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Behind on my Goal, but still feeling good!

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Once in awhile your social life gets in the way of your goals. That's happened to me more than once. But in the long run I think I have come out the winner! While it's true I'm behind a pound on my current goal, I am making good friends that will be around for years and years!

Having friends keep your spirits and motivation up, therefore it is a good thing!

Sometimes even though the scale tells you progress is not being made, you put on a pair of pants that used to be tight, and now they are looking great! That's progress!

If a goal is so inflexible that you cannot enjoy your life and it starts getting in the way of "real living" then it is not a good goal. Be realistic in your expectations!

I have been doing more WORK than WORK-OUTS! But..... while the scale is not applauding me, my house is looking pretty spiffy! Painting is done in my Kitchen/Family Room and as soon as that wallpaper arrives, that will get done too! And I have managed to fit in three work-outs over the past week, not quite what I'd like, but not too bad.

One of the things I have learned after all the time I've spent on SP is that you have to learn to be flexible. Flexible in your expectations, flexible in your exercise, once in awhile even flexible in your food choices at times. Besides all that, if you are never flexible, you will find that your motivation will start to lag. Why? Because you're not really living your life any longer, you are chained to an unrealistic "schedule" to get to your goal. Ease up! Life is short and living a healthy lifestyle should include living a Happy Healthy Lifestyle!
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It takes a variety of weather types to make a good "climate" it's the same with life!

  
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PSMITH3841 2/2/2012 11:39AM

    Absolutely correct, variety is considered the "Spice of Life", well said!

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ARTJAC 2/1/2012 10:45PM

    i agree you have to be flexible otherwise it would be boring emoticon

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LYNETTEMOM 2/1/2012 4:19PM

    Absolutely. I've said it before and I'll say it again :
"Everything in moderation, including moderation"!
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OLDERDANDRT 2/1/2012 12:16PM

    If you are painting walls and going to be papering some, too.......I think you are getting some great workouts!! Incorporate squats and stretches! In fact, you probably are! You are doing great! Want to come paint my livingroom when you're done at your place? hehe The walls are textured and a real bear!! hehe

Have a great day. Observe proper body mechanics so you don't hurt yourself and the sky's the limit!!! emoticon

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STILLFLYIN 2/1/2012 11:36AM

    GREAT BLOG!!!

We are in this for the long haul and flexible is the only way to succeed.
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TRISTAROSE 2/1/2012 10:29AM

    So True! Thanks for the reminder.

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VITCHY-VICKI 2/1/2012 7:27AM

    So True we need to be Flexible wish my body was again but will keep moving as much as I can
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WORK versus WORK-OUTS!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Is this kind of how you feel after a day at work? Or housework? Or, like for me right now, a full day of painting?

Whew! I feel like I must have burned off 1000 calories at the very least! But, for most of us -- every though we are tired out to the core, as far as burning calories go, working hard isn't the same as working-out hard!

I don't know why that is, probably because it's not actually cardio -- your heart isn't racing, although your brain certainly needs a rest! Sorry to tell you, but even after a hard day of WORKING, your body could still use a good WORK OUT so yes, go hit the gym. It's just what your body needs to get in shape, and to stay in shape!
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SCOTMAMA 1/30/2012 11:54AM

    I went to the gym yesterday and did the WORK OUT thing -- squeezing it in between the WORK thing. Sadly, my scale did not move! But I'll have to admit I feel better about myself.

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PSMITH3841 1/30/2012 10:24AM

    A good work out(even when I'm tired to the core) makes me feel better and clears my tired brain too! One positive to working hard though, you still burn calories and move your muscles, and I was reading an article on how you utilize your housework routine as a work out (if you are unable to fit in your regular work out), but it's not really as satisfying...

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OLDERDANDRT 1/29/2012 12:07PM

    Yeah....this falls into the category of "sad but true"! emoticon Herein lies the wisdom of doing the workout before the work! (I know, it sounds great, but I haven't seemed to be able to get that done as yet!) hehe
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VITCHY-VICKI 1/29/2012 7:30AM

    I know what you mean after cleaning homes all day think I am done but I know that workout is not the same so have to walk the treadmill or do my Wii
Great Blog
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STILLFLYIN 1/28/2012 9:05PM

    The body needs variety in motion.


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ARTJAC 1/28/2012 8:16PM

    i agree

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JAZZ20 1/28/2012 6:50PM

  I know how you feel. I have been helping my brother renovate a house. Although you are active, it is not the same as a workout. But the body does not want a workout after the work.

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Short-Term Weekly Goals

Sunday, January 22, 2012

emoticon I used to tear my hair out looking at that far off goal of 10, 15 or 20 pounds off by my birthday (October) or the end of the year! As a gal with a small amount of patience, it's hard to be told "slow is best" because I like instant gratification

emoticon Then I was reading this article about "short term goals" and how they could help. And as you reached each goal, you could give yourself a little reward -- or at the very least, check them off as DONE!

