Yes, I agree with you all. If it seems a big project......it's because it is exactly that. We are overhauling our way of doing things. I guess with only needing/wanting to loose 15 moer pounds, I didn't think I'd have to do that! 5 went pretty fast. The last 10 seemed impossible. Thought maybe it was my body trying to tell me something since I am in the "normal" range and some of the authorities allow for a slight increase as you get older, even consider it a little healthier. Still not sure about that. I am still hanging on to my notion that I do need to go down further in weight because all the weight is belly fat. The lifestyle change developed into more of an issue of physical and mental health. Well, I am diverging into a different topic or blog with these comments.
Anyway, back to the thread.....Maybe that's why some books suggest to change one habit a day or something. So it can be gradual and the individual can adapt. Apparently I am impatient. Apparently I prefer to overwhelm and exhaust myself!
It'll be full-time work until its an absolute habit.
My morning breakfast used to be a habit of opening fridge, popping open a pepsi and off I go about my day. Now, after working at it, my morning breakfast habit is opening fridge, getting water, fruit or veggie and shake (or using blender to make powder shake) and off I go about my day.
It just takes time to get used to all the new thoughts etched into our brains so we no longer have to actually "think" them.
Running to the refrigerator is not considered exercise.
I may not be there yet, but I'm closer than I was yesterday!
Yes, I agree that a big part of it is making the change a habit and a routine. And we are doing a lot of changing. Thanks for your thoughts! It is all for the better and worth hanging in there. I do believe that.
Fitness Minutes: (12,971) Posts: 1,500 5/24/12 2:29 P
I agree that until everything becomes a habit it is somewhat of a full time job. But as you convert to habits it becomes routine and thus is no longer an all consuming full time job.
Realize that we are all trying to make these changes in our life permanent so don't be too hard on yourself if you hit a speed bump. Remember this is not a sprint to the finish.
Well-behaved women seldom make history. ~ Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
"After eating an entire bull, a mountain lion felt so good he started roaring. He kept it up until a hunter came along and shot him. The moral? 'When you're full of bull, keep your mouth shut."-Will Rogers
Pounds lost: 160.8
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Yes, it has become a full-time job because it's always on your mind to make sure you eat right and exercise daily. I guess that is a good thing but for me, it can become so overwhelming with other things going on. That said, it still is SIMPLE but our daily occurrences make it DIFFICULT!
I am conscious of my health, how to eat and incorporate the exercises I love. I am open to even trying new things. I say all this to say, I cannot let my slip-ups on the SD get me down or allow my daily issues stop me from eating right and daily exercise.
This simply means balancing it all, finding that medium! It can be hard because some things just happen but it's okay...I think we have to give our selves a break! I am not sure how many of us have been on the SD for a year or so but just being on it for a couple of months, we are still babies! We have to crawl before we are able to walk then run like free butterflies!!!
Have a great weekend ladies! I'm back on the road again to go see more houses ;)
I can simplify my life and lighten my burdens by deciding realistically what I want to do and what I have time to do. (~_^)
People out there.......please assist me. By the time I make sure I exercise to the max, stick on the food plan, post, read posts, research, comment on posts, process and "fix" my negative thinking and attitudes, make ammends in relationships where I have erred , pray, meditate, get exhausted from all the extra exercise/activity (in addition to my usual stuff) and have to take special recovery/rest time, do all the other righteous stuff that I am supposed to do ...........my implementing of the SD is getting to feel like a full-time job!! I really do feel this way. This started as joyfully SIMPLE! Now it is taking over my life to the point that it is exhausting me! (see separate thread I started)
I guess that if I can say that it has taken over my life, then I have apparently made it a lifestyle like I'm supposed to! .
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