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My biggest challenge

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Walking for 30 minutes every day is my biggest challenge.

Eating isn't the biggest issue for me. Except in the evenings when I am rushing from taking my kids to soccer, dance, music lessons and so on. Then it's "grab what you can" and keep going. But for the rest of the day I do pretty well. There is certainly room for improvement, however those changes aren't the hardest ones for me.

Getting in more exercise, strength training, walking, just generally moving are hard to remember to do each day. When I do remember, I procrastinate until it's too late at night and then I say "oh I'll do it tomorrow".

Over the last couple of months I have been doing crunches when I can remember to, which is about 4 times a week, and I have been doing wall push ups on a daily basis. I've noticed a big difference in my shoulders since I've started doing them.

Today I bought the latest prevention magazine which has an ab workout on the stability ball and I am going to do my darndest to incorporate that into my routine. Usually I do something for a few days and then forget about it.

If I can just walk everyday I will feel so proud of myself. I don' t have any reason not to. We live near lots of good walking trails, the weather is great, I have plenty of time. I just need to do it. I can't figure out why I put it off so much, it's such a simple thing to do.

I just need to do it.

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JEEPERSCA 7/16/2008 3:42PM

    Get your husband to bribe your kids "if you can get mommy to go on a walk, i'll let you... [insert kid carrot on stick]. That will get you going on a walk!!

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JEEPERSCA 7/15/2008 5:14PM

    When i worked with a trainer, one of her suggestions for me (I worked out once i got home from work) was "think of your day as not over yet - immediately put on your work out clothes and act as if it's one more thing you do before you actually get home." No checking mail, email, tv... that way you don't procrastinate, you just do it. That's great you have places nearby home that you like.

It might not be easy, but if you try to tack it on... or lay out your exercise clothes. Or put ON your exercise clothes... your husband saying "oh, are you going to work out?" might do it. Or, you'll run out of excuses once you're in the gear and just go.

It must be a LOT harder with kids, but one suggestion I'm finding useful for myself... if you know that you tend to grab a lot on the go... have a lot of healthy options that are grab-able. I shop at Costco a lot, and take those food tray veggies and divide them up into baggies I could take to work.

Planning ahead for those times you have no time to plan!

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Monday Afternoon - Goal one achieved

Monday, July 14, 2008

I bought a bathroom scale!

Ok, so that's not a biggie, but now I know how much I weigh and it is less than I thought, so that's a nice piece of info to start this journey with. 160, not 163. Hey, every little bit counts!

I plan on weighing in officially every Monday morning after I wake and entering it into this page.

Now I need to find my tape measure and enter my stats. Lets see how they have changed since last October!

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JEEPERSCA 7/14/2008 5:43PM

    Congratulations! One thing that really helps for me is to have tools to track my progress.

A scale is one, food tracker is another. I also have a heart rate monitor, and I love it - when I use my rowing machine I find myself thinking about the creamer I put in my coffee, and rowing off each cup of coffee...

Good luck this time around. I'm new to this site too, so hopefully we'll both find what we need!

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Starting again

Sunday, July 13, 2008

I'm sure many people have been in the same situation, and so, here I am... again.

I rarely came to SparkPeople when I first joined. I often have a hard time sticking to blogs and online forums unless I make a connection with someone early on. This time I really want to keep coming back and post my thoughts and my journey even if I am just chatting to myself.

I don't know what I weigh right now, I don't own a scale and my first step is to go out and buy one. I also need to tape myself to be able to track my accomplishments.

Last time I came to SP was in October of 2007 and even though I didn't commit to weight loss I have become healthier. I do eat better, and I am doing small amounts of exercise. Increasing my exercising is important to me now, and getting healthy is still my top priority.



Small Changes

Friday, October 05, 2007

It's been three days since I signed up, and I am happy to report that I have started eating breakfast every morning, and I am trying to eat within an hour of waking up.

Yesterday and today I did strength training for 10 minutes. I had planned on doing only 10 minutes, even though most of my research has suggested more, however I am not in the greatest shape, I constantly make excuses, and 10 minute periods of time is much easier for me to take. It's hard to find an excuse to not do something for only 10 minutes. I also know that once I start I will be inclined to keep going. However that happen. Both times right at the 10 minute mark the phone rang, one with a minor emergency that resulted in me taking 3 hours to help someone and the other was to pick up a friends daughter. Still, I got my 10 minutes and I am happy with that.

I haven't stuck to my food plan completely, however I haven't wavered far, and since my calories are low anyway, I don't feel the need to beat myself up over it. I can stick to it until around 5pm and then the emotional eating urges begin. Because I have written a food plan, and because I have a good idea of how many calories and such that I have already had, I find it easier to deal with the emotional eating. I know it's not because I'm hungry, I've been able to recognize it for what it is, and I've been able to keep it to a minimum, no binging. The evenings are always difficult for me, I've known that for a long time. In the past I would have thought "in for a dime in for a dollar", but this time I simply recognized it for what it was.

As long as I can keep up the small changes until they become habits I will be fine. I am feeling positive and good about myself and that's half the battle.



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