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I Broke My Slump -- and it feels good

Friday, March 02, 2012

WooHoo! I don't know exactly how I broke the slump I was in, but I think it was shock at seeing the scale inch it's way up day by day. It was too hard to get it moving down, and it finally just got to me.

The best way to break a lazy period is to decide the night before that "you are going to do it." Then the next morning dress for the gym or a run or fast walk, or whatever you do when you are getting that exercise every day. Then once you are dressed and ready to go -- just do it!
Don't think, don't procrastinate, don't even think about coming up with an excuse.

You'll love yourself afterward! emoticon

  
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STARLIGHT615 3/5/2012 9:44AM

    Great Mantra!!! Don't think, don't procrastinate, don't even think about coming up with an excuse. I love it!!

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LYNETTEMOM 3/4/2012 4:06PM

    just what I needed to read. Tks

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OLDERDANDRT 3/4/2012 1:23PM

    emoticon Great breaking the slump! I'll do it!!!

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PSMITH3841 3/3/2012 9:24AM

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YOYONOMORE1 3/3/2012 8:46AM

    Woo hoo, slump time is over, you go girl!

Hugs,
Shirl

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VITCHY-VICKI 3/3/2012 7:34AM

    So glad you got your gym shoes one and worked out makes you feel so much better now keep up the good work
V

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THALIAHEART 3/2/2012 9:17PM

    I like it! Isn't it amazing how we can really outsmart ourselves in order to rationalize why we shouldn't do a workout or shouldn't do x, y, or z (which happens to be the best for us).
"Don't think, don't procrastinate, don't even think about coming up with an excuse."
Thanks for the post!

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BLUEEYESTATTOOS 3/2/2012 9:10PM

    YES YOU WILL!!! and knowing that you'll love yourself for it afterward is sometimes the only thing that motivates me to go out and just do it!

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My Get-Up-And-Go Has Got Up And Went

Thursday, March 01, 2012

What to do? I am LAZY -- can't seem to get motivated to go to the gym, even walking my dog is hit and miss.

While I don't think my situation is really unusual, I'm sure it has happened to lots of you out there. I don't want to just "give up." But how do you get the spark back? How to get the motivation back so you feel like going to the gym or doing the DVD's.

I have no problem with sticking to a good eating plan -- but when it comes to bouncing out of bed and zipping out the door for a walk or heading off to the gym I find I'm getting to be an expert procrastinator! Any suggestions? How did YOU handle it?
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LYNETTEMOM 3/5/2012 12:07PM

    I find Sparkpeople and the support group I belong to at my church are very supportive and I'm a bit competitive so it helps me a lot when others do well. Let's go team!

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CASSIDYRAYT 3/2/2012 6:56PM

    The scale is the easiest way to scare yourself into doing something; but what happens when the scale is saying what you want it to?
The way I do it is just to remember how good I feel once the workout is done. It's only an hour or so but it gives you so much energy to take on the world. :)
I do it for the energy but if that doesn't work for you remember why you're doing what you're doing. Just because the scale doesn't scare you today doesn't mean it won't tomorrow when you skip out on what you should be doing!

((I'm exactly the opposite, I have all kinds of problems eating correctly but not much in working out. If only we could combine into some sort of super healthy being! emoticon))

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SCOTMAMA 3/2/2012 3:03PM

    Scared myself into motivation, as the scale went up about 1-1/2 pounds I decided I'd better forget about procrastinating and being lazy and get my butt over to the gym.

I did that this morning and felt great about doing it. End of the slump for this time!

Eve

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OLDERDANDRT 3/2/2012 12:47PM

    Whe you figure it out, please let me know!!!! I am in an all time slump myself!!! emoticon

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4_MY_LIFE 3/2/2012 11:32AM

    When I get that way I tell myself I will do it for 10 minutes, then I tell myself 5 more minutes. Usually I end up working out for 20 minutes or more. Good luck, I hope you get your get and go back.

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PSMITH3841 3/2/2012 10:41AM

    Not by bouncing or zipping...YIKES!!!! Frequently, I have to force myself to go to the gym, and during the winter nights Zoey's after dinner walks get shorter and shorter....Usually what strengthens my resolve is when I see a slight increase on the scale, or when there's no movement at all...that's when I get my "giddiup" on... I often wonder why I get into these lazy, drag my fanny to the gym bouts, because I absolutely LOVE working out...I always feel better after a good work out...tired, but that "I accomplished something" feeling. Interestingly, I'm not very diligent about working out at home, but I will make it to the gym (1.5 miles away) 4 or 5 days a week....I just can' seem to figure that one out! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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YOYONOMORE1 3/2/2012 9:36AM

    Sometimes I get in a slump, as I think we all do from time to time, I don't mind a day here and there but don't like it when I have a slumpy week. Sometimes giving myself a good talking to helps, telling myself this is no way to reach my goals and to get up and get it in gear. Also, reading others blogs and how well they are doing, or even if they are having a not so good day, but they are not giving up, those things can lift my spirit and help me get back on track and moving, as it helps remind me I am not alone in this journey there are many, many others who are making this same journey and we will do it together. So get your rear in gear and just do it, you are worth the effort. Have a great Friday and weekend.

