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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

I have been walking for exercise for 10.5 years now. I have walked well over half way around the world and am on my way home!!
These last few days I have been having a hard time getting going on my walks. Maybe it is because I am tired of walking inside and am anxious to walk outside again. I have been walking on the treadmill for 3 months now. I didn't think I would use a treadmill as much as I have, but this winter I have been very thankful to have it. (we kind of inherited it when we moved into our home). There has been so much snow this winter!
I have forced myself to get on it in the morning and once I do, I have no problem in keeping going. I am trying really hard to do spurts of high intensity and am really feeling like I am getting a good workout. I have to figure out a way to do more fast spurts consistently when I am outside. Maybe I will just do the treadmill for a small part of my walk to make sure I keep it up. We will see.

Some day I hope to be able to achieve the same level of control with my eating. I never believed I would maintain an exercise habit as long as I have, but still going strong!
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AMINACHRISTINA 3/12/2014 9:11PM

    Look at how far you've managed to come with your exercise! I'm guessing that when you started on that treadmill you started slowly and gradually increased both the time you walked and the intensity, right? Why should the whole eating thing be any different - it's a habit we've spent years perfecting, and generally we've put everyone's wants and likes and dislikes before our own needs.

Just focus on your next meal or snack, not the entire day, because if I try to do that I feel so overwhelmed. I am getting the idea of what I can eat at breakfast time,but also what leaves me satisfied and what I enjoy. Once I've eaten my breakfast, I go do something else, usually a walk with my dogs, then later think of what I'd like for lunch. Ok, so often the answer won't fit the Spark guidelines, so I then work on coming up with a more Spark-friendly version, and opt for that, and so on till I'm at the end of my day.

Maybe if you try it one meal at a time, you too could find the 'have to eat healthy' idea less overwhelming? Just a thought, and it works for me.

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CHERIJ16 3/11/2014 10:22PM

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