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Day 9 ~ Paradigm Shift


Saturday, July 14, 2012

Today I was really tired...I got to sleep late, and then my babies were up at the crack of dawn! I took an exercise break today....since I haven't taken one in 10 straight days, so much needed!

I also was doing some thinking today, about my priorities. What I was thinking is... I really need to be putting all this energy, that I put into weightloss, back into my family. I know there are two sides to this equation... which are either-keep on the way I am, where I have been obsessing about my weight and calories and food, constantly focused on myself....or I can take what I know, and apply it to life in a balanced way....living and socializing, and being carefree, yet responsible.

The latter may come easy to some....and I think it will for me also, once I change my focus.
My focus right now needs to be more on my children, they're only little for so long....that doesn't mean i'm giving up on myself, it just means I need to focus on their young lives and their childhood, more than my needs right now.

How do I plan on making this happen? Well for starters, i'm going to continue eating well and sharing healthy food with my kids and husband....and I also plan on exercising everyday, but with more of a focus on my kids coming first- and what they need (meaning no more making them wait for me to finish a boring exercise video, before taking them outside to play.) Instead, i'm going to make running around and chasing, and playing tag, and running through the sprinkler, and dancing for the heck of it in the yard, and walks, and bike rides and helping my husband with unloading straw bales, and more farm chores in general....be my " living life to the fullest exercise!"

Another thing I was thinking, is I spend too much time on the computer! I need to take a couple steps back and recharge my life batteries!

I still want to be a part of the Spark community, but I think what needs to happen is I just need to keep a paper journal through the week...and then on either Saturdays or Sundays take time to update my progress here on Spark.

Please don't worry...i'm not quitting! I'm just making a shift.

In the past when i've taken situations that i've been obsessive about, and I change my focus the situations have gotten better. That's what i'm thinking will happen with my weightloss, when I start living my life to the fullest- and enjoying- and taking things in with a child like heart....things will fall into place! Or I should say, tighten into place....hahaha!

Thank you for listening friends! I'll be catching up with you very soon!
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SHIMMYFIT 7/29/2012 7:37PM

    Thank you so much for my Sparkgoodie! I can really relate to wanting to make exercise more fun with a focus on just living life! I think that's a great, realistic approach. I also felt like I'd been spending too much time on the computer. I've been pretty good about making good food choices and getting a little exercise, but I haven't been logging the way I want to. My husband has finally agreed to start running with me at the park near our house, so I hope that helps me with some consistency. You are doing great! Keep it up and have fun!

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HAPPYERIN 7/16/2012 10:12PM

    No doubt you will find an excellent balance maintaining your health and your time with your family. Both are very important!

I remember going to the local park as a kid and rolling down hills with my dad, skipping with my mom, all kinds of crazy activities with them, and they were SO much fun. Your kids will remember those times forever!

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GRACEMCC45 7/15/2012 4:15PM

    You can definitely find a balance that works for you and your family! Just today, with Brad only home for a short weekend, I was thinking of all the blogs and stuff I still hadn't caught up on for the week, etc etc. No.

So Brad and I packed a picnic lunch (so. much. fruit.) and hit a local lake to eat, play frisbee, and just laze around. It was fantastic!! And muchly needed!

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BRADMILL2922 7/15/2012 11:11AM

    There is definitely a balance that can be found. Just don't forget to take care of you because if you do that, the kids will be better off for it! Good luck with it and we look forward to hearing your progress!

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AMYROSEC 7/14/2012 10:59AM

    You will have fun being active with the kids:) I was a stay at home mom and I enjoyed every minute with them they are young adults now. That is great with providing them with healthy food as well.
Spending too much time on the computer is an issue for me as well easy to do here on Spark. With my kids grown and unemployed have time on my hand though, however still would like to be on the computer less.
Have fun with the kids and will see you on the weekends!

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MISHAMW 7/14/2012 10:39AM

    My mom was a stay at home mother, and though I had tons of fights with her, I love and appreciate that she was there for me. I think you ideas are great. You can even take one further, and see if the kids want to do exercising with you!

I think you have the right idea about spending too much time on the computer. The majority of people do as well as watch too much tv. Though I am probably the prime example of "spending too much time on the computer and tv," I also have little to no responsibilities. I don't have a job, don't have kids or a boyfriend/husband. I don't even have any "real" friends. I work out and that's it. That's my life right now. Trying to get healthy. Then in two months, I will be all about school!

Good luck and I hope this works out well for you!

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JAOTTO 7/14/2012 1:41AM

  Good Job.

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