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Idea for days when not everything goes right food- and exercise-wise

Monday, July 12, 2010

I was looking at book in the library the other day - I think it was one of those Idiots' Guide to... books, maybe a ....For Dummies. Anyway, one of the things each section included, for those who didn't want all the details, was a little sidebar called something like The Least You Need to Know.

I was thinking that here in weight-loss world, we ought to have similar sidebars for ourselves, called maybe At The Very Least I Can Do X. So when you've been overeating and/or overdrinking, even if you show no signs of getting it back together (the refrig is still full of party food, whatever), maybe The Least I Can Do Is: drink the eight glasses of water.

I started out the C25K with guns blazing and got through week two. Then the heat and humidity overran my best intents and my foot hurt like the devil every day as well. I fully intend to get back with that program in a few days. But meanwhile, I thought, "Okay, I can't even walk much, but what is the least I can do?" I decided that I could at least do some gentle yoga each day - if a particular pose hurt my foot, I'd skip it and do another. If it was too hot for even that, the Very Least I Could Do was the Sun Salutation series - a few minutes, top. So I did that. And if my day is going to be too busy to allow time for a walk, maybe The Least is wear the shoes that exercise your legs and rear (I got the Target brand - they're every bit as good as the name brand ones, for 1/3 the price) while I go to the grocery.

Maybe all we need sometimes is permission from ourselves to do something, rather than everything, and be satisfied for that time. I'm not suggesting that we give up on doing our best, but I know I'm not always up to that standard. And a bit is better than nothing.

And more than once, I found that The Least led to a tentative few more - a couple push-ups off the kitchen counter, or turning down that piece of pie (maybe I was too full from all the water.) Maybe I just needed a nudge to get started.

So if doing your usual amount or your target amount is just too much to handle, and even a little bit is too challenging, what's The Least You Can Do?
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SUZYMOBILE 8/12/2010 10:22PM

    I've got a weird problem--feeling like a failure if I haven't checked off the entire list of things I "have" to do every day. Your message of "Sometimes you can give yourself permission NOT to do something, as long as you have just this one small task that you HAVE accomplished" is nicely liberating!

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    You are thinking like a winner. Every day can't be 100% on eating and exercise but it all adds up. A little here, a little there, on the days when you can't do the best will help. Keep using this technique and you will come out on top.

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SLIMLILA 7/25/2010 7:45PM

    this is much better advice than trying to be perfect... I'll try to remember it!

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LAGREBE 7/22/2010 3:16PM

    A very hopeful blog! Thank you. Don't give up on your C25K, it took me months to get to the point I am now [week 7] I was frustrated, wanted to give up, had to repeat weeks, had shin split, you name it. If I can do it, anybody can, just hang in there. 80% of success is showing up, or "hang in there."

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FLORIDASUN 7/20/2010 10:52AM

    A brilliant concept! You should get paid for this!!!! emoticon emoticon Such a motivator you are! emoticon emoticon

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JENNY888 7/16/2010 2:28PM

    Great concept, and one I will need to remember when I feel I just can't do it. There is always a least amount that one can do. Great blog!

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BUNNYCATS 7/13/2010 7:01PM

    I like this concept of the least I can do. I've talked myself into something small on those off days, and it really helped perk me up. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    Great idea. Every bit adds up and doing something is better than nothing.

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SHERYLDS 7/12/2010 3:57PM

    Very enlightening. I have to try that concept, especially on the days I have zero motivation to exercise. emoticon

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GRYFFINSONG 7/12/2010 12:58PM

    What wonderful thoughts, and so timely for me. Our AC has been broken for six weeks, and I realize that I've barely done any exercise since its gotten so hot around here. Some days I don't do the "least I can do," but your words are inspiring, and I plan to put your thoughts into action!!!


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Silly fun quiz (stalling before going out to work...)

Monday, June 28, 2010

1. Do you have any pets?
Currently only two dogs and three cats, but the zoo population in the house is always in flux.

2. Name 3 things that are physically close to you.
Cat, computer, window.

3. What's the weather like right now?
Undecided - blustery.

4. Do you drive? If so have you crashed?
Sure! Never seriously - a couple fender-bender things, most of which weren't my fault. *cough*

5. What time did you wake up this morning?

6. When was the last time you showered?
Can't remember - I'm a tub woman.

7. What was the last movie you saw?
Clash of the Titans remake (Harry Hamlin was SO much better.)

8. What does your last text message say?
Hmmm.... I'd check, but I'm too lazy to go hunt up my phone.

9. What's your ringtone?
I Wanna Be Sedated by The Ramones

10. Have you ever been to a different country?

11. Do you like sushi?
Not particularly, although I'll eat it if you don't make me use chopsticks.

12. Where do you buy your groceries?
Wegman's, usually. P&C and Price Chopper if I'm out their way.

13. Have you ever taken medication to help you fall asleep faster?
If I'm really overtired and can't fall asleep, occasionally I'll take an antihistamine. I have more trouble staying awake than falling asleep.

