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It is wonderful for me to read here about someone mentioning our Lord . I will do that
Put our Lord first in other words , when I get up in the morning and everything will fall into place. I need to do that more often. emoticon

I started a month ago , but I didn't go nowhere.
Why? I am finding everything I do tiresome and very difficult. I am trying to continue and get somewhere with my fight for a better life. My health has been going down in the last 5 years. I am 73 and recently I am experiencing quite a bit of pain with this injury of a sciatic nerve. Of course that has nothing to do with my continued to eat things are not beneficial for me. I believe depression is the cause of wanting more sweets, is my weakne


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I don't know if I am a priority in my head.
In my head I make my husband a priority I grew up in that kind of society
How do I make myself a priority? Now it's only my husband and I . My children all got married and moved out. I have to take care of myself at this point. Find Drs. for my aches and pains which seem to come when you reach your golden age , Try and do exercise three times a week, and also, find time to rest.
How do I Make myself a priority? I do by looking for people to help me with house work, get in Spark people and learn to stick to my healthy way of nourishing my body and take care of my health with the right kind of exercises. Now I know how I make myself a priority emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon learn to love myself emoticon emoticon emoticon I love exercise


I started a month ago , but I didn't go nowhere.
Why? I am finding everything I do tiresome and very difficult. I am trying to continue and get somewhere with my fight for a better life. My health has been going down in the last 5 years. I am 73 and recently I am experiencing quite a bit of pain with this injury of a sciatic nerve. Of course that has nothing to do with my continued to eat things are not beneficial for me. I believe depression is the cause of wanting more sweets, is my weakne


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If I don't make myself a "priority", should I expect someone else to do so? No; I've got to take that responsibility. It's simply a given.



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3/25/14 2:57 P

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Up until last week I constantly felt guilty when I would exercise, or take a nice soak in the tub. However, I am coming off of a three month illness in which I let my immune system go to the pits, so now it's apparent that I must take care of myself.



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Be around for my grand kids ,I lost 10pound in 3 weeks keep working out

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be health for grand kids (eat good ,start exercise 5 days weeks)

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I have to remind myself that it is important for me to exercise and eat a correct diet.

All things are possible if you only believe, even losing 15 pounds


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I meditate at lunch for 10 minutes to restore myself.

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Of all the message boards I have seen at SP, this one ("How do you make yourself a priority?"), and its specific posts, are by far the most (a) inspiring, (b) informative, and (c) educational.

What makes them special, IMHO, is the specific action suggestions combined with excellent reasons!

Teamwork does something, here, that an individual cannot do.

Nice yob!

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P.S. Since I contributed precisely nothing to this forum, I shall reference this page in today's blog.

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For me, as I am a Caretaker, I made the decision to make myself a priority when I saw the person that I was taking care of could have prevented their current situation by making better, healthier lifestyle choices.

I decided to get up every day and start the day off on the right foot for myself. For me, that was getting a full workout in and eating a good breakfast with no animal byproducts. I made myself think that this is necessary and not an option. Just like getting up & going to work most people just get up and do it because they have to, that was the mind set I put myself in the beginning to make myself a priority. Soon it just became a good habit.



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3/21/14 6:47 P

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For me it about just making a decision to be productive and then just jumping into action rather then over-think or over-planning. I just get to it and not allow myself to talk myself into bailing out.

"Why would I want to be "normal" when just being myself is so much more fun!" Myself
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3/21/14 9:21 A

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We need to understand that only if we are healthy and whole, can we effectively help others. emoticon

I loved the "Golden Rule" that was on our childhood rulers back in the 50s. It's as important today as it was back then:
Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.


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emoticon When we lose ourselves in taking care of others' needs, without restoring ourselves, we dry up like a sponge. Worse, we give and we give until we are in a deficit ourselves; walking around needy, but still focusing on others when we are empty inside. The healthier thing to do is to build into our lives a structure that nourishes on every level - body, mind, spirit and emotions. When we are filled in this holistic way we can share out of our overflow without depleting ourselves. We will find that we actually have more to give! emoticon

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My personal quiet time is first on my list to do then I am a success all day.



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If it is to be it's up to me. It is my responsibility to do the right thing.

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I am a mother of two kids ages 4 and 1. I work full time during the day and my husband works night shift. The only time I have to myself to work out is on my lunch break. I have been consistent in going for the past three weeks and it has made such a difference in my level of stress.



