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The obstacles we erect!

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

I read a LOT of blogs. I find useful information, recipes, fitness tips, etc. I also see my own behaviors in others writings and it helps me be accountable to myself. It also gives me a broad picture of the types of obstacles we face on our journey to "Health & Nutrition".

This journey is not a Saturday afternoon drive through the park. It is an arduous journey over difficult roads with many obstacles. While some are unavoidable (injuries, illnesses, family crisis, etc) many are. We tend to erect our OWN obstacles. It's almost as if we are "reluctant" to reach our destination or want to "prolong" the journey.

I'm no psychologist but I have lived decades being obese and I recognize that we set up our own obstacles. Let me list some. Perhaps you will recognize some of them. We can't knock them down until we see them accurately.

1) Free food can't be passed up. If they offered you free poison would you take it? How about free garbage? A lot of the FREE food we eat is detrimental to our healthy journey. Free is not CALORIE free. How often do you eat the samples at the grocery? Those calories COUNT. Are YOU counting them?

2) But I had a coupon! Re-read number 1.

3) It was a celebration. There are too many holidays in a year to eat with abandon and I won't even mention the 6 week buffet from Thanksgiving to New Year's. Some holidays drag on because we can't resist the 1/2 price Halloween and Easter candy (see #1 again). Then there are the birthdays - ours, family, friends, coworkers, weddings, funerals, office parties, etc. Not to mention church pot-lucks, fellowship meals, poker night, Bonco, Girl's night etc.

4) I'm between challenges so I'm taking a break. A break from what? Your body does not quit absorbing calories and turning them into fat just because you are not currently in a challenge! My personal physician recently said that weight regained quickly is ALL fat.

5) I'm too tired to cook. You don't have to cook to eat healthy. You can buy prebagged salad, veggies, fruit, healthy frozen entrees, sandwich fixings and soup ready to go!

6) I like to eat out! Me too! I have a list of "healthy options" for all the main restaurants: McDonald's, Wendy's, Subway, Applebee's, Chili's, Friday's, Uno's, even Red Robin. You just have to have your plan before you go and STICK to it!

7) I don't have time to exercise. Everyone has time. You don't have to do it in one long session. Have 5 minutes waiting at the busstop? Do Calf raises, Side Bends, Hip Flexors, etc. On hold with technical support - grab two weights and do some bicep curls, triceps extensions and squats. The same goes for standing at the copier. There is always time for fitness!

8) I'm on vacation! Even on vacation you can make better choices. Getting fitness can be fun - hiking, kayaking, swimming, dancing, and walking! Make "better" food choices. There is always a BETTER option even if you don't eat the watercress sandwich with a glass of water (joking). My point is just that you CAN be healthy even while having fun!

These are just some of the obstacles we set up for ourselves. I do think for people that have fought obesity for years there is a bit of a "fear" about getting to goal. For some of us our obesity has been an EXCUSE to "not". The "nots" vary from individual to individual but as long as we can tell ourselves "they didn't like me because I was fat" or "they didn't promote me because I am fat" we don't have to question if it was some OTHER reason.

Bottom line - this journey is difficult enough - don't erect your OWN obstacles!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MYSTERY-LADY1 4/18/2012 5:03PM


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SHOAPIE 4/18/2012 4:38PM


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MOMMY445 4/18/2012 2:41PM

    you definitely hit the nail on the head! Great blog!

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WORLDSERIES11 4/18/2012 1:40PM

    Great review of the "obstacles" we face and create for ourselves.
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LIVELYGIRL2 4/18/2012 1:10PM

  Some of these excuses sound too familiar to many of us, and we appreciate you for pointing them out. You expressed it very well, and this is 1/2 the battle.Seeing the truth

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LAINYC 4/18/2012 12:56PM


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SIRCATNIP1 4/18/2012 12:36PM

    Good blog

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GALINAZ 4/18/2012 12:15PM

    You hit the nail on the head! "Free" food is one of my downfalls, you're write up puts it in the right perspective for me, thanks!

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SKYSEARCHER 4/18/2012 11:50AM

    Yup! :-)

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THE_NEW_MELISSA 4/18/2012 10:55AM

    Absolutely! No excuses! Great blog :)

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HASHCOOK 4/18/2012 10:26AM


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SJKENT1 4/18/2012 10:25AM

    Yes... thank you for writing today.

Obstacles... oh yeah.