14. How many siblings do you have?
No blood sibs.

15. Do you have a desktop computer or a laptop?

16. How old will you be turning on your next birthday?
56 *coughing fit*

17. Do you wear contacts or glasses?
Both. Glasses are better for driving, but they fall down my face if I'm sweaty, which, as a landscaper, I frequently am.

18. Do you color your hair?
I think over the years I've been every color - including, in the late 70's, a really cool industrial blue. I tried letting it go gray, but I don't like it.

19. Tell me something you are planning to do today.
Buy mulch. (I don't know if I can stand the excitement! :) )

20. When was the last time you cried?
I honestly don't remember - not that I"m so insanely happy, just that I have a lousy memory.

21. What is your perfect pizza topping?
White pie with fresh garlic.

22. Which do you prefer-hamburgers or cheeseburgers?
Hamburgers - putting cheese on meat is weird (except for Philadelphia cheesesteaks, of course.)

23. Have you ever had an all-nighter?
More than I can count.

24. What is your eye color?

25. Can you taste the difference between Pepsi and Coke?
I can, although I'm not much of a soda pop person. If I have to choose, I'd pick Classic Coke. Hate diet soda.

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SUZYMOBILE 7/18/2010 11:02AM

    Those are great! I wanna be your friend, too!

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    Twenty-twenty-twenty four hours to go I wanna be sedated!
Nothin' to do and no where to go-o-o I wanna be sedated!

The Ramones are my favorite work out music... it makes me feel powerful and hip and dangerous again! I was told at a punk show not too long ago "gray is so punk" Ha Ha Ha.... little punkers are so cute!


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FLORIDASUN 7/2/2010 8:58AM

    No wonder I like you so much! We both roll our eyes and cough alot...heeheeeheee! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LUNADRAGON 6/29/2010 9:25PM

    Thank you for sharing this. Lot's of fun, I love the way your personality shines through! If I hadn't already posted 3 blogs today I would repost.
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    I love these. Thanks for posting it.

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PUDLECRAZY 6/28/2010 7:05PM


Fun post ~ wavin' at ya!


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No wonder my feet hurt! (GWF personal bests)

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Several recent records broken yesterday:

New Personal Best
17,082 steps taken on Jun 26, 2010.
June 27, 2010

New Personal Best
1.98 average daily METs on Jun 26, 2010.
June 27, 2010

New Personal Best
4569 calories burned on Jun 26, 2010.
June 27, 2010

New Personal Best
5 hours 16 minutes of MODERATE activity on Jun 26, 2010.
June 27, 2010

New Personal Best
5 hours 19 minutes of TOTAL physical activity on Jun 26, 2010.
June 27, 2010

New Personal Best
20 minutes of VIGOROUS activity on Jun 24, 2010.

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FLORIDASUN 7/2/2010 8:59AM I just feel REALLY lazy..but I'm celebrating your movement big time! emoticon emoticon

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KRICKETTWO 6/27/2010 9:59AM

    Wow! Way to go!! You should be proud!

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STARLASUE 6/27/2010 8:49AM

    WHOO HOOO - You go! Congrats

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PUDLECRAZY 6/27/2010 7:56AM

    Very cool - you are doing great!
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Keep up the fantastic progress!

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Nothing accomplished today. Not. One. Thing.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

emoticon Got up at my usual ungodly 4:30, but as it was rainy and dark, instead of leaping into action (more or less), I made coffee and then laid around in bed with books and cats for two hours. Got my daughter off to work and sort of pottered around aimlessly for another hour. Finished the crossword puzzles and Sudoku, then determined that I was in need of some basic feminine maintenance - nails, eyebrows, etc., all of which take *much* longer than it seems they should.

emoticonIt was now perhaps 11:00 a.m. DH and I were going to go to lunch and do errands, but I stopped by the television room to see what he was watching. Fatal error. He was watching Wimbledon, an epic first round match between Nicolas Mahut of France and Tampa's John Isner. At that point, I believe it was Mahut 28, Isner 29. Serve went to Mahut, he tied 29 - 29. I watched for a few minutes, figuring it would be over soon.

emoticonNearly six hours later, they suspended the match at 59-59 in the fifth, because it was too dark to see the ball any longer. They've been playing for exactly ten hours - the longest match in the history of tennis by quite some. (The match was also suspended Tuesday after four sets due to darkness.)

emoticonAnd I couldn't tear myself away. (It didn't hurt any that Isner, and to a lesser degree Mahut and the chair umpire, are easy on the ol' eyes.) Surely, I reasoned, it had to be over at any minute - and nearly was, just often enough to keep me from venturing further than a few yards away.

emoticonSo, when the match was suspended at about 4:30 Eastern, I realized that I'd long ago missed lunch, had not run, had not taken the car to be serviced, had, in short, done beans all day. And you know what? *squares herself defiantly* I'm not going to do anything, either. My daughter is home now - she and DH can drop off the car and pick up the other, get dinner on their way home - since I have no idea when they'll be back - and I can run tomorrow before it gets hot and/or rains.

emoticonAnd now, I'm going to go continue to veg, only this time outside on the lawn, with dogs. Take that, Jiminy Cricket!

