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Figuring it out

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Iíve been thinking about why I love to snuggle up and read a good book for relaxation, and why I donít really think about exercise in the same way. Thereís something about sitting quietly and letting go of the dayís concerns, immersed in a book.

How can I get to the place where I look forward to taking a walk or working out in the gym or riding a bike? Frankly, I exercise because I have to, not because itís a joy.

Probably, reading is a place to hide. A place to regroup. A place where Iím not on display (like I am at work.) So I guess I need to get over being such a private person! That probably wonít happen overnight, but I can make small steps.

Hereís to the small steps!

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    Yes they are two different activities. Reading is very therapeutic but then so is exercise. We see the rewards of exercise when we have more energy, mobility and the inches decreasing because of the calories burned!
Hope I've convinced you Kate!!LOL!!

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EBLOOMING 3/9/2010 2:15AM

    Kate, there is something to be said for a good book...and I think you said it. emoticon Your right about the solitude and the quietness with no one asking anything of you but pure enjoyment.
Relaxation is a good thing. I was reading tonight and felt guilty because I should be excercising. Not a good thing...no guilt I mean. emoticon I figure it means that i just need to relax with a book and nothing is expected. Oh, I guess I said that. It is getting late. Time to go ni night. emoticon emoticon

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2010: A New Year, A New Decade

Friday, January 01, 2010

This year Iíd like to reach the following:
185 by April 1 (5 lbs per month)
170 by Aug 1
155 by Oct 1

Walk 30 minutes 6 days per week
Strength train 3 days 30 mins ea per week
Maybe ride bike in April
Start hiking in March or when weather allows
Sign up for a class: water aerobics or something?

Sign up for a Bible Study
SingÖ every day
Maybe piano lessons

Go on a photo shoot after a month of making goals
Consider a weekend away
Invite a friend to lunch
Have a Sunday lunch with friends here at the house
Have housecleaner clean
Start swimming
Get hair cut
Attend symphony
Go to a play
Book a river raft trip after losing 30 lbs
Hawaii or island at 50 lbs (better start saving!)
Long term photo class
Knitting class
Join a choir

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SMVLCT1 1/1/2010 5:37PM

    sounds like you have every thing ready to go for this year.good luck

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

emoticon I'm working out of this schlumppp... beginning with daily entering my food, even if it's what I don't want to see. I think the daily nutrition diary is what will bring me back on track.

emoticon I'm breaking through the "I don't give a rip" attitude, and heading back to being purposeful about my existence.

emoticon And I'm spending time each morning with the Lover of my soul: Jesus. I'm speaking His Word out lout: I can do all things through Christ, Who strengthens me! (It helps to know that He loves me just as I am.)

emoticonThe toughest part is finding the time to exercise, even for a half hour, each day. I know this needs to be a priority. I'm getting there.

emoticon With all the economic changes going on around me, I'm working on not feeding my frustration with food, but, rather, handing it over to the One Who can help.


Counting my blessings.... (if you read this, you are one of them! May God bless you!)

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GRANDMANANCY 10/13/2009 4:43PM

    Start by singing praise songs to Him who is worthy!

That picks me up every single time!

You can do this KAte..You are worth it.... Come on dear Sister... Let's get on track and go for the greatest health of our entire lives!!!



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EBLOOMING 10/13/2009 3:14AM

    You are getting there...I admire your ability to lay it all out and your working towards the goal. I am learning from you blog Kate. Thanks! Elaine emoticon And counting your blessings...yes that will cover a lot of things. The Rain...God says is a blessing from Himself.

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Goal Review

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Itís the first of July and Iím looking at what motivates me to continue this journey. When Iím down, I can look at this list and change my attitude! Since these are things I want for myself, not someone else telling me what I should want, Iím more likely to say ďYup, I want those things!Ē

1. My body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, and I want it to be a pleasant place for Him to dwell. emoticon

2. I donít want diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, or any disease that can be prevented by having a healthy body. emoticon

3. I want to change my lifestyle to one that is active. I enjoy moving, I just need to get to it and find what fits my time frame and something I would enjoy.
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4. I want to look in the mirror and smile at what I see. emoticon

5. I want to wear a bathing suit with my head held high. emoticon

6. I want to be able to tromp on the beach without huffing. emoticon

7. I want to dance with joy!

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JANETELIZABETH1 7/5/2009 11:14AM

    Well done Kate!
It's good to make a list of goals and review them often. As we meet our goals we may need to make some new ones too.

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LINDA25427 7/3/2009 7:38AM

    Thank you reading your blog made me feel better.Have been up most of the night with stomach ache.(diverticulitis)/ Hope you have a great day.

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YARDWALKER 7/1/2009 8:56PM

    You willfind that the more you do the more you want to do. I have two mini trampolines, one out back by the pond, one down in my fitness room, also a strationary bike on the deck. I love being outdoors in our yard and I can workout and still be home and outside. You will find a variety of things you enjoy. My favorites change often.

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EBLOOMING 7/1/2009 2:36PM

    These are great goals to go forward with and to look back on if you get in a slump. You are an inspriation to me. ...a breath of fresh air....and sunshine. Elaine emoticon

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GRANDMANANCY 7/1/2009 1:19PM

    Kate! you are such a blessing... I need to re-think my goals...and get with it!!!


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NEECYANNE56 7/1/2009 1:06PM

    Me too! Thanks for sharing!


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Exercise To Live For

Saturday, June 20, 2009

I canít say that I enjoy exercise. I donít wake up in the morning and say to myself ďIím excited about getting up and going out to move!Ē I DO get up excited about finishing a book, or planting a flower, or talking to my family, or having lunch with a friend.

So, is that the difference between me and skinny people? Do they chomp at the bit to get moving? Do they live to exercise?

When I go to the gym, the people around me are fun, and the conversation is good, and I work hard and burn calories. When I go for a brisk walk, I get Ďer done and return refreshed. When I dig in the garden, and then come in, I feel satisfied and ďgoodĒ tired. But thatís not what Iím looking forward to doing. Curling up with a good book is so satisfyingÖ maybe even peaceful.

So, Iím looking for an attitude adjustment! It probably goes deeper than ďI just donít feel like it!Ē And thatís where Iím exploring, so that I can look forward to moving every day and enjoying it. Maybe looking beyond ďpeacefulĒ and into, I donít know, um, joyful? Exuberant? as I burn those calories!

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GRANDMANANCY 6/20/2009 8:29PM

    I love a good book too... I found a couple years ago that I had to limit my reading to just Bible....during the spring/summer...why? Because I could not get everything done that needed done...and one of the things I needed was to exercise! Find something you like...bicycle? curves? walking the dog? zumba class? Go Katie! You are way to cool a lady to lay around.....get up and go find something that you like!

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1D1W1Y 6/20/2009 6:24PM

    It has to fit you ... sometimes when I am riding the bike (inside stationary) I will read. I know I probably do not have my intensity up because I am reading but I figure... I could just be lying in bed reading so ... I am doing better than that :)

Music, envisioning a special event or what you would wear ... alot of the time just thinking about how good that shower/bath is going to feel when I get finished. :)

Do what works for you....

Be well

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