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A Fitness Trophy... Really? Me?

Friday, September 14, 2012

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I received a SparkPeople Fitness Trophy this morning - 500 minutes in a month. I received one last month, but it didn't really connect. This month it did.

I have always hated exercise. I was often sick as a child and was never good at competitive sports. I always felt "less than" in PE class.

Funny thing is that I have been remembering a lot of the physical activities that I enjoyed as a child: riding my bicycle with my cousin, taking "hikes" on the paths along the creek at our local park and sledding in the winter.

It hit me this morning. I DO like exercise. I like riding my bicycle, taking long walks, dancing (Yay Zumba!) and even using my Total Gym! What I didn't like was that feeling that I had to be at the same level of fitness as others.

So, excuse my while I go polish up my fitness trophy and decide how I will be active today!

  
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SLAYINGDRAGONS 9/14/2012 7:11PM

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FARRAH511 9/14/2012 11:23AM

    Congratulations!

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Keeping on Track While the World Moves On

Tuesday, September 11, 2012



It has been so much fun having family visit. I have so little family and it has been great to be surrounded by love and affection. However, it has been challenging to stay within my calorie goal with meals eaten out and cooking special family favorites. I've been walking the dog regularly with Mom and the walks have been extra long because we have been enjoying our private talks. But, I have struggled to fit in my "extra" workouts that I have been doing.

That being said, I stepped on the scale this morning and had lost 1 pound. With houseguests! Yeah Marcy!

Even better, the other day Mom turned to me and said that she was proud of me because she could see that I was choosing to eat healthy and wasn't on a crazy diet. She had noticed that I was having a small serving of the peach cobbler for dessert, but had eaten a larger salad with my dinner.

Clearly I am learning self-control!

  
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SILLYLILME 9/11/2012 3:09PM

  Way to stay on track!!

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New Challenge - House Guests

Friday, September 07, 2012



I have family in town. House guests. I'm happy to have them here. It was wonderful to sit around the table after dinner last night sharing stories and laughing until my sides hurt (ab workout?). But, it is different having other people around when I'm just getting the hang of my workout routine and my new and improved eating plan.

So, while I am looking forward to all of our activities this weekend, I am also working hard to think about how I will meet my nutrition and fitness goals each day without the big, dramatic: I AM ON A DIET mentality.

Because I'm not on a diet. I now choose to eat foods which are healthy for me and I choose to be active and exercise daily. I am choosing healthy lifestyle.

This will be a fun weekend, I just need to stay one step ahead of my old self!

  


I Can Feel the Changes. Can You?

Wednesday, September 05, 2012



Last week I was disappointed to see that the scale had not moved after working so hard. This week when I weighed in I had lost 6 pounds! But I've felt almost nervous as though it might not be real. I've logged it. I've acknowledged it. But I haven't owned it.

There has been so many times in the past where the number on the scale dictated my mood for the day or event the week. It is easy for me to become obsessed by the number. So, I am a little leery of it.

As a result, I have decided to make a list of the changes that I've noticed that have nothing to do with the scale.

1. My pants are looser and I keep having to pull them up. Yeah!
2. My legs are stronger. I have noticed that I am not having to use my arms to help pull myself up.
3. I can feel my abdominal muscles. I've definitely been working them out!
4. I can walk farther than I thought! I've walked to places that I would have driven to in the past. I'm getting exercise and saving gas!
5. My dog is tired. I've been walking so much more that I've worn out my elderly daschaund!
6. I am sleeping more soundly.
7. I am enjoying fruit more.
8. People at work are commenting on my "nice salads".
9. I look forward to incorporating a different method of exercise into my day.
10. I feel good about myself for sticking to my commitment to change my lifestyle.

So, I'm curious, what changes are you seeing in your life that surprise you?

  
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BICKEY11 9/7/2012 10:51AM

    Accept it! It is more likely that your ZERO loss of last week was wrong and this 6 lbs should just be splitting the differnce! Congrats! emoticon

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ALISHAB3 9/5/2012 2:13PM

    emoticonYou deserve to accept the number. You were probably thinner, but had some retained water. Its pretty common for us weight loss types to drop some water and then the fat loss is more apparent.

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I AM Healthy, Fit and Strong!

Tuesday, September 04, 2012



The photo above is me in 2010 before I regained most of the weight that I had lost (on an unhealthy diet plan). But I love this picture because I was feeling good about myself and willing to try physical challenges, including climbing rocks at the beach.

I know that food choices and calories are important. But as I have reflected over the times in my life that I have felt the best about myself, it has been when I have been physically active.

Yesterday I walked across town to the post office. Now, I could have waited until today to drop the bills in the mail as I drove past the post office to work, but I wouldn't have the satisfaction of having accomplished one of my goals. I know know that my typical Saturday morning errands (library, post office, etc.) are IN WALKING DISTANCE! I have the ability to walk to where I need to go and know that I can make it back.

This is not another diet, another weight loss plan. This is my new life. This is my new mantra:

I AM healthy, fit and strong!

Blessings!

  
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DEBBYNATION 9/4/2012 11:26AM

    U CAN DO IT - Stay motivated! :)

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JILLITA55 9/4/2012 11:25AM

    I am 57 and working on doing more outside exercises. It's great to work out and enjoy the view. You have a terriffic day too

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MEXGAL1 9/4/2012 11:14AM

    I am so glad to hear that your new mantra is that this is not another diet, another weight loss plan.....After 60 years of living, I finally figured this out and once I made the decision to make life style changes it made all the difference in the world. check out my blog..."a tail of two butts" and you will see it can be done!
Have a terrific day!

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