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Health Encouragement and Motivation

Saturday, May 04, 2013

A few of these are my quotes and statements, but the majority are ones I found on the internet and on SparkPeople's Motivation section. These have all been very encouraging and motivating to me. They remind me to keep trying, keep dreaming, and to never give up on my goals. I find that writing these on sticky notes, index cards, and on mirrors (with dry erase markers) helps me to remember them.

3 Simple Rules In Life
1. If you do not go after what you want, you'll never have it
2. If you do not ask, the answer will always be no
3. If you do not step forward, you will always be in the same place

-I can't or I won't?
-Can you do it today? Just today?
-Commit to just 10 minutes of exercise a day. It makes such a huge difference both mentally and physically. Plus, on most days, after 10 minutes you'll just want to keep going!

~Celebrate every victory no matter how small.
~Change doesn't happen overnight
~One day at time, one bite at a time, one step at a time
~More energy and confidence, better sleep, get sick less, less doctor bills and prescription bills, wear cuter clothes

~Distract yourself from temptations/cravings
~When you talk to yourself, ALWAYS be positive. Say things like I am ready to, I want to, I would love to, and CUT OUT comments like, I have to, I need to and I have got to. These latter comments make this one more burden you have added to your life.
~Giving up is not an option.
~Pick yourself up, and try, try, try again
~Forgive yourself. It's okay if you aren't perfect. You're human.

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GOODLANDGAL3 11/16/2013 5:37PM

  emoticon This was very encouraging to read.

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Running: Outside Vs. Treadmill

Thursday, April 25, 2013

A couple of years ago I started running on a treadmill about 4 days a week. At that time in my life running on a treadmill made sense to me and it worked for a little while. The gym was convenient since it was on my college campus, I could watch TV while working out (I didn't have a TV in my dorm), and I could socialize with friends and classmates. Eventually running in place did get boring and my only motivation became the TV. Luckily I was taking several fitness classes like Martial Arts, Kayaking, Racquetball, Tap Dance, and Aeorbic Walking so I did still exercise during those years.

Now that I've started running again I'm don't feel like a slave to the treadmill. I don't currently have a gym membership, but will get one soon so I can start taking Zumba, Pilates, and swimming classes. The only time I think about getting back on a treadmill now is when the weather is bad. Right now I forego TV time and listen to music when I run and sometimes I just listen to the birds singing around me. I actually enjoy running outside now and its more rewarding than being cooped up in a gym. I love that I can run and actually reach a destination (another street, neighborhood, park...) unlike a treadmill where you run in place and never get anywhere.

Being outdoors is freeing. Its refreshing to feel the sunshine, the cool breeze, see animals, flowers, and neighbors. I've become much more observant now that I run outside. I notice other people around me, pay more attention to cars and can determine which direction their coming from, and I've learned not to stress out every time a dog barks or runs up to me.

I'm excited to start this journey of running and see where it takes me! I'm looking for a 5K race to run in the next few months to get started and I'm looking forward to running the Cooper River Bridge Run next year!

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KBOSEM0600 4/25/2013 4:34PM

    Thanks everyone! @ RADIANT888 Thats a good idea! I've seen some bikes before that can power other devices. I can't remember where, but its pretty cool!

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RADIANT888 4/25/2013 3:51PM

    Good luck with the 5K. I'm 'running' on an elliptical until my fitness improves - but the ultimate goal is road running which I hear works wonders. I have a x-trainer at home but I used to go to a gym and I used to find it so comical to be on a row of treadmills with everyone furiously sprinting away and no one going anywhere. At the very least those things should be hooked up to dynamos so that they produce electricity for the gym. emoticon emoticon

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THE_SHAKESHAFT 4/25/2013 3:43PM

    Running outside is so liberating. Good luck with your 5k!

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Back on track thanks to positive thinking

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

I've finally gotten back in the groove of exercising again. The past month has been a great one for me and I've finally gotten in the habit of exercising! It feels so good to be exercising again! emoticon

It took alot of motivation, reading success stories, quotes, and ways to build healthy habits for me to get back on track. I've started to focus on the positive things in life and not dwell on the negative. This has helped me tremendously and instead of getting discouraged I keep on trying.

