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Walk Faster

Thursday, April 26, 2012

I need to get started on this weeks goal...luckily we can decide when the week begins, so today it begins. After last weeks over the top exercise program, I think I need to just focus on something a tad smaller. Although I had some great success last week, 3 lbs down, by the time it was done, I was wiped out and hungry so it was easy to slow my pace to a standstill and shove food in my face. That's the opposite of what I'm trying to do here.

Not long back a fellow spark with great success said that if she couldn't see herself doing it for the rest of her life, she wasn't going to do it now. When it comes to this journey, I guess that makes sense for me. If I over exert, I will get tired and walk away feeling unsuccessful. I came very close to feeling that way yesterday but thanks to Spark, I was able to turn that around and just keep moving. One persons downfall may be cupcakes, for me, its over doing it. I get all excited when the energy hits me just right, I get really into what I'm doing but then I just peter out, take a few days off which then leads to a week off and then it all goes to hell. It's something I have to keep a watchful eye on because its just so damn easy to walk away when you are sore and tired.

So, this weeks goal is just to walk faster, wherever and whenever I am walking, I want to do it faster. I have a turtle pace about me, very mellow persona, not much riles me up...I'm chill like a hippy and I glide through the day. But I could be burning up calories if I just put a little umph into it. I have a co-worker that reminds me of a humming bird. She is this tiny, thin woman in her 40's who has a super high energy level. She swoops by, walks faster than most, happy and go lucky kind of gal...I have a feeling all of that fast pace walking keeps her thin. She handles the maintenance of the building so she is always on her feet but you can just seen the difference between the two of us, her energy against mine, her pace against mine, her body size against mine...I want to be more like a humming bird so this week I will focus on faster walks wherever they may lead.

Heading out for a 20 minute walk now with my long legged co-worker, the praying mantis, LOL. Her strides are long and fast and sometimes she gets bored and just starts running. I'm not sure if I should take that personal or not, LOL. She is a great walking partner!
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    That is why this site encourages doing what you like to do and in times and ways that you don't mind doing it for life. I totally agree with this belief. Even to the part about "giving" up a food. I haven't given up anything, I just don't eat it as much or in the same extreme portions as I used to. I actually enjoy it more doing it that way too.

    Even if there are times when you have the time and opportunity and urge to really kick it up and do way more than you normally do, you want to be able to just drop back to your normal routine and not totally stop since you think you will balance it out. So your normal routine should be something you can and want to do the rest of your life. Keep the faith.
    2031 days ago
    The message she was trying to convey is that if she isn't willing to stop eating certain foods forever, then she wouldn't, she would just learn to do it in moderation. She likes cake, she will eat cake, just not as frequent as she had before. Naturally she is losing slower but alas, she is losing. Same thing with exercise, she is willing to do it 3-4 days a week, but not 7 days a week...that type of thing. I was pushing for 7 days of exercise and while I accomplished the task, it hit me hard and made the next week less successful, I even gained because of this behavior. I was so tired after all of that that I just caved. So I can't commit to 7 days of exercise for the rest of my life, but I can commit to 3-4 days forever. I think I was in a hurry when I wrote my post and didn't convey what I wanted to convey.
    2033 days ago
    I'm not sure what your successful Sparker told you about not seeing themselves doing 'this' forever. We don't just stop when we meet our 'goal'. Being active and eating right has to be how we live the rest of our lives or we won't be real successes. I DO see myself doing this forever.

    OMG - I had to edit my comment. LONG legged, not ONE legged! hahahahaha. She sounds like a great walking partner :)
    2033 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/27/2012 1:12:12 PM
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