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3WBC #5 Demotivation

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

5. What demotivates you and takes you off your fitness and health goals?

Lack of progress and boredom, hence the idea of "shaking things up" that brought me to this blog challenge. There are good things about having a routine, mainly that you don't have to work out every little detail of every little thing every time. It's great not to have to figure out what to have for breakfast every morning, not to figure out how I'm going to get my exercise done, not to worry about when I will get a rest day. All these are part of routines that work well for me.

But I have gotten to a place where these routines have done as much as they can do for me. They have helped me to progress, but something will have to be different in order to get further. It is unsettling to experiment beyond the tried-and-true, readjust and recalibrate, but I'm pretty sure it's what I need at this point.

One way to break up routine is to take a vacation, and that's exactly what I'm going to do next week! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WHYNOTJ1 11/6/2013 11:30AM

    Shaking things up can be a great "fresh start"!

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3WBC #4 Motivation

Monday, November 04, 2013

4. What motivates you to stay committed to a healthy lifestyle?

Well, thereís the timeline for the Grand Canyon trip (see yesterdayís blog). But mainly there are the benefits I have realized at this midway point. I want to continue to enjoy them and to improve on them. I am motivated by the compliments of the participants in my classes, and by a desire to demonstrate for them what healthy lifestyle changes can do.

I am motivated by my desire to be with and enjoy the company of my family and friends for as long as possible, and maybe to show the younger generations what old people are capable of!

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FIFIFRIZZLE 11/5/2013 6:00AM

    Ooh I never thought of showing the way for the young folks. But yes, we are a lucky generation, we can expect to live longer lives in good health, if we play our cards right. And be in the world more...
Good point there!

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JAMBABY0 11/4/2013 6:48PM

    Good for you, good attetude

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3WBC #3 Grand Canyon

Sunday, November 03, 2013

3. What is your big picture, long-term goal? Why is this goal the one you work towards?

Whoops. I think I muddled up the short, long, and medium term goals. What I talked about yesterday was my ultimate long-term goal, but let me tell you about the fairly-but-not-ultimate long term goal that really got me started.

About a year ago, a good friend of mine talked me into signing up with my DH and a bunch of other crazy Alaskans for a 2-week rafting trip in the Grand Canyon in the fall of 2014. Yup, this is such a rare and rationed experience that you have to sign up for it 2 years in advance. Itís billed as a hikerís extravaganza, with lots of hikes up side canyons along the way. I knew it would be a lot of fun, but I also knew the hiking would be a major misery unless I could unload at least some of the excess baggage I have been toting around lo these past 25 years or so. And then, upon signing up, came the list of physical requirements from the rafting guides:

--Ascend and descend two flights of stairs carrying a 20 pound bag without using a handrail
--Get up on top of a kitchen counter, stand up, and return to the floor without using a stool
--Climb several sets of stairs while urgently needing the bathroom
--Rise from a seated position on the ground up to 30 times a day.
--Balance a plate of food on your lap while eating.
--Suspend your weight from a pull up bar for 15 seconds.
The accompanying letter suggests ďworking on stamina, aerobics, and muscle strengthening between now and your tripĒ.

It was enough to scare me into action. Iím in OK shape for my age and size, but itís a no-brainer that a smaller size and better fitness were definitely called for. And two years was a reasonable time line to achieve it.

Why do I work toward this goal? Well, the rafting trip will be a major load of good fun, a unique and thrilling experience, and the better prepared I am, the better the experience will be. And having the date of the trip for a deadline, and a big deposit down on the cost adds a no-bs urgency to my motivation. Plus, Iím vain enough to want to NOT be the fat, slobby old lady that slows everybody down! emoticon

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GEORGE815 11/4/2013 5:55PM

    Sounds like a great trip!

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WETPTARMIGAN 11/3/2013 7:08PM

    The stairs with the bag I can do already--that happened when I carried the dog food bag (30 lbs) in from the car and realized I used to carry it around on my bod all day long! The stairs and holding my water is also part of my job--sometimes I just have to hold it till the end of class. Food on my lap--sure. That's part of how I got overweight--buffets! Rise from the ground 30 times a day. Ugh. It may not be pretty, but I can do it. The 15 second suspension I haven't actually tried yet. I hope I won't have to dangle from any mile-high ledges, but I'm thinking that it's a stand-in for overall upper body strength (like for paddling & rowing). I'll be working on that one after the 1st of the year. Since most of this is body-weight exercise, I also figure that the lighter the body, the easier the job for my (ahem!) strong muscles. We'll see.

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FIFIFRIZZLE 11/3/2013 2:56PM

What an awesome list of things to have committed to!
How many can you do already?

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3WBC #2

Saturday, November 02, 2013

2. Imagine you have met your new short- or medium-term goal or challenge. What would you like to say happened for you while you were working toward that goal?

What I hope to happen while I work on this challenge is to reaffirm my connection to my long term goals and to reignite the enthusiasm that re-energizes the behavior that makes me progress.

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WHYNOTJ1 11/4/2013 7:47AM

    That is a great way to put it into words.

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FIFIFRIZZLE 11/3/2013 2:31AM

    Sounds like a plan to me! I,m sure this is going to work for you!

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3 Week Blog Challenge #1

Saturday, November 02, 2013

1. Have you set a new short- or medium-term goal or challenge recently? Do you have a goal or challenge that you have been working on for a while? What is it? What do you hope to gain from it?

Well, you're lookin' at it right here. Blogging every day stimulated by questions about my motivations and goals, and wouldn't you know it--I'm already a day behind! What I've been working on for a while--a long while--is releasing excess weight to get my body size into a healthy BMI range. Good progress so far, but only halfway there and hung up on a plateau. What do I hope to gain? Good health, and the ability to enjoy life.

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WHYNOTJ1 11/4/2013 7:46AM

    You'll get past that plateau. Try one or two small changes in diet or exercise (or both) this week to see if you can get over that hurdle! 5 minutes more moving or trimming one portion or snack might make all the difference. I'm typing this for myself right now, too.

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FIFIFRIZZLE 11/3/2013 2:32AM

    No you aren't a day behind! You are the boss of you, so that would ake you right on time.

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MRSKATEDUVALL 11/2/2013 7:04PM

    LOve the idea of a blog challenge

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