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EDELWEISS33's Photo EDELWEISS33 Posts: 1,858
6/18/13 4:06 P

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just get up one morning & do it! JUST DO IT!
When the dawn comes and you've walked off a few thoughts that can be forgiven and forgotten, you are just going to make it after all!

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5/20/13 10:13 A

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To answer your question... My family DOESN"T go along with it! I am on my own! I just use portion control and fill my smaller plate with vegetables first. I exchange cottage cheese for sour cream, a bowl of strawberries for ice-cream, steamed zucchini for spaghetti noodles etc. I can still eat healthy even when those around me choose not to. I think that my example is rubbing off.

Also, I think that as women we attempt to be supermom. I have had to accept the fact that I cant do it all. Taking care of your family is important, but I am part of the family too. Everyone will benefit from a mom who feels good about herself and is healthy. So I schedule myself a time to exercise and work the rest around it. I was shocked to find that it really wasn't that time-consuming to exercise and the increased fitness and energy allow me to get more done during the day. I sleep better at night which makes me much more pleasant to be around!

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7/22/10 1:22 A

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we just got s wii fit, so first day, I played it with them, taking turns, but since then they all want it, so I have to use it after they go to bed, and today was a hard day for my mischief makers.. LOL sometimes I workout with my "yourself fitness" computer software, and the kids love to work out with me often, or I let them play.. I just found a software we used to use a long time ago and reinstated it for the kids.. (it's a rewards chore chart found at myrewardsboard.com I believe and it makes doing chores fun for them.. they actually wanted to do chores tonight just for the smilies. :-)



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CINDYCHARLENE's Photo CINDYCHARLENE Posts: 7,497
6/7/10 11:58 P

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Some wonderful thoughts! My only help is the scriptures, prayer, Temple attendance and a personal relationship with Christ.

"Now, faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen." Heb. 11:1


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HARMONYWIND's Photo HARMONYWIND Posts: 22
4/24/10 9:02 A

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Thank you ... what wonderful insights! I will have to write that down somewhere where I can find it ... "to act and not to be acted upon"!

And you're right ... I do feel it is TOO HARD sometimes and that is what has made me give up in the past ... I think over the weekend I will be pondering whether I want to be the person who "acts" or the person who allows themselves to be "acted upon"

Isn't it wonderful how all of our struggles and questions can be answered in the scriptures if we look with keen eyes and humble hearts (and listen sometimes to those wise enough to see!)

Thank you!

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HARMONYWIND's Photo HARMONYWIND Posts: 22
4/24/10 8:57 A

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WOW you are busy!!!

Thanks for the reply ... I really appreciate your tips especially the one of doing your exercise at night ... I was always told you HAD to do it during the morning hours if you want to achieve success...this has discouraged me immensely.Knowing you do your exercise in the evenings helps so much and gives me a little more motivation ... since night time is almost the ONLY time I have free. My guys are not all young anymore but we do have to get up early for seminary and school and so unless I power up at 5am I have NO extra time ... and I am not really a 5 am gal ...yet. Thanks for the help!

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4/24/10 6:53 A

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I am not a Mormon Mom, but I did want to add one idea. The successes I am experiencing this time as I concentrate on FITNESS instead of WEIGHT LOSS have taught me to keep hoping EVEN AFTER A FAILURE. The impression that all is perfect or they had better parents or my obesity is genetic and I have no control are thoughts that are not true (or at least LESS true) and take me out of the driver's seat.

I really am gaining more and more insight from Lehi's categorization of things--to act or to be acted upon.

2 Ne. 2: 13-14, 16, 26
13 And if ye shall say there is no law, ye shall also say there is no sin. If ye shall say there is no sin, ye shall also say there is no righteousness. And if there be no righteousness there be no happiness. And if there be no righteousness nor happiness there be no punishment nor misery. And if these things are not there is no God. And if there is no God we are not, neither the earth; for there could have been no creation of things, neither to act nor to be acted upon; wherefore, all things must have vanished away.
14 And now, my sons, I speak unto you these things for your profit and learning; for there is a God, and he hath created all things, both the heavens and the earth, and all things that in them are, both things to act and things to be acted upon.

16 Wherefore, the Lord God gave unto man that he should act for himself. Wherefore, man could not act for himself save it should be that he was enticed by the one or the other.

26 And the Messiah cometh in the fulness of time, that he may redeem the children of men from the fall. And because that they are redeemed from the fall they have become free forever, knowing good from evil; to act for themselves and not to be acted upon, save it be by the punishment of the law at the great and last day, according to the commandments which God hath given.

One of the self-defeating (or maybe even more diabolical) tricks is to make us think that it is too hard. IT IS HARD!! But we can improve on it.

This is meant to be motivational. YOU WILL DO GREAT. But not every day. Just KEEP AT IT. Remember the finish line is way off but there is JOY IN THE JOURNEY and joy in the incremental successes of TODAY!

NEVERTHELESS, I KNOW IN WHOM I HAVE TRUSTED. (II Nephi 4:19)

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193 lbs--Convert 8mm Films
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183 lbs--Wet Suit
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2010-Utah Valley Marathon 4:46 (Baseline)
2010-Tooele Freedom Run-22:29 Min (PR)
2010-Stansbury Days Triathlon Sprint-1:24:45
2010-Layton Marathon 4:20:59 (PR)
2011 Salt Lake City Marathon 4:19:41
2011-Utah Valley Marathon 4:09:55
2011-Top of Utah Marathon 4:35:38


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MADEBYMARZIPAN's Photo MADEBYMARZIPAN Posts: 244
4/23/10 10:52 A

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Hey there! I have 3 kids under age 7 so I know all about busy :) Here are my tips for making it work and staying sane:

1) Involve the kids as much as possible. You'll be surprised at what they're capable of if you let them try. My 7 year old loads the dishwasher and my 3 year old cleans the counters... and they enjoy it!

2) Insist on simultaneous naps, or at least "quiet time." At our house 12:30-2 is quiet time, and kids must stay in their rooms. It gives me a chance to catch up on things (okay, sometimes I nap too)!

3) I keep lunches really simple, since it's just me and the kids. Sandwiches, quesadillas, or pasta. Save the real cooking for dinner, when the whole family is together to enjoy it.

4) My workout time is after all the munchkins are put to bed. Sometimes I don't get home from the gym until 11 PM... but I know that even though I'm getting a little less sleep, I'll have more energy because I exercised... so it all evens out?


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HARMONYWIND's Photo HARMONYWIND Posts: 22
4/23/10 9:25 A

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Hi ... I am more or less new here and excited to find a team of Later Day Saint winners! I am already so inspired by what I have seen here!

My question ... How do you Mormon Moms do it??? Most of us are so busy with kids and volunteering and cleaning and laundry and work and callings and more laundry ... how do you find the time to work in the exercise and the healthy eating? Oh, and how do you get your families to go along with it :)?

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