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There is no finish line in a lifestyle

Thursday, September 04, 2014

I want a healthy lifestyle and slowly realizing that there isn't a finish line in a lifestyle. I have read that, but never internalized it. I realize that every time I gain weight or loose muscle, it is just a lesson of what not to do next time. I get very frustrated. So I turn my struggles into challenges. I post the lessons I learn on my wall where I can easily read them while exercising. Here are just a few.

*Don't compare yourself with anyone. Not a friend, not family, & especially not lighter self. When those thoughts creep in, remind yourself that those lbs gained will make you stronger. It is much easier to get back on the horse now instead of 5 or 10 years older. Remember, this is a life change. It scares me so much to think "can I keep this up in my 80's?" So I am learning how to adjust my program when needed. The more times I have to adjust, the stronger I am at it.
*Don't let thoughts like "If I would have not gained back those pounds, I would be at __________lbs now. That is just another form of beating yourself up. Only time you should look at the thinner you, is to embrace that you did it once and you can do it again. Just this time you are smarter because of it.
*Don't put undue pressure on yourself. Figure out what attitude you had the first time around and keep that attitude. When I gained all mine back, I put horrible pressure on myself. It only made me miserable. Once I figured it out, I tried to lighten up my attitude and have fun. DON"T ALLOW ANYONE to beat you up, especially yourself.
*Remember you are getting stronger. Physically and mentally. You need both to weather the storms of life. The weight gain was just a really big learning opportunity.
* Don't think about your "struggles". Instead turn them into challenges. Today's workout may be harder than it was, but it will get easier and you will be stronger for it.
*Appreciate your amazing body. Any activities you do throughout the day makes you stronger. You are a beautiful person. So don't beat up on yourself. Just learn the lessons and progress forward to be a better you.

Set in place check points. I weigh every morning and question what makes the scale go up/down. I check my blood pressure and log food, and exercises, mood, attitude, and energy. I use SP website to log all of it. I use the reports to see what I am doing well and what needs improving. We are in this journey together. Remember, if it were easy, there would be nothing to learn:) Sometimes I get really tired of learning. That is when I look over the lessons I have learned and think maybe I might be a bit better than I used to be. Good luck and have fun. It truly is an adventure.

  
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CYND59 9/10/2014 7:52PM

    I have though many of the same things your have in your blog. It is a lifestyle change and you have to be willing to work at it every single day.

Good Blog!

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FORZACHANDMATT 9/4/2014 10:35AM

    Great blog

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LOSER_ZIMM 9/4/2014 9:21AM

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Still learning: Need to fit in 10 minutes all through day!!!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

It is funny how SP has always talked about 10 minutes at a time. I always said this doesn't work for me. I do my morning routine and then I am done. lol. EXCEPT when something comes a long and interrupts it. Most of the time I am able to protect that time, but when I don't, EVERYTHING I have worked so hard to get is heading south. One or two days doesn't hurt, but it usually is a complete change in my schedule for several days. The old saying, "you don't use it, you loose it" rings so true. Within a few days you start loose muscle. Ugh!!!

So here is my solution experiment: Challenge myself several times a day to do at least 1 minute spontaneous activities each hour. I don't expect to really get to do this but figure if I am for it, I might actually start getting it in. lol. My goal is by the end of the day to have 5 - 1 minute sessions on top of my morning routine. This way if I miss morning routine, I can make these 5 -1 minute sessions into 5 - 10 minute sessions. We shall see what happens.

The SP way is little goals. So that is why it is so little. I hope to build a habit. Wish me luck. BTW Thanks to SP for an awesome site with great SP community. You guys always are great. Thanks emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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FORZACHANDMATT 9/4/2014 10:35AM

    This is a great idea and I'm trying to incorporate this as well

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I have a healthier lifestyle than I thought.

Friday, November 15, 2013

I was recently visiting relatives and had a great time but did not have my normal routine. By the end of 4 or 5 days, I was craving vegetables, outside time, and even exercise. I thought I really didn't like exercising so it really blew my mind when I missed not doing it. Lol emoticon

  
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SHAYSIE 11/18/2013 7:47AM

    It's amazing how lifestyle changes can help us to feel better! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MRSKATEDUVALL 11/17/2013 4:46PM

    It's nice when we notice that good steps are now habbits

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The reports tell all

Thursday, October 31, 2013

How many times do you say, "I will skip my workout today. It will be fine. I do it most days." I didn't think I was saying it much until I ran the spark people reports. Ouch! That hurt. I saw that what I thought was maybe once a week may really be 2 sometimes 3 skips a week. Life is busy and you think it will be fine. Not true. If you aren't taking good care of yourself, who will. Eventually your body will say it is my turn for your attention and bring you down. So prevent that by running reports and seeing if you really are being truthful with yourself. The reports tell all! emoticon

  
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CAROLISCIOUS 11/4/2013 1:19PM

    I LOVE the data! It really motivates me to do better...and how can you do better if you don't know where you are?

Great eye-opening blog!
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JIBBIE49 11/2/2013 12:58AM

    Hugs

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NELLJONES 11/1/2013 7:23AM

    Nothing like a graph to show how you are doing.

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Water skiing is a lot like weight-loss. Check it out. lol

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Weight loss is a lot like water skiing. If you do everything right then you are able to get up on the skies. Other times, the water is choppy and very hard to get up even when you are doing everything right. Those are the times you stay in a squatted position longer until all of sudden you are up and flowing. Then you can stand tall.

Then you follow the boat for a while and boredom sets in. So you want to shake things up. You decide to jump the wake and go to smoother water. It is very difficult to ease into it. Best to say "I am going for it!" --Hold your breath and cut right into it with power and boldness.

Then you are rocking a long enjoying the ride. Water is smooth and you feel like you could out-run the boat. Then another boat goes by and you get these large swells. You better bend your knees so you don't loose your balance as they pass under you. Once they pass you are good to go again. Sometimes they knock you down and your skies come completely off. Sometimes you have to swim a ways to even get your skies, but it is worth the swim to have another chance to FLY on water. lol

Other times you are rocking along and you just get tired. That's when you take a break and relax. Then you are ready to go again. Sometimes you aren't ready to try again, but it is getting dark and you don't want to miss the chance to go again because summer is ending. So you throw your ragged body overboard and say, "JUST DO IT! YOU WILL BE GLAD YOU DID!" lol

So that is how weight loss is. Have fun skiing emoticon

  
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NELLJONES 10/13/2013 7:43AM

    I've never been bored while waterskiing. It takes all my attention to stay upright.

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COLLEENROSTE 10/13/2013 3:21AM

    nice analogy

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GRANDMABABA 10/13/2013 12:17AM

    Interesting perspective.

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HABITATVITALITY 10/12/2013 11:02PM

    Love it! Very clever and imaginative!

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