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Personal Responsibility

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

As I am reading the latest issue of FitnessRX, I find an article on The Globesity Cure Fighting Fat and Winning. There is a box titled Personal Responsibility. It states that the major causes of obesity include lack of exercise and diets that are high in calories, the bad fats and refined sugars.

That seems obvious, doesn't it? Yet, many people struggle with weight issues, myself included. I know that, for me, if I were not as active as I am I would be having some major issues with my weight. I still remember when I was at my heaviest and saw my reflection in the doors as I walked up to a building. I did not like what I saw.

I was attending a culinary program at the time and I, along with my classmates, was gaining weight at a fast rate. It did not help that we had access to the donuts, cookies and meals that we prepared. My wake-up call came when a fellow student commented that I eat a lot of sugar. I realized I had a problem since my classmates were noticing and they only saw a small part of what I was eating each day. Unfortunately, that was several years ago and I still eat too much sugar. Not only that, but I eat too much in general.

I often use the excuse that it is too hard to eat healthy because there are so many temptations everywhere I go. However, that is just placing the blame on someone else and not taking responsibility to do what I personally need to do to be healthy and fit.

No more excuses! So, what are things that I can do?
1.) Limit processed foods. Focus on eating foods as close to their natural state as possible. (Translate: Stop eating so much bread and eat my grains intact)
2.) Eat more meals at home. Restaurant foods are often highly processed and prepared with a lot of oil.
3.) Drink more water. I often mistake thirst for hunger.
4.) Keep the fiber intake high. This should be easy if I am eating foods close to their natural state.
5.) Limit my time sitting before my computer screen. Get up and move!
6.) Add weight training to my exercise routine
7.) Keep added sugars to no more than 5% of calories

I received the inspiration for this blog from that article, but it does not match what the author (Thomas Fahey) suggested. The last one I got this one from Jeff Novick on Dr. McDougall’s site and this is the one that I am going to have to work the hardest at achieving.

What are things that you can do to help you reach your goal?

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

LIV2RIDE 1/9/2013 6:50AM

    I pretty much need to focus on the same things you listed. I need to stop eating all the bread and sugar and chips. I need to get up from my desk every hour or so and walk no matter if it is just around the office. I need to drink water like it's my job. These are my diet related goals for 2013.

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WALKINGMAMMA 1/8/2013 12:55PM

    emoticon Yes, too true! I think that this is one of the biggest keys to success....Accept responsibility for your choices! You are NOT a victim... emoticon

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CAGMUAHFO2 1/8/2013 10:23AM

    Thank you for sharing!!

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I did my run outside today...

Monday, January 07, 2013

... and, boy, was I huffing and puffing. I wore ice grippers on my shoes since there was ice under the snow on the road. I did not slip on my run and I seemed to be all right from my fall down the steps yesterday. I hit the edge of each one as I slid down the steps. Lucky for me, there was only 5 steps. It is times like that when I pull myself up and am thankful that I have been working out these past few years and have a stronger body than I did years ago.

Back to my run, I did about three miles doing one of the cadence and acceleration gliders drills and magic mile from the Jeff Galloway app. I did not have my garmin and went back and forth on the more level spots on my route and when I finished my Nike + registered close to the mileage on the app. So, I think my pace was what it was supposed to be for the ratio I selected for the walk/run.

It was good to run outside again; the temperature was above freezing. I missed the high temp for the day, but it felt so good to run and not have to stare at a wall.

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GLASSHUNTER 1/9/2013 9:56PM

  Be careful! Be safe! 3 miles is a good run!!!!

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HEALTHYLADY12 1/7/2013 10:31PM

    your a brave lady :) running outside is great

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LIV2RIDE 1/7/2013 9:03PM

    I'm so glad you weren't hurt from your fall. But I'm really excited that you got back outside. emoticon emoticon

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Is there a cure for stupidity?

Sunday, January 06, 2013

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DS9KIE 1/6/2013 10:27PM

    emoticon is the smarter one

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FRAN0426 1/6/2013 6:54PM

    Some one had a lot of time on their hands---sad

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GERIKRAGH 1/6/2013 3:11PM

    There is a cure for stupidity: education!

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FIT4MEIN2013 1/6/2013 2:02PM

    There should be a tax on stupidity; there would be no national debt!

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PICKIE98 1/6/2013 2:00PM

    "Just shows to go ya:Looks and money do not a smart person make! " My Grandma Shaorn

"There's one born every minute" P.T. Barnum

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BECKYSRN 1/6/2013 1:26PM

    Loved the end! And no, there is no cure for stupidity!

Comment edited on: 1/6/2013 1:27:23 PM

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LIV2RIDE 1/6/2013 12:28PM

    The frog got revenge in the end!

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COLLEENROSTE 1/6/2013 11:48AM

    emoticon missing my kitty even more after watching this- brought a smile to my face

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My new running inspiration video

Friday, January 04, 2013

I believe I can fly
I believe I can touch the sky
I think about it every day, spread my wings and fly away

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GYMRAT_AT44 1/27/2013 12:06AM

    Funny! I think that is the first time I have seen a sloth.

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DS9KIE 1/7/2013 11:09PM


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COOP9002 1/4/2013 1:18PM

    Thanks for sharing.

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DDESERTDDAWN 1/4/2013 9:29AM

    Good luck with your training!!!


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LIV2RIDE 1/4/2013 9:24AM

    emoticon And here I was expecting to see the video from Seal.

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RSSSLHB 1/4/2013 9:24AM


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Happy New Years

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

I hope you all had great holidays, now it is time to move forward and decorate that good things jar.

What a great way to stay focused on the positive.

Have a happy day today!


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