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Embracing the dark of the year

Friday, November 11, 2011

The last couple days have not been good ones for me, and I think I need a change in attitude. As we move toward Yule, it's easy to fall into the pattern of wanting to hibernate and then being mad at myself for being "lazy." I'm going to try a new approach this year. Instead of trying to push myself through this, I'm going to embrace it. I'm going to focus less on getting in tons of aerobics and more on yoga and stretching. I'm going to let myself eat the hearty kinds of foods that this time of year triggers, but control portions better. Let's see if that changeup helps.

  
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EUPHRATES 11/13/2011 2:15PM

    Sounds like an *excellent* plan to me!
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TTLEELEE 11/11/2011 10:59PM

    I love your positive and proactive plan. emoticon Don't forget there is always shoveling snow for exercise emoticon

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COLEENCOLE 11/11/2011 8:18AM

    Good attitude. I am hoping to lose a bit more before Thanksgiving and then maintain until after the holidays.

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EMGERBER 11/11/2011 8:04AM

    Great plan, you are in a good position to succeed.

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Nacho cheese temptation

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Damn you Doritos.

:-(

  


I am NOT working out today!!!

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

That's what I told myself when I woke up. Nope, not working out. I slept badly and I'm tired and sore.

That's what I told myself as I pulled on my workout clothes. No way am I working out. I'm still getting over my chest cold and I need more rest.

That's what I told myself as I tied my shoes. I'm simply not up to this, it's not a big deal if I take today off.

That's what I told myself as I filled my water bottle. I've been sick for a week, I didn't work out yesterday and everyone knows that it's best to restart your exercise program on a Monday.

That's what I told myself as I walked downstairs. I wasn't going down there to work out; I had wash that needed to go into the dryer.

That's what I told myself as I picked up my dumbbells. This isn't going to really be a workout; I'm too tired and weak.

An hour later, as I cooled down and stretched, I was really glad that I'd told myself I wasn't working out.

Now I'm telling myself that this afternoon I'm not walking to the post office and then the community center to vote.

  
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EUPHRATES 11/13/2011 2:17PM

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Haha! You rawk!

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JACKI1033 11/9/2011 2:24PM

    Great blog!

This is my inner monologue a few times a week!

I love it when exercise just becomes what we do, no matter what we tell ourselves!

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HONBAD 11/9/2011 1:56PM

    Good for you pushing yourself! You should be proud!

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COLEENCOLE 11/8/2011 4:12PM

    Great way of putting it.

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LJCANNON 11/8/2011 11:46AM

    emoticonI am glad that I am not the only one who has that conversation with myself.
emoticonWhat's REALLY Funny is when I tell my Husband "Let's go for a walk. We only have to walk for 10 minutes." He is married to a Habitual Liar!

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SUSAN134 11/8/2011 11:10AM

    LOL...isn't it amazing what a little reverse psychology can do! Good for you - that is awesome!!!

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PROJECTLOSEIT 11/8/2011 10:44AM

    Hah, this was great! Congratulations on standing your ground! I think I'm totally not going to work out today, either!

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Well, there's your problem!

Friday, November 04, 2011

Turns out that a good deal of my sad mood was because I was coming down with a terrible chest cold that's had me hacking up a lung all week. I am getting a little better, but walking up and down the stairs more than once has me coughing hard again. I went out yesterday for a couple client meetings and was completely wiped out by the time I got home.

Needless to say, there hasn't been any exercise this week.

It's frustrating to feel okay when I'm sitting still, which leads me to feel guilty that I'm not working out. But I have to remember to be good to myself and give myself time to recover or it will just last longer.

Grr.

  
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COLEENCOLE 11/7/2011 10:33AM

    I hope you are feeling better this week.

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AIRPEACH 11/6/2011 2:17PM

    I hope you feel better soon! Try to give yourself the time you need to recover.
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EUPHRATES 11/5/2011 1:13PM

    *hugs* Lots of fluids and water, and watch your food intake - lots of freggies to get those great vitamins into your system.
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Hang in there sweetie! Hope you feel better soon!
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MISSG180 11/5/2011 11:22AM

    Resting a bit is definitely my plan, though I'm getting antsy. But a walk around the block last night left me coughing. No fun.

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APPLESBANANAS 11/4/2011 7:48PM

    Oh not fun :( Hopefully if you rest a little it will resolve even sooner. Feel better!

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ILLINITEACHER52 11/4/2011 6:29PM

  I'm trying to recover from the same thing. I hope you are on you are on your way to feeling better!

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K1TT3N 11/4/2011 11:41AM

    I was dealing with that earlier this week. I hope you feel better soon!

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MISSG180 11/4/2011 11:25AM

    This time of year is AWFUL for colds! It's so hard to be patient, though!

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AMANDASHRINKING 11/4/2011 11:17AM

    im right there with ya I cant breath or laugh or exercise without dying we will get better though and hopefully soon good luck girly Ill be thinking of your good health

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TRACEYROCK 11/4/2011 11:17AM

    I'm having the same problem. Fighting a cold and feeling like I am just using it as an excuse not to exercise, instead of congratulating myself for eating well and taking care of my body so that it will recover from the cold quicker. You are doing to right thing by taking it easy. Here's some soup to speed up your recovery. emoticon

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Thhhppt

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

I would like to be writing a glowing post-con report about how much fun I had at World Fantasy (and I did), but for some reason today I am feeling like simply crying incessantly or crawling back into bed. This is not the start of November I was looking for. It can go about its business and move along.

My house also looks like it was ransacked by ADD pirates: they made a mess, but forgot to actually take anything. I am intellectually aware that this is not improving my mood, but cannot muster the energy to get off the couch and do anything about it.

What I am is a crabby 4-year-old. I'm bored by what I'm doing, but don't want to do anything else, either. The only difference is that I'm old enough to know that flinging myself to the floor in a tantrum would only result in additional joint pain and bruises later.

Fingers crossed that tomorrow I will be better. Messages of encouragement and love gladly accepted.

  
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SPATTERS3 11/2/2011 8:43AM

    *hug* buck up, lil buddy. Love your "starry night" background picture.

Now pick up the mess !

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COLEENCOLE 11/2/2011 7:50AM

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MISSG180 11/1/2011 3:52PM

    NStar, I try never to take myself TOO seriously - that's a sure way to hang onto such a mood for a long time. I'm amused by your image of rock throwing. Thanks for making me smile a bit.

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3016DEBRA 11/1/2011 3:51PM

  emoticonlol...We all have those kinda days. Go ahead and scream if you want! It might help. Tomorrow is a new day so get it out of your system and start fresh. emoticon emoticon

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NSTARSMITH 11/1/2011 3:43PM

    Oh, wow, that is one crummy mood you got goin' on there. I am assuming that the title - thhhppt - is a transliteration of the sound you are making ... Well, a seriously bad mood is not cast in concrete, or you would not be even slightly humorous about it in your blog. Actually, if it were me, I would be so locked into the possession of the grumpies I would not even blog. I would stand on the edge of my street and throw rocks at passersby! Ooops - just joking! Look, you have the self-awareness to to know the pouty 4 year old is tantrum-prone and you are lying low. And you are trying to slide in a slightly less serious point of view. Keep up the good work! Crying and screaming releases endorphins that will make you feel better! emoticon

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BARBARASDIET 11/1/2011 3:40PM

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