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Baby Step Goals Set To Get Me Going Again

Monday, July 08, 2013

I have been floundering, acting and living as if I do not care that I am nearly 70 pounds overweight. Motivation seems ephemeral and not nearly strong enough to keep me thinking positively, moving forward and making progress.

I DO want to lose this weight! I DO! I DO! I DO!

The problem is, I have not resolved my lifelong attitudes about exercise (I hate it. It equals pain and brings up that sense of failure.) I have not adequately dealt with my emotional baggage around food, though I have made progress.

Several of my Sparkfriends have blogged about how they've ignored the scale (hey, I can do that, too!). They have also focused on NSVs and changes in their lifestyles.

I am going to adopt that in very small, hopefully achievable, and personal ways.

Start building consistency:
Stretch today
KBs at the lowest weight for 5 minutes tomorrow
Walk for five minutes the day after
and so on
(I will increase each element as time goes on)

7 days of consistency = 30 minutes of recreational reading

Eating Mindfully:
Eat Paleo two meals a day(eventually all 3)
Think about the food choice that's not Paleo for two minutes before I move forward with that choice
Ask myself why I want that and if there might be a better choice at hand
Take a moment to think about how I am feeling and what my circumstances are.

7 days of consistency = something to do that's free and fun (TBD)

Later, I'll add clothes and earrings, pins and other stuff I will want and need.

I also give myself permission to tweak this without also saying anything negative to me that passes judgment and perpetuates that ugly cycle.
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    Sounds like a great plan.
    I too absolutely hate exercise and the pain and sense of failure it promises.
    Those NSV focuses have been helpful to me... when I exercise.
    Working on a couple of bad cycles myself.

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    I know emoticon

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    Keep up with the baby steps because they become habits. emoticon emoticon
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    Baby steps are a good idea. emoticon
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    It is very difficult to want to exercise if it brings pain. I rarely, if ever get a workout where some body part isn't screaming at me. But as long as it doesn't LAST after the workout, I know I am good to go. I wish you could find something safe and enjoyable for you to do that causes minimal pain.
    But if you cannot keep up with an exercise effort, the only thing left is to be very disciplined with the food. Trying to move more frequently throughout the day would help as well. Doesn't have to be 'exercise'. Keeping moving would help a great deal, especially if most of your day is spent sitting at your job. Take frequent breaks as allowed. Walk to the farthest bathroom. Go to a colleague in person rather than phone or e-mail. At coffee time just walk around.
    All the best with the paleo!! You can get this!
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    Reboot! emoticon
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    A plan is good. It helps me to have goals, especially small, easily attainable ones. The best of luck to you.

    1653 days ago
    You are doing great. I need some motivation right now too. I think you have a great game plan/ I know we can do this
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