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First Week At Gym..... Third Week of Herbal Life.... Complete!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Okay so I learned a lot this week! I learned that dynamic stretching is better then static stretching, (*if you work out and stretching is part of your daily training then look up "dynamic stretching"!), I learned that eating a serving of cottage cheese before bed helps keeps your metabolism working while you sleep because the dairy digest slowly, and I learned that I have a long way to go!! LOL The first day of training I had to a fitness test to see where I was and what I needed to do to get to where I wanted to be. So she had me do some balancing test and strength test. LOL....okay so then we get to the, "do as many push-ups as you can," part and I was like yeah okay...lol...and I tried....and lets just say that my nose never left the mat! LOL I know someone reading this can feel my pain through my laughter! lol...
So, I realized I am about to have a crash course in patience... I am a lets do this and get immediate results kinda girl! I have been working out a week, doing Herbal life 3 and only decided to make all these changes 6 weeks ago and it feels like I have been doing it for months!! I know it will take time and a lot of hard work and determination also. I think I am just more of afraid of getting bored with my journey and quitting. I have not done well with finishing much of what I start in life, especially diets and exercise.
In my heart this time feels different though. When I decided to do all of this, not just eating right, Herbalife, and the gym but letting go of a lot of just garbage in my life I knew this was not just something I was gonna walk away from. Instead of dieting, binging, and being depressed I decided I was going to make a complete lifestyle change, no dieting, no overwhelming long term goals, nothing that would cause me to give up! I was going to set myself up for success this time! lol and I am doing it!
One day at a time, one mistake at a time, one meal at a time...lol I suppose I am just a little nervous and keeping memories of past attempts just keeps me on my toes! It is not what I did 2 years ago, last year or last month, however what I do today and tomorrow that determines where I will be in 6 months, a year, five years even!
Everyday that I successfully achieve my goals makes me so proud of myself. It gives me determination and motivation for tomorrow! I am so thankful for my Herbalife peoples and the people here a Spark! The greatest thing I have learned though overall is that I am not alone in this and that is the most wonderful piece of knowledge I can have right now!
So, week two begins tomorrow. I will try and check in before next week if I have the energy! lol ;o)
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PENNYLEWIS 10/13/2009 2:50PM

    Sounds like you have gotten off to a good start!!! I LOVE your enthusiasm. Ive been at this for 25 months and still going. There is no going back , only forward this time. So far I have lost 60lbs. Slow and steady but I am in the best health of my life. What has kept me going is persistance. Just keep moving forward no matter what. I exercise 5 days a week. I use the elliptical. I do it first thing in the morning before I wake up. Hehe. Im done before I know it. I also do weights with 8 lbs dumbells 3 days/week. I drink herbalife shakes twice a day and a colorful meal. I try to stay between 1300-1500 calories a day. I have to say it has been an interesting journey. I have learned things about myself that I didnt know. I have changed a little only for the better. Im more outgoing and Im more confident. It has been a personal growth experience. I do have to say I was prepared for the changed outside but I didnt realize the changes that would happen inside. So far I have been able to deal with them but I didnt realize that it would happen too. I wish you the best on your quest to be an happier and fit YOU!!!!

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REDMNM1004 10/11/2009 7:03PM

    Thank u so much Terry! I need to hear those things, because my human nature says, "Get of the treadmill & get back on the couch!," lol I am not giving up though! & most certainly ignore human nature! ;o)

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TERRYN3 10/11/2009 6:57PM

    Hi Redmnm1004! First of all, congratulations on making the commitment to a healthier new you and to completing your first week! It is tough in the beginning and I know exactly how you feel. It is really hard to get started on a "lifestyle change" even when it is totally what you want to do! We don't prefer change - it is simply human nature to rebel against change preferring status quo. You know it takes 3-4 weeks to make a habit (some say 4-6 weeks!). Hang in there girlfriend! You are halfway there! Before you know it you will be in a routine of herbalife shakes and healthy eating and exercise. The fitness routine may take a little longer to be comfortable with as you work through different types of exercises to find the one you are most comfortable with. One of my girlfriends swears by walking - that's all she does. She never gains weight. Another of my girlfriends swims, both for fitness and stress management. She never gains weight either. I haven't yet found anything I liked as much as Jazzercise, but the classes are too far since I moved. Don't get discouraged! Keep on trying different fitness routines until you find the one that you love!

Remember, this is a journey and you are not alone! I'm here for you.
Terry
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