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Need a new outlook

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

I've been a member of sparkpeople since 2009. A lot has happened to me in that time. I was in great shape and running lots, then I had my youngest son, and since then I've had a real issue with sticking to changes for my health. I feel motivated in the beginning, and then it just peters out and I go back to eating crap and not exercising. Or I exercise, but eat so much that I wouldn't lose any weight and I give up out of frustration.

I need to try something new. Well, it's new to me anyway, sparkpeople has been telling me the same thing for 4 years: make small, easily attainable changes. I read this, but didn't really take it to heart. I thought, "I ran 5-10K before, that's what I'm doing again." So I jump right in, with 30-40 minute jogs. Jogs that took me away from home for 1.5-2 hours. Running feels great, but in order for you to improve it does take a considerable time investment. I work full time, have 3 children, a husband, and a whole slew of commitments... I honestly do not have the time to commit to being a runner right now. And this has frustrated me into being inert I think. I need to change my mindset about fitness. Today I went for a very quick 20 minute jog from my front door. I won't be doing a marathon anytime soon with 20 minute jogs, but you know what? It easily fit into my day, I'm not sore and exhausted and my kids didn't even notice that they were alone with dad. I can run without being a "runner", and that's ok! I also did two 10 minute cardio videos in my kitchen between snack and lunch time, and that worked too.

So I need to stop stressing about being great at something, and just squeeze in what I can. Start small! New goals:
1. At least 10 minutes of activity every day.
2. Track my food intake.
3. Reach for water before other beverages.

I also started reading the Spark book again, and I'm actually going to follow the program and not think I'm above starting small. It's what I need. Wish me luck. :)

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

_VALEO_ 12/2/2013 4:45AM

    Do what it is achievable for you.
I also have to battle with my "all-or-nothing" attitude. Good luck to you!

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4KWALK 11/30/2013 7:48PM

    Wishing you great success. Remember every journey, run, jog or walk begins with one step. Then you do it one step at a time. In 10 or 20 minutes you can get 1000+ steps done. Please blog and let us know how you're doing.

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Feeling the change

Saturday, December 10, 2011

My clothes are fitting better (or worse, because some are too small!)
I have more energy.
I look forward to working out.
I'm fitting in some fitness other than at the gym (for example, making multiple trips up and down the stairs to bring in wood for the fire, and I downloaded a Zumba video)

5 weeks in:
6 pounds down.
5 inches lost.
1 pant size lower.


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MS_MANDA 12/11/2011 11:10AM

    That's fricken awesome!!!! So jealous of your speedy results haha I am hoping that by next month I can write about similar successes (especially the "1 pants size lower" thing....all my "new" pants I bought this time last year no longer fit...so that's my biggest motivation right now :)


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Monday, November 28, 2011

I re-started my gym membership 3 weeks ago.

4 pounds down.

3 inches vanished.

1 pant size lost.


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GINNIE535 11/28/2011 9:40PM

    Yikes that is AWESOME progress!!!! Way to go!!!!! emoticon

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MICHSTATE 11/28/2011 9:37AM

    Awesome job!!!!!!! WooHoo!!!!!
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Day 14

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Didn't get to the gym yesterday because my husband slept until he went to work (at 1:30pm!), and he wasn't home until after the gym was closed. The same thing might happen again today. :(


Feeling motivated

Saturday, November 19, 2011

I'm so happy to have my gym membership back, and my sister is going too! I can get out of the house for a little while, hang out with my sis, and get a work-out.

Where we moved a year ago, we are in the country (so not near anything and no side walks), and we live on a road where people can drive 80km/h. It's not super-realistic to go for walks/runs here, especially in the winter, so I'm very happy o have access to all of the great equipment at the gym.

I've gone 8 times in the last 13 days and I've lost 3 pounds... so excited!


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