Hugs,
Shirl

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VITCHY-VICKI 3/2/2012 9:07AM

    I feel like that some days also but I know if I don't exercise I can't have all the stuff I want to eat that day so I just do it and get it over with but then I feel so much better and the scale likes me in the morning
So get up and get moving
V

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FITFRIT 3/1/2012 11:37PM

    I seem to hit or miss with this as well lately. What sucks is when I was working out all the time I was eating like crap and now that I am eating what I need to I can't seem to find time to get my butt on the elliptical. Why is that?
Maybe try something new? I bought the new Coach Nicole 28-day bootcamp dvd and am hoping that will motivate me to do SOMETHING other than walk around all day which is cardio sure, but if I'm not breaking a sweat I feel like I'm not doing "enough".
good luck!

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EDWINAJOANN 3/1/2012 9:01PM

  Today was a bad day for me, too. No exercise and i ate sweets that I had ignored while waiting for grandchild to pick them up. I am always the WonderWoman in the family and today I felt depressed and stayed in my PJs all day.
. For tomorrow to be an active one, I'll have to plan it out, including laying out exercise clothes for 7:00 am video exercise program. Make appointments for both Friday and Saturday that will get me enthused. I am so desiring this weight loss victory by Thanksgiving. Enjoyed talking to you. Before you sleep tonight decide that you will be the best you can be tomorrow.

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The Doctor Has Called . . . . .

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

emoticon That little icon is supposed to represent a healthy woman -- I wanted one doing a "Jumping Jack" but couldn't find one! Anyway -- the news is great!

While my heart valve has deteriorated a tiny bit, it is not enough to warrant thinking of doing anything to mess with my heart at this time. So I can continue to plod along -- or live life in the fast lane, whatever my heart desires!

Isn't that just the BEST NEWS? Makes me want to run right out and go to the gym. Well, almost that good. TeeHee!

  
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KAYWEB555 3/4/2012 10:01AM

    Thanks God ! Now to move all of this stuff to the back burner no just take it off the stove. Now lets get you back to moving around and eating healty again !

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OLDERDANDRT 3/2/2012 12:45PM

    Way to go! Keep that ticker tickin'!!!! Glad you had such a great report!

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4_MY_LIFE 3/1/2012 2:13PM

    That is wonderful news!!! I am jumping up and down in happiness for you!

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LIS193 3/1/2012 10:32AM

    Wonderful news!
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PSMITH3841 3/1/2012 9:48AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon What great news! Just keep doing what you're doing...your healthy life style will help keep that surgeon's knife away ! I am so happy it was such a positive result! emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 3/1/2012 7:15AM

    emoticonNews I am so glad but don't over do I need you here plus I want to come see you in person one day
Take care of that heart for it is so sweet emoticon
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ARTJAC 3/1/2012 4:08AM

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JLPARKHURST 2/29/2012 6:48PM

    That is WONDERFUL!!! SO happy for you!
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MEEZERMOM2 2/29/2012 5:05PM

    That is excellent news...so happy for you!
Now, your friend is falling apart. All of a sudden my blood pressure has risen extremely high & not getting under control. have been to after hours clinic last night & my regular Doc today. Was supposed to get in to see Cariologist, but they say i can't see him till April, even for an emergency! So pray that i hang on...

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STARLIGHT615 2/29/2012 4:42PM

    What awesome news!!!! Woohoo!!!!

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CATLADY52 2/29/2012 3:17PM

    That is great news! emoticon

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STILLFLYIN 2/29/2012 2:50PM

    So glad for you!
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PRINCESSMANDIE 2/29/2012 2:28PM

    Great news! Nurse Mandie is very happy for you emoticon!

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TRISTAROSE 2/29/2012 2:13PM

    Great News!

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Carol

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LYNETTEMOM 2/29/2012 1:36PM

    thanks for sharing your good news. so glad to hear it!

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    GREAT NEWS emoticon

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My Dog Has Learned to Open Doors!

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

I always knew my dog, Amber, was smart -- but now she has even discovered how to open doors!

At our mountain home she no longer worried that she missed going into the bedroom with us when we retire for the night. She has found when "she" is ready to go to bed, she simply pushes against the bedroom door with her nose, and presto, she's in! Of course when I wake up and see the door open, I close it.

She's also discovered the same door that pushed open so easily to get in, for some reason it does not open when she's on the inside wanting out.

