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Exercise my mind to exercise my body

Sunday, November 04, 2012

Week two of Kindergarten and here's what I learned this week:

Exercise my mind to exercise my body! My joints are bad and getting exercise has been an issue for me. But this week, I decided that I would use "my little grey cells" to quote Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot, get innovative, and figure out what I can do, instead of focusing on what I can't do. Turns out, I can do a lot! I can't get down on the floor to do stretches, but I can do them on my bed. I can't stand and work with weights, but I can sit on my ottoman, and get a pretty darn good upper body and core workout. I feel so empowered, like I'm in control of my life instead of feeling that outside forces are at work and I'm helpless to change. I read Indiegirls blog this morning and she had a wonderful quote - Eat the Elephant one bite at a time. In other words, don't get overwhelmed by the big picture. Do one small thing at a time consistently, and soon you will have eaten the entire elephant (unless you are a vegetarian, in which case, find your own metaphor!).

Take advantage of the Sparkpeople community. I had a wonderful reply to last weeks blog from a gentleman in Tennessee, who had both knees replaced and is now out hiking and enjoying life. The leaders in the Spark communities have been so supportive and welcoming, I feel that I don't want to let them down by not committing to making an effort. I hope that one day I can "pay it forward" and provide support to someone who needs it.

Keep a positive attitude. It's so hard to do this sometimes. But I've found that even if I fake it, soon I start to feel better. Just pretending that I feel good often helps me along to way to actually feeling good.

I lost my first 2 pounds this week, but I don't want to focus on that. What I really accomplished this week was solidifying good habits and slowly weaning myself off of my bad habits.

Onward to week 3!
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  • v MEME102
    Oh I just loved your blog!!! Talking about taking lemons and making lemonade -- You DID It!!!! I think its our nature sometimes (or at least some peoples) to focus on what we can't do and not on what we can do. I liked the way you turned that around!! Indygirl has some of the best quotes (of her own making!) and I have them up on my computer desk for ones that I need to hear/see.

    Congratulations on the 2 lbs....and even MORE congrats on moving on through kindergarten!!! (but I really think you're almost out of 1st grade myself....)
    1356 days ago
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