometimes it seemed like for ever, but one day, they just fit. It was always just a matter of time. And it still is.

I think coming here on SP is what keeps me sane. We are definitely not alone - slimmerjesse is the perfect example. And, as I know you know, getting discouraged isn't going to help anything. Never giving up is the only way to do it. And we WILL do it.

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ZOLLINGERMOMOF3 1/19/2010 6:27AM

    I try to remember how unhappy I am with myself when I totally give up on healthy choices. I don't want to go back there...ever! Thanks for sharing!

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SEKSUNSHINE 1/19/2010 6:22AM

    My motivation is the mirror. I really like the way I look and don't want to see the old reflection return.

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Exercise vs activity

Monday, January 18, 2010

People often seemed to be wowed by the amount of exercise sparkpoints I accumulate. And yes, I do get a fair amount of exercise into my days. Walking the dogs at the very least half an hour most days (usually more, but occasionally it's too cold or snowy for a walk). That's not much exercise, really -- the walks are slow & there's lots of stopping. But it's still exercise.

And then I usually do either an exercise DVD for anywhere from 30 - 45 minutes later on in the day, or run for 30 minutes. Sometimes I might even throw in another 10-15 minutes of some sort of exercise.

So yes, most days I'm exercising about an hour and a half a day. I feel very lucky that I can afford that much time in exercise, because it seems to be what my body needs.

But there's a vast difference between exercising and being active, and I'm still working on that one. Being active means you're not just sitting on your butt all day. It means you walk instead of driving when you can. You take the stairs instead of the elevator when you can. You garden. You shovel your driveway by hand -- a case in point this morning.

We got a bit of snow overnight. DH asked if I wanted him to leave me something to shovel, and I told him no, knock yourself out (because he doesn't get in much exercise AND he's not very active). Only I hear the snow blower going. Well, he does have to get to work, I'll give him that. The dogs have been fed, so I could join him, but I think I'll let him get in that little bit of activity for today.

I do find that as the weight has come off, I may not exactly be more active, but I'm not as sedentary. I don't watch a whole lot of tv during the day most days. An hour of the news in the morning -- it's cuddle time for me & 3 of the fur babies. The rest of the stuff I tape and watch while I'm on the treadmill.

Unfortunately most of my hobbies are sedentary -- painting, knitting, drawing, reading, even cooking/baking. And that is why exercise is so important to me -- because I know the truth is I'm a sedentary person, so I have to combat that with exercise.

Are you active? Are you more active now than before SP? Has exercise become a habit yet? If not, what's getting in the way?

On a side note, I try to pick a goal to work on daily. And I'm trying to brainstorm a long list of goals so I can just pick one from my list & write it on my dry erase board, but I'm having a bit of a block. Some of the usual suspects are really second nature to me now: drink my water, get in some exercise, track my food, plan my day. What kind of short term goals do you have for your weight loss journey?

  
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HEYRED221 1/18/2010 2:00PM

    I am definitely more active than I used to be. As I get healthier, lose weight, my energy level has risen. I don't nap like I used too, I have the energy to clean house, go for a walk or hike, or just do my errands without being all wiped out. I get in a lot of my exercise/activity at work too. I work at a university, so I walk all over campus to do my errands, instead of driving to locations on and off campus. I walk to the post office, bank, my parents house, etc. It has helped a lot.

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HEALTHY4JEANNE 1/18/2010 1:00PM

    Hmm, I use to be sedentary. I use to watch tv. I crave the outside now. Enough to go out on a cold cold day and let my face get really cold. l love shoeing, almost as much as swimming. I love climbing up a really big hill. If I am alone. I put my old vintage shuffle on an make myself go!
It clears my head. It gives me ideas to blog about. I love it.
I am glad that i have changed.
Although I am very sedentary when i spark. LOL
:) Jeanne

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ASHERAH38 1/18/2010 12:22PM

    I find that I do tend to gravitate more towards being active than formal exercise. And this has always been easy for me. I often run errands on foot and would even take the bus to work 2 or 3 times a week. But last year, I allowed other stressors to throw even the things I enjoy out of whack. So now I am in the process of rebuilding being active again. But to get my body to being back to being in active-mode again, I am starting off by doing my favorite exercise--walking.

As for goals, I mentally pick a goal to work on that day or week. Lately these have centered on drinking more water, curbing evening snacking and being more active.

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KEAKMAN 1/18/2010 9:43AM

    I found that wearing a pedometer and setting a step goal really helped me to maintain a higher level of activity each day. I had to march in place while ironing. I carried a thousand things up and down the stairs rather than being my normal efficient self and only taking two trips. Maybe a daily mini goal could be Xnumber of steps each day....

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SLIMMERJESSE 1/18/2010 9:40AM

    I think that any amount of any kind of exercise is so much better than none. And you are consistently faithful to an active lifestyle. Keep up the good work. Not everyone needs to run marathons to be considered successful. You do great.

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SLCB1023 1/18/2010 9:28AM

    I was pretty active before SP since I had been following my healthy lifestyles for over 2 years by then. My job is very sedentary so I try to walk to someone's office instead of calling and get up and move every hour or so. I even have my eleastic bands at work so I can get in some exercises and stretches with them.

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JUSTDUCKY1405 1/18/2010 8:19AM

    Sometimes I can't get over how insync you are with what's going on in my mind... lol! But, I guess we are somewhat all on the same journey! I've been contemplating your subject heading, and actually went to bed thinking about it last night!

I could relate to your snow blower story! I won't even let my husband buy one! Why? Because... it get's me out of the house, moving, 'exercising', and I count it in my minutes for sure, and taking in the fresh air, when I normally would be nice and toasty warm in my house!

I know what you mean about a sedentary life! I am trying, and becoming sucessful, I think anyways... lol, at becoming a more active 'housewife'...lol! Reading "The Skinny Housewife" by an author who actually lives in my small home city... brought my awareness to the concept of exercising at every oppurtunity!

Examples... leg raises while doing dishes or laundry! Wall pushups on your counter while waiting for something in the microwave, squats while blow drying your hair, leg curls while sitting in your chair, and so on. I am sure you get the picture! It's finding ways to incorporate more activity into your day without actually making time for it! VERY COOL CONCEPT SHE HAS, and is now becoming apart of what I do! Although, I admit, I wasn't doing if 'faithfully' until recently again! But, that is just the babystep mentality gaining momentum! Wahoo!!!

Again... one would think this is my blog... but you always inspire so many things to share... lol!

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SEKSUNSHINE 1/18/2010 8:16AM

    I understand you very well on the difference between exercise and being active. I'm not as active since cold weather is here and that bums me out. I do like to be outside and doing something. I like to be active, but it's harder in the winter.

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