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Sunday, November 14, 2010

I did strength training at the gym yesterday. At the end of my session, the Fit Linx system said I'd lifted 12, 650 pounds. How did I do that? If you put a box weighing 12, 650 pounds on the ground in front of me there is no way I could lift it.

On the chest press, I lift 20 pounds at a time. On the leg press I lift 95 pounds. I do 10 machines, 2 sets on each machine, 10 to 15 repetitions in each set. So I lifted that weight 20 to 95 pounds at a time. In other words, I take it one step at a time and it adds up. That is one of the most important things I've learned at Spark People - take it one step at a time. Don't try to lose 10 pounds in a week, be happy if you lose one. Don't start by running a marathon, aim for 10 minutes of walking a day. Start small and build on those small steps.

Do what's possible, and do it consistently, and you'll be amazed what you can accomplish.

Here's a sweet little poem by Emily Dickinson about possibilities:

I dwell in Possibility
A fairer House than Prose
More numerous of Windows
Superior for Doors

Of Chambers as the Cedars
Impregnable of Eye
And for an Everlasting Roof
The Gambrels of the Sky

Of Visitors the fairest
For Occupation This
The spreading wide my narrow Hands
To gather Paradise

Emily Dickinson

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
JOYATLAST 12/23/2010 10:18PM

    Do what is possible consistently.

I'll second that! And very impressive, by the way.

I choose to dwell in Possibility. Love the poem.

Merry Christmas to you and yours.


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JCORYCMA 11/21/2010 8:35PM

    What a great blog! So inspiring! AND just the words that I needed to see. I thought I had subscribed to your blogs, but didn't get notice so I'm going to try again. I love the poems that you share.

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KALISWALKER 11/18/2010 8:14PM

    You are right, one step at a time will get you there!

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ALIBROM 11/18/2010 5:34PM

    For some reason, your blog and Emily Dickinson's poem is making me cry. I really need to be reminded of what you just said in your blog. Thank you.

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CANDOK1260 11/16/2010 9:04PM

    love your blog. great poem. Your strength sounds really hard . You doing great . emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ASPENHUGGER 11/16/2010 11:32AM

    I don't think I'd read that poem before, and it certainly is apropos, isn't it! Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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TURQUOISELOTUS 11/14/2010 7:30PM

    Great blog! And so true. Little bit by little bit does add up over time. Thanks for the timely reminder - and for the poem by Emily Dickinson. One of my favourites!


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ALLIEINSHAPE 11/14/2010 6:20PM

    Good for you doing all that strength training! One step at a time adds up to many. Thanks for the lovely poem too.

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JUNEAU2010 11/14/2010 5:15PM

    I read Emily Dickinson when I was in high school, but have not recently. Thanks for sharing!

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NADJAZZ 11/14/2010 4:46PM

    Thank you for the reminder on taking it one step at a time. I am feeling overwhelmed at the moment, but thanks to your advice, I'll break it down a litte at a time. For the moment, I'm focusing on meal planning for the week, and organizing my kitchen. I guess that's enough for today.

The poem is beautiful in its simplicity, and it touched me...because I, too, dwell in Possibility. I love having choices, evaluating my options, not being boxed in...the Gambrels of the Sky for my roof! Thanks for sharing this.

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JOYATLAST 11/14/2010 4:04PM

    Love it!

And the poem is lovely.

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