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GAINING CONFIDENCE

Friday, August 16, 2013

Some days I find it really hard to take time to exercise. My plan is to exercise early in the day. But even with the best intentions, I make excuses or let other things get in the way of following through on that plan. Like the snooze button. If I hit it more than once I know I will be doing my exercise later in the day. But eventually I sneak it in, because I've seen the difference it's made already. Even if it's nothing more than taking an evening walk.

I'm still working on cutting down on the amounts of processed foods I eat and doing more cooking from scratch. By tracking my nutrition and exercising every day I've gone down a whole pants size. emoticon Not only that but someone I hadn't seen in a few months said it looked like I'd lost some weight. Hearing that just made my day!

I've said it before, but wearing the pedometer is a great motivator. It reminds me to keep moving constantly throughout the day. I get up and walk around the office every chance I get. I walk during my breaks. When I pick up the kids from school I park at the far end of the school and walk across campus. On the way back I sometimes carry one of their backpacks to add a little intensity to my walk.

I was thinking back to when I set up my spark page and choosing a photo to post. I realized that I have been avoiding cameras for years because I did not like the way I looked anymore. Oftentimes I would see a photo someone snapped of me and demand that they delete it from their camera. I hated it. But for my spark page I wanted a photo that accurately reflected my current size but I'd deleted any and all recent pictures of myself. So I had to take a new photo and post it. At my heaviest weight. I am not proud of it but it is a reminder to stick to the plan. My daughter takes lots of selfies and she wants photos of us together. I am finally getting comfortable with the camera again. I have not deleted recent photos. My confidence is slowly coming back. When I reach my next milestone I will post a more recent photo.
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_VALEO_ 8/17/2013 5:51PM

    Way to go on building healthy habits! I love my fitbit, it has really helped me to be more active. Pedometers are great reminders to be constantly active.

Congrats on getting more comfortable with the camera, and on taking pictures with your daughter.

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APACHESTEVE 8/16/2013 2:51PM

    Great job! I'm also working on understanding something that you already seem to grasp. Exercise does not have to be about going to the gym.

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SKILPAT1 8/16/2013 2:04PM

    I hear you about pictures. I didn't like mirrors and especially not pictures. My daughter has all kinds of pictures with her dad but I avoided pictures. I would try to hide in the back of family photos but always got pushed to the front because I'm so short. Pure torture captured forever! I would smile but inside I would just be horrified. You will get there - I finally did. Still not fond of pics but it gets better everyday. I'm rooting for you - you are doing all the right things. Getting rid of processed foods is what helped me too - besides the exercise. Best wishes - you can do it!

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