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For me, if I had a gym at work, I would spend my lunch break there, maybe not doing anything that would get me super stinky but even a 30 minute walk or bike ride takes away a bit of the stress from work and gives you a bit of motivation to add in other little things when you can. I wake up an hour early and do a dvd in my kitchen because I don't have room anywhere else. Make a plan and stick to it even if it's small it's something!

Every day no matter what happened the day before I will get up, dust myself off and start fresh!


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Those who don't make time to be healthy will sooner or later have to make time to be sick.

"I owe everything you see here to spaghetti."

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This is a difficult question... I liked MNCYCLIST answer. It makes sense since He will take care of the rest.

When my daughter was little, I used to take her to the park, place her in the sand box and walk around it for 15 - 20 mins. When she was a little older, she walked with me for a while and then she played in the monkey bars. If we are trying to be good role models for our kids, they should be there exercising with us.

Just a thought. Have a productive week y'all. emoticon

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I put the Lord first, and then other things tend to fall in their proper place. I have to realize that I am not God and that I must take care of myself in order to be able to love and serve others as I should. So I just do what I have to do and know that others will have to understand.

"Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come" (1Timothy�4:7-8)

"Jesus answered, 'The most important [commandment] is, 'Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength'" (Mark 12:29-30).


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3/19/14 3:00 P

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Schedule time for yourself and write it down or put it in your phone or calendar. This helps me to stay on track, and when I schedule my workout in advance, I just do it without having to think about it too much. emoticon



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That is a very good question and one that has taken me 45 years to figure out. My kids are grown, my husband and I work different shifts so I just have me to worry about (for once in my life). I now go out of my way to make me the most important thing in my life. I know that sounds stingy but how can I care for anyone else if I dont take care of myself first. I go to the gym 5 days a week for 1 1/2 hours each day - sometimes 2 hours each day. I put all I have into my workout and then I feel as though I have accomplished something and that takes care of me. I make healthier food choices and I get "Me time" which is spending time at the gym.

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I agree that it's difficult to find time when you have a family. While I don't have children--I have a husband and 6 animals. I work 50-60 hours per week. I am also studying for two new credentials for work. So I have a very busy schedule. But---if your family is understanding and you have an honest conversation with them about what you need to do for YOU---you should be able to set aside time each day to get a work out in, journal, whatever that "ME" time might be. And for that short period of time, you can and should make yourself a priority.

Try saying to your husband, hey I need help with the kids--can you watch them for 30 minutes while I work out. Or say to your kids (if they're old enough to take care of themselves) I need 30 minutes.

I think it can absolutely be done. And I'm sure many will disagree with me since I don't have kids and don't have to handle all that having children entails. But I do have a really busy schedule and I do find time to make myself a priority. It's just not all day every day. I'm a priority for short periods of time each day.


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I had to finally admit to myself that I can not be the best me for my family if I don't take time for myself. I am more relaxed, I am more happy, I am just all around a better mom and wife if I take time for myself to exercise or even just relax. My husband and children have learned this as well and no longer try to weasel in on my "me time".
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What is that? As long as you have got family to take care of, you will be lucky to be in your top 5. My girls are 23 & 21 and I am slowly trying to put myself back on my own list with some success. I'd say though give it some long deep thought as to what you would like to do first. whether it be biking, reading a book, baking and giving the food to a senior center or homeless shelter, taking zumba and slowly get into it. maybe one day a week at your local Y or community center. or join a book club or take a non credit course. try one of these at least once a month which is not a big commitment and slowly get to once a week then maybe twice a week and maybe then, you will get to your top 5 in priorities. lol

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this is a hard thing to do . I have always put others in front of anything i want or need . I never thought about the tole that it was taking on my body and life . I really need to stop and take care of myself . I need to think more about what to do to gain my health .

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Not eating right, stress, and lack of sleep finally made me sick! I HAD to make myself a priority and my life and relationships did NOT all fall apart like I thought they would.

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Keep pushing yourself to make the commitment to do the exericse and tracking
on spark people until you get your goals. No one can do this for you.
This is something that you have to do for yourself. When I do I feel proud of
myself for making a commitment and sticking to it.

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always just try one more time.
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I haven't figured that out yet either. But reading through these posts has sure given me a few really good starting points. Thanks

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SP track and exercise is the most important for me

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Take time to take a deep breath.



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For a long time I sat around waiting for other people to give me permission to make myself a priority. I have always put myself dead last, like in the ground never existed last. I felt it would be a burden to ask someone for help or expect my husband to watch the kids while I go to the gym. Then one day I had clarity...
The years and years of making myself invisible to myself had made me miserable and not fun to be around. Angry and frustrated.
Today is my 3rd week of deciding that I am worth being healthy. I am worth having things I enjoy around me and having activities I like (even if no one else does). I am worth being happy regardless of the day others around me are having. I do not need anyone to join me and I don't need permission to be healthy. With that I have no longer given my self loathing section of my mind any power to doubt my worth.
I make myself a priority by reminding myself that everything goes full circle and with my endorphins high my world, my relationships shine.


