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New Motivation

Monday, June 17, 2013

Happy Monday!

My weekend was pretty fun. Friday night there was a double rainbow! I didn't get a very good picture, but it was definitely a nice surprise to see! I went strawberry picking & tart cherry picking on Saturday morning. I froze half of the strawberries & I may try to make some cherry jam! I never did it before, but I am all about trying new things this year! When I woke up Saturday morning, I had a new kind of motivation. It wasn't forced - maybe that is why I feel different now. I WANTED to exercise and be outside so I did! The day was so relaxing, and I got some exercise in. I felt happy & I felt like I have the strength to reach my goals! Somehow I still feel different, and I am enjoying it!

The work day is going by pretty fast for me today. Tomorrow is my second kickboxing class. I am excited & nervous about it even though I did it once already! My calves still aren't 100% from last week's class! My legs felt sore in spots I never knew existed! I went for a walk last night with my Mom & the dogs which was nice. My Dad ALMOST went with us, but then he changed his mind at the last minute. He should get more exercise, but then his emphysema gets worse. Damn smoking. He quit & restarted about 10 times in the past few months. There isn't anything we can do, so we just gave up telling him he needs to stop. Unfortunately it isn't worth the arguments. He knows how we all feel. Oh well. I tell myself that it is his choice, but I still get upset about it because he is my Dad!

I have been doing good with tracking my food. I did well over the weekend & today so far. I wanted to snack so badly last night, but I didn't go overboard! I had some strawberries, bananas, and grapes and that was it. I tracked it all! I need to keep telling myself I am in control of what I eat! I used to be so good at saying no. I just need to keep doing it again & stick with it!

Hopefully everyone has a great week. Keep pushing towards your goals or make new ones! I need to keep reminding myself that every small step counts!

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    I'm so glad to hear that you're finding new motivation! You can never go wrong with eating fruit. I know that it is possible to overdo it, even with fruit, but it's still so much better to eat too much fruit than too much junk food!

    And I totally hear you about the smoking. I've had many people who are close to me in my life smoke, and I can totally understand your worries and frustrations about your father. If and when he is ever ready to quit, he will, but it has to come from him, and it sounds like you and your mom realize that. It's hard to accept, but change can only come from within. I think we all know that from our own lifestyle changes here.

    Your strawberry pictures are gorgeous. I can't wait to taste my first fresh strawberries of the season, yum!
    1639 days ago
    The strawberries look fantastic! Would love to see and know how your jam recipe goes.
    1640 days ago
    I keep hoping I'll wake up suddenly and have a mood shift! lol! I'm glad you're feeling move motivated, though. I haven't been blogging and supporting other bloggers as much as I'd like, but I do read when you post, and it made me sad that you were having trouble. You've come so far! I suppose we're all going to have trouble at some time or another, though, and multiple times, probably! So I really don't have any wisdom to impart there :X

    I do know a little bit about how it feels to love a smoker. While I wasn't that close to my father-in-law, we lost him to smoking about a year and a half ago. Just last spring, though, we lost my grandfather, and that was much closer to home. It's really hard to watch! I hope your father finds the desire and drive to quit.
    1641 days ago
    It's so ironic when I have patients come in asking for z packs and antibiotics for bronchitis...I examine them and they tell me how emergen they're condition is...and then I find out that they're smoking...even with the virus. I tell them the complications, they nod and tell me they've cut way back...and then they get their prescription, walk out of the clinic, go to their cars and light up. I wish I could set a rule that says no smokers get respiratory meds until they've been off cigs for 30 days...ridiculous, but still futile to treat the condition that keeps cycling back. emoticon
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    1641 days ago
    Smoking is a nasty addictive habit, but as a former smoker, I can attest that it is a very hard habit to quit.
    Hopefully, he will keep trying. You can't shame, blame, or guilt someone into quitting. I know because that never worked on me. When I was fully mentally ready to commit
    to quitting, that was when I was finally able to do it. But, it's still hard. Just keep encouraging him to try to stop.

    On a happier note, the fresh strawberries and cherries sound yummy!

    1641 days ago
  • KCLARK89
    Awesome!!! Keep it up and your food looks and sounds delicious! Nothing beats fresh :)
    1641 days ago
    Great job finding new motivation! You'll have to post and let us know how the tart cherry jam turns out. It sounds delicious!
    1641 days ago
  • 123ELAINE456
    Those are Beautifl Strawberries and Cheeries. Enjoy Them. Sounds like You had a Wonderful Weekend. This is the WAY TO GO!!! God Blessings to You and Everyone. Have a Super Great Day. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    1641 days ago
    Good to see you are taking care of yourself and having lots of fun in the process! Hope your Dad can kick the habit some time soon. emoticon
    1641 days ago
  • DALID414
    The boyfriend smokes too emoticon He won't exercise with me cuz he'll slow me down, he claims, but I know it's cuz he feels like he's running out of air. I hate that we can't just make them quit! emoticon
    1641 days ago
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