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You Are Worth Your Best Effort!


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Wednesday, March 13, 2013



Today is day 22 of my current "on track" streak! (Previous streaks; 290 days, 13 days and 53 days.)

You know what? I really do LOVE to workout! I can't believe I'm saying that, but its so true. Sometimes I still have to push myself to just get my workout started, but once I'm doing it...it is just awesome! I love to sweat and I even love to struggle, because I know that when I'm struggling, I'm getting stronger!

There was a time when I definitely did NOT love working out. I used to go for the easiest workout possible...one that would barely make me sweat or breathe hard. If a workout actually felt like WORK, I would give up. I would say "Oh, this is just too hard for me", and I would just quit. I never gave myself a chance to get stronger and better. I never attempted to see just how much I was truly capable of.



When I first started streaking last March, I was in really bad shape. I weighed 286 lbs and exercise was not really a part of my life. Thats hard to admit, especially since I belonged to a women's gym back then! But here's the truth...I would go to the gym and just walk my way through a workout. I put forth no effort. I didn't breathe hard or sweat. I just went from machine to machine, going through the motions. No exertion. And after my "workout", I would hop in the car and head home, stopping first at a drive thru or convenience store for a treat.

And then I would get on Sparks, and encourage my dear Spark friends to believe in themselves, to work hard, to exercise, to eat right and to keep pushing for their goals. I told them..."You are worth your best effort." But I wasn't putting forth my own best effort. I was talking the talk but not walking the walk.

Last March, I guess I just got sick of living that way. I was tired of never feeling that I was worth caring about, so I decided to just START caring. I was blessed with a great hubby who loved me, and I was also blessed to have the most caring, loving support group....my Spark friends! And because my Spark friends cared about me, I decided to start caring about myself, too.



It wasn't easy, but I knew I had to really start putting the WORK into my workouts. So I quit the women's gym, and started working out at home. And I told myself, "no more sleepwalking through your workouts." I started to put my BEST effort into it. At first, I could barely make it through a 15 minute workout, but I pushed myself to keep going and to try harder and harder. If a workout got difficult, I told myself to just keep going because "Someday this will just be a warm up."



It didn't happen overnight, but by sticking with it, I got better and stronger. I got more flexible. I built endurance. So many times, that voice in my head told me to give up. But everytime that inner voice said "You can't do it", I would literally say out loud "YES I CAN!"

Over time, I began to notice more and more progress. I discovered that I loved yoga, and sometimes I would amaze myself with the way I could move my body. I began to feel like an athlete! I became addicted to those wonderful exercise induced endorphins. And I began to have such a great sense of accomplishment and pride. Not an arrogant sort of pride. I know I still have a long way to go on my journey, but I have earned the right to be proud of how far I've already come.



And now when I tell my Spark friends "You are worth your very best effort", I am actually living the truth of those words myself! And I look forward to seeing how much more I am capable of, one workout at a time.



By the way, this is Ernestine Shepherd. She is in her 70's and in awesome shape. Check out the link to read more about her;


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EFFRAYECHILDE 4/3/2013 1:03PM

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    Thanks for sharing Pixie! You always inspire me to do better & look at things in a different light. You're the best! emoticon

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MAUREENS356 3/18/2013 9:28PM

    My new goal...to look at my work out as a friend...not a necessary evil. Thank you.

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    I know the comment was not intended to say that every positive action you take is not a success.
Because every you are a success!

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ENDUROVET 3/18/2013 12:58PM

    Thanks for the inspirational video! I am spreading that link far & wide, it is GREAT!

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I want to be hot like Ernestine, too when I'm 70.

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SNOWYOGA 3/17/2013 7:18PM

    Thank you Your always inspiring, and ( Ernestine Shepherd) Wow I want to be in that good of shape at her age! So when people say at your age you can't do that, just think of her, and emoticon It can!

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HDHAWK 3/16/2013 9:11PM

    So AWESOME!

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LANDWALKER 3/16/2013 12:40PM

    your blogs are always a inspiration and a great pick me up..thank you for sharing!!

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HOLLYM48 3/16/2013 9:05AM

    You know it Pixie! Keep on reaching for the highest stars because WE can DO it, we will do it and we have done it!
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SISSIE21 3/16/2013 6:38AM

    Thank you so much for your inspiring blogs! I too have learned to love workouts, just spent 80 minutes on the treadmill. That would have NEVER happened 6 months ago.
When I am feeling a bit unmotivated, I'll remember "You are worth your best effort'! What a great saying!! emoticon
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TREYONE 3/15/2013 9:02PM

  Thank you for the inspirational words!!!

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ILOVEMALI 3/15/2013 3:12PM

    you are so inspiring!!!

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TRAVELGRRL 3/15/2013 2:28PM

    You are rocking it, Girl! Half measures don't cut it on this journey. We're either ALL IN or we're not in at all. WAY TO GO!

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NEWMOM20121 3/15/2013 8:35AM

    Very good. Love the quotes.

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    YOU INSPIRE ME!
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PCASEY7 3/14/2013 9:36PM

    Through your blog I can just feel how hard you work out! Well said.

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SUSIEMT 3/14/2013 7:59PM

    I had to work at it myself. When it came to the elliptical I started at 3 minutes and each day or every other day I added a minute. It worked for me. Then I added resistance the same way. I still go to the fitness center. I notice some of the older members and I never see a drop of sweat. They always comment on my workouts though. Always very proud of me. I am to! Keep up the good work Pixie!

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 3/14/2013 5:01PM

    Good for you! You're an inspiration!

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    ONce Again YOUR the STAR in the SPARK Mail. emoticon

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    Way to go, Pixie! Way to love YOU! Great blog!


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    You're doing a fantastic job; I'm proud of you!

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KARRENLYNN 3/14/2013 12:37PM

    You are sooo cool Pixie! I've seen Ernestine before and lost track of her name. Thanks for helping me find her again.

That's the best 74 year old I've ever seen! Go Ernestine and all the rest of us!!

Karen

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  emoticon for your emoticon encouragement Pixie!!!!!

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    You're doing it! Yay, YOU!

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    Awesome blog, congratulations!

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