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How do I make myself a priority?

This is a hard question. I just sat here, staring at my computer screen, and kept coming up blank!

I will make an appointment with myself to get up early and get my exercise in before anything else. I have been too lazy too long and let other things SEEM like they are the priority. No more excuses. emoticon

Joyfully keeping on...keeping on!


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By understanding that if I don't make myself a priority, no one else will.

I don't always succeed at it, but then again, I am still a work in progress.

If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves. –Thomas Edison

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Loving yourself enough to take time for you means that you have enough energy and ability to do everything else and take care of everybody else. Once we realize that we will only take care of what we value and we will only be able to take care of those that we love if we take care of ourselves making time for ourselves becomes a natural part of life. Love the Nike saying...just do it!! Smiles Barb
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I've lost a significant amount of weight (60 pounds) and maintained the loss (for 15 years) but I was unsuccessful for a long time. It took me quite a while to realize that I couldn't change my body for the long-term until I was able to love & accept myself the way I was. Loving & accepting my 'fat self' was what finally allowed my true self to emerge.

With that experience, I realized the importance of making myself a priority. It's important to make a priority of yourself 'as you are' and not save your good treatment of self for the day you reach your ideal goal weight and become a better version of yourself. Recognize your present beauty and make yourself a priority NOW and throughout your weight-loss journey.

God bless,

Theresa

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I make time for at 30 minutes per night. I just drop everything and do it.



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I know I need attention but my husband needs attention more than I do cause he has a artificial hip it is always in pain he has celulitus in his foot he needs to have a curmudgeon's sock put on every day so I take care of him every morning from the time we get up at 4 am until he goes to work from 6 to about 8:30 he volunteers at his job. then he comes home and I start taking care of him making sure he takes his medicine at the time they need to be administered. when he goes to work from 6 am until about 8:30 am every day 6 days a week I do some excerpt's and workouts i have started walking the 3 dogs on at a time now that the weather is starting to get better so I have started feeling better but I know I have a long way to go. that is how I make my self a priority. we don't have no kids at home at this time so it is my husband and I , I don't get no encouragement from him I know he is in pain but I am in pain with my weight to he thinks he should be the only one getting attention. when I am awake i lay awake making sure he stays asleep every night he has a c pap machine he also has sleep apnea so i don't get to much of me time. for my own priorities.
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I'm working on this...it's easy to put yourself last (which I shouldn't do). I really try to make use of the quiet times when no one else is around. Early am on weekends or today for instance...
I'm the only one home and am working from my list of want to's. Pizza for supper because I'm not cooking!

Focus! You can do this!


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I have become my own best friend. No one can do for me what I can do for me!! emoticon I use to think everyone else should be first, but I realize now that if I don't put me first, I lose!



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I have the hardest time with this, I have a traumatic brain injury and its time i take care of myself.

Often when I think of this question i think of other cultures, different groups of people, their way of living eating exercising.

Im also excited the state im from was named #1 less obese state in the USA. We have tons of Mountains hiking trails lakes, and fresh food.

But it's not just about exercise and eating right, it's also about relaxing, finding your center.

Which is easier said than done, I know trust me, Im so caught up in taking care of and making sure everyone else is ok and what not.

"Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will."
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This is such a great question/topic! And everyone has such great tips for how to do this. But at the end of the day it's still really hard to make yourself a priority and to stick with it. I agree that scheduling may help in that regard. Getting a buddy or partner to help remind you to work out also helps. In the end, you need to figure something out that will work for you. Ask yourself a few questions:

1. Why is it important to you to lose weight?
For me, it's important for my health, my back as I have degenerative disk disease in my spine and ultimately I want to look better.

2. And then ask, if it's so important to lose weight (for whatever reason) then why am I NOT making the time?
Why have I not made the time? Laziness and allowing other people and things to take priority over myself--I'm a woman, it's what we do. However, it doesn't make it right.

Once you've answered those questions, it should fall into place.

For me, it also helps to be brutally honest with myself. I got into the position/weight I am now because of pure laziness and lack of caring about myself. I'm not going to fix this overnight. Knowing that..I know I need TIME to get the results I want.

I started with 10 minutes per day of exercise..nothing huge, nothing elaborate, no huge commitment. After 15 days or so, it's become a habit. Now I am slowly but surely increasing that time and I'm increasing the intensity of the workouts.

