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Friday, January 10, 2014



Today is day 16 of my current streak!

Yesterday when I was working out, I came to a portion of the workout that was really HARD. Even with the modifications, I was struggling a bit.

Once upon a time, if I was working out and it got too hard or I got too tired, I would give up. I would say "Nope, I can't do this, I just might as well stop trying." And since I workout at home, it would be easy to just turn the DVD off. The only person who would know I'd quit would be me.

I would tell myself "Well, I tried. But its just not possible for me."

Quitting never got me anywhere! Not only did I not lose weight, I also never got any stronger, because I didn't give myself time to improve.

But on March 1, 2012, I decided to give myself a complete fresh start. To me, this fresh start was about making each day as healthy as possible, and giving myself TIME. Time to get better and stronger and healthier. So I committed to working out, and I promised myself that I would not quit when it got difficult.

There were many times when I'd have to put the workout DVD on pause, and just march in place until I was able to resume it. But I didn't quit. I reminded myself, over and over, of a quote from Arthur Boorman...


I wrote that quote on an index card and posted it by the TV so I could see it everytime I worked out. And slowly, I started to get better at my workouts.



My first workouts were pretty basic, but they were really difficult for me in the beginning. I was only able to workout for about 10 minutes, three times a day. (And sometimes I would have to pause a time or two during those 10 minute workouts!) But by sticking with it and allowing myself TIME to improve, it really wasn't long before I was able to try other workouts. I got into DDP Yoga. I did Pilates. I tried Sparkpeople DVDs, kettlebell workouts, and step aerobics. I'm 52 and have bad knees, so I have to keep my workouts low impact, but I still work hard.



I've lost 71 lbs but I still have a long way to go. But I'm proud of how far I've come. I'm not a quitter anymore. So yesterday, when the workout got hard, I paused the DVD. I looked at that index card posted by the TV, and as I marched in place I said it over and over..."Just because I can't do it today doesn't mean I'm not gonna be able to do it someday."

And then I finished the workout! I know that if I stick with it, I will be able to do it without having to pause the DVD while I march in place. I will always give myself time to improve.



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TERRIJ7 5/23/2014 12:56PM

    Great job!

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GRAMPIAN 3/29/2014 11:55AM

  Brill emoticon iant!

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BARBARAJ73 3/7/2014 8:58AM

    emoticon Some great motivators... TU!!

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DARSHAN130 2/4/2014 10:11AM

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great job and great attitude!

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DOINGITALL09 1/15/2014 6:25PM

    Agree 110%!!! emoticon

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ITSABSURD 1/14/2014 9:53PM

    Yeah!

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DAWNFIRE72 1/14/2014 8:39PM

    Great reminder that "slow and steady" wins the race. Those are great quotes too. Someday you will be able to do more than you ever imagined emoticon

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SASSYTHING52 1/14/2014 12:59AM

    thanks for sharing emoticon

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MYAKAYAH 1/13/2014 5:29PM

    Life is about moving forward and doing things you couldn't do before! I am inspired by your attitude because many people just quit when things get a little harder or tougher. That is when you have the most growth~

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FINNLANA 1/13/2014 4:54PM

    Pixie, I too would do that, I have to have over 50 (as my hubby would remind me) workout DVD's of all kinds. I would get all pumped up about trying a new one then find out that I just didn't have the steam to finish it and would just quit. Then I would tell myself it was okay as long as I was doing something, and because it was that hard I usually wouldn't go back to it and put it back on the shelf! Now I try my best and don't give up even if it's not exactly what the trainer is doing, I still do something! emoticon emoticon emoticon





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EBURGITE 1/13/2014 12:55PM

    that is a great quote. thanks. emoticon

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COTTONTAIL62 1/13/2014 9:40AM

    Great quote, inspired my today .

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CAROLYNJ18 1/13/2014 9:25AM

  I love this, no truer words have ever been spoken!

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KANDYCLARK 1/13/2014 5:50AM

  Great post and great job!! That was such a wonderful quote by Arthur Bowman, I had to write it down for future reference...sometimes those little bits of inspiration, such as quotes, go a long way in the form of motivation.

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ANGELN325 1/13/2014 5:26AM

    Awesome...great advice. I'm going to try that next time too. While I don't give up right away when I struggle, I tried a new video yesterday and after awhile, I had not an ounce left in me and I was feeling the burn big time, but I stopped the routine short and it still feels defeating.

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CHOOSEYOURHARDD 1/12/2014 9:35PM

    Thanks for your words of wisdom. I have been slacking since Christmas, and I keep telling myself everyday that this will be the day that I get serious again, and it's almost halfway through January! This was good to hear. Keep up the good work.

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MONTREAL12 1/12/2014 8:20PM

  Thanks Pixie-licious, I enjoy reading your blogs; do keep up the great work. We appreciate the effort and the motivation emoticon

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FROMTHISPOINT 1/12/2014 2:37PM

    Just the motivation I needed today.

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HAPPYMENOW58 1/12/2014 12:30PM

    Another great blog, friend! You are certainly not a quitter! You are a WINNER! emoticon

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SHELLYCHAWLA 1/12/2014 12:25PM

    How do you do it .Simple words but effective .Hats off to you and thanks for sharing.keep doing it .thanks

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    emoticon Thanks for the inspiration!

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1CRAZYDOG 1/12/2014 11:32AM

    Amen!

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MJEFFERSON23 1/12/2014 11:25AM

  Great blog!

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SUPERSYLPH 1/12/2014 11:08AM

    You're awesome! Keep it up!

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COOLAUNTBBW 1/12/2014 10:25AM

    Great job, Pixie! And really great attitude. You've proven to yourself over and over that you can do it, and you should be proud of yourself. Each minute longer before pausing the DVD is a great accomplishment. emoticon

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2BEEFIT 1/12/2014 10:21AM

    MAN DID I NEED THIS!

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 1/12/2014 9:05AM

    well said

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CFMOSS 1/12/2014 8:09AM

    I don't know how I get behind viewing your blogs. I needed to read "if you are struggling you are progressing" - that's the way I feel with aikido this week - maybe not struggling, but feeling like "I should have this by now" and I know that I'm making progress, but it still is hard after all this time (that by the way includes weight loss and consistency, etc) Thanks for keeping on....it surely helps me keep on.

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WENDYANNE61 1/12/2014 4:50AM

    Thank you for another lovely blog, Pixie! I can just imagine you with your sword and shield! Go for it!

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123ELAINE456 1/12/2014 4:33AM

  Awesome Blog. Love the Quotes!!! Well Said!!! Never Quit!!! A very Inspirational Blog. You Can Do It!!! Keep Sparking!!! Keep Your Blogs and Quotes coming!!! God Blessings to You and Family!!! Have a Wonderful Week!!! Sending Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Your Way.

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  Congratulations on building your inner strength as well as your physical abilities!
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