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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

The Limes Spring Challenge group has a chatter box. A Limey asked what keeps us motivated. As I reflected on the past week I recognized small steps taken this past week:

*I went to the gym Saturday for a workout and completed 30 minutes of Elliptical along with increasing difficulty and speed.

*Sunday hub and I went to the gym with the intention on swimming. IN A SWIMSUIT! This is huge for me. Just going anywhere and exercising in front of anyone was a major turning point for me. I sat in the locker room in my bathing suit and texted my daughter for support. She sent me a silly face pic and said "do it!" I swam/exercised in the pool for 20 mins then got kicked out because the pool was closing (took me 15 minutes to get the courage).

*Hub and I have a habit of eating out as a treat, as a date night, as a way to avoid cleaning up (we both enjoy cooking/baking), etc. We avoided all meals out for 5 out of 6 nights. The 6th night was planned.

*I brought all lunches (and one dinner) to work even though Friday pizza is a standard for us three stuck working Fridays.

For me the starting point was taking care of the stuff INSIDE- learning to handle my emotions without eating them. Breaking bad habits and replacing with good habits was necessary- I wasn't successful just stopping the bad habits (eating healthier). I had to incorporate positive ACTION too (exercise).

For motivation, at this point, I keep looking for small successes, small changes to encourage myself to push harder, longer, and better.

My long term motivation: My "baby" is graduating high school in June 2014 ( I don't want to cringe every time I see a pic of us from that day), I want to start grad school while working full time, do volunteer work, and to have a more active life overall.

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    Great blog. Sounds like you're doing a wonderful job of taking care of YOU. I'm proud of you. My goals are to be close to goal in 2014 myself. Let's do it together!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1713 days ago
    Sounds like you are doing it right! Do those small things and they add up over time. Success breeds success! I'm so glad to get to know you through the Lime team so I can continue to cheer your progress! emoticon
    1714 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/13/2013 11:23:56 AM
    These are great and you have a strong movitation and goal in m ind for 2014 !!

    1714 days ago
    emoticon blog and changes you have made in your life!!! Sooo proud of you, thanks for sharing your motivation!!! Lots of love!
    1715 days ago
    Great Blog! you are really on the right track...and very motivational with your upbeat attitude!! keep up the good work...Your family must be very proud of you!! happy sparking!!!
    1715 days ago
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