My next step is to begin journaling. I use SP to track food and I probably track about 75% of everything. I also use SP to track exercising. The journal is to deal with the mental side of weight loss, the struggles, the triumphs, the issues that will always be there if I don't own them and then fix them, finally.

Exercising, portion control, journaling...three keys in weight loss success. The fourth key is ME. Realizing I don't want to live like this anymore and will do whatever I need to do to change.

If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves. –Thomas Edison

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you have to decide that you are also important
. and you are. it is hard here everyone has different scedules so everyone may not eat at the same time. they don't need to lose 95 pounds but I do and I am working on me even if I have to make there food then fix mine and enjoy the fact I am doing it for me. make you matter, because you really do. good luck.

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By treating yourself like you care for yourself. you eat healthy that way you are showing that you want heath, and are honoring god. learn a life style that teaches you how to eat healthy. Then also move for your body, so you can move. Then work on having good thoughts about who you are. In order to grow you need to move forward mind-body-& soul.

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everyday for 30 minutes to get my exercise in



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No excuses- I have to exercise. Whether it's a class at the gym, bike or run on my own- I have to complete 1hr a day. Even my 'rest' days i take and easy leisurely stroll for about 30mins.


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I make time for myself. Whether it's time to workout or just relax, I make sure I do it. Otherwise, I get moody. Thank goodness my husband understands! Also, back off from people. If they're just coming around because they want something, they are using you and take a step back, or drop them. I've done that, and the stress level is LOW!



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It's hard to say without knowing more about your job, but I know I've found at my job that if you allow yourself to become the person that everyone can count on to pick up the slack, nobody will try to find an alternative. If you're not there, as in you took your lunch break, then they'll just have to find some other way to get things done. This is assuming of course that you wouldn't be actually jeopardizing your job. Maybe you should say your doctor asked you to try exercising at lunch.



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One definite way is that you learn to tell other people "NO" more often. Don't over-commit yourself. This is hard for many or most women, but we need to have time for some of our own needs and interests on a REGULAR basis. If you're interested, more on this on my Sparkblog...

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30 to 90 mins of cardio and strength/resistance, 5 days/wk

Dr-supervised Bio Hormone Therapy + Nutrition + Sleep + Stress Mgmt might start to = Fitness (partly borrowed from Fitness on the Run, Alexandria, VA USA)


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I view my gym time as a standing appointment - I make it the same time, on the same days and that's what I do then. Getting in exercise is about more than just burning calories. It helps reduce stress and releases endorphins - which in turn could help you be more productive for the rest of the day. So don't think of it as taking time away from catching up at work - think of it as a strategy to help! Also, if you don't take care of yourself, you are a lot more likely to end up being one of those people that calls in sick.



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By using to hand on either side of my mouth and forcing out the word NO to other peoples requests!



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I think you need to set boundaries, for yourself and others like work. Your boss has to understand that you consistenly working that much will in the long run bring down the quality of work you do because you will exhaust yourself.

As for the gym. If you don't have kids...and I assume you don't, try hitting it early in the morning before work and start out small. Get into the routine of going to the gym each morning. You might be surprised to find that a morning workout actually helps to give you more energy and at night more sound sleep.


Good luck finding that balance.

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I don't know how to do that , even though sometimes I think I am selfish and others I drop what I had in mind to do so that I can do what others want me to do. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

I started a month ago , but I didn't go nowhere.
Why? I am finding everything I do tiresome and very difficult. I am trying to continue and get somewhere with my fight for a better life. My health has been going down in the last 5 years. I am 73 and recently I am experiencing quite a bit of pain with this injury of a sciatic nerve. Of course that has nothing to do with my continued to eat things are not beneficial for me. I believe depression is the cause of wanting more sweets, is my weakne


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I am 60 yrs old and I have less time and energy for myself now than I did when I was raising 2 boys!

Quote by the late Zig Ziegler: when people tell me, "Zig motivation never lasts". "I tell them, bathing doesn't either that's why I recommend it daily". Myfavoritemotivationalquote


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When you love yourself you make you a priority.

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.


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You need to believe that you are WORTH IT. The rest is logistics.

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I picked a workout time that works for me and stick to it no matter what.

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Think in the now.



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One Day at a Time

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SP makes happen!

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.


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personally...the only way for me is to just do it. action is the only thing that makes all the thinking, writing and planning work

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Every day is a new opportunity to plan, organize, and respond. Sometimes it's "easy" and other times really hard. For me, it helps to have the "big picture" & my goals in mind.
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I really like this post! I found it to be 100% helpful and really, I am going to print this off and post it on my fridge for future reminders. Thank you!

