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Day 701- Don't Set Yourself Up to Fail


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Friday, November 01, 2013

First off, 701 days? Holy Cow. That is alot of time to be doing something.

Second, Today is the 1 week mark of the 3 week goal I set for myself. When I set the goal I was 181 and wanted to lose 6 pounds in 3 weeks. meaning today I should have weighed in at 179 to be on track. Well unfortunately, Halloween weekend happened here at my school and friends were in town, and I didn't stay on track, and I ballooned up to 182.4, before getting back down to 180.0 today. So I lost 2.4 pounds this week, but am only 1 pound down towards my 6 pounds down goal. So I need to lose 5 pounds in the next two weeks. However, I've already used my gym membership 3 times this week and plan to use it at least two more times before Sunday, so I'd definitely say it is doable.

The gym is where the title of my blog came from. Last night, when I got to the gym, I just decided I was going to do an hour on the elliptical. This after not having been on an elliptical in probably 6 months. Yes, I run and yes I'm more fit, but that's just so random. And an hour? Boring? Yes, but I decided to do an interval training so at least there would be some challenge in the workout. Then I set the most difficult resistance to 10. Well about 10 minutes in, I could tell that the resistance was too difficult for me to keep doing for another 50 minutes. I started thinking, maybe I'll just do a 30 minute workout, or 20 minutes is probably good.

But instead, I just decreased the intensity to 8, and was able to complete the full 60 minute workout, which the machine said burnt 716 calories and was a distance of 5.2 miles. I have my doubts about the calorie burn accuracy, but was excited to actually have completed the hour after numerous thoughts of quitting.

I guess what I'm trying to get at is, even 700 days into this journey, I set an unrealistic goal for myself which led to me almost giving up. Don't do that. If you feel yourself starting to slip because you don't think you can do something, try to make the goal easier. Whether that means maybe not giving up pop cold turkey but limiting it to one a day, then slowly one a week then finally no pop. Or making your first race a one mile walk instead of a 5k.

Set yourself up to succeed, Sparkfriends!

Happy Friday!
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GRAMPIAN 1/11/2014 10:40AM

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DRTOVAH 11/16/2013 6:00AM

  great blog!

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WHITEANGEL4 11/14/2013 11:16PM

    Great blog. So you had a setback, but you acknowledged it and taking steps to get back on track. You will make it

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MCJULIEO 11/12/2013 10:36PM

    Oh, YES!

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READY4CHANGE81 11/11/2013 12:42AM

    great reminder!! awesome job on completing the full hour! :)

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LEANMEAN2 11/9/2013 5:39AM

    Thanks for sharing

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KARAK523 11/6/2013 10:55AM

  Do they have an arc trainer at your gym? It's like the elliptical but for me better to get the heart rate going. If you can already do almost top resistance on elliptical the arc trainer will push you that much farther!!

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GREGGWEISBROD 11/5/2013 4:13PM

    Something I've learned about the efficiency of our bodies, is that we burn more calories doing exercises that our bodies are not accustomed to. You should totally hit that elliptical for the next week and see if that sparks your metabolism up again. I wouldn't be surprised if it does. :-D

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GRANDAD09 11/4/2013 10:43AM

  Great post! I do this a lot on many different goals. Good reminder! Thanks.

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HLOCHRIDGE 11/4/2013 10:06AM

    Great blog!!!

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JAIMESIZED 11/4/2013 8:52AM

    I loved reading this blog. I make unrealistic goals all the time and always give up. No more though, I know weight loss takes patience :) Thanks for this!

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ASCIESZKA 11/4/2013 6:46AM

    Thank you for sharing!

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NASFKAB 11/4/2013 2:22AM

  so inspiring thanks

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TREE57 11/3/2013 9:16PM

    This is exactly what I needed to read today...thanks for posting!

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JOANNHUNT 11/3/2013 8:41PM

    THANK YOU FOR SHARING.KEEP PUSHING. YOU CAN DO IT.

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    Absolutely

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JSEATTLE 11/3/2013 7:34PM

  Good for you and great advice for me!

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CMCRUZ01 11/3/2013 7:11PM

    Great words of wisdom

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ILOVEMALI 11/3/2013 6:47PM

    great job!!

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ILOVEMALI 11/3/2013 6:47PM

    great job!!

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KKLENNERT809 11/3/2013 5:10PM

    emoticon Everything in your blog is to true! Challenge yourself but don't make your goals impossible.

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CICELY360 11/3/2013 4:47PM

  Good blog

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CAROLYNL8E 11/3/2013 3:59PM

    Great advice! Thanks! emoticon

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IGNITEME101 11/3/2013 2:41PM

    AGREED

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MELIEMILES66 11/3/2013 2:30PM

    Ah don't be so hard on yourself. You hardly ballooned, only gaining 1.4 lbs during a candy filled holiday, and having friends in town to boot! You are doing amazing. I bet you will reach your goal in two weeks. You are inspiring all of us out in the Sparkpeople universe for sure. Keep up the good work! I am so proud of you!

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ARTISTGATOGIRL 11/3/2013 1:35PM

    Thanks for the motivation! emoticon

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SUSAN727 11/3/2013 11:34AM

    Thanks for the reminder. Keep up the good work!

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BUSYGRANNY5 11/3/2013 11:17AM

    100% agree... which is why I am a Sparker for life!



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