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Sunday, November 10, 2013

This is the longest I've gone without exercise, after struggling with being consistent all year.

I feel it everywhere, but I miss the fitness most of all. After the initial rise, I've held steady at this weight, but my BF % continues to rise based on changes I can see and feel.

It's 1 month to my 5k.
It's been almost 1 month since I logged onto Spark.

I find myself in old habits of convenience eating, or not eating, and putting other people's priorities before my own. Why?

Do I feel like I need to amp up the urgency at work in order to do a good job? I need to sort out if there's any place in there where I am making my own stress, rather than reacting to stress that exists. It can't be healthy to deal every day, for long hours, with the amount of cortisol and adrenaline spikes. I need to be able to provide calmer leadership for my team. Exercise can help me there.

Exercise can help with many things. The only choice, really, is when/where/how, not if. It's definitely worth it.
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    So I'm late to the party, but this resonated with me so I wanted to comment anyway. It is so hard to resist those convenience foods and slipping on workouts when you are busy or stressed. I am coming off of 2 years of working out inconcsistently because of caregiving responsibilities. I realized I had to change when I started crying when one of my Zumba songs came on in the car. I'm finally getting to the same place that exercise and self care ALWAYS have to be mandatory, even when we feel like chaos surroudns us. I'm getting up at 4:30 to workout! emoticon emoticon But the first steps REALLY are always the toughest, once we find our rhythm again joy will follow....good luck dear!
    1512 days ago
    I railed against morning fitness and finally decided I just have to. I already get up at 5 a.m.! It seems wrong to start my day at 4 a.m. But with the help of my cat, who doesn't realize the clocks were set back, I'm squeezing in 30 minutes on a stationary bike at that wee hour. It's not nearly as much as I was doing last year, but it's something. Plus, it seems to be something I can do regularly. As you mentioned, consistency is key.

    I'm rooting for you, Jocelyn. Changes to the routine are tough. Maybe you can incorporate some little fast break goals into your new lifestyle/job so you can regain your momentum.
    1581 days ago
    emoticon Glad to see you Blogging again!!

    emoticon You have Identified The Problem, You Have The Tools To Fix It. Accept No Excuses!!
    1590 days ago
    I know I always feel better if I can cram in at least a 30 minute walk.
    1591 days ago
    1592 days ago
    Vamp & crank it up!

    Love you Done Girl!
    1592 days ago
    You're right to look into the self-manufacture of stress (isn't it wonderful how we all make our own? Not).

    For your leadership at work, can you combine it with fitness a bit? When I worked for a publisher, I had a mentor in a program of theirs. Everybody else would get a coffee or lunch with their mentor when they met each week. My mentor and I used to go for walks around the area.

    Christmas decorations will be up soon; that can be your excuse if you feel you need one. It can be for 10 - 15 minutes, so not very long. Just ... go. This is not a fitness jog. This is walking and shmoozing but it's also getting you onto your feet and away from your desk.
    1592 days ago
    Yes, it is worth it and you are worth it!!
    1593 days ago
    I feel ya sista!

    Is it some cosmic alignment? Don't know, but I know you are not the only one struggling. I'm back also after a self imposed pity party and reaping the "rewards" of too much food and not enough exercise. Checking in with you because I love to see that smiling face!

    Got the gym today for the first time in nearly two months. Saw the plea for new challenges on DONE Girls page (where I have been MIA for many moons) and my self imposed challenge is to be cognizant of the 50 days remaining in the year 2013. They will pass whether I am aware of them and my food and my behavior or if I am not.

    I want to be aware and I want to be on Spark.

    It feels good.


    1593 days ago
    It is worth it.
    1593 days ago
    I can empathize so much with the idea of "is this stress real or am I creating it?" Sometimes there are things that you can and should let go of. At work an in life. emoticon
    1593 days ago
    Just do it....

    You know you can.

    We know you can.

    And then savor sweet success...
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    I agree. When I go spells without exercise I feel sluggish and when I do even the minimal 10 or 15 minutes a day I notice a big difference in my eating. I eat less. Which is odd to me, because I would think I would be more hungry. It must have something to do with feeling more satisfied. Anyway, I know you are on your way to getting back on track, just by the way you're expressing yourself. Hey, is there a stairwell where you work? We can do it!
    1594 days ago
    You are totally worth the effort to put that exercise back into your routine!! Glad you came back...

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    1594 days ago
    Exercise is a big help for stress. I'm fortunate to have coworkers who give me friendly nudges to join them for some lunch time speedwalks. Perhaps you can do the same on your job? All of you would benefit so!

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  • _LINDA
    So sorry you have such a stressful job :(( No, those emotions can't be doing you any good :((
    If there is any way to fit some exercise in, your best bet would be Tabata style or high intensity intervals. Short, intense, can squeeze it in anywhere, and is a great stress buster because it takes all your attention and your whole body's effort. And the metabolism burn is incredible for hours afterwards. I recently took a whole hour class that alternated Tabata with heavy weights and wow, I could only handle that once a week, but felt so good for many hours afterwards. I had thought I had signed up for a simple cardio & sculpt class but was pleasantly surprised.
    Also if you had time to fit in a Zumba class -nothing like a feel good exercise party!
    Good luck at finding something that works for you. I cannot stand it when I am unable to exercise :(
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    1594 days ago
  • THEVOW2013
    so glad you are back
    now move more anytime anywhere don't be picky just move and prep your food for 1 day and stick to eating what is in your cute lunch tote
    don't have a cut lunch to....go to tj maxx and get one. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1594 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/10/2013 12:56:11 PM
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