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After work, first thing I do is let the dog out, take her for her walk, come home, change into gym clothes (without sitting down) and put on a workout dvd. My reward is a dinner at 7 and finally relaxing for the day.

In the end, no one else is going to make me healthy. I can either have heart disease like my grandparents did or I can eat right, exercise and take care myself, physically, mentally and emotionally.

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I use the gym to clear my mind, and prioritize my life.

"The greatest thrill in life is doing what people say you cannot do."


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I started a streak - 7 x / week "Scheduled non-negotiable self-care".

Some of this time is used to make appointments with myself as to when I will do menu planning, shopping, and attend exercise classes.

By doing this, it makes it easier for me to say NO when I need to.

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I have been getting up a little bit earlier and doing 10 minutes of exercise while my husband is in the shower. It has been giving me a boost in motivation to get to my longer workouts.

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By staying focused on the big picture the smaller healthier me :) it is definitely hard but I am worth it!!! I am learning this is a life style not a diet , I feel great I haven't felt this good in such a Long time!!

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like the Nike ad "Just do it"

Believe me some days its hard.

"The greatest thrill in life is doing what people say you cannot do."


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Phrases to practice:

"I have a lunch date with my gym shoes."

"I will get back to you as soon as I get back from the gym."

"No, you will have to wait until X returns from sick leave."


Phrases to repeat to yourself:

"I am worth this time."
"Working out will help me feel better and handle these hard days with grace."
"My health comes before my work." (If it doesn't, don't count on retirement - you won't survive to see it.)

Letting your workout schedule flow with the realities of life is totally understandable. Letting life continually get in the way of taking care of your body is not.

I'm in a class called Healthy Lifestyles that is basically research-based ways to make positive changes in one's life (exercise more, quite smoking, improve diet, etc.). Things that I've really taken away from that class:

1. Make a long-term goal, and write it down. It should be clear, concise, measurable, and within your control. For example "Lose 30 lb by X date" is not a good goal - you cannot actually control exactly how your body loses weight. What you CAN control are your health behaviors. So something like "Support myself as an athlete by training for triathlons and long-distance bike rides." or "Improve my bone density through diet and strength training." or "Work through diet and exercise to eliminate one medication from my regimen" or "Improve my sleep through adherence to sleep hygiene." are all good goals.

2. Make short-term goals every week. My long-term goal is the one about supporting myself as an athlete. My short-term goals focus mainly around my training - taking 5 minutes each week to plan out my exercise for the week, taking into account what else is going on - do I need to go running in the morning on Thursday since I know I won't be able to get to the gym? The leader I like teaches spin class on Mondays and Fridays, so those will be my spinning days. My kids have swim lessons on Wednesdays, I can do laps during their lessons. I can't work out on Saturday because my family wants to go to an event. You get the idea. Short-term goals should support your long-term goals, but flex around your life that week. So if work is going to be nuts, back off a little on the exercise, or make space to engage in something you love so you know you'll go out of your way to get there.

3. Find a teammate, a mentor, and a cheer leader. A teammate is someone who is on this journey with you, and can support you when you start to lag a bit. A mentor is someone who's been down this road (successfully) and can both give you hope for the future, and some practical tips along the way. A cheer leader is just someone you can call when you achieve a small goal who will celebrate with you in a helpful way ("You just ran a mile, let me take you out for ice cream!" Not helpful. "You just ran a mile, that's awesome, I'm so proud of you!" Helpful. :-) )

4. Don't let a re-lapse turn into a col-lapse. Everyone who successfully changes experiences bumps in the road. Every professional athlete has had times in their life when they've backed off from training for whatever reason, and then had to get back into it. Every successful CEO has doubted themselves at some point in their career. Small setbacks WILL happen. What matter isn't whether you gave in to that temptation - what matters is what you do afterward. A skipped workout doesn't need to turn into a week of avoiding the gym.

5. And finally - give yourself the grace you'd give a good friend when you make mistakes.

Whoa, that is long. Hope some of this is helpful!

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Say NO

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Exercising and eating healthy are first and foremost! I am lucky because everyone living in my household are working out and walking with me !!!



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Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.


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Prioritizing myself doesn't have to be separate of taking care of my family's priorities too. My key is remembering I am a key part of my family's success.



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I make myself a priority by remembering how much energy I have to give everyone else if I make exercise and good eating a priority in my life. So it ends up being more for everyone else in the long run.



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