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Overcoming Roadblocks of Thought


Sunday, September 30, 2012

I am starting this new way of life that promises to improve my quality of life by making me healthier, thinner, more energetic, and happier. This sounds great and I'm looking forward to overcoming the many challenges that I know lay ahead of me. Only I'm not sure how I'm going to overcome them and I feel anxious about it. My first big challenges are drinking 8 cups of water and get some form of exercise for a least 10 minutes a day. But I can't stop my mind from racing ahead to challenges I haven't even come to yet... like how am I going to afford to eat healthy with my current budget... and how will I be able to feel good about not eating something that everyone else seems to be enjoying and that some folks are even encouraging me to take part in. But this forward thinking is part of who I am, I do it in all areas of my life. I am always trying to cross bridges I haven't even come to yet. Many people value this quality as a virtue... and in some areas of life it is. But in this instance, I find it to be more of a vice or hinderance. Actually, I'm sure that a big part of the stress I deal with daily is due to this as well. I believe my biggest challenge throughout all of this is going to be overcoming my own mind, my own way of thinking. Wow, it seems as if it should be easy for one to change their own thoughts. But it isn't. I know I'm not the only one in this boat. I am interested in learning how others have calmed their thoughts, changed the negative to positive, and have maintained focus on being the person they want to be... both inside and out. I will also post any insight that comes to me personally throughout my journey. Right now, I plan to do what needs to be done inspight of myself... or perhaps just to spite myself- lol.
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LPARKER75 10/5/2012 8:38AM

    Ok, through some of my reading I have learned that some of the reason I have failed so many times in the past is because I am mainly focused on my looks. I need to find another reason for losing weight that I can hold to even when I'm not getting quick visual results. So I am going to try and focus on my health and setting an example for my children as my motivation. I am also becoming more comfortable with the idea that my progress is going to be slow...but it's progress and I will finish this race. I never had much luck as the hare, so maybe I will when as the turtle. emoticon

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LPARKER75 10/1/2012 9:53AM

    @Ms_Sweetheart- I love me some fudgesicles! Not a bad idea. Yesterday was the first day I drank 8 glasses of water in a day for as long as I can remember. It made a big difference! This morning I drank a glass of water before breakfast and a glass after breakfast. I was almost tempted to have a peice of pumpkin bread after than, then I stopped and thought a moment. I realized that I wasn't hungry and I really didn't even want the bread- I just wanted something to do. So I logged on here and recorded what I had eaten and checked my blog. I'm feeling better this morning and thought about going for a walk- but it's raining. Maybe this afternoon... :)

@Everyone- Thank you for taking the time to offer me encouragement and support. I am feeling more and more confident about making this happen!

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MS_SWEETHEART 9/30/2012 5:09PM

    What you're feeling is natural. In the beginning we all are anxious, and want results right away, so we are constantly thinking ahead. Eating healthy on a budget is not so bad. You don't have to change everything. Most of my vegetables are canned, and they are the Great Value brand from Walmart. Depending on the season, frozen fruit are cheaper than fresh fruit. Just baking your chicken, pork chops, salmon, etc. instead of frying them, is healthier. I don't buy a lot of "diet" foods. I buy sugar-free fudgesicles (for my sweet tooth) Stevia for my tea, and sugar-free flavored packets for my water. Spark had an article about salad dressings and peanut butter not having to be fat-free, because the fats in them were the healthy fats. Be sure to use the tracker, it helps you keep up with the amount of carbs, fats, and protein you eat, and keeps count of your calories. Whether you're changing your eating habits, or your thoughts, remember it's a process, and it takes time. So be patient with yourself, and take things one day at a time. emoticon



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IMSOOZEEQ 9/30/2012 4:37PM

    Try not to dwell on the what if's. Keep your focus on your small goals one day at a time! There are so many people here that are willing to support and encourage you along the way. Get involved in some teams and challenges and that will help you get going with exercise. There is so many tools and articles here that we all have the opportunity to "pack our bags" for the journey!

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LPARKER75 9/30/2012 3:37PM

    @Tiffany- yes,I have to say I was pleasantly surprised at how welcoming, friendly, and supportive everyone is. Many Thanks!

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TIFFANYACHING 9/30/2012 2:18PM

    Although Iím a relative newbie to SP, Iíve already found the community supportive and encouraging. There is so much information on here, including wellness, nutrition, motivation, teams and challenges for every fitness level. Good luck!!

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BLUENOSE63 9/30/2012 1:30PM

  You are headed in the right direction....small achievable goals lead to bigger achievements in time

Good luck

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