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LUNADRAGON 6/25/2010 9:47PM

    I like your attitude! I love the fact you started the day curled up with a book and your cats. Hmmm, sounds like a nice thing to do. I might have to take you up on that! I usually end the day curled up with a book and a cat, lol.
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PUDLECRAZY 6/24/2010 4:23PM


We all need days like that sometimes!

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RUSSELLORAMA 6/24/2010 12:43PM

    That sounds like an awesome day to me! I wish I had more of them.

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    Sometimes something so good is happening that everything else has to be on hold. The tennis match is history in the making. Once in a lifetime thing. You were right to see it. We all need a day off sometimes.

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GRAMMIE1959 6/23/2010 8:26PM

    sounds like a de-light-ful day to me!

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NORASPAT 6/23/2010 7:04PM

    ---------------and always let your conscience be your guide.

Just remeber we all have days like that.
_____________just pick yourself up and dust yourself off and start all over again.

By Jiminy he has it right !!!!!
Pat in
Maine HUGS !!!!

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SHERYLDS 6/23/2010 6:28PM

    here's to mental health holidays

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JENJENSKSF 6/23/2010 5:12PM

    HaHa - liked the blog. Totally know what it's like to have one of "those" days. Then again, sometimes you just need to have a day like that. Tomorrow's always another day. Sounds like a good tennis match too!

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Couch to 5K (or I Must Be Losing My Mind, Day 1)

Monday, June 21, 2010

Okay, so I dated a distance runner in college, and yes, I did used to run with him... occasionally... part of the way. But apparently I'm not 20 years old any more, because I just did Day One of the C25K and it damned near killed me. emoticon
BUT *drum roll* I did it!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
AND I joined the C25K Team so I'm committed (or perhaps I ought to be...)

I ran here on the farm, which, even though I cut lovely walking paths with the tractor the other day, is still hilly. At any rate, that's the excuse I'm using for only having traveled 1.25 miles in 25 minutes (a whopping 3 mph - I walk faster, I think)

I used to be a semi-interested runner. I enjoyed the quiet and the solitude and the way the breath syncs in with the footfalls. Then, when I was 38, I became the first kid on my block to have a joint replaced - the joint under the big toe, left foot - and I was told that a person could only get one plastic big toe joint, that if you broke it you were SOL from then on and had to have the joint fused. I became afraid to put any unnecessary strain on the joint - I still walked and hiked, but no pounding, running.

Recently, though, I decided that even if it were true, that one did only get one plastic toe joint, that there was no percentage in treating it like glass. My other foot has its own issues, and I'm just tired of babying feet that won't stand up for themselves (or some such strained metaphor.) If the joint breaks, it breaks. If I then have to have it fused, I will, and I"ll go from there. I've learned quite a bit in the last few years, and one of the lessons was to go for it today, because there's no guarantee the goal - or you, for that matter - will be around at that great Some Day in the sky.

(Another lesson that I learned is that if one is, um, generously endowed, the sports bra that one wears for landscaping is not necessarily supportive enough for jogging.)

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    I hope the challenge works out for you!!

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BRSCLS 6/22/2010 6:45AM

    Way to go! I will start W6 tomorrow of C25K and I had never run in my life. Just follow the plan and repeat if you need too, you will be amazed at what you can do.

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NORASPAT 6/21/2010 7:38PM

    Good for you and well done making the big effort. now you have started you know you will get there.

Keeping the girls happy while running is as much of a challeng as running is. Pat in Maine WELL DONE!

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LAGREBE 6/21/2010 12:18PM

    Just keep at it, it will get easier. I am on week 5 (it took me about 3 months to get there) and I also thought the first session would kill me. Good luck!

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PUDLECRAZY 6/21/2010 12:08PM

    Your running path sounds like mine - a tractor swath in the field. I ONLT run there, as I have to walk, run, walk. Way to go with moving in the direction of running. Starting slow is good - even if you can walk faster than you run.

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KRICKETTWO 6/21/2010 11:39AM

    Good for you!

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CHISKA 6/21/2010 11:13AM


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JENJENSKSF 6/21/2010 11:01AM

    Everyone has to start somewhere! emoticon

If you don't mind... what happened with your toe? I have bone spurs starting in my left toe, and am currently trying orthotics to see if that will help. I'm not to the point of a new joint yet, but I was curious if that is what caused you to have the surgery? (Sorry for my nosiness!)

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HIPPICHICK1 6/21/2010 10:39AM

    emoticon on your emoticon
and emoticon The ta tas need more support!

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MR_UNDER_300 6/21/2010 10:19AM


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