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Motivation and planning - and ditching excuses

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

I’m hoping to blog most days this month – I need to renew my motivation and accountability and I guess this is the way.

Coincidentally a good friend of mine here is resolved to blog and post motivational pictures all this month – so I’ll be looking at those with interest.

Had a good eating day yesterday which is great but I moved very little. I can blame my cracked rib – and the fact that on top of that my sciatica returned yesterday. What I know about sciatica and me is that gentle exercise and stretches for my legs and hips generally alleviate the worst of the pain which is motivation in itself. So with no viable excuse for doing absolutely nothing, I spent some time yesterday looking into chair exercises and I tried some of them this morning combined with leg exercises to see how they suit my currently sore state. Went OK so I’ll continue with that for a while. And another coincidence: another SPfriend posted a blog about chair exercises and the fact that with those in mind there really isn’t any 'excuse for excuses' – so to speak. She had already made this point to me and I was glad to have it re-inforced at a moment when I was looking for motivation. There’s always something or someone somewhere on Spark that provides encouragement. emoticon

Other than that I’m hoping for a good food week – I have planned for one on paper but won’t be easy cos I’m away in my little cottage in the country and have visitors – I’m never good at coping with that in respect of food and wine but I’ll just have to try and remind myself to be disciplined at all points and also balance my heavier food days against my lighter ones. The trouble with loving good food and wine is that all my friends tend to have the same lifestyle but I’m hoping they’ll respect what I’m trying to do and not drag me from my path. Question is: - will I drag myself?!! emoticon emoticon
The upside, however, is that two of them are great walkers and there are really beautiful walks around my place so I can walk with them emoticon emoticon emoticon
Others can stay at home and drink the wine emoticon emoticon
So that's the plan - in theory anyway. Will I stick with it? Watch this space. emoticon
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    Sounds as if it might work. emoticon
    2027 days ago
    emoticon I believe in you. So sorry you are suffering sciatica. I've had that in the past. Nasty. The chair exercises sound good. xx
    2027 days ago
    Have a wondeful time my friend .. I have sent you a link and some ideas for exercise ..
    Much Love Susie emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2027 days ago
    Sonia I'm so glad you've found some exercises that won't (hopefully) aggrevaite your injury and even help with the sciatica- a painful condition I know (John suffers terribly with it).
    Sounds like you'll balance your love of food and grape juice with walking it off- *imitates Punch puppet's voice*that's the way to do it emoticon

    I'd bet you'll stick to this- you've been losing consistantly for a while...why put all that hard work to waste emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2027 days ago
    Socialising is my downfall too. Try to look at it long term again not short term. You're already tracking your calories on a weekly basis, lengthen it to a fortnight or even a month! Yes, I know that's subversive! I feel that the relaxation and good endorphins you will get from being and walking with your friends, far outweighs the calorie count. Do the basics and track all you can honestly, but remember you need to add 3500 calories to your usual 2000, to put on 1lb. So don't panic, or let yourself feel bad, relax and enjoy the break. You don't do this every week after all. emoticon
    2027 days ago
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