Back to the drawing board! lol

  
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OLDERDANDRT 3/2/2012 12:41PM

    Wonder if she has learned that sometimes you actually can be too smart for you own good! emoticon She's is a cutie!

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YOYONOMORE1 2/29/2012 11:36AM

    Oh she is so cute and smart, animals are amazing. Enjoy your day.

Shirl

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PSMITH3841 2/29/2012 9:30AM

    We have the "Dastardly Duo" at out house....Zoey and Coal (our black cat) work in tandem to get the door open...Coal uses his paw underneath the door and Zoey pulls from the side.....what a team! emoticon

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MEEZERMOM2 2/29/2012 8:03AM

    LOL, it is amazing how smart they are sometimes! I have a cat, Casey who opens every dooor, drawer & cabinet in the house, even the pantry! Such a cute doggie!

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VITCHY-VICKI 2/29/2012 7:14AM

    Gerti learned that trick on her cage so I had to really close it tight now some dogs learn fast - Amber is one smart dog
V

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TRISTAROSE 2/29/2012 6:52AM

    Awe so cute! You could install a doggie door in your bedroom door! emoticon

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STILLFLYIN 2/29/2012 6:12AM

    Too cute!

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PEPPYPATTI 2/29/2012 1:10AM

    How cute. Dogs are so funny. My dog tries to talk. I am not sure what he is saying but he sure tries hard!
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A DIET or a HEALTHY LIFESTYLE?

Sunday, February 26, 2012

emoticon We all have choices to make! How many times have each of us heard that? Of course all of us can recall times when there really didn't seem to BE a choice. No use in me giving you examples, we've all had them.

So the day finally came when you knew in your heart you had to do something about your weight. And if you were lucky, you discovered SparkPeople! You hardly have to "think" about whether you want to join or not. . . . . after all, it's FREE! So you join. Now the choices start. If you read the articles, post on various threads, join teams, make friends -- well, it would be hard not to be moved along by the momentum of it all. It's so much fun to see someone has named you as a "friend." It's so much fun to receive a "goodie" in your emails. And to see how your friends are doing, picking up hints as you go along; trying the fabulous recipes you see everywhere. What's special about these recipes is you know exactly the nutritional values for them, and if you take the time to read the comments by the many members who have already tried them out -- you even have hints on how to improve them. It's all according to your taste. Hotter or milder, the suggestion will be there, you can count on it.

Some of us never seem to lose that momentum, and before long we are writing a blog on how we lost 50 pounds. . . . or even 100 or more! But others do lose the motivation, and that is when the choices come into play. You can treat SP like you would any other "diet." It is good to take a few pounds off and during the time you are losing you also force yourself to stay away from the pizza or nacho's or whatever your personal temptation happens to be. Somehow it just doesn't sink in when you are reading about healthy lifestyle, portion control and how you can still enjoy some of these things, but either do it maybe a couple times a year or control the "Portion" you are going to consume. I think most of us could fit in ONE slice of pizza a couple of times a month -- perhaps the day you are enjoying a low-in-calorie soup. And if you're making them yourself, it's even possible to make a very small bowl of nacho's. Once it's gone, it's gone! It's not like the humongous bowl you are served when you order it up in a restaurant, where you can eat until you can't move!

So DIET or HEALTHY LIFESTYLE -- you can't have both. With the diet you will always go back to your previous, unhealthy way of eating. And the weight will come back with friends! If you choose the healthy lifestyle you need to plan it out on paper. You know which bad things you indulge in, so eliminate them one at a time. It's called baby steps. Drink the 8 glasses of water each day, eat the 5 fruits and veggies, get your 30 minutes of exercise. Yes, don't think you can do it all just using food. That's the most difficult way, and only those who are handicapped for exercise should attempt it. Most of us can at least walk short distances, and as our diet improves and our stamina increases, we can increase our distance and speed up our walk. I'm not a runner; but if you can -- great! It burns more calories.

Like bad habits -- good traits get to be habits too. Soon you will be eating an apple instead of a candy bar for your snack. Grabbing a glass of water instead of a soda. And perhaps going for a walk at lunch time instead of reading a book or magazine. And when you step on the scale you can have a smile on your face, some zip in your step, and a song in your heart!

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LYNETTEMOM 2/29/2012 12:07PM

    absolutely!

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DEBBIER9 2/29/2012 8:27AM

    thank you for the great blog and so true it is a life style change that will get us to our goal emoticon

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PSMITH3841 2/28/2012 12:42PM

    True words my friend! Great blog, thanks for the reminder. emoticon

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STILLFLYIN 2/27/2012 11:21AM

    You write so well. Thank you for the great reminders.
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VITCHY-VICKI 2/27/2012 8:00AM

    emoticonBlog - one step at a time and one bit of what you like is a good life style plan - WE can do this one day at a time
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