I am now into my 3rd week (always on Sunday) of doing that. My goal was just half a pound each week. Very reasonable and attainable! The first Sunday I was elated as I was ahead of my goal by 1.4 pounds. emoticon

The second week I didn't do as well -- it was a stressful week, and tiring. I found that I tend to stuff my face when I'm overly tired ! So when Sunday rolled around, I was still ahead of my goal, but by only .2 of a pound! But still, ahead is ahead! emoticon

This is the 3rd Sunday for my weigh-in and I'm really happy to report that I'm back to the 1.4 pounds ahead of goal weight. Woo Hoo! Truly love short goals!
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OLDERDANDRT 1/23/2012 4:28PM

    emoticon I need to actually set this up for myself, too! Isn't it funny how you KNOW the stuff you could and should do, but you still sit with your head in your hands like you haven't got a clue? (This is me, I'm talking about here.) Guess I'll get that set up now! emoticon Great blog!

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PSMITH3841 1/23/2012 10:12AM

    Oh Wise One.... I've been using your "short term" goals and it's working for me too! Thanks for sharing the idea! emoticon emoticon n your successes... emoticon

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STARLIGHT615 1/23/2012 8:33AM

    Short terms goals do work! Congrats on the loss!! Keep it up!

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VITCHY-VICKI 1/23/2012 8:27AM

    emoticonon the short term goals I need to do more of them
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4_MY_LIFE 1/23/2012 1:35AM

    emoticonI love short term goals!

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ARTJAC 1/22/2012 10:53PM

    well done

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RASHEDAPOE 1/22/2012 10:21PM

    A 100 little victories will help you celebrate the BIG WIN... WTG on setting Short Term Goals.

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CATLADY52 1/22/2012 6:50PM

    emoticon and food for thought.

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PEPPYPATTI 1/22/2012 5:07PM

    Way to go! Short term goals work the best! emoticon

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KAYWEB555 1/22/2012 12:04PM

    Yes, you have so much fun checking off those short team goals or rewarding yourself. Keep up the great job your doing for yourself !

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STILLFLYIN 1/22/2012 11:42AM

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LIS193 1/22/2012 11:41AM

    Way to go! Love those short term goals :)

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MEME102 1/22/2012 11:35AM

    Good job!!! You said something interesting about when you're tired you know that you tend to eat more -- I need to watch the reasons for the times I do that - might give me more insight - thanks for sharing!

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I Thought Today Would Be A Great Day -- And It Was!

Friday, January 20, 2012

When you wake up in the morning you don't know if it will be a good day or a bad day. You have no idea if you will have gained weight or lost weight. You don't know how the day will turn out. You can have plans, you can have appointments and you can have schedules; but we all know that while they may help us keep on track for the day, things have a way of going astray at times.

YOU alone can decide if it will be a good day or a bad day! Sure, someone could scratch a fender on your car while you are in the mall shopping -- but no one has control over how you react to it -- except YOU! Even gaining or losing weight is sometimes due to many variables. Perhaps your sodium was just right and you made good choices, even did your exercises. Probably you lost weight. But if the scale shows a slight gain, it doesn't have to ruin your day! You could have made good choices, but your body reacted to whatever foods you ate that caused you to have a bit of extra water weight. If your body held onto just 1 extra cup of water that would be a half pound. So is it so hard to understand why your weight may vary by 1 or 2 pounds every day?

Most of the time our "bad" days add up to how we are reacting to various things going on around us. It may not even affect us personally. Seeing an accident could trigger something in you and cause you to eat "comfort" food for lunch when you were planning on being good and sticking with a salad. Perhaps you grabbed a candy bar and ate it, without even thinking, kind of a chain reaction.

YOU are in charge! Good day or bad day -- it's all in the way you perceive it!
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LIS193 1/20/2012 7:01PM

    Great attitude!

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I Have Ribs & Shoulder Blades!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

emoticon That sounds like kind of a weird statement, even to me; but after I gained 25 pounds about 20 years ago it took me awhile to realize I could no longer feel my ribcage. And when I would put my arm behind my back, I was so well padded there was no sharp shoulder blade sticking out. As the years went by I didn't think about it all that much, but now that I'm getting into the low 140's I run my hand over my body at night and can feel the ribcage! It's pretty thrilling!

Having discovered those, it made me wonder if my shoulder blades had made an appearance also. They are starting to emerge -- certainly not as quickly as the ribs did, but it's coming. I love the little spark you get from discovering a nice change in your body such as this!

I'll never get the waist back that I had in my teens (21 inches) but I can see it is also going down a mini-measurement at a time! Mostly I depend on my scale, but it is a different kind of thrill when you see your body changing right before you very eyes!
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ARTJAC 1/20/2012 11:21PM

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SHARJOPAUL 1/20/2012 9:19AM

    Congratulations
Woo Hoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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4_MY_LIFE 1/19/2012 1:52PM

    emoticon on the ribs and shoulder blades!

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LYNETTEMOM 1/19/2012 1:30PM

    ribs? Mine are very well-padded and I would love to see them in a 6 pack!
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OLDERDANDRT 1/19/2012 12:22PM

    That's wonderful!! I am so happy for you! I know it may sound a bit weird, but I totally understand! emoticon

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STILLFLYIN 1/19/2012 11:51AM

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I read in several places lately that our pelvic bones keep growing for many years after the rest of our bones have reached full size. This causes our waist to also measure larger. So getting back to that teeny waist may not be a practical goal for many of us.

Well done, you!

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