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Taking it seriously

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

I've struggled with my weight my whole life, I've been up and down the scales so many times - each loss resulting in a 20+ lb weight gain within a year or two. That's 20 lbs from my original start. I have tried diets and conclude that "dieting" doesn't work. I think mainly because the dieting mindset is temporary vs. lifestyle changes that imply long term adherence.

I've been active most of my life, until recently, in the last few years I've become extremely sedentry without even realizing it. I recently returned to school - as a mom this was really demanding and made exercising a challenge. Looking back, I should have prioritized it more, it might given me more energy and helped to clear my mind. Still, I've been in denial about my sedentary lifestyle, using "business" as an excuse for what amounts to laziness. I'm an intelligent women, I have read plenty of information on health and can't claim ignorance as an excuse. Is it apathy then?

A recent health scare - appendicitis - led to the discovery I have extremely high blood pressure - 174/90. At 42 I am now on heart medication. Not surprisingly, I'm on the verge of diabetes too. My iron counts are low, as they have been most of my adult life. The evidince has smacked me in the face and I can't ignore it - I can't afford to be apathetic any longer. I want to get off my medication and regain a healthy lifestyle, not just for me, but for my whole family.
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    Medical issue were my wake up call also. Nothing like seeing your life flash before your eyes to make you realize how much you want to LIVE!!

    A couple of tricks I use is to put my food in the tracker first thing in the morning. Then I feel like it's written in stone, like I don't want to change it. I do the same thing for the fitness tracker. I have tonights water aerobics and tomorrow night video already logged.

    Also, I tell myself I have to exercise before I can do something I like. For instance, watch a television program or have a special food treat. Tomorrow I will tell myself "You can't watch TV until you do your workout video and then you can have a 100 calorie bag of popcorn".

    It works for me, but you need to play around with what motivates you! emoticon
    1955 days ago
    Thank you!!!!! How long have you been "at it" - what tips might you have for a newbie?
    1956 days ago
    Medical issues are a huge wake up call. That's what has motivated me to hop on the healthy living bandwagon . Day by day, moment by moment, second by second. emoticon emoticon
    1956 days ago
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