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Day 41 - Flying Solo

Sunday, January 19, 2014

I mentioned some days back that I came up with a family competition to help everyone in my little circle stay motivated. The competitors are: my younger sister and her guy, my dude, my baby sister, my step-sister, my mom and my step-dad (who just recently dropped out after we told him he had to reveal his starting weight.) emoticon

Well.. let's just say the momentum is dwindling down amongst the competitors. My dude is slowly but surely adding cookies and fried foods back to his diet, my mom can't stay away from Wendy's spicy chicken sandwiches and my baby sister will be completing her last semester in a respiratory therapy program all while taking care of a two kiddos under 2 years old. So far, so good on my other sister and her guy because they compete against each other and well, my step-sister says she is still in it but so far the only cardio she says she has been getting in is "twerking." emoticon

I convinced my guy to visit the gym near our crib because they had a pre-renovation sale going on ($24/month for two people) so we signed up and I was all hyped and ready to start some serious strength training. I was a little apprehensive at first because I have this crazy fear of the weight machine side of the gym, but after my first step to the other side.. it was on.

Since my fella hangs out on that side of the gym, I asked him to help me start out and show me which machines I should use and how to use them. I love my dude, but apparently he cannot be my personal fitness trainer. It is clear, we definitely need to do our own thang. After using the dumbells and two machines, he was ready to go while I was ready to tackle some more. (sigh).

I didn't show my disappointment but came up with plan B instead. I started following all kinds of fitness Instagrams for ideas. Added a couple of fitness apps to my phone and made a point to start tracking my strength training as well as cardio to make sure I don't overwork and allow rest days.

My point is ... if I thought I was going to rely on my family to keep this journey going, I would be truly disappointed. Weight loss and striving for a healthy body is truly a personal mission and the only person I can rely on is myself (and my Spark family, of course. emoticon )

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    sounds like me & the hubby... but I'm like you, we have to do what we have to do
    1490 days ago
    Thanks for sharing.
    I learned a long time ago my hubby can not be my trainer cause he would be saying things to me that were inappropriate during training and I would lose my concentration. LOL
    I ask for his help but I go and to my thing when Im working out. Its better that way.
    I hope you keep up your momentum. You are on a roll now.

    You can do this, I believe in you and helping you accomplish your goals.
    Woo hoo.

    Have a wonderful evening. emoticon
    1492 days ago
    It's tough to hear, and it isn't something I like saying but this is probably a blessing! We are not built the same. I'm shooting you a commercial link for a weight loss product, which I am not endorsing, however the message about men and women weight loss efforts is true. You will probably recognize the ad.
    This is your journey. Even if you did the same workout and ate the same foods, the results will be your own. If there is a gym attendant there, ask to be shown how each piece works and push on towards your goals.

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    1492 days ago
    mm, I hear ya. I always have my sister and a couple of friends who want to join the cause but after a few weeks, they just can't give up their foods. it's all about being mentally ready and if others aren't mentally ready, they won't follow through. sometimes you just have to encourage yourself and be SELFISH and do things for you alone. I am with you all the way!
    1493 days ago
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