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Slow and Steady Wins The Race

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

I'm proud to say that I'm actually learning to like exercising!

And...I'm learning that I don't like the word "exercising." That word sounds so...detached. Exercising. It sounds like a medical procedure. It sounds dreadful. It's sounds like the task you hate to do. So I'm looking for a replacement word to make it sound less boring.

Here's what I've learned so far:
I LOVE Zumba! I found a YouTube Channel called Mallory Hot Mess Zumba and I absolutely love doing these dances in my living room. I have my laptop connected to my TV, so I can watch her videos on my TV screen instead of my tiny laptop screen.

I LOVE walking. It's so darn EASY! I mean, I just step out my front door and just....walk. I'll walk up the street and back, it's an easy 10 minute walk that gives me time to get some fresh air.

Something is better than nothing. I used to think I would have to carve out an hour of my time to workout to yield any results. Thinking I had to be in the gym or workout for an hour seemed so boring. It sounded more like work, and no fun. So I've learned that even 10 minutes is better than nothing. A 10 minute walk. 10 minutes of Zumba. 10 minutes of stretching. It's better than nothing!

I'm learning portion control. In my last blog post, I mentioned that I ordered a portion control plate from Amazon. It was a shock to see the portion I was supposed to be eating vs. the portions I was actually eating! OMG! What a difference! I highly recommend this product to anyone.

Sometimes it's a one-man army. I used to rely on my husband to motivate me and help me lose weight. It should be no surprise to me that relying on him yielded no results. Nada! So I've learned that motivation starts with me. Once I remind myself of my goals, it's easier to get off the couch and lift my 8lbs weights while watching Netflix.

Everyone is different. I used to judge other people at the gym while using the treadmill. How can this person next to me run nonstop and I'm over here huffing and puffing?! What's up with that?! I've learned that everyone likes different things. That guy running next to me, turns out he runs marathons and used to run track in high school. It's something he actually enjoys doing! I'm not a big fan of running, but that doesn't mean I should judge others.

And last but not least - community. I've yet to find someone who won't support me in this goal. I've told my co-workers about my goal and they want to join me. I've told my neighbors and they want to join me. I've even told my mother and she...well...she supports me, hahaha. I may be alone in motivating myself, but I'm not alone in the journey.

What have YOU learned during this journey?
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