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The Early Bird Gets The Worm

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Since my last blog, life is still consuming my time and leaving little left for myself. After a long talk with a dear friend, a Spark friend in fact, I realized that it was time to change up my routine.

I have never been one to get up early in the morning, let alone exercise early in the morning. Since starting work, exercise has been challenging. There's not enough time in the morning and I am too tired at night. So, changes had to be made if I truly wanted to continue this journey.

Last night, I made the decision to start getting up at 5:30 and working out within a half hour. So, the alarm got set and I did indeed wake up and exercise first thing this morning. It was hard to motivate at first. I had to force myself but once I started, I easily fell into it and finished. It really was a relief to go to work knowing that it was behind me for the day.

My second change came in the form of getting my thoughts out on paper. I try to set goals on here but generally forget about them once I get busy. So, I bought a binder and some dividers and set up a journal divided into sections that will represent several 3 month spans. I decided to break my journey up into 3 month spurts. It's overwhelming to look at the big picture so I am breaking it down to something that seems more real. Each day, I list a specific set of goals that I want to work on for that day, something motivational such as a bible verse or quote and some of my own reflections about the day. It felt more real having it on paper, right in front of me.

There is no question in my mind that I want this more than anything. I have every tool that I could possibly need to succeed. I have been in a rut off and on for quite some time now and I think it is just time to reanalyze things and make the necessary changes. Obviously what worked three years ago, is not what is going to work for me now. Schedules change, we change and we have to learn to adapt to where we are right now. Right now, I am balancing a lot more than I was three years ago. I will get up earlier each day and make myself a priority first thing. It will be much easier to rest at night knowing I started the day doing something good for myself.
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SUNPANTHER 9/2/2012 10:59PM

    Well done. Sounds like a determined plan. Hang in there!

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1HAPPYSPIRIT 9/1/2012 5:09PM

    I hope all is progressing well with your new plan!!! Stay strong with your dedication and you will succeed!

Looking forward to the LEMON Fall Challenge!

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DAUGHTEROFTWIN 8/31/2012 10:00AM

    I just wanted you to know that THIS blog has been the inspiration to change my routine. For the 3rd day now, I have gotten up between 4:20-4:50 to get my exercise "done for the day." I don't think anyone could possibly imagine how ABSOLUTELY uncharacteristic this is for me. this morning, I woke 10 minutes before the alarm went off, tried to talk myself out of going to the gym today because my knee was aching and got up and went anyway (after taking a couple OTC pain relievers). I love how I feel throughout the day now-even if I am really dragging tail by 7:00 p.m.

I cannot express my gratitude enough. This is just what I needed to pull me out of my slump.

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FATBOTTOMGRL1 8/30/2012 7:39PM

    emoticon Lisa~~ you do want this and you proving it to yourself!! No one is more important. So proud of you!! I am thankful I work nights because I am not a morning person. Even when I flew to Aruba, I did not want to wake up at 4am. So HUGE KUDOS to you for getting up!

You are on your way and I look forward to seeing your progress.. I will be right beside you to cheer emoticon you on!

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SUSAN134 8/27/2012 8:58PM

    Wow...you have a wonderful plan - AND - you are actually following through with it. I needed to read this as exercise has been my bug-a-boo and I needed the inspiration to motivate myself to set up something similar to what you have done. I also love the 3-month-span goal journal. Thank you so much for sharing.

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DYNAMICDEB53 8/27/2012 2:12PM

    Oh those early hours are a little hard to get use to, I had to make some changes with mine also, but it is getting easier and the great thing is that I am getting my early walks in and that helps my day.
I am glad you have such a great friend who you can talk to. I think keeping a journal is a great way to keep in touch with your feeling and how things are going. Its a great idea. Think I should think about that again.
Have a great week and hope all these little changes help you to keep on the journey to a healthier you.
Hugs and smiles
Deb

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BAYBELIEVER 8/27/2012 1:17PM

    Lisa - I think this is a great plan and way to go! You are right, putting goals in Sparkpeople might not be all WE need. Putting it in front of our face every day, now that might be a little more helpful each time I go to the refrigerator.

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MELTEAGUE 8/23/2012 8:10AM

    What a great plan! Working on creating positive habits is such a helpful thing and that "log" or journal will do wonders too!

Keep track of how you feel after eating foods and see if you see any patterns evolve, like a mid afternoon slump for instance. ( then take note of what you ate at lunch)

You are on the way to success! WHOO HOO! Keep it up!


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RUN2MYDREAMS 8/23/2012 8:02AM

    I absolutely emoticon your mindset! You are going to reach your goals Lisa! You are one determined strong lady! God believes in you & so do I!

emoticon Love you!

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DAUGHTEROFTWIN 8/23/2012 7:25AM

    I'm proud of you for just doing what needs to be done. No more excuses.

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_SARIE_ 8/23/2012 6:21AM

    Good luck! Dont forget that getting up earlier means going to bed a bit earlier so you don't get burnt out.

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JENNCABA 8/23/2012 1:59AM

    Yes that is a great plan !! Finding what works to help us with our goals is part of our journey to become healthier.... emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SHRINK_U 8/23/2012 12:41AM

    Nice plan.. I HAVE to start waking up earlier and getting my exercise done sooner. Good for you on the organization and plan :0

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RFJSJ50 8/22/2012 11:34PM

    Lisa,
I need to think of ways to get out of my rut, just as you are doing. I'm not committed to success and my journey is in reverse!
Thanks for the motivation your words gave to me.
Sheila

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BE-THE-CHANGE 8/22/2012 11:24PM

    Way to go, Lisa!

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MANILUS 8/22/2012 11:11PM

    Great job, keep it up!!!

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BLESSED2BEME 8/22/2012 10:48PM

    Good for you! I keep reminding me that I am the only one who can make my plan work. Tools are everywhere, we just have to pick them up and put them to good use! Looks like that is what you are doing now:)

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SASHA521 8/22/2012 10:44PM

    I think coming to the conclusion that planning and making time to exercise is a great accomplishment. And using the notebook to visualize and remind yourself of your goals is also a good step forward in the right direction on making your goals and reaching your potential! Way to go!
I'm working on doing the same...I already get up at 5 so getting up earlier isn't gonna work for me, but I'm working some things out!
Keep up the great work and positivity! emoticon

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HIGGS02 8/22/2012 10:36PM

    Congrats! I have started getting up earlier. The only days I don't are the ones that I know I will be working twice as hard at work. So I let myself sleep in. Hoping tomorrow I can get up early and it won't be a problem!!! HAHA!!! Keep up the good work!!

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CHERYLSBUTT 8/22/2012 10:31PM

    way to go
making it about you is a key to success


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