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False Message of Lethargy

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Saturday, October 05, 2013



Rocktober is going pretty good so far. I'm doing the 30 Day Shred, along with my DDP Yoga, plus I am just generally trying to be more active throughout the day. I keep reminding myself..."sit less, move more!" I have my awesome Spark activity tracker clipped to my shoe all day long, and it really motivates me to move, move, move! I love getting my "glow getter" trophy every day!

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This morning I went to Kmart to make a payment on my Christmas layaway. Since I got there so bright and early, there were plenty of parking spaces right up close to the store, but I parked at the far end of the parking lot so that I'd get more steps. Parking further away is my strategy whenever I go anywhere, and although it irritates my hubby sometimes, he goes along with it without complaining too much!

As I was walking into the store, I was thinking about the 30 Day Shred workout DVD, and something that Jillian Michaels says on it. This is not what she said verbatim, but close enough..."So often we are told to 'just take the stairs'. That is a false message of lethargy that isn't doing you any good."

The first time I did the workout and heard her say that, it really hit home with me. In the past, even though I weighed 286 lbs, I thought I was doing okay because I would sometimes take the stairs instead of the elevator. I would sometimes park further away. I would tell myself "I'm doing the best that I can." But I was lying to myself! Even at 286 lbs, I was capable of so much more than simply taking a short flight of stairs or walking a little further across the parking lot!



Of course, at 286 lbs, there were a lot of things I was NOT capable of. But then again, there were plenty of things that I COULD do, but didn't do. Instead, I just satisfied myself with the false message that I was doing enough. I would give myself a pat on the back for my wimpy little efforts, instead of pushing myself to really do more and be more.

I know that there are people with health and mobility issues, and for them maybe taking the stairs or walking further is truly the best that they can do. I applaud anyone who really does their best, even if it might not seem like much to other people. But for the ones like me, who are capable of so much more...what are you waiting for? If you are healthy enough to do more than walking a little further or taking the stairs, then why aren't you doing it?



When I finally started being honest with myself and admitting that I was able to do more, my life started to change! I started out with workouts that really pushed me to my max. Sometimes it was hard and uncomfortable, and to be honest it wasn't much fun most of the time. But I knew I was capable of doing those workouts, and that if I stuck with them I would get better, stronger and healthier. I knew that if I stuck with those workouts, I would become capable of doing even more.







I've lost 71 lbs, and I feel better than I have in years. I surprise myself sometimes with the workouts I am able to do now. A year and a half ago, I started honestly doing the best that I could do, and now my best has gotten better. I still take the stairs and park further away, but I no longer tell myself that its enough for me. I know what I'm capable of now, and I always push myself to do it.



If you are simply doing "just enough" but are capable of doing more, I encourage you to start doing it! You are worth your personal best effort every single day.

(Disclaimer: I don't look like any of the women in these pictures, but I'm still an athlete because I always give 100% of what I'm capable of when I workout!)


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LORIVIOLA 3/19/2014 11:47AM

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ALIDOSHA 11/2/2013 6:28PM

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DEBLYNN323 10/23/2013 8:09AM

    Needed this today.....thanks for your blog!

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SIMONEKP 10/21/2013 1:36PM

    love me some JM, I like tough love.

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EFFRAYECHILDE 10/20/2013 10:07AM

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PATTIEMCD 10/16/2013 3:47PM

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Great Blog !

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BLUEROSE73 10/16/2013 12:23AM

  I can completely relate to this message. It used to be the weight would just fall off of me when I ran. Now, not so much. In fact, I'm running farther and longer than I ever have, but I don't seem able to loose a single pound. It really sucks. Your body tends to get used to the activity level, and it's like you have to keep stepping it up to reach your goals.

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SPARKLISE 10/15/2013 8:02PM

    Ouch! The truth hurts sometimes!
I complain that i'm not losing, but i'm not doing the exercise I should be doing either.