As soon as I get home from work, I change into my workout clothes, eat a small snack, and exercise. I used to come home, eat dinner, and watch TV. Now I exercise instead of watching TV right away. I really enjoy being able to walk and run outside in the nice cool weather. I brought my phone to listen to the radio, but it was actually more relaxing to listen to the birds and look at nature all around me. I've actually met several other people in my neighborhood who are walking too. After exercising, I feel energized, happier, confident, and more focused. I'm less likely to waste my time with meaningless activities (mostly TV and surfing the internet). I actually spend more time outside, and more time talking with friends and family. Its actually quite refreshing to take a break from technology and relax in nature.

I'm not looking forward to the dog days of summer, but I'm making the most of the nice weather while it lasts. I'm planning to join a gym in the next month, probably the YMCA since they have a pool, treadmill, and offer zumba, pilates, and yoga classes. It'll be nice to have a place to exercise when its raining, humid, or 100 degrees., since its no fun to be outside then.

Below are some of the quotes that inspire and motivate me. emoticon

"Remember, nothing changes if nothing changes"

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit." ~Aristotle

Whether you think you can or you think you can't...either way, you are right! ~Henry Ford

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” - Zig Ziglar (this one always makes me laugh!)

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AGGIELIZ 4/23/2013 5:07PM

    good for you, well done. I really liked the quote about motivation and bathing too. Might steal that one! emoticon

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Salads and Change

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

So I have a weird relationship with salads. I'll eat lots of salads for weeks on end to the point that I get sick of them. Then I won't eat any for months. Maybe I'm just bored or sick of them.

Anyhow yesterday I had a salad with an amazing ginger dressing at a Thai restaurant. Here's the thing-I didn't actually want a salad but my meal came with soup or salad and seeing that its 100 degrees out, I chose the salad. Turns out I loved it!
who knew that trying a different dressing can make the whole salad better? Not me. I love my Italian and Greek dressings and I'm such a creature of habit, so trying something new is hard. I'm always worried I'll buy a bottle of dressing and hate it, but I guess it wouldn't hurt to try.

I've found that I'll eat salad if it's served in front of me and even more so when I don't have to make it.

Later that night I went by Chick-fil-a and got my 2nd salad of the day. it did have chicken strips and yummy but not so healthy spicy dressing but a salad's a salad right? And it's still more vegetables that I normally eat.

Changing how I eat has been a slow process, but tracking my foods on SparkPeople again has helped tremendously. I forgot that the nutrition reports show salt, fat, sugar, and where my calories are coming from as well as what the recommended values are. This has been so helpful because I can see what I need to change.

Now I just need to focus on exercising more.

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ROADRUNNER201 7/10/2012 1:57PM

    I remember my first semester of college I ate two salads a day for 15 weeks. Second semester, I couldn't even look at a salad;-) Our dressing options were limited...

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learning to enjoy exercise

Sunday, February 20, 2011

. This past week I worked out 4 times. One of them I was absolutely miserable the whole time I was working out. It may have been because I was studying for a test while working out & also sleep deprived. I've noticed when I'm sick or really tired I can't perform at my best and have to do shorter less intense workouts.

After that horrible day, a friend& I decided to be workout buddies. Since we made that commitment I've been more dedicated to exercise & healthier eating habits. We even woke up at 730am to workout before class. That is a miracle in and of itself. Once we we're up and going it wasn't so bad. I was able to eat healthier all day long.

I'm trying to find exercises I enjoy, because when I enjoy it, I'll do it more. I actually wanted to run Sat, so I got up and went to the gym & did running/walking intervals for an hour. It felt so good & I enjoyed it!
It's nice when I don't have to struggle to motivate myself to exercise emoticon
Also I'm trying to eat less meat & actually like veggie burgers! Since I've been exercising more I have to eat healthy to have energy for my day and workouts.

I'm so glad I'm finally moving in a positive directon. Thanks God for all the encouragement & motivation!

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WALLAHALLA 2/20/2011 6:42PM

    We can learn a lot from children. They get their best exercise by playing. Its fun to play. I like to remember all the fun stuff I liked to do as a kid, and do it with my child. We can both burn a lot of calories just playing silly kid games. Not to mention the good memories we are building. I see no reason not to have "play dates" with my friends as well. For me, getting into the right frame of mind is 90% of the exercise battle.

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