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NSTARSMITH 4/18/2012 10:07AM

    Well blogged - this is a good summary of the self-designed challenges we have to face down - sometimes daily!!! Thanks! Spark ON!

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BRISTA128 4/18/2012 10:05AM

    Free food is so hard for me to pass on because I'm not exactly rich but I really should NOT eat Little Ceasers pizza on a regular basis, even if it is free!

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MESEATURTLE 4/18/2012 10:04AM

    Thank u thank u!!!

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MIMIDOT 4/18/2012 9:56AM

    You are so right! We make excuses without really thinking. You hit the nail right on the head!!!! Great blog!

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CLAYARTIST 4/18/2012 9:54AM


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LMULLINS4LIFE 4/18/2012 9:49AM

    Thank you!!! So true!!!

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NCSUE0514 4/18/2012 9:09AM

    Great post - thanks.

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DJSHIP46 4/18/2012 8:52AM

    Thanks for sharing. I feel pretty good about the progress I've made in most of these areas and it's alway super to be reminded of progress!!! emoticon

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FARIS71 4/18/2012 8:38AM

    Oh my goodness I can't get over #1. That hit me like a ton of bricks! Nope, wouldn't want free poison or garbage. Definitely something to keep in mind.

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PASKALINI 4/18/2012 8:35AM

    I loved all the advice it made me smile thanks for posting!

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DEBK0923 4/18/2012 8:32AM

    Great blog, good job

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HEARTS116 4/18/2012 8:27AM

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SIZE8NOTSOMUCH 4/18/2012 7:43AM

    Have you been looking over my shoulder, and are you SURE that if it's free or I have a coupon the food STILL has calories!!!
Thank you,

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KIPPER15 4/18/2012 7:21AM

    Such a true list. I love it. I am my own biggest obstacle. emoticon

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EUEK098 4/18/2012 6:44AM

    So true

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PENOWOK 4/18/2012 6:30AM


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TATTER3 4/18/2012 6:19AM

    Keep Sparkin'!!

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SUSANK16 4/18/2012 5:24AM

  It is a matter of perspective. Thanks for showing a good one.

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TONYVAND1 4/18/2012 4:46AM

  Thanks I liked that and it is good advise for us all.

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LYNMEINDERS 4/18/2012 3:54AM

    Brilliant blog as always....very thought provocating

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HONEYKISSES1313 4/17/2012 9:54PM

    good advice

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JENNAAW 4/17/2012 7:53PM

    The points you make are so true. Of that list my two biggest obstacles are eating at family gatherings (I do fine at non-family ones) because I have a few relatives who get very insulted if I don't eat their dishes and it is impossible to reason with them. I deal with it by only visiting 2-3 times a year. My other obstacle is eating on long road trips. Hubby likes to eat and restaurants and is not keen on my packing food. We have eaten at some really bad places; taste and nutrition-wise!

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EGALITAIRE 4/17/2012 6:05PM

    Great blog and great list. I agree that for me that obstacles were/are all my own. I have a nutritional plan that I know works - I have seen the results - I don't have to eat anything that is not "on-plan".

Not to take anything away from your great list, but I would like to add a personal favourite - I don't have to eat everything on my plate.

And a corollary - its OK to waste food on occasion.

Wow - what great food for thought - and its low cal.

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CAMAEL100 4/17/2012 5:24PM

    So absolutely right on all counts. And I do think I put obstacles up against me getting to my goal. I always slow down when nearing it and never quiet getting there! This time is different. This time I have the Spark!!!

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MAMAWALMART 4/17/2012 4:59PM

Sears isn't the only one dropping knowledge on me.
Thank you for the great Blog.

Keep Smiling

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HEALTHY4ME 4/17/2012 4:55PM

    I "liked " this cos I hope lots of people get to read it. So very true - we are on this journey and it should be a daily journey! Well put.

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TRISTAROSE 4/17/2012 3:42PM

    Awesome blog .... sure gave me something to think about!

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A-STRONGER-ME 4/17/2012 3:26PM


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BANDITOBOY 4/17/2012 3:20PM

    Loved your blog entry! I'm having a hard time moving past #3. I find myself indulging in homemade food that I only get at holidays. I try to take small portions, but usually end up with small portions of too many high-calorie foods. Putting it down on paper like you did helps us all think about the obstacles so we can come up with a plan to address them. Thanks for making me think it through!

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