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GRANNY2B2 10/15/2013 7:10PM

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DEEKELLYE 10/15/2013 12:27PM

    I know I need to step it up a notch. Sometimes I just don't feel like it.

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SNOWYOGA 10/14/2013 8:09PM

    Pixie emoticon & thanks

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GODDREAMDIVA1 10/14/2013 7:42PM

    Thanks...

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BRIDGET1967 10/14/2013 6:55PM

  Wow, this really hit home! I've been slacking and I know it, I can do more and yes, I'm worth the effort :) Thank you for the motivation emoticon

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LEANMEAN2 10/14/2013 7:06AM

    So true.

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KLONG8 10/13/2013 8:23PM

    Man, you are right on track with THIS message. It's like it's directed right at ME. I'm capable of doing so much more and am satisfied with what I normally do. "Hey, I'm moving" I think. I get annoyed at my DH for trying to push me to do more (this guy is a marathon runner & rode his bike across the US so he's aware when someone is continuously coasting.) Anyway, I've been allowing myself to think about this and then here comes your message! Thanks!

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BRENDA_G50 10/13/2013 11:31AM

    I've always loved to read your blogs. They are always open, honest, and motivating.

Beginning the first of the this month, I started working out at Curves. I LOVE their circuit training and always give it my all. Too bad they closed the one closer to me and I have to drive to another city to get to it. I got a free trial and that's what I'm doing now. I just wish I could afford to join, but with limited income and with bad weather just around the corner, I don't know if I would use it during that time anyway because...I HATE to drive in bad weather, even if it's not that far away.

Pixie, Keep on Keepin' on, you're doing emoticon

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JEANNIE0312 10/13/2013 7:01AM

    WOW!! You should be a motivational speaker!!
By the way, I am stealing this quote for my page!!:
If you are simply doing "just enough" but are capable of doing more, I encourage you to start doing it! You are worth your personal best effort every single day!!!
Thank you for your inspiring blog!!

How are you liking the DDP yoga?
I just found out about it & am interested in learning more.

Jeannie

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RUNNINGYOGINIRE 10/12/2013 10:32PM

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IMEMINE1 10/12/2013 8:24PM

    Great blog. You are better than the women pictured. emoticon

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JRRING 10/12/2013 11:08AM

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GEORGE815 10/11/2013 3:45PM

    Great advice.

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CAROL3SAN 10/10/2013 4:10PM

    Thanks for your blog Pixie. As usual, you are very inspiring. Make me want to go jump right into the pool. lol. I probably would if I wasn't still dizzy. I'm hoping by next week I will be over with this set back for my hospitalization very soon.
be blessed my friend.

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PINKBUNNY61 10/10/2013 8:12AM

    Wonderful blog post emoticon I especially love the part about the doing vs the knowing. I think for too long I have just been reading about fitness and not working at fitness. Thanks for the honesty and the inspiration. I am capable of much more than I am doing and it is time I start doing it.

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ANGELN325 10/10/2013 6:23AM

    LOL about your disclaimer! I love it. I'm still trying to figure out how far I can push myself without injuring myself. I'm so tired of injuries sidelining me.

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LOLABLACK69 10/10/2013 3:17AM

    Well, thank you for another wake-up call! I started telling myself that at least I'm doing something with taking the stairs at work, or parking further to get to the office. But I keep telling myself that it's a start, and I'll get back to working out and eating properly, when in reality - I keep eating more and more day by day and that "start" is further and further away.
Even now, sipping my first morning tea, I'm comforting myself that I didn't go into the elevator and at the same time I'm still breathing heavily from last night's late late way to late greasy dinner.
It's time to get back on the track, and I thank you for the fact that you woke me up this morning when I still had my eyes wide shut.
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HOLLYM48 10/9/2013 5:00PM

    I so agree that we are so capable of so much if we just push ourselves! I try to live by those words every single day! KEep up the great work! You are doing awesome. emoticon

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ISABELLE31 10/9/2013 2:51PM

    Very motivating! Thanks!

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GODDREAMDIVA1 10/9/2013 12:47PM

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HFAYE81 10/9/2013 11:19AM

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Always emoticon When I go for runs, if I'm tired I'm like "just to that tree, just to that mailbox, etc, then I can take a walk break..." but I always keep going!! Way to go Pixie, emoticon

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CAROLMAID 10/9/2013 9:07AM

    Sitting here sipping a pumpkin spice coffee bopping about on SP...touching base with friends...in all honesty, avoiding exercise cuz I just can't get my head in the game this AM!. Trying not to think of the evening binge of yesterday. Not even sure why I did that. I'm pretty sure I'm just tired...that's what happens when i'm really tired, cept I don't always realize it! LOL Gotta stop buying those darned POPtarts (the new peanut butter ones! They are for other family members but unlike all the other flavors these just call my name. That and the fact that there isn't much else in the house for treats anymore!!!! Pretty bad when you starting raiding the cupboard and eat the last resort goody! Haha! This is a great blog as usual and part of the reason why I sopped by for a vist...you always have something grat to say and that helps to keep it all going. Thanks. Congrats on your thirty day shred success. keep going! What is that DDP Yoga thing! Fairly easy? Been trying to add yoga in the evenings for Zen and strength but that doesn't make a huge sweat or get me all revved up before bed...just adding movement and something other than sitting on the couch watching TV at night...which leads to those darned poptarts LOL Would you recommend that? Well, I got lots to do today, I do plan on catching some exercise later 2day but maybe just walking for cardio. Thanks for the push! My coffees getting cold too! LOL
BTW LOVE the disclaimer above....Hahahaha! Your too funny. Have a great day!
Carol

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SPDEWINA 10/8/2013 7:50PM

    Thanks for the motivation!

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LEEW0LF 10/8/2013 3:21PM

  very inspiring. I thank you. I think you finally gave me my heading for my page. thanks. emoticon emoticon

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LORNE67 10/8/2013 12:39PM

    emoticon Pixie!! I also want to thank you for the inspirations. I also like to park further away and take the stairs often.

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PATTIE441 10/8/2013 10:01AM

    Way to go Pixie! You are rockin it girl! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Thank you for your inspiration!! We CAN do it! Let's go!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DEBPRE16 10/8/2013 9:08AM

    I have been going to PT for my knee and they always push me farther than I think I can go and it feels good afterwards. My knee is getting better so that is good I will be able to work out more. Thanks for the blog.

Debbie

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MSBEKANATOR 10/7/2013 11:40PM

    What an awesome post. Love, Love, Love the paragraph on being honest with yourself! That is the start of making changes. Thank you again for another inspiring blog!!!

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MSROZZIE 10/7/2013 8:22PM

    Excellent blog and very uplifting! Thanks for sharing. Good luck with your SparkPeople activity tracker! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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COLBIJEAN 10/7/2013 7:20PM

    Thank you, I needed to hear that today. I have been making too many excuses. It's time to just do it. emoticon

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JANESLOSS 10/7/2013 6:41PM

    Great message Pixie!

You always say just the right thing!

I would love to hear more about your new tracker!

Love,
Jane
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DRKYASHI 10/7/2013 4:23PM

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PGHP31CK 10/7/2013 4:22PM

    Awesome! & so very true -- Enough just isn't enough!

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NICKLESPICKLES 10/7/2013 4:06PM

    Awesome job...love your blogs emoticon

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SUSIEMT 10/7/2013 3:47PM

    Pixie! Remember you are an everyday athlete! No matter what! Keep up the great job dear!

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2KRAYZEE 10/7/2013 3:37PM

    I always appreciate your thoughts! Thank you
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KELLYB60 10/7/2013 3:17PM

  WOW. Messages of lethargy. That hit home in a big way. I've been thinking I was doing enough, and it wasn't even close to what I am capable of. Thanks for another inspirational blog.

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HEALTHYGAL8J 10/7/2013 2:52PM

    Your blogs are always so inspirational. Thank you so much!!

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