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It's actually *not* decision time

Thursday, June 16, 2011

So a couple of months ago, in early April, I MADE A DECISION. I decided that even though I was unemployed and living on savings, I would prioritize my health: I would pay the enrollment fee and join a gym (with a contract) and start working out. After the day I signed up (on which I did not work out), I didn't go back until Monday.

That's Monday, June 13th. It's been easy for me over the course of my life to make a decision to take action. The harder part for me has always been following through. I've worked out at the gym 3 days in a row now (I actually really like it there). I had no desire to go tonight - I was tired, my contacts were bothering me, etc., etc... but I did it anyway. Not because I made a decision to do it, but because I just put one foot in front of the other until I'd met my goal.

It feels much better to actually *do* the right thing than to "make a decision" to do the right thing. Can anyone relate?

  
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LIV2RIDE 6/16/2011 8:50PM

    Good for you! I always feel so much better after the workout. I'm glad you are getting it done!

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Disfigured

Sunday, June 27, 2010

I saw an incredible movie today called "Disfigured". It is available for streaming on Netflix if you have a subscription there. It is a tiny movie that probably got no attention, but I wish every woman (person?) everywhere could watch it. It stars real women with real bodies and real problems, trying to help each other (sometimes badly) and trying to find self-acceptance. If you do watch it, beware that it may turn you off early on - but it is worth the wait until the last half hour or so when everything comes together. I guarantee it will move you!

  
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AGIATA1A 6/28/2010 11:53AM

    Everything we can put in our heads to feel good, is good! Glad the movie, moved you! That's what we are all doing on Spark. Helping one another feel good about who we are, just the way we are, right now!!

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When things go wrong...

Monday, June 07, 2010

I loved today's quote from the Healthy Reflections email, and I wanted to share in case anyone didn't see it:

"When things go wrong don't go with them."
- Elvis Presley, rock idol

I know it's meant to be funny, but I can relate to this so much! If any little thing goes wrong for me, I use it as an excuse to "go off the wagon" with my healthy behaviors. I'm going to hang on to this one as a reminder!!

By the way, I've met (actually exceeded) my exercise goal 4 days in a row now! My own teeny tiny streak! I definitely have an easier time if I do a few 10-15 minute segments throughout the day than doing it all at once (like I did today - ugh, I get so bored). I feel like every day I'm chipping a little bit more off that big rock of resistance in my mind. I've decided I'm going to give myself 21 days (that's what it takes to learn a new habit) of exercising consistently before I tackle the food issue, although I do have an awareness of it through tracking and am still trying to make better decisions.

Baby steps!!

  
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VICIOUS421 6/9/2010 3:43AM

    We all learned to walk by taking baby steps and look how that turned out!!!!! You just keep on taking those baby steps into this new life and you will see how much they add up!!!!

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HOLMGIRL4 6/8/2010 11:07AM

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Baby steps are were it begins! I love the quote!

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YELLOWBIRD01 6/7/2010 9:56PM

    baby steps are the beginnig of something big!! Congratulations!!! on the mini streak!! You can do it. Keep up the great work

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AGIATA1A 6/7/2010 9:53PM

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Go girl!! Keep at it!!

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LIV2RIDE 6/7/2010 9:22PM

    I love that quote. I'm going to have to look for those emails.

I'm excited you met your goal. Keep it up!

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SUGARSMOM2 6/7/2010 8:04PM

  Yes baby steps . you can do this . yes i know about if it goes wrong you toss the whole plan out the window but it pays big if you can keep it up . big results ..

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JAZZMINE 6/7/2010 7:59PM

    Stick with the plan and you will succeed!


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USFBULL 6/7/2010 7:46PM

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Slowly getting back on track

Saturday, June 05, 2010

Overall I am enjoying my new work schedule - who knew I was such a morning person? I still have trouble getting to bed early some nights, mostly due to noisy neighbors... sigh, apartment living. But overall, I love rising and sinking (into bed) with the sun. emoticon

I have been struggling with workouts, but have managed to get them in 2 days in a row. I've decided for now to set what I think is a very reasonable goal of 20 minutes a day. This will help me build up my heart and lungs which are in terrible shape, and also give me some flexibility - I can easily do two 10-minute walks a day, maybe one in the morning to greet the sun and one at work on a break? Or something. I can't really get up any earlier - I mean I guess I could, but I think 4:45 is probably early enough for me. Workouts after work just aren't happening, although I will continue to try... For now, I'll start with this small goal and see if I can build on it over time.

My eating habits leave a lot to be desired, but in addition to my exercise goal I am trying to quit smoking, and something's gotta give. I am slowly making progress in this area too, by cutting portions a little and making myself think through "impulse" snacks by delaying them 15 minutes. I'm not where I want to be for my calories, but I think it will come, slowly, and I don't want to overwhelm myself right now.

I had a really rough May, did some serious backsliding, so it feels good to feel like I'm starting, however slowly, to move in the right direction. I'm not a model SparkCitizen right now, but I am definitely making progress... and that's good enough for me right now. emoticon

  
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VICIOUS421 6/6/2010 6:15PM

    LOL 4:45 is early enough to me, I am still working on getting up and staying up at 8am!!!!! I think you are doing great!!!!!

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AGIATA1A 6/6/2010 9:09AM

    Keep at it, you are changing your mindset, slowly maybe, but surely. Please post your mindset change for this week with I AM...... because you are making a shift with the way you think.


emoticonAgi... wishing you a week of kicking butt with your realistic plan!!

P.S. Starting a detox tomorrow, feel a bit nervous but excited at the same time.

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LIV2RIDE 6/5/2010 9:08PM

    It sounds like you have quite a lot going on. WOW! I found when I quit smoking that keeping busy was my best bet. Although I will tell you that now I have a hard time just sitting down to relax. So finding a balance is the trick. After dinner I would clean up the kitchen, start a load of laundry, anything to stay busy for that after dinner smoke. I found keeping busy pushed me through the cravings. I used exercise too and found that when I started breathing easier they became easier.

You'll get used to the early mornings. I found that I kept adjusting my time every month so that I could increase my workouts. It comes with time.

A DVD I do says...It's not about how many times you stop. It's about how many times you hop back in. So glad you hopped back in. emoticon

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KIMBERLEY60 6/5/2010 1:18PM

    It sounds like you are doing well to me. I've never smoked but my husband does and I know it is a huge challenge to quit. Maybe when you feel like smoking (probably very naive on my part), delay and do some walking. I don't know what your job is but maybe you could just take five minutes and walk outside or in your office? Even with eating, I've heard if you will just delay five minutes or so, the big urge will sometimes pass.

I'm glad you are feeling good about what you've done so far this month...the big step is just getting back on board and headed the right direction...I definitely took a detour for about two or three weeks but feel back on track myself. You can do it!

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JERSEYDEBBIE23 6/5/2010 12:30PM

    Your on your way! Give yourself 20 minutes instead of the 15 minutes to let the cravings pass. It usually takes that long from what I have read and it has worked for me over the past few months. Take baby steps, stay focused, track everything no matter what it is. Hang in there!
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Ooops

Saturday, May 15, 2010

One of the things I need to do to get healthier is get up earlier, which I've blogged about before. Unfortunately I am sort of a "night owl" so my tendency is to stay up later (like tonight). Well, I also need to change my shift at work to accommodate counseling sessions- I currently work Monday through Friday, 9-5 which makes scheduling appointments difficult - so I asked for an earlier shift at work. I was hoping for an 830 or maybe 8am shift but what I ended up with was...

A 6am start! Ouch!!! To get up at 4:30 for work I will need to be asleep at 8:30 at night... in an apartment complex full of people who could not possibly care less. This also runs contrary to my "stay up until the sun's up" natural state. The benefits to the earlier shift are huge - not only can I set a good appt time for counseling, but I can also attend more yoga (and possible other!) classes since I will be off work before 3... Also, in Ayurveda, the belief is that one should go to sleep with, and get up with, the sun for optimum health.

I am nervous about this... I wish I had been clearer in my request! At the same time, I feel like this is a great opportunity for me to embrace change and maybe not be so "enslaved" to my "natural" rhythm of staying up until godawful hours... I guess we will see how it goes! I have a week before my new schedule starts to get accustomed to getting up earlier...

  
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BARBARA_G 5/15/2010 6:59PM

    I think you'll adjust just beautifully. Well there may be a bit of an adjustment period. But I bet after that it wont bother you. There is something really nice about getting up in the morning an seeing the sun rise!
Have fun with your classes!

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YELLOWBIRD01 5/15/2010 10:49AM

    I can understand!! I am up at 5:00 . . or should I say my alarm goes off at 5 :-} I am usually up at 5:30 to ride bike before getting my shower and breakfast before work. I sometimes wish I could change my work schedule to earlier than what I currently work then I could get to my 6PM yoga class . . who knows what the future will bring? :-}

Good Luck with your new work schedule . . it will be beneficial to your health, more time in the afternoon to exercise, yoga, walking and all before dinner.



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LIV2RIDE 5/15/2010 7:35AM

    Sounds like your new schedule will be a great benefit to your health. Embrace the change and all of the healthy things you will be able to do now.

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NUTRON3 5/15/2010 6:40AM

    Good luck!

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GOODBYEHORSES 5/15/2010 6:32AM

    Well as the saying goes "be careful what you wish for". LOL! Good